An E-Platform for Rehabilitation of Persons With Hearing Problems Purpose The aim of this research forum article was to describe a feasible web-based solution for improving the quality of life of persons with hearing problems, such as hearing loss or tinnitus. The online platform was developed at the Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning at Linköping University, Sweden, and ... Research Forum
Research Forum  |   September 01, 2015
An E-Platform for Rehabilitation of Persons With Hearing Problems
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • George Vlaescu
    Linköping University, Sweden
  • Per Carlbring
    Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Thomas Lunner
    Linköping University, Sweden
    Eriksholm Research Centre, Snekkersten, Denmark
    Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Gerhard Andersson
    Linköping University, Sweden
    Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.
    Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication. ×
  • Correspondence to George Vlaescu: george.vlaescu@liu.se
  • Editor and Associate Editor: Larry Humes
    Editor and Associate Editor: Larry Humes×
Article Information
Hearing Disorders / Audiologic / Aural Rehabilitation / Research Forum: Internet and Audiology
Research Forum   |   September 01, 2015
An E-Platform for Rehabilitation of Persons With Hearing Problems
American Journal of Audiology, September 2015, Vol. 24, 271-275. doi:10.1044/2015_AJA-14-0083
History: Received December 15, 2014 , Revised March 23, 2015 , Accepted March 29, 2015
 
American Journal of Audiology, September 2015, Vol. 24, 271-275. doi:10.1044/2015_AJA-14-0083
History: Received December 15, 2014; Revised March 23, 2015; Accepted March 29, 2015
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Purpose The aim of this research forum article was to describe a feasible web-based solution for improving the quality of life of persons with hearing problems, such as hearing loss or tinnitus. The online platform was developed at the Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning at Linköping University, Sweden, and has been running for a number of years and used in numerous studies and treatments.

Method The security aspects of the platform as well as the process flow for running a study or treatment are described, focusing primarily on the technical and practical considerations. Also presented are the design characteristics and the main features and functions available in the platform.

Results We point out the many advantages of running Internet-assisted intervention treatments, the challenges that we have faced, and some intended developments. Many of our research colleagues, both from Sweden and other countries, have already implemented or intend to implement their own studies on this platform.

Conclusions Audiological rehabilitation can be delivered via the Internet using a stable online platform. Security and usability are important factors to have in mind for the design as well as adaptability to the patients. A next development step is to implement and test blended treatments using video conferencing inside the platform.

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