Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children
Annual Report 2016

Research, Publications & Presentations

Research

The early communicative environment prior to and following cochlear implants: impact on children’s early communicative and cognitive development (Prof. Edith Bavin, Dr Julia Sarant, Prof. Candy Petersen, Dr Peter Busby, & Prof. Greg Leigh). Research supported by ARC Linkage Grant LP 110100070.

e-IMP Online: Development of the Infant Monitor of vocal Production (IMP) as an online assessment instrument (Dr Robyn Cantle Moore). Supported by the HEARing Cooperative Research Centre.

Examining the effect of unilateral hearing loss on infant vocal development. (Dr Robyn Cantle Moore).

Exploring data trends, IMP: MacArthur- Bates CDI at 2 years. (Dr Robyn Cantle Moore). Supported by Macquarie University, Professional and Community Engagement initiative.

Proof of Concept evaluation: The role of Language Environment Analysis (LENA) in qualifying rehabilitation support for elderly CI recipients. (Dr Robyn Cantle Moore & Colleen Psarros).

Longitudinal outcomes of hearing-impaired children: Early vs later intervention (Dr Teresa Ching, Prof. Harvey Dillon, Prof. Linda Cupples, Prof. Greg Leigh, Dr Malin Waas). National Acoustic Laboratories-led project supported by US National Institutes of Health Grant Number: 2R01DC008080-06.

Pilot evaluation of combined investigational device: CI4CID with controlled dose of dexamethasone (Prof. Robert Cowan, A/ Prof. Robert Briggs, Prof. Stephen O’Leary, Kerry Plant, Ruth English, A/Prof. Catherine Birman, & Leanne Babic). Supported by the HEARing Cooperative Research Centre.

Prediction of outcomes in adult cochlear implant recipients (Prof. Robert Cowan, Kerry Plant, Dr Pamela Dawson, Ruth English, Dr Komal Arora, Jason Garvilis, Michelle Moran, Alex Rousset, Leanne Babic, Karen Pedley, & Dr Jacqueline Anderson). Supported by the HEARing Cooperative Research Centre.

Outcomes of cochlear implant revision surgery and outcomes (A/Prof. Melville daCruz, Dr Isabelle Boisvert, Dr Valerie Looi, Mariana Reis).

Accessible UEB Online: Developing an online training program in the Unified English Braille Code for learners who are blind or have low vision (Dr Frances Gentle). Research and development supported by the JSDJS Foundation and the James N. Kirby Foundation.

Music training for hearing impaired children and its effect on speech perception and social development – PhD project (Chi Yhun Lo – Supervisor/s: A/Prof. Catherine McMahon, Dr Valerie Looi, & Prof. Bill Thompson).

Retrospective historical study of outcomes for Canberra cochlear implant surgeries for SCIC (Janet Kenyon, Alireza Moghadam, & Dr Valerie Looi)

The effectiveness of telepractice in delivering specialist early intervention services to deaf and hard of hearing children and their families—PhD project (Melissa McCarthy—Supervisor/s: Prof. Greg Leigh & Prof Michael Arthur- Kelly). Supported by the HEARing Cooperative Research Centre.

Assessment of patterns of teacher-student interactions in sign language-inclusive classrooms (Prof. Jemina Napier, Prof. Greg Leigh, Della Goswell, & Dr Beda Carty). Supported by Macquarie University/RIDBC Enterprise Partnership Grant.

A review of oral support services for people of working age with a hearing loss—MPhil project (Michele Nealon—Supervisor/s: Prof. Philip Newall & Prof. Greg Leigh).

Auditory processing in older persons - implications for hearing aid fitting. (Prof. Philip Newall & Prof. Paul Mitchell)

The delivery of cochlear implantation related services in a remote access environment— PhD project—Macquarie University (Colleen Psarros—Supervisor/s: A/Prof Catherine McMahon, Prof. Greg Leigh & Prof. Robert Cowan). Supported by the HEARing Cooperative Research Centre.

Field testing and further development of two paediatric audiological speech tests in the Indonesian language (INDO-SPRITT AND INDO-SPASP). (Dahlia Sartika & Prof. Philip Newall).

Profiling children with vision impairment in Australia (Oz Vizkids): A national register of children with vision impairment (Sue Silveira). Research supported by the Japan Australia Friendship Fund (JAFF).

Publications

Carty, B. (2016). The “breakaways”: Deaf citizens’ groups in Australia in the 1920s and 1930s. In B. H. Greenwald & J. J. Murray (Eds.), In our own hands: Essays in deaf history 1780-1970 (pp. 211-238). Washington, DC: Gallaudet University Press.

Cupples, L., Ching, T.Y.C., Button, L., Leigh, G., Marnane, V., Whitfield, J., Gunnourie, M. & Martin, L. (2016). Language and speech outcomes of children with hearing loss and additional disabilities: identifying the variables that influence performance at five years of age. International Journal of Audiology (on-line).

Gentle, F. (2016). Foreword: Professional standards elaborations for specialist teachers (vision impairment), career stages. The Position Statement of South Pacific Educators in Vision Impairment (2nd ed.), Available from http://www.spevi.net/professional-standardselaborations/.

Gilliver, M., Cupples, L., Ching, T Y. C., Leigh, G., & Gunnourie, M. (2016). Developing sound skills for reading: Teaching phonological awareness to preschoolers with hearing loss. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 21(3), 268–279.

Leigh, G. (2016). Long-term developmental and educational outcomes of deaf and hard of hearing children with cochlear implants: Considering the evidence. Audiology, 59(1), XVI.

Leigh, G., & Marschark, M. (2016). Recognizing diversity in deaf education: From Paris to Athens with a diversion to Milan. In In M. Marschark, V. Lampropoulou, & E. K. Skordilis (Eds.) Diversity in Deaf Education (pp. 1-20). New York: Oxford University Press.

Looi, V., Lee, Z., & Loo, J. (2016). Quality of life outcomes for children with hearing impairment in Singapore. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinoloaryngology, 80, 88-100.

Looi, V., Lee, Z., & Loo, J. (2016). Hearingrelated quality of life outcomes for Singaporean children using hearing aids or cochlear implants. European Annals of Otorhinolaryngology, Head, and Neck Diseases, 133S, S25-S30.

Looi, V., Wong, Y., & Loo, J. (2016). The effects of training on music perception and appreciation for cochlear implant recipients. Advances in Otolaryngology. Article ID: 6286514. doi.org/10.1155/2016/6286514.

Marschark, M., & Leigh, G. (2016). Recognizing diversity in deaf education: Now what do we do with it? In M. Marschark, V. Lampropoulou, & E. K. Skordilis (Eds.) Diversity in Deaf Education (pp. 507-535). New York: Oxford University Press.

McGrath, A., Hollier, S., & Leigh, G. (2016). The integration of captioned multimedia and auditory access technologies for deaf and hard of hearing students in mainstream classrooms. Special Education Perspectives, 25(1), 18-30.

Moran, M., Rousset, A., & Looi, V. (2016). Music appreciation and music listening in prelingual and postlingually deaf adult cochlear implant recipients. International Journal of Audiology. 55S2, S57-63.

Plasmans, A., Rushbrooke, E., Moran, M., Spence, C., Theuwis, L., Looi, V., et al. (2016) paediatric clinical evaluation of cochlear implant users upgrading to the Nucleus® 6 system. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinoloaryngology, 83, 193-199.

Psarros, C., & Love, S. (2016) international classification of function in infant cochlear implant management Seminars in Hearing, 37, 272–290.

Silveira, S. (2016). Reaching Australians with vision impairment: the new National Disability Insurance Scheme. The Educator, 14(2), 42- 47.

Wong, C., Ching, T.Y.C., Leigh, G., Cupples, L., Button, L., Marnane, V., Whitfield, J., Gunnourie, M., & Martin, L. (2016). Psychosocial development of 5-year-old children with hearing loss: Risks and protective factors. International Journal of Audiology (online) doi:10.1080/14992027.2016.121176.

Presentations

Boisvert, I., Looi, V., Reis, M., & da Cruz, M. (2016, May). Speech perception outcomes after cochlear re-implantation surgery in adults. Audiology Australia National Conference 2016, Melbourne.

Brew, J. (2016, September). A new clinical protocol for managing patients who report discomfort when using cochlear implants. Paper presented at the XXXIII World Congress of Audiology 2016, Vancouver, Canada.

Brew, J. (2016, September). When is my switch on? Client-centred clinical guidance for activation of cochlear implants. Paper presented at the XXXIII World Congress of Audiology 2016, Vancouver, Canada.

Cantle Moore, R. (2016, February). Early childhood development (birth-5) and parent support. (Working with parents/family systems: Impact of hearing loss on early development). Course presented at The Foundation of the Deaf, Thai Ministry of Education, Bangkok, Thailand.

Cantle Moore, R. (2016, July). UHL IMPact: Examining the effect of unilateral hearing loss on infant vocal development. Paper presented at 28th Australian and New Zealand Conference for the Educators of the Deaf/12th Asia Pacific Congress on Deafness. Christchurch, New Zealand.

Ching, T. Y. C., Dillon, H., Button, L., Seeto, M., Marnane, V., Cupples, L., Leigh, G., & Cowan, R. (2016, July). Effectiveness of early intervention for improving population outcomes of children with congenital hearing loss. Keynote address at 27th Australian and New Zealand Congress on Education of the Deaf/12th Asia-Pacific Congress on Deafness, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Chisholm, K. (2016, May). Speech pathologist role in stemming the tidal wave of cognitive decline in our elderly population with hearing loss. Presented at Speech Pathology Australia Conference, Perth.

Chisholm, K. (2016, May). Cochlear implants – what to do when one walks through your door. Presented at Speech Pathology Australia Conference, Perth.

Chisholm, K., Psarros, C., & Birman, C. (2016, June). Device activation – clinical guideline for device activation: The need for variable timeframes across the ages? Presented at the Hearing Across the Lifespan (HEAL) conference, Cernobbio, Italy

Chisholm, K., Psarros, C., & Gray, C. (2016, June). Optimizing communication and cognition outcomes in elderly cochlear implant recipients. Presented at the Hearing Across the Lifespan (HEAL) Conference, Cernobbio, Italy.

Chisholm, K. (2016, June). Longitudinal outcomes for children with comprised auditory nerves following cochlear implantation. Presented at the Hearing Across the Lifespan (HEAL) conference, Cernobbio, Italy.

Dowling, M., Johnston, T., & Mandel, A. (2016, October). Hearing Loss in a Newborn: Diagnosis to Early Intervention. Presented at Audiometry Nurses Association of Australia 34th Annual Conference, Newcastle.

Gentle, F. (2016, May). Program Launch: Accessible UEB Online. Presented at the Annual Conference of Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities, Melbourne.

Gentle, F. (2016, August). Principles, practices and professional standards for education of learners with vision impairment: A regional study. Presented at the General Assembly of World Blind Union and the International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment, Orlando, Florida.

Gentle, F. (2016, November). Round Table and Debate: What society do we want? What education do we need? Paper presented at the CIUD University and Disability 3rd International Congress, Madrid, Spain.

Gilliver, M., Cupples, L., Ching, T. Y. C., Leigh, G., & Belshaw, J. (2016, July). Creating a sound start to literacy: How tablet-based intervention can improve DHH pre-schoolers’ phonological awareness skills. Paper presented at 27th Australian and New Zealand Congress on Education of the Deaf/12th Asia-Pacific Congress on Deafness, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Grenness, C, Psarros, C, & Hickson, L. (2016, May). Who are we HEAR for? Workshop conducted at Audiology Australia National Conference 2016, Melbourne.

Kirby, C., Psarros, C., & Nicholls, M. (2016, May). Clinical considerations in implementation of Backwards Compatibility: Bridging a 30 year gap. Presented at Audiology Australia National Conference 2016, Melbourne.

Leigh, G. (2016, October). Long-term developmental and educational outcomes of deaf and hard of hearing children with cochlear implants: Considering the evidence. Keynote address at 61st Congress of the Japan Audiological Society, Morioka, Japan.

Lo, C. Y., McMahon, C. M., Looi, V., & Thompson, W. F. (2016, May). Melodic contour training improves consonant discrimination and prosody perception for adult cochlear implant recipients. Presented at Audiology Australia National Conference 2016. Melbourne.

Looi, V. (2016, October). Music assessments and outcomes for cochlear implant recipients: Where have we come from, where are we going? Presented at 1st International Music and CI symposium, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Looi, V., Wong, Y., & Loo, J. (2016, May). Music training or focused music listening for cochlear implant recipients? Presented at 14th International Conference on Cochlear Implants, Toronto, Canada.

Looi, V., Wong, Y., & Loo, J. (2016). Music training or focused music listening for cochlear implant recipients? Presented at Audiology Australia National Conference 2016. Melbourne, Australia.

Looi, V. (2016, August). Music and cochlear implants. Presented at Rediscovering Music Day Seminar for Hearing Awareness Week, Canberra.

Looi, V., Boisvert, I., Reis, M., & Da Cruz, M. (2016, May). Speech perception outcomes after cochlear re-implantation surgery in adults. Presented at 14th International Conference on Cochlear Implants, Toronto, Canada.

Lown, S. (2016, November). Improving the client experience within the NDIS. Presented at NDIS Business Transformation Strategy Conference 2016, Sydney.

Marathe, S. (2016, July). Alternative Format Publications. Presented at Paediatric Vision Forum, Sydney.

McCarthy, M., Leigh, G., & Arthur-Kelly, M. (2016, June). Perceptions of family empowerment in tele-intervention. Presented at HEAL 2016: Hearing Across the Lifespan, Lake Cernobbio, Italy.

McCarthy, M., Leigh, G., & Arthur-Kelly, M. (2016, June). Caregiver and practitioner perceptions of family/provider partnerships in a telepractice setting. Presented at 3rd International Conference on Family Centred Early Intervention for Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Bad Ischl, Austria.

McCarthy, M., Leigh, G., & Arthur-Kelly, M. (2016, July). Using telepractice to advance opportunities for family-centred intervention. Presented at 2016 Alexander Graham Bell Convention, Denver, USA.

Milnes, M. (2016, September). The transdisciplinary team: An integrated approach to inclusive preschool education. Paper presented at Early Childhood Intervention Australia (ECIA) National Conference 2016, Melbourne.

Newall, P. (2016, January). Hearing healthcare in Australia. Presented at the Inaugural Meeting of the Association of Clinical Audiologists of the Philippines, Manila, The Philippines.

Newall, P. (2016, May). Sustainability. Presented at the Audiology Australia National Conference, Melbourne.

Newall, P., Newall, C.M., & Cook, G. (2016, October). Establishing a paediatric hearing service in Samoa. Presented at 7th Annual Conference, Coalition on Global Hearing Health, Making Hearing Health a Global Priority, Manila, Philippines.

Psarros, C., Birman, C., Kirby, C., & Nicholls, M. (2016 May) Backwards compatibility with N22. Presented at CI Alliance 2016, Toronto, Canada.

Psarros, C., & Cantle Moore, R. (2016, May) Shaping support for elderly cochlear implant recipients: The role of datalogging and LENA. Presented at CI Alliance 2016, Toronto, Canada.

Psarros, C., Cowan, R., Leigh, G., & McMahon, C., (2016 May) An APP for measuring speech perception using telepractice. Paper presented at CI Alliance 2016, Toronto, Canada.

Psarros, C., & Cantle Moore, R. (2016, May). Shaping support for elderly cochlear implant recipients – The role of data logging and LENA. Presented at CI2016: 14th International Conference on Cochlear Implants, Toronto, Canada.

Psarros, C. Ter Horst, K., & Kirby, C. (2016, May) Cochlear implants over a lifetime – Providing cochlear implant recipients “hearing for life” Part 1 – Paediatric focus. Workshop conducted at Audiology Australia National Conference 2016, Melbourne.

Psarros, C. (CHAIR) Brennan-Jones, C., Saunders, E., Rushbrooke, E., & Russell, T. (2016, May) Telepractice in audiology. Round Table chaired at Audiology Australia National Conference 2016, Melbourne.

Psarros, C. (2016, May) Considerations for measuring speech perception through telepractice. Presented at Audiology Australia National Conference 2016, Melbourne.

Psarros, C. (2016, May) Clinical guidance for activation of cochlear implants. Presented at Audiology Australia National Conference 2016, Melbourne.

Psarros, C. (2016, December). Singlesided- deafness across the lifespan: Issues and considerations. Presented at Audiology Australia NSW State Chapter AGM 2016, Sydney Australia.

Psarros, C. (2016, December). Implantable hearing technologies: A lifetime of opportunities. Presented at Macquarie Minds, Australian Hearing Hub, Sydney Australia.

Richards, L. (2016, June). Assessment and procedures for children with hearing loss. Course presented at The Foundation of the Deaf, Thai Ministry of Education, Bangkok, Thailand.

Silveira, S. (2016, June). A proposed model for determining the severity of vision impairment. Presented at the International Orthoptic Congress, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Tikkun, S., Kelly, S., & Gentle, F. (2016, August). Unified English Braille: Large scale braille training to support adoption. Presented at the General Assembly of World Blind Union and the International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment, Orlando, Florida.

Wallace, R. (2016, February). Improving the outcomes of students with vision impairment in mainstream settings: Challenges in the school environment for students with vision impairment. Presented at RIDBC Continuing Professional Education, North Rocks.

Wong, C., Ching, T. Y. C., Leigh, G., Cupples, L., & Marnane, V. (2016, July). Teacher and parent-rated psychosocial difficulties of 5-year-old children with hearing impairment: evidence from the LOCHI study. Presented at at 27th Australian and New Zealand Congress on Education of the Deaf/12th Asia-Pacific Congress on Deafness, Christchurch, New Zealand.