ENSURING THE BEST START TO SCHOOL
School-age hearing screening is an integral tool in identifying children with hearing loss who were not identified at birth, lost to follow-up, or who develop hearing loss later in life. Without routine hearing screenings in schools, students with unilateral, less severe or late onset hearing loss may not be identified or may be misdiagnosed and managed. Undetected hearing loss may result in learning, behavioural or speech and language difficulties.
In order to ensure that School Nurses provide the best possible hearing screening to the reception children in BFC, Audiologist Allan Harthern BSc (Hons) travelled from Germany to Cyprus to provide them with a three day hearing screening training package. The school nurses were joined by a bank nurse from BFC and health Visitor Jackie Crawford from Brunei (In Brunei it is the health visitors who provide the hearing screening.)
This academic and practical training was interesting, thought provoking, thorough and very much appreciated by all that attended.
Helen Provan, School Nurse.