Last week, clinical staff from The Hearing House attended the 32nd World Congress of the International Association of Communication Sciences and Disorders (IALP) hosted at Aotea Centre in Tāmaki Makaurau.
The conference has been three years in the making with the global COVID pandemic forcing the organisers to delay the event from its original 2020 start date.
Despite the challenges of the past few years, the conference was a huge success with more than 1,000 delegates attending from all over the world.
Members of The Hearing House team, including Dr Holly Teagle, Caroline Selvaratham, Gracie Adams, Denice Bos, Latasi Koro and Bronwyn Bailey all participated in panel discussions with topics including speech therapy, audiology, communication disorders, cultural and linguistic considerations within audiology and speech therapy, and physical disabilities affecting communication and hearing.
The conference also provided an opportunity for The Hearing House team to share learnings and knowledge gained from supporting their clients/kiritaki with colleagues from around the world.
In collaboration with Cochlear Ltd, The Hearing House hosted a breakfast event for more than 80 delegates to review and discuss the new Living Guidelines for Adult CI Users, developed by the Cochlear Implant Global Task Force.
As a member of the task force, Dr Holly Teagle has been instrumental in developing the new guidelines which provide guidance for hearing professionals to improve the standard of adult hearing healthcare, including assessment and follow-up care for a cochlear implant client.
She added, “Interest in the release of the guidelines was high and I hope that other New Zealand hearing healthcare professionals will want to be involved with these efforts and will reach out to the two cochlear implant teams in Aotearoa New Zealand -- The Hearing House and the Southern Cochlear Implant Programme (SCIP).”