The increasing influence of digital media on all aspects of life, especially the use of Internet and smartphone, has not left even the field of healthcare practice untouched. Telerehabilitation, implying the use of telecommunications in rehabilitation activities, is being used widely in the treatment of communication and mental health disorders. The use of telerehabilitation services makes rehabilitation more feasible, fast, time-saving and cost-effective for people who face constraints in physically presenting themselves to healthcare providers due to extent of retardation, illness or commuting issues. It is thus a boon for the people who stay in remote areas and have no access to healthcare professionals in close vicinity. Therefore, research is underway on the optimal means to deliver telerehabilitation services both locally and globally and is now seen as a critical activity in healthcare.
Chapter 6: Computer-Based Listening Training for Children with Hearing Impairment
Hearing impairment has a serious impact on the communicational abilities of the individuals affected with hearing loss. The prevalence of hearing loss in different age groups of the population has increased over the years and reached frightening levels. World Health Organization (WHO) has recorded 360 million (5.3% of the total population of the world) individuals in the world with hearing loss, among which, 32 million (9%) is paediatric population (WHO 2012). Also, this disabling hearing loss in the paediatric population is found to be the greatest in Asia-Pacific, Southern Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa (WHO 2012). All these reports ...