Audit of the Aetiological Investigations Performed in Children with Sensorineural Hearing Loss At Salford

Saud K AlHajeri, Dr Mohammed Iqbal


Objective: This project aims to look at the Audiovestibular Physician’s practice at Salford and how closely it aligns with the gold standard guidelines set in the protocol lately published by the British Association of Audiological Physicians.


Method: An audit was done retrospectively on 20 patients suffering from sensorineural hearing loss. As such, patient notes were utilised to ascertain which aetiological investigations have been completed and which were not. Any inadequacy in the aetiological work up has been dissected to help know the underlying reasons.


Results: All patients had a thorough history taken and were comprehensively physically examined. 95% of patients underwent imaging in the form of MRI/CT. 80% received CMV testing. 75% underwent ECG testing. 60% received family hearing tests. Only 35% had ophthalmology examinations and 25% underwent urine and genetic testing.


Conclusion: In some cases, the low compliance rates were due to the Audiovestibular Physician not ordering the investigation as part of the aetiological work up. This could be improved with the use of a dedicated checklist to act as an aid to the physician. Moreover, genetic counselling has been proposed to attempt to boost the compliance rates with genetic testing and similarly, leaflets briefing patients’ families about the importance of undergoing hearing tests themselves is another promising proposition to help improve the adherence

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