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Audiological Practice in India: An Internet-Based Survey of Audiologists

  • Vijayalakshmi EaswarEmail author
  • Sriram Boothalingam
  • Srikanth Chundu
  • Vinaya K. C. Manchaiah
  • S. Mohammed Ismail
Original Article

Abstract

The field of Audiology in India has expanded exponentially in recent years. Audiologists practice in a variety of work places. However, little is known about the practice trends across these several work places. An Internet-based survey probing into Audiology practice was conducted between June and September 2012. The survey focused on four domains, namely, demography, assessment, hearing aid (HA) fitting and protocol usage. A total of 199 audiologists completed the survey. A large proportion of these audiologists were from Southern India. Majority of the respondents provide hearing assessment and HA services for children and adults. Results indicate diverse practice among respondents, even in essential procedures such as otoscopy. Although a large proportion of audiologists reported performing HA fitting in children as well as adults, less than 12 % of them performed real ear or simulated real ear verification during any HA fitting. Implications for the development of preferred practice guidelines in India have been discussed.

Keywords

Audiology Audiology in developing countries India Professional practice Hearing loss Hearing aid fitting Preferred practice guidelines 

Notes

Acknowledgments

The authors would like to thank the ISHA for their assistance in distributing the survey among their members. Portions of this work were presented at the 45th Annual National Convention of the ISHA, Chennai, February 2013.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vijayalakshmi Easwar
    • 1
    • 6
    Email author
  • Sriram Boothalingam
    • 1
    • 6
  • Srikanth Chundu
    • 2
    • 6
  • Vinaya K. C. Manchaiah
    • 3
    • 4
    • 6
  • S. Mohammed Ismail
    • 5
    • 6
  1. 1.Faculty of Health Sciences, National Centre for AudiologyThe University of Western OntarioLondonCanada
  2. 2.South of England Cochlear Implant Centre, Institute of Sound and Vibration ResearchUniversity of SouthamptonSouthamptonUK
  3. 3.Department of Vision and Hearing SciencesAnglia Ruskin UniversityCambridgeUK
  4. 4.Department of Behavioral Science and Learning, Linnaeus Centre HEAD, The Swedish Institute for Disability ResearchLinköping UniversityLinköpingSweden
  5. 5.Amplifon IndiaBangaloreIndia
  6. 6.Audiology India, Registered Non-government OrganizationMysoreIndia

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