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Online-based Aural Rehabilitation Programs for Children with Cochlear Implant and Implications in Speech-Language Pathology

Haewon Byeon


Background: It is projected the number of patients with hearing loss will increase steadily because the noise environment is getting more severe due to continuing industrialization. Also, rehabilitation equipped with individualization, precision, miniaturization, portability, and accessibility is expected to draw attention.

Aim: This study examined the trend and marketability of online-based aural rehabilitation programs for patients wearing artificial cochlea and described the implications for language rehabilitation.

Materials and methods: This study is a mini review on the 4th industrial revolution and smart aural rehabilitation.

Results: The Fourth Industrial Revolution, which combines Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) and rehabilitation science, is expected to break down the boundaries between industries, brings about various forms of convergence and competition, and causes new changes. It is needed to secure and develop contents that can implement “a hand-held hospital” by using medical devices and mobile devices owned by consumers that transcend time and space. Especially, it is necessary to develop ICT-based rehabilitation program to improve the ability of children with cochlear implant to listen to the speech sound.

Conclusion: I hope that various customized aural rehabilitation programs will be developed for the hearing impaired by applying rapidly advancing ICT technologies.

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