Tuesday 5th March 2013
Scientists from the audiology department at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital have been given an award from the British Society of Audiology (BSA).
Head of audiology Dr John FitzGerald, lead paediatric clinical scientist Claire Vine, and trainee scientist Lydnsey Young have all been rewarded for their work into detecting hearing loss in young children.
The team were handed the Jos Millar Shield, which is awarded by the BSA for the best research paper published in the society's newsletter.
The research paper came around after the team took adults with satisfactory hearing and used earplugs to simulate hearing loss in one ear.
They were then tested on how well they were able to hear sounds coming from their left or right side, with and without the use of the earplug.
Since that study, higher pitched stimuli have been used to check the hearing of children aged between six and 30 months.
Dr FitzGerald said: “The results of the research study have not only shaped the way this testing is carried out at NNUH, but they have also been shared with other audiology teams in hospitals across the country.”
Written by Angela Newbury
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