Community-Based Hearing Rehabilitation: Implementation and Outcome Evaluation Community-based rehabilitation (CBR) is a program designed to support persons with disabilities living in remote and rural areas. CBR primarily aims to provide required rehabilitation services to financially deprived persons with disabilities living in communities with limited access to such services. Today, globally, many organizations adhere to this approach to ... Article
Article  |   November 13, 2017
Community-Based Hearing Rehabilitation: Implementation and Outcome Evaluation
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Spoorthi Thammaiah
    Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX
    Audiology India, Mysore, Karnataka, India
  • Vinaya Manchaiah
    Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX
    Audiology India, Mysore, Karnataka, India
    The Swedish Institute for Disability Research, Department of Behavioral Science and Learning, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden
  • Vijayalakshmi Easwar
    Audiology India, Mysore, Karnataka, India
    The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada
  • Rajalakshmi Krishna
    Audiology India, Mysore, Karnataka, India
    All India Institute of Speech and Hearing, University of Mysore, Mysore, India
  • Bradley McPherson
    Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
  • Disclosures
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  • Financial: Spoorthi Thammaiah has no relevant financial interests related to the content of the article. Vinaya Manchaiah has no relevant financial interests related to the content of the article. Vijayalakshmi Easwar has no relevant financial interests related to the content of the article. Rajalakshmi Krishna has no relevant financial interests related to the content of the article. Bradley McPherson has no relevant financial interests related to the content of the article.
    Financial: Spoorthi Thammaiah has no relevant financial interests related to the content of the article. Vinaya Manchaiah has no relevant financial interests related to the content of the article. Vijayalakshmi Easwar has no relevant financial interests related to the content of the article. Rajalakshmi Krishna has no relevant financial interests related to the content of the article. Bradley McPherson has no relevant financial interests related to the content of the article.×
  • Nonfinancial: Spoorthi Thammaiah has no relevant nonfinancial interests related to the content of the article. Vinaya Manchaiah has no relevant nonfinancial interests related to the content of the article. Vijayalakshmi Easwar has no relevant nonfinancial interests related to the content of the article. Rajalakshmi Krishna has no relevant nonfinancial interests related to the content of the article. Bradley McPherson has no relevant nonfinancial interests related to the content of the article.
    Nonfinancial: Spoorthi Thammaiah has no relevant nonfinancial interests related to the content of the article. Vinaya Manchaiah has no relevant nonfinancial interests related to the content of the article. Vijayalakshmi Easwar has no relevant nonfinancial interests related to the content of the article. Rajalakshmi Krishna has no relevant nonfinancial interests related to the content of the article. Bradley McPherson has no relevant nonfinancial interests related to the content of the article.×
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Article   |   November 13, 2017
Community-Based Hearing Rehabilitation: Implementation and Outcome Evaluation
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, November 2017, Vol. 2, 83-95. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG17.83
History: Received September 14, 2016 , Revised November 12, 2016 , Accepted December 22, 2016
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, November 2017, Vol. 2, 83-95. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG17.83
History: Received September 14, 2016; Revised November 12, 2016; Accepted December 22, 2016

Community-based rehabilitation (CBR) is a program designed to support persons with disabilities living in remote and rural areas. CBR primarily aims to provide required rehabilitation services to financially deprived persons with disabilities living in communities with limited access to such services. Today, globally, many organizations adhere to this approach to serve the rehabilitation needs of various disabilities. Recently, the CBR approach has started gaining interest in the rehabilitation sector concerned with hearing disabilities. This paper provides a general framework for the implementation and outcome evaluation of community-based hearing rehabilitation (CBHR) programs. The entire process is discussed with support of an existing CBHR program in India implemented by a non-governmental organization (NGO), Audiology India (AI). In addition, the paper highlights several of the challenges involved in such work and also explores future directions for CBHR-based intervention programs.

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