3rd Paediatric Audiology and Hearing Aid Masterclass

Posted by on April 24, 2017

3rd Paediatric Audiology and Hearing Aid Masterclass

A 2 day course consisting of instructional sessions and practical workshops, aimed at Paediatric Audiologists, Specialist Teachers, Physicians and those interested in Paediatric audiology.

The course is run with international faculty including Dr Marlene Bagatto, University of Western Ontario, Canada; Dr. Harvey Dillon (via video link), National Acoustics Laboratory, Australia; Professor Tony Wright, UCL Ear Institute, London; and Dr Doris-Eva Bamiou, Reader and Consultant in Audio vestibular Medicine, UCL Ear Institute, London.

This is the third iteration of previous courses organized by the West Kent Children’s Hearing Service, Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Course fee – Early bird (until 28th February 2017) - £425. Full fee - £475. Single day - £250.

Contact details –  Julie.stephens@kentcht.nhs.uk.

Please register your interest early as places will be limited: https://www.kentcht.nhs.uk/third-paediatric-hearing-aid-audiology-masterclass/

Course Organiser  – Dr Raj Nandi, Consultant Audio vestibular Physician. Email – rajnandi@nhs.net

Course Description

This two-day course will offer current, evidence-based strategies for the selection and fitting of hearing aids to the paediatric population. The unique needs of infants with hearing loss will be highlighted in terms of their impact on the clinical practice of hearing assessment and subsequent hearing aid fitting. Assessment considerations will be presented with a focus on integrating electrophysiological (ABR) threshold estimates with intervention and the importance of measuring ear canal acoustics (RECD).

Non-electroacoustic and electroacoustic hearing aid selection will be discussed, with emphasis on the Desired Sensation Level (DSL) Method v5.0. Verification of hearing aid performance will be presented in order to highlight infant-friendly techniques and the application of advanced technologies to this pre-lingual population. Outcome evaluation will be discussed in the context of a systematic protocol.

These topics will be discussed by Dr Marlene Bagatto from Western University in London, Canada. She will deliver dynamic lectures to provide the details of the paediatric hearing aid fitting process from an evidence-based and clinical practice perspective. Within the two days, guided hands-on activities will be available through a practical workbook provided to participants. Additionally, supplemental paediatric audiology topics will be offered by other esteemed presenters throughout the course.