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May 24, 2017 In the News

Do you ever daydream about living in Hawai'i? Are you curious if there would be opportunities for audiologists in this tropical paradise? If so, you may be interested in a recent article by Shaikh et al (2017) titled "Hearing and Balance Disorders in the State of Hawai‘i: Demographics and Demand for Services."

This review article lays out the clear need for hearing health-care services in the state of Hawai'i. It is worth noting that these authors reported a higher prevalence of infant hearing loss within the state compared to the national average. Additionally, Hawai'i has a large active-duty military/Veteran population who may have noise-induced hearing loss. Unfortunately, the authors state that there are only 76 licensed audiologists in Hawaii to help address this need for hearing health care services. To further complicate matters, there currently is no doctor of audiology (AuD) program in the state to train new audiologists. 

Potential solutions posed by the authors include the development of an AuD program at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa and the use of telehealth services.

Reference

Shaikh M, Hall J, McManus C, Lew H. (2017) Hearing and Balance Disorders in the State of Hawai‘i: Demographics and Demand for Services. Hawai'i Journal of Medicine & Public Health 76(5):123–127. 

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