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Innovation in the Context of Audiology and in the Context of the Internet

Bernstein, Lynne E.; Besser, Jana; Maidment, David W.; Swanepoel, De Wet


Lynne E. Bernstein

Jana Besser

David W. Maidment

De Wet Swanepoel


Purpose: This article explores different meanings of innovation within the context of audiology and the internet. Case studies are used to illustrate and elaborate on the new types of innovation and their levels of impact.

Method: The article defines innovation, providing case studies illustrating a taxonomy of innovation types.

Results: Innovation ranges from minor changes in technology implemented on existing platforms to radical or disruptive changes that provide exceptional benefits and transform markets. Innovations within the context of audiology and the internet can be found across that range. The case studies presented demonstrate that innovations in hearing care can span across a number of innovation types and levels of impact. Considering the global need for improved access and efficiency in hearing care, innovations that demonstrate sustainable impact on a large scale, with the potential to rapidly upscale this impact, should be prioritized.

Conclusions: It is unclear presently what types of innovations are likely to have the most profound impacts on audiology in coming years. In the best case, they will lead to more efficient, effective, and widespread availability of hearing health on a global scale.


Bernstein, L. E., Besser, J., Maidment, D. W., & Swanepoel, D. W. (2018). Innovation in the Context of Audiology and in the Context of the Internet. American Journal of Audiology, 27(3S), 376-384.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 18, 2018
Online Publication Date Nov 19, 2018
Publication Date Nov 19, 2018
Deposit Date Oct 5, 2018
Publicly Available Date Oct 5, 2018
Journal American Journal of Audiology
Print ISSN 1059-0889
Electronic ISSN 1558-9137
Publisher American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 27
Issue 3S
Pages 376-384
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