Current Research Projects

Paediatric hearing assessment with tele-audiology

Prof. Greg Leigh, Kim TerHorst, Genelle Cook, Prof. Philip Newall

With the improvement of technology, Telemedicine has emerged as a means to provide improved access for children in remote locations. In this context, "Tele-audiology" refers to the use of telecommunications and information technologies to assist with the provision of audiological services at a distance. The present study seeks to confirm that "remote" audiometry is a viable technique for accurately assessing air and bone conduction hearing thresholds for school age children in non-sound treated conditions. The study will assess children with normal hearing as well as children with sensorineural and conductive hearing loss. If successful, this study will demonstrate that remote technology can be used to assess children's hearing as accurately as conventional face to face assessment, and that this can be achieved in non-sound treated conditions.

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Infant Monitor of vocal Production (IMP)

Dr Robyn Cantle Moore

Neonatal diagnosis and amplification of hearing loss (HA/CI) shines a spotlight on our professional obligation to help parents assemble the knowledge and skills they seek to develop their baby’s potential for language (speech and/or sign). Very early diagnosis also sharpens our clinical focus on the latent potential of other conditions—such oro-motor difficulties and Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder (ANSD)—to frustrate an infant’s anticipated progression to spoken language.
 
The Infant Monitor of vocal Production (IMP) (Cantle Moore, 2004) was primarily conceived as a parent education tool, to scaffold parent understanding as to the nature and pace of their infant’s vocal progress toward speech. Clinically the IMP is a normed instrument which documents and assesses when (or whether) an infant’s innate vocal behaviours transition to audition-led imitations of speech and salient words. The resulting shared parent and professional knowledge aids timely decision-making with regard to intervention—appropriate device fitting and/or language habilitation approach.

Online training material is available to interested parties. You may register here.


The Australian Childhood Vision Impairment Register (ACVIR)

Sue Silveira

The Australian Childhood Vision Impairment Register is sponsored by the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children, in partnership with Guide Dogs, Vision Australia, other low vision service providers, children with vision impairment and their families. The Register is the first of its kind in Australia, and is capturing uniquely Australian data which is used to improve services for children with vision impairment. The data is also available to researchers who work in the area of eye disease and disorders of vision.

Families are warmly invited to register their children. Our age range is from 0-18 years, with any eye condition that causes vision impairment. The criteria for being included on the Register are available on our website, and if you are unsure, you can email the Register staff, who will help out. The latest Register newsletter is also available. Families and the public can access useful resources, on vision impairment and news, and events at the VI family network (www.vifamilynetwork.org.au). The VI family network website also provides access to an online parent forum, where people can meet, chat, share ideas and support one another.

We hope you and your child will consider joining the Australian Childhood Vision Impairment Register. Please visit the VI Family Network website for more details.  

Sue Silveira
Research Fellow
RIDBC Renwick Centre

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