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Supports and Resources for Implementing Pediatric Tele-Audiology

Presented by: Jeff Hoffman, Bill Campbell and Brandt Culpepper

When: June 10, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MT


The focus on telehealth has increased during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as health professionals seek to provide a wide variety of health services while maintaining social and physical distancing. While tele-audiology has been in existence for several decades, there is currently a renewed interest by audiologists to adopt telehealth strategies for audiologic assessments and services.

The National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM) recently completed a tele-audiology project funded by HRSA/MCHB and AMCHP with the goal of assisting audiology facilities that interested in or that are able to begin conducting pediatric audiologic assessments and services remotely.

This workshop will present the historical background of tele-audiology, an overview of the NCHAM tele-audiology project, the survey results of pediatric audiology facilities use of tele-audiology, and strategies to support adoption and provision of tele-audiology. Resources developed for the project include the revised Tele-Audiology Guide, an Introductory Guide, a planning tool and flowchart, five Technical Support sessions, a Remote Hearing Aid Programming Simulation, and a Facebook group.

Learning Objectives:

  • List the types of tele-audiology assessments and services
  • Identify the factors to be considered to plan and implement tele-audiology
  • Locate tele-audiology resources


Jeff Hoffman, MS, CCC-A. Consultant - National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management

Jeff Hoffman, managed the Tele-Audiology project with the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM) at Utah State University. Jeff was the Outreach Coordinator with the Early Childhood Hearing Outreach (ECHO) Initiative at NCHAM for seven years and an EHDI Network Consultant for NCHAM for two years. He also served as the program manager for the Nebraska Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program for six years. Jeff chairs of the Hardin County (Iowa) Board of Health and the Greenbelt Home Care/Public Health. He has served on the board of the Dimensions Educational Research Foundation from 2002-14 and was chair from 2006-12. He also served as president of the Directors of Speech and Hearing Programs for State Health and Welfare Agencies in 2008.

Bill Campbell, MCISc. Infant Hearing Consultant

Bill Campbell is a semi-retired Canadian audiologist. Bill has over 20 years of experience as a pediatric audiologist and was the regional coordinator for the Ontario Infant Hearing Program since it's inception in 2001 until his retirement in 2018. He continues to be active in the field, consulting to various agencies in relation to Early Hearing Detection and Intervention programs. He remains active in the Ontario Infant Hearing Program as well, providing clinical services on occasion and consulting on program and protocol development. Bill began researching and implementing remote infant Auditory Brainstem Response assessments through teleaudiology in 2008 and developed practices and protocol in use today.

Brandt Culpepper, PhD, CCC-A. EHDI Team Lead, Georgia Department of Public Health

Dr. Brandt Culpepper is the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Team Lead in the Division of Health Promotion at the Georgia Department of Public Health. She has more than 30 years of experience as pediatric audiologist in academic, medical, and public health settings with a focus on early identification of hearing loss. She currently serves on the board of the Directors of Speech and Hearing Programs for State Health and Welfare Agencies, is a member of the CDC EHDI Outcomes Committee, and is facilitating the expansion of infant hearing assessments through teleaudiology in Georgia.