Using telepractice systems to remotely manage and tune cochlear implants saves vital time for child and adult wearers in terms of travel, hours missed at school or work and quality time spent with friends and family members.
One family with a six-year-old wearer of a cochlear implant, told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer how teletherapy saves travel miles and commute times.
Read: Teledoctors save families with implants time, miles
With the average cochlear implant wearer travelling to their mapping-centre for tuning, up to eight times in the first year after receiving their device, the benefits of remote mapping are clear. Extra trips may be needed for speech and other services, which are also suited to delivery via telepractice.
Telepractice in Cochlear Implant Admin? (scroll on page)
An emerging area, telehealth can be used to give newborns in rural areas remote audiology follow-up services, for remote language teaching from toddler stage upward, and even for family speech therapy sessions.