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Paediatric Hearing Aids: An Introduction

An Introduction / Update on Clinical Skills for Paediatric Habilitation

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Tuesday 21 April 2020 - Thursday 23 April 2020
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 Habilitation. The course is for Audiologists who are beginning to work in paediatric hearing aid clinics, or who would like an update.

The course will be of interest to professionals who work with audiologists and who wish to gain an insight into paediatric hearing aid clinics. It is also appropriate as a short focused orientation for non-graduates (including associate and assistant practitioners) who may be assisting in clinics.

The course covers all aspects of routine paediatric hearing aid clinics, including strategies for testing, hearing aid provision with limited threshold information, RECD, verification and outcome measures, wireless accessories, and multi-disciplinary teams.

The course does not cover advanced practice, assessment of complex cases, or paediatric assessment techniques.

On the final morning there will be a workshop on paediatric hearing aid technology and RECD measurements. The following manufacturers will be involved:
Oticon, GN Hearing, Phonak – paediatric hearing aid range and features.
The Phonak Roger system – demonstration and discussion.
Otometrics, Interacoustics, Sivantos – how to perform RECD measurements on this equipment.

Course faculty
Georgie Hill

Clinical Scientist
Sheffield Children's Hospital NHS FT,

Adam Walker

Clinical Scientist (Audiology)
Trafford Hospitals,
Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS FT,

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,

Ed Brown

Consultant Clinical Scientist (Audiology)
Head of Audiology,
Royal Hospital,

Graham Hilton

Head of Professional Services
Phonak UK

Tony Murphy CEng MIET

Wireless Communications Specialist
Phonak UK

Dr Imran Mulla PhD

Audiology Lead for Education
Bolton Sensory Support

Course programme
Tuesday 21st April 2020
9.00 Registration and Coffee
9.15 Welcome and Introduction
Anne Davies
9.40 Preparing the Parents [30 mins]
Adam Walker
10.15 Difference between Adults and Children [30 mins]
Dr Greg Nassar
10.45 Introduction to Prescription Formulae [20 mins]
Dr Greg Nassar
11.05 Break
11.20 Introduction to RECD / REAR Theory [45 mins]
Ed Brown
12.10 Real-world RECD, including video and quiz [35 mins]
Dr Greg Nassar
12.45 Lunch
1.45 Strategies for Testing [30 mins]
Adam Walker
2.20 Hearing Aid Provision with Limited Threshold Information [45 mins]
Ed Brown
3.10 Break
3.25 Evaluation of Hearing Aids using Speech Testing [45 mins]
Dr Greg Nassar
4.15 Verification of Frequency Lowering [45 mins]
Graham Hilton
5.00 End of Day
Wednesday 22nd April 2020
8.45 Coffee
9.00 Outcome Measures / Questionnaires [55 mins]
Georgie Hill
10.05 Wireless Accessories [45 mins]
Dr Imran Mulla PhD
10.50 Break
11.05 Roger System [30 mins]
Tony Murphy CEng MIET
11.40 Communicating with Parents, Children and Young People [45 mins]
Georgie Hill
12.30 Lunch
1.30 Introduction to Complex Fittings [45 mins]
Adam Walker
2.20 Issues after Fitting [45 mins]
Dr Greg Nassar
3.10 Break
3.25 Transition Services [45 mins]
Kath Lewis
4.15 Multi-Disciplinary Teams [25 mins]
Adam Walker
4.40 Discussion & Questions
5.00 End of Day
Thursday 23rd April 2020
9.00 Coffee
Phonak, Oticon, GN Hearing, Otometrics, Interacoustics & Sivantos
12.30 Lunch
1.30 Planning the Hearing Aid Fitting & Review [1 hour 30 mins]
Georgie Hill
3.05 Course Review
Anne Davies
3.40 Close of Course
Course content

Preparing the Parents
In most cases the parents will decide whether the child wears the hearing aid – we need to get this bit right!

Difference between Adults and Children
What makes them different and how does that apply to the child, family and ultimately their hearing aids?

Introduction to Prescription Formulae
A brief history of how the NAL and DSL teams derive their formulae, and discussions around proprietary fitting rules.

Introduction to RECD / REAR Theory
The prescriptive approach to paediatric hearing aid provision will be considered, including the selection of appropriate parameters in the prescriptive rule and fitting software, and the individualisation of the approach through the use of measures such as the Real Ear to Coupler Difference (RECD).

Real-World RECD
Tips and troubleshooting RECD in the clinic.

Strategies for Testing
How to get the most from a testing session to ensure the best possible hearing aid set-up.

Hearing Aid Provision with Limited Threshold Information
This talk will consider the practical considerations when there may be limited or incomplete threshold information to prescribe the amplification. In particular this will cover the availability and uncertainty of Auditory Brainstem Response and Behavioural Audiometry thresholds, and guidance on how they should be employed and documented in the clinical record.

Evaluation of Hearing Aids using Speech Testing
Things to do with the child and their family once they’re wearing their hearing aids, in addition to asking them ‘How does that sound?’

Verification of Frequency Lowering
As frequency lowering is now a standard feature within hearing instrument technology, its use supported by an increasing body of peer-reviewed evidence confirming clinical utility, this presentation will explore the latest ‘best-practice’ probe microphone verification techniques to assist in optimisation of settings.

Outcome Measures / Questionnaires
The range of outcome measures used to assess hearing aid benefit in children, why and what benefits they give.

Wireless Accessories
A brief introduction to which devices are out there and when to fit them.

Roger System
An introduction to Phonak’s Roger technology and an overview of the connectivity options.

Communicating with Parents, Children and Young People
Communication skills scenarios and explanation related to hearing aid fitting and reviews.

Introduction to Complex Fittings
How to approach the hearing aid fitting when dealing with children with unusual hearing loss configurations or other additional needs.

Issues after Fitting
Addressing the needs of children wearing and managing hearing devices following fitting  including maintenance and earpieces; understanding the older children issues around compliance and helping them in dealing with this.

Transition Services
Transitioning from the paediatric to the adult service can be a daunting proposition – how can we make this as smooth a process as possible for our patients.

Multi-Disciplinary Teams
Examples of other professionals that we could (and should!) work with.

Hands-on workshops in small groups (20 mins each) with Oticon, GN Hearing, Phonak, Sivantos, Interacoustics and Otometrics. The workshops will be:
Paediatric Hearing Aids available from Oticon, GN Hearing and Phonak.
RECD (practice and discussion) with Sivantos, Interacoustics and Otometrics.
Phonak Roger system, devices available and troubleshooting.

Planning the Hearing Aid Fitting & Review
Why do we plan the session. Examples of case studies and planning for hearing aid fitting and reviews, and specific considerations for children.

Accommodation and travel

Accommodation costs are not included in the course fee.

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. We 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.

Leaving the course early on the final afternoon is not advised. Train travel from the Warrington stations should be booked for no earlier than 4.30pm.

Methods of payment

Purchase order number and invoice address (supplier: Anne Davies Audiology Courses)
Cheque (payable to Anne Davies Audiology Courses)
Credit / debit card
Monthly instalments by direct debit (UK customers). Two payments of 50% over two months, or three payments of 33.3% over three months, interest free.

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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