Introduction: Ethiopia is the most populous landlocked country in the world and the second-most populous nation on the African continent. Hearing impairment is one of the most common reported disabilities in Ethiopia, a country also characterized by a severe shortage of ENT and audiological services and resources. Development of online learning programs is making it possible for many people across Africa to engage in educational opportunities that previously would have been impossible.
Methodology: The purpose of this study therefore was to determine whether medical professionals consider online education as a viable means to expand audiological service delivery in Ethiopia. A survey research design was implemented to determine if medical professionals, who are currently working in Ethiopia, consider online training in the field of audiology as a method to expand hearing health care services in Ethiopia.
Results: Results indicate that although reliable internet connection might be a challenge, the majority of participants are confident that an online training program in audiology will benefit service delivery and expand audiological services in Ethiopia. An ongoing, online training program is also considered as a means of addressing the need for sustainable service delivery and a manner in which the level of knowledge and skills of current professionals can be expanded. Although most of the participants are positive regarding online audiological training, they do feel that online training alone would not be sufficient and that such a program should incorporate a practical component as well.
Conclusion: Online education in hearing health care can assist with the expansion of audiological service delivery in Ethiopia and further research should be performed to determine the components of such a program.
Published Date: 2018-12-25; Received Date: 2018-12-03