Scientists from the audiology department at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital have received an award from the British Society of Audiology for a research project into hearing measurement.

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John FitzGerald, head of audiology, Claire Vine, lead paediatric clinical scientist, and Lyndsey Young, trainee scientist at the hospital have been awarded for their research into detecting a hearing loss in one ear in young children.

The research paper was written after a study was carried out where adults with satisfactory hearing used an earplug to simulate a hearing loss in one ear. They were then tested on how well they were able to hear different sounds coming from their left or right side, with and without an earplug in.

Since the study was carried out, higher pitched stimuli have been used for checking the hearing ability of children, aged between six months and two and half years old, at the hospital.

They were awarded with the Jos Millar Shield for the best research paper published in the society’s newsletter, BSA News.

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.”

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