Feasibility of community health workers as teleaudiology patient-site facilitators: a multilevel training study

Laura Coco, Rosie Piper, Nicole Marrone

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Objective: We evaluated the feasibility of a multi-level teleaudiology patient-site facilitator training program for Community Health Workers (CHWs) at a partnering health centre in southern Arizona. Design: Three levels were offered: Introductory, with basic information on hearing loss and teleaudiology; Intermediate, on technology, team roles, and access issues; and Facilitator, on further knowledge and hands-on skills to serve as patient-site facilitators in synchronous hearing aid service delivery. Six domains of feasibility were addressed using a mixed-methods design. Quantitative data included survey responses and observation of hands-on skills. Qualitative data included field notes from group discussion and open-ended survey questions, and were analysed using CHW core competencies. Study sample: Twelve CHWs participated in the introductory training, ten moved on to intermediate, and three continued to the facilitator. Results: Quantitative outcomes indicated that the trainings were feasible according to each of the six domains. CHWs in the facilitator training passed the practical hands-on skill assessment. Qualitative analyses revealed CHWs comments addressed eight of the ten possible CHW core competencies, and focussed on service coordination/navigation, and capacity building. Conclusions: Teleaudiology trainings for CHWs were feasible, increasing service capacity for a potential pathway to improve access to hearing health care in low-resource areas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)663-676
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Audiology
Issue number9
StatePublished - 2021


  • Community Health Workers/education
  • Community Health Workers/standards
  • Tele-audiology/Tele-health
  • access to health services
  • inservice training
  • training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Speech and Hearing


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