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Paediatric Assessment: A Refresher Course

An Introduction / Update for Behavioural Testing in Paediatric Audiology

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Tuesday 5 November 2019 - Thursday 7 November 2019
Course fee:

Phonak UK Ltd
Sonova House
Lakeside Drive

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Non-residential course

Delegates are responsible for booking their own accommodation for this course.


This is an introductory course to Paediatric Assessment (Behavioural Testing). The course is for Audiologists who are beginning to work in Paediatric Testing or who would like an update on current test protocols.

The course will be of interest to those wishing to gain an insight into Paediatric Audiology or who may be considering running their own service. It is also appropriate as a short focused orientation for non-graduates who may be assisting in paediatric clinics.

The course covers all the main behavioural tests, including speech discrimination testing and VRA using insert earphones and bone conduction. It also includes introduction to history taking, planning the session, calibration and room set-up, management decisions and report writing.

During the course, delegates will receive appropriate national guidelines for Paediatric Testing.

The course does not cover objective testing, advanced practice or assessment of complex cases.

Course faculty
Georgie Hill

Clinical Scientist / Children’s Senior Commissioning Manager
Derbyshire CCG,

Greg NassarDr Greg Nassar

Principal Clinical Scientist (Audiology)
Head of Audiology Services
Trafford Hospitals,
Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS FT,

Kath WoolleyKathryn Woolley

Head of Audiology
Leighton Hospital,

Kath LewisKathryn Lewis

Head of Audiology
University Hospitals of South Manchester NHS FT,
Withington Community Hospital,

Jonathan ProffittJonathan Proffitt

Senior Calibration Engineer (Audiology)
University Hospitals of South Manchester NHS FT,
Withington Community Hospital,

Marc SpinozaDr Marc Spinoza

Speciality Grade Doctor in Community Paediatrics
Hackney and Homerton Hospital,

Course programme

This programme is from the 2018 course.

Tuesday 13th November 2018
9.00 Registration and Coffee
9.15 Welcome
Anne Davies
9.25 Course Introduction
Georgie Hill
9.45 Paediatric Development [1 hour]
Marc Spinoza
10.50 Break
11.05 History Taking [30 mins]
Kath Lewis
11.40 Calibration Essentials [1 hour]
Jonathan Proffitt
12.45 Lunch
1.45 Child Protection Issues [30 mins]
Marc Spinoza & Georgie Hill
2.20 Distraction Testing [30 mins]
Kath Woolley
2.55 VRA Basics [30 mins]
Georgie Hill
3.30 Break
3.45 VRA Beyond the Basics [1 hour]
Georgie Hill
4.50 Play Audiometry [30 mins]
Kath Woolley
5.20 End of Day
Wednesday 14th November 2018
8.45 Coffee
9.00 Introduction to ANSD and APD [1 hour]
Georgie Hill
10.05 Speech Discrimination Testing [1 hour]
Kath Lewis
11.10 Break
11.25 An Introduction to Digital Audio Wireless Transmission in the World of Audiology [30 mins]
The Phonak team
12.00 Tympanometry and Reflexes [45 mins]
Greg Nassar
12.45 Lunch
1.45 Planning the Session [1 hour 45 mins]
Georgie Hill
3.30 Break
3.45 Syndromes and Disorders [1 hour 15 mins]
Marc Spinoza
5.05 Report Writing [30 mins]
Kath Lewis
5.35 End of Day
Thursday 15th November 2018
8.45 Coffee
9.00 Management Decisions [1 hour]
Greg Nassar
10.05 Communicating with Parents [45 mins]
Georgie Hill
10.50 Break
11.05 Complex Cases [45 mins]
Greg Nassar
11.55 Case Presentations [30 mins]
Georgie Hill & Kath Lewis
12.30 Lunch
1.30 Workshop [1 hour 30 mins]
Course Faculty
3.00 Equipment Demonstration
3.30 Course Review
Anne Davies
4.00 Close of Course
Course content

Paediatric Development
A whistle-stop tour of stages in child development assessed by paediatricians as part of a paediatric history (including aspects of Down syndrome), which have implications for audiology testing.

History Taking
The essentials of a good history, why and when. Appropriate questions to ask. Example of history taking in clinic.

Calibration Essentials
The importance of calibration for paediatric audiology specifically.

Child Protection Issues
Raising awareness of child protection issues in relation to audiology.

Distraction Testing
The orienting reflex and the most appropriate sounds to evoke a response. Criteria for testing, equipment required, frequencies produced, room set-up and pitfalls.

VRA Basics
Underlying principles of Visual Reinforcement Audiometry (VRA), room set-up, equipment. The practical procedure of performing VRA in the soundfield.

VRA Beyond the Basics
The challenges whilst performing VRA; tactics and good practice to obtain reliable results. The use of insert earphones and bone conduction transducers. Interpretation of VRA results.

Play Audiometry
The requirements of the test, environment, and equipment. A review of the co-operative test. The suitability of play audiometry and the techniques, procedure and results. This is supported by a video demonstration.

Introduction to ANSD and APD
A basic introduction to these conditions, diagnosis and correct management, case studies.

Speech Discrimination Testing
The various types of speech tests available. Appropriate tests for developmental age. Examples of live test in a clinic.

Tympanometry and Reflexes
The difference between standard and high frequency tympanometry testing and results. Test protocols, parameters and pitfalls.

Planning the Session
Why and when do we plan, using information from the referral and history, deciding which tests to use, interactive group work.

Syndromes and Disorders
A review of causes of deafness including syndromes, infections, and other disorders affecting hearing.

Report Writing
Essence and structure of a good report. Why we write them, who to, and what should they inform the recipient about.

Management Decisions
Factors to be considered when formulating management plans. Discussion of case histories and management options.

Communicating with Parents
Communications skills, scenarios and group work on explaining different results.

Complex Cases
Tips and tactics to get the most out of an assessment when testing is more complex or challenging than expected.

Case Presentations
Examples of when to change how we assess and adapt when faced with more challenging cases in clinic.

Hands-on work in small groups.

Comments from previous delegates

These comments are from the 2018 course flyer.

“A highly informative and well organised course.”

“Speakers were very engaging. Content was also very relevant to clinical practice.”

“Highly recommend this course. Well delivered, full of lots of useful information which I could use the next day in clinic.”


Sonova House (Phonak UK Ltd) is situated in Warrington town centre.

‘Premier Inn, Warrington Centre’ and ‘The Village Hotel Club, Warrington’ are a short walk from the Phonak offices. There are a number of other hotels and bed & breakfast within close proximity in central Warrington.

The course fee includes evening dinner on the Tuesday evening of the course.

Driving into and out of Warrington can be subject to considerable delay during rush-hour traffic. We would therefore recommend staying over in Warrington rather than driving daily to the course. Where the latter is unavoidable, please leave plenty of time for your journey.

Methods of payment

Purchase order number and invoice address (supplier: Anne Davies Audiology Courses)
Cheque (payable to Anne Davies Audiology Courses)
Credit/debit card

If you are travelling from overseas and require a visa: once you register and pay, we can provide a letter confirming your place on the course. Please contact us to discuss.

This course is run in conjunction with

The Phonak Academy
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