"The COVID-19 crisis has ushered in a new era in hearing healthcare that requires a radical rethinking of service delivery in audiology. Low- and no-touch services are now necessary for audiology patients – who are typically at the highest risk for COVID-19 morbidity and mortality due to their age – to access medical care. Fortunately, audiology is a technology-driven profession in terms of providing assessment and intervention, allowing unique opportunities to leverage remote and telehealth hearing care solutions." (Swanepoel & Hall, 2020)
In a seminal article on audiology and COVID-19 Professors De Wet Swanepoel and James W Hall III, both affiliated with the University of Pretoria, consider the future of audiology during COVID-19 and beyond. This article, first featured as the cover story for the Hearing Journal has subsequently been reprinted by ENT and Audiology News.