This course will describe the current cochlear implant candidacy through the VA system. It will specifically explore the expansion of our telehealth program during the pandemic.
Course created on January 21, 2022
- After this course, participants will be able to describe the barriers Veterans may face in receiving care for their cochlear implants.
- After this course, participants will be able to discuss the specific processes involved in remote mapping and aural rehabilitation for the Veteran population through telehealth.
- After this course, participants will be able to explain the use of surveys to target and guide a remote aural rehabilitation session.
|5-15 Minutes||Use of remote mapping in the VA|
|15-25 Minutes||Expansion of remote services to include aural rehabilitation services|
|25-30 Minutes||Description of TARP (Tele Aural Rehab Program)|
|30-45 Minutes||Our use of CIMS (Cochlear implant management survey)|
|45-55 Minutes||Possible adaptation for the private sector|
|55-60 Minutes||Summary, Q & A|
Jessica Preston, AuD, CCC-A is a clinical audiologist at the Connecticut Veteran’s Administration Healthcare System where she has worked since 2005. She earned her BA from UConn, MS from Southern Connecticut State University, and her Doctor of Audiology degree from the University of Florida.
Jessica has dedicated much of her career to cochlear implants and currently serves as the lead cochlear implant audiologist at the Connecticut VA. In this role, she is responsible for coordinating and managing care for Veteran cochlear implant recipients including helping with the development of cochlear implant telehealth services. In addition to her work with cochlear implants, Dr. Preston has also served on the Connecticut VA Polytrauma team. Her work on this team allows her to focus on the diagnosis and treatment of Veterans with auditory processing disorders secondary to traumatic brain injury. She is also an adjunct instructor at Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT.
Section Chief - Audiology/Speech Pathology Department
Cyndi E. Trueheart, AuD, CCC-A, is a clinical audiologist and Section Chief of the Audiology/Speech Pathology Department at the Connecticut Veteran’s Administration Healthcare System. She earned both her Bachelor of Arts degree and her Master of Science degree from Southern Connecticut State University where she is currently an Adjunct Instructor in the Communication Disorders program. She later received her Doctor of Audiology degree from Central Michigan University. Over the past 20 years, she has presented at numerous national and international conferences on the topic of adult aural rehabilitation. Her particular areas of interest include cochlear implants, telemedicine, and rehabilitation of veteran’s with dual sensory impairments.
Jessica Preston: Financial: Jessica Preston is employed by the Connecticut Veteran's Administration Healthcare System. Non-financial: Jessica Preston: has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
Sponsor Disclosure: This course is presented by the Association of VA Audiologists (AVAA) in partnership with AudiologyOnline.
Content Disclosure: This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.
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