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Enhancing Telehealth for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children: Insights from COVID-19

Enhancing Telehealth for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children: Insights from COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly altered the landscape of healthcare services, particularly for deaf and hard-of-hearing children. A recent study titled "Accessing hearing-health services for deaf and hard-of-hearing children during the COVID-19 pandemic: Parent and child perspectives" provides valuable insights into how telehealth services were utilized and perceived during this period. As practitioners dedicated to improving outcomes for children, understanding these findings can guide us in enhancing our telehealth practices.

The study, conducted by Mardinli et al. (2022), surveyed 497 families of deaf and hard-of-hearing children aged 0.4 to 19.6 years. The results were compelling, with 62% of the 1152 services accessed via telehealth. However, the study also highlighted several challenges and facilitators experienced by families.

Key Findings

The research revealed the following critical points:

Challenges in Telehealth

Parents identified several barriers to effective telehealth services:

Facilitators of Successful Telehealth

Despite the challenges, the study also identified factors that facilitated successful telehealth sessions:

Implementing Research Findings

To enhance telehealth services for deaf and hard-of-hearing children, practitioners can implement the following strategies:

Encouraging Further Research

While the study provides a foundational understanding, further research is essential to continue improving telehealth services. Areas for future research include:

As practitioners, staying informed and adaptive is crucial. By leveraging research findings and continuously seeking improvements, we can ensure that telehealth services provide high-quality care for deaf and hard-of-hearing children.

To read the original research paper, please follow this link: Accessing hearing-health services for deaf and hard-of-hearing children during the COVID-19 pandemic: Parent and child perspectives.


Citation: Mardinli, A., Weerasuriya, R., Gillespie, A., Smith, L., & Sung, V. (2022). Accessing hearing-health services for deaf and hard-of-hearing children during the COVID-19 pandemic: Parent and child perspectives. Australian Journal of Social Issues. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajs4.231

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