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Paediatric Hearing Aids: A Refresher Course

An Introduction / Update on Clinical Skills for Paediatric Habilitation

Tuesday 16 April 2024 - Thursday 18 April 2024
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Course booking is closed early because the course is now full. Please contact us if you would like details of the next course in April 2025, when this is available.

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The Park Royal Hotel
Stretton Road


Non-residential course

Delegates are responsible for booking their own accommodation for this course. The Park Royal Hotel offers a discounted bed and breakfast rate for course attendees; please contact us for details.


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 on current protocols. The speaker faculty are experienced clinical staff, and the course focuses on skills for effective clinical intervention.

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 will be of interest to professionals who work with audiologists and who wish to gain an insight into paediatric hearing aid clinics.

On the final morning there is a workshop on paediatric hearing aid technology and RECD measurements. The following manufacturers are involved:
Oticon & EduMic, GN Hearing, Phonak – paediatric hearing aid range and features.
The Phonak Roger™ system – demonstration and discussion.
Natus, Interacoustics, WS Audiology – RECD measurements on this equipment.

The course does not cover advanced practice or paediatric assessment techniques.

Course faculty
Georgie Swainson

Clinical Scientist
Sheffield Children's Hospital NHS FT,

Greg NassarDr Greg Nassar

Consultant Clinical Scientist
Head of Audiology Services
Trafford Hospitals,
Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS FT,

Ed Brown

Consultant Clinical Scientist
Head of Audiology (retired)

Louise Hart

Tracy James Hearing,

Kath WoolleyKathryn Woolley

Head of Audiology (retired)

Kath LewisKathryn Lewis

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

Graham Hilton

Director of Audiology
Phonak UK

Tony Murphy CEng MIET

Wireless Communications Specialist
Phonak UK

Course programme
Tuesday 16th April 2024
from 8.30 Arrival and Coffee
9.00 Welcome and Introduction
Anne Davies
9.15 Family Centred Care [40 mins]
Louise Hart
10.00 Difference between Adults and Children [30 mins]
Dr Greg Nassar
10.35 Introduction to Prescription Formulae [20 mins]
Dr Greg Nassar
11.00 Break
11.15 Introduction to RECD / REAR Theory [1 hour]
Ed Brown
12.20 Real-world RECD, including video and quiz [20 mins]
Dr Greg Nassar
12.45 Lunch
1.45 Strategies for Testing [30 mins]
Ed Brown
2.20 Hearing Aid Provision with Limited Threshold Information [45 mins]
Ed Brown
3.10 Break
3.25 Remote Microphones and Wireless Accessories [45 mins]
Louise Hart
4.15 Automatic Verification of Paediatric Fittings with TargetMatch [30 mins]
Graham Hilton
4.45 Discussion & Questions
5.00 End of Day
6.00 Evening meal, in the hotel restaurant
Wednesday 17th April 2024
8.45 Coffee
9.00 Evaluation of Hearing Aids using Speech Testing [45 mins]
Georgie Swainson
9.50 Outcome Measures / Questionnaires [55 mins]
Georgie Swainson
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 Swainson
12.30 Lunch
1.30 Introduction to Complex Cases [45 mins]
Louise Hart
2.20 Issues after Fitting [45 mins]
Georgie Swainson
3.10 Break
3.25 Multi-Disciplinary Teams [25 mins]
Louise Hart
3.55 Transition Services [45 mins]
Kath Lewis
4.40 Discussion & Questions
5.00 End of Day
No evening meal provided, please make your own arrangements
Thursday 18th April 2024
9.00 Coffee
Phonak & Roger, Oticon & EduMic, GN Hearing, Natus, Interacoustics & WS Audiology
12.30 Lunch
1.30 Planning the Hearing Aid Fitting & Review [1 hour 30 mins]
Dr Greg Nassar
3.05 Closing Plenary Session
Anne Davies & Course Faculty
3.40 Close of Course
Course content

Family Centred Care
The principles of family centred care, how to implement these principles into giving a diagnosis of hearing loss to a family, and building a systemic whole person approach to assessment and treatment.

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.

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

Automatic Verification of Paediatric Fittings with TargetMatch
Probe microphone measurements remain the ‘gold-stand’ for the electro-acoustic verification of hearing instrument fittings. The process, however, is often considered inefficient as the clinician must juggle with both verification and fitting software, in addition to an often uncooperative test subject, to complete the process. TargetMatch is an automated evidence-based alternative developed by Phonak and Natus which results in both more accurate matching to target and greater test-retest reliability.

Evaluation of Hearing Aids using Speech Testing
Introducing resources to use as validation tools for monitoring and assessment of functional outcomes of your paediatric hearing device fittings.

Outcome Measures / Questionnaires
An introduction to the range of outcome measures used to assess hearing aid benefit in children with a particular focus on questionnaires. Including why and when we use these and how these might guide hearing aid management along with some case examples to work through and group activities.

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 particularly related to hearing aid fitting and reviews. This will include discussion on individual management plans. Group work using case studies and examples.

Introduction to Complex Cases
The principles of Speech Mapping, atypical hearing dysfunctions, and guidance on red flagging cases needing referral.

Issues after Fitting
Addressing the needs of children wearing and managing hearing devices following fitting, including maintenance and earpieces; understanding some of the issues for older children around compliance and helping them in dealing with this. Case studies and examples included for discussion.

Multi-Disciplinary Teams
How best outcomes are shaped by Multidisciplinary teams in paediatric hearing care, the current practice and role of Education teams, and the importance of communication between hearing care professionals.

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.

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

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

Comments from previous delegates

“Very informative and suitable for those with little or lots of experience.”

“Very good facilities. Excellent food and comfortable environment.”

“Thoroughly enjoyed this course. I have learnt so much that I can put into practice. It has been well organised and well delivered.”

Accommodation and travel

Accommodation costs are not included in the course fee.

The course venue is The Park Royal Hotel, Stretton Road, Stretton, Warrington WA4 4NS. This is on the outskirts of Warrington, a 15-20 min taxi ride from Warrington town centre. The Park Royal Hotel offers a discounted bed and breakfast rate for course attendees; please contact us for details.

The course fee includes evening meal on the Tuesday evening of the course at 6.00pm. On Wednesday evening, please make your own arrangements for evening meal.

Driving into and out of the Warrington area can be subject to considerable delay during rush-hour. We therefore recommend staying over, 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. Pay online at time of booking.
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.

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