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As a new team has taken on the running of HaLD, we must say a huge thank you to the members who are handing things over to us. Special thanks to Siobhan Brennan (past-chair), Jacqui Cairns (secretary), Sarah Bent (social media) and Carl Davies (website). They have left big shoes to fill, but we will try our best!
Here at HaLD we have a brand new committee, who are all excited to get to work designing resources, projects and events! You can find out more about our committee members on their page of the website. Do check back regularly as we will be adding updates of all the work we are doing behind the scenes!
Our new committee formed in May 2016:
Chair (Lynzee McShea): Lynzee is an Audiologist working in the North East and coordinates all of the different parts of HaLD
Social Media, Communication and Publicity (Colin Beard): Colin is an Audiologist in the South East and has been doing a fantastic job of updating our website, Twitter and Facebook pages
Multi-Professional Engagement (BJ Martin): BJ is a Lead Clinician for adults with Learning Disabilities in London and is the HaLD member responsible for making links with other organisations to raise the profile of hearing loss in people with LD. She also makes sure we are a part of any relevant conferences and meetings organised by others.
Meetings and Treasurer (Mandeep Dubb): Mandeep is an Audiologist in Yorkshire. We have two meetings per year; one of which is an online event called e-HaLD. Mandeep organises these meetings, finding venues, funding and speakers.
Regional Representative Coordinator (Chris Corkish): Chris is a lecturer in LD nursing in the North East. As well as being the regional representative for this area, he also coordinates the whole network of our regional representatives.
We are always looking for new members, so if you are interested in being a part of the committee and have a little free time to spare, do get in touch!
Welcome to our new website!
HaLD has a new team and we are working hard to develop resources and build a community of professionals who are interested in hearing and people with learning disabilities.
We have around 150 members on our mailing list, mainly Audiologists, Speech and Language Therapists and LD Nurses, all working around the UK. As a group we are passionate about improving communication and to allow people to maximise their potential.
We hope you like our new logo, which we think reflects how important hearing and communication is to us, and we look forward to creating a link with parents, carers, families, friends and most importantly, people with LD themselves.
If you have any ideas, comments or suggestions, please get in touch!
A Social Story aimed at adults with learning disabilities and those on the autistic spectrum, to explain/encourage people to attend audiology appointments. This resource has benefited from input from Lothian Audiology services.
An audit of people coming through the Special Hearing Clinic for people with learning disabilities in Derby showed that in excess of 60% of them had impacted ear wax. How do we address this?
Much of this wax was too hard to remove in a single session so olive oil was prescribed. At follow up, we frequently found that the oil had not been administered properly and consequently the wax was still too hard to remove. Questioning of carers showed that despite written instructions on how to use the oil, they frequently administered the oil drops whilst people were in a seated position. We therefore developed a photo instruction leaflet. Use of this leaflet has resulted in a dramatic improvement in effective olive oil administration. It is accessible to both clients and their carers.
When assessing somebody using pure tone audiometry with a conditioned response we get our clients to put a peg on a table. We find that it is more suitable than using a man in a boat or any other toys used in conditioned response audiometry with children.
As requested at the Oct 2012 meeting, here is the information that we created for carers, significant others, hospital wards, etc so that all the basics are in one easy-to-find place. This doesn’t replace the personalised information given to people with hearing aids, but helps to keep everyone else informed. We also staple hearing aid details, audiogram and personal plan to it for care notes. We have also suggested the 2 sides be displayed on an appropriate wall in homes/wards.
Leaflet – ‘Getting used to your digital hearing aid’ -from Milton Keynes Hospital Audiology Department.
Leaflet – ‘Getting used to your digital hearing aid’ -from Milton Keynes Hospital Audiology Department. This is an Easy Read version of a leaflet we give to all new hearing aid wearers.
There are 5 different ways to present the test stimuli:- photographs, line, drawings, objects, symbols, written words.
To do the test you will first need to select the materials that are best for the person being tested. – With some people you may wish to use a combination of mediums.
A. Selecting the test words
- Choose the set of cards most appropriate to the individual:
- line, drawings
- symbols or
- written words
- Get the person to name each of the stimuli and eliminate those pictures/words/etc that are not named with the correct word. e.g. if the stimulus word is “tap” but the person names it “water” then eliminate the stimulus from the set.
- Eliminate those with non matching vowels (due to variation in regional accent)
- Delete the words that will not be used in the test from the score sheet.
B. Carrying out the test:
- Using the test set pictures ask the person to “Show me the ………”. It is essential to use this carrier sentence for each word tested because this provides the transitional cues which are lost if the word is said in isolation. It is also important NOT to pause between the words ”the..” and the test word because this too will effect the auditory cues.
- Record the response on the record sheet.
C. Object test:
When to use the test:
- Can be used with people who only respond to objects
- Can be used with the other test materials as a shortened test
For a print out of instructions click on the link: HALD speech Discrimination test instructions