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Features of this test
In order to accommodate a wide range of different abilities and preferences we have developed the test materials in a range of different formats with a very wide range of vocabulary from which to choose from. This enables the tester to individualise the test by selecting only words that are known to the person being tested and using materials that are familiar to them.
The test cards come in 4 different formats and these can be downloaded and printed from the links below:
The test stimuli contain commonly used nouns – some of which are likely to be known to person
- The words are arranged in sets of similar sounding words covering sounds across the range of speech frequencies
- The materials allow the tester to select test words from a large group of words. This provides the following advantages:
- It gives the flexibility to accommodate different regional accents
- Flexibility to select stimuli appropriate to individualise vocabulary suitable to each person
- Objects can also be used for a shortened test
Object test or short 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
Norms cannot be suggested for this test because you cannot be certain that the errors are due to hearing impairment and not understanding. We therefore suggest that each person should be measured against his or her previous performance on the test for example with and without lip reading cues or before and after the person is fitted with a hearing aid.
- Select the objects that are in the person’s vocabulary
- Using the test object 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.
To download instructions and score sheet click link: Object test or short test
In Glasgow we send out a photo appointment letter. This letter gives details of the department and photographs of the professionals who will be involved in the assessment. To download our leaflet click on the link below.
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In Glasgow we give carers some written guidelines on how to improve communication with a person with a hearing loss.
This leaflet provides information on the symptoms, what to look for, and when to call a doctor. We give it out to carers and have found it useful to help them detect and respond appropriately to infections.
In Glasgow we provide 2 types of easy read reports:
- Easy read report Glasgow- my hearing
To report on the results of the hearing assessment. Using this format we shade shade in the area that the person will find difficult to hear (from an audiogram). This provides information about hearing to both client and carers.
- Easy read report Glasgow – what happenedThis report format is for follow up appointments. I use a pre-formatted report sheet onto which I put the relevant category of labels for clinic visit such as ” I had a hearing test”, “come back to fit hearing aid” etc.
This method of using sticky labels has the following advantages:
- You can provide the person with an instant report. This also provides the opportunity to discuss what happened at the appointment and to answer any questions.
- It is immediate so that the client can take it home with them to show to carers etc.
- It does not take up any report writing time.
- It avoids delay and costs of using a postal system after an appointment.
We find that the use of olive oil leaflet helps to ensure that the drops are used effectively.