16th ANNUAL EARLY HEARING DETECTION & INTERVENTION MEETING
February 26-28, 2017 • Atlanta, GA

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Use of Baby Isao Simulator and Standardized Parents in Hearing Screening and Parent Counseling Education

The effect of using simulation with Baby Isao and standardized patients for teaching audiology students is unknown. The purpose of this study was to test the impact of the combined use of trained standardized parents and a baby simulator on students’ clinical competencies (i.e., hearing screening and parental counseling). Our hypothesis was that this educational approach increases confidence in knowledge and skills in hearing screening and parental counseling. Three scripted scenarios were used as an educational intervention. The satisfaction of the students with this learning experience also was assessed to estimate the impact of this activity on retention of information. Fourteen Au.D. students participated in a one-group pretest-posttest quasi-experimental study designed to assess self-ratings of confidence in knowledge and skills and satisfaction of the educational experience with standardized parents and a baby simulator. Participants completed a pre- and postevent questionnaire in which they rated their level of confidence for specific knowledge and skills. Six students (2 students in each scenario) volunteered to participate in the infant hearing screening and counseling scenarios, whereas others participated as observers. All participants participated in the briefing and debriefing sessions immediately before and after each of 3 scenarios. After the last scenario, participants were asked to complete a satisfaction survey of their learning experience using simulation and standardized parents. Overall, the pre- and post–simulation event questionnaire revealed a significant improvement in the participants’ self-rated confidence levels regarding knowledge and skills. The mean difference between pre- and postevent scores was 0.52 (p < .01). The mean satisfaction level was 4.71 (range = 3.91–5.00; SD = 0.30) based on a Likert scale, where 1 = not satisfied and 5 = very satisfied. The results of this educational activity demonstrate the value of using infant hearing screening and parental counseling simulation sessions to enhance student learning. Students experienced a high level of satisfaction with the learning experience.

  • Use trained standardized parents and a baby simulator in hearing screening and parental counseling
  • Improve students' knowledge, skills, and confidence in conducting hearing screening and counseling parents
  • Connect theory to practice through the use of simulation

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Ahmad A. Alanazi (), Univeristy of Arkansas for Medical Sciences , aalanazi@uams.edu;
I am a Ph.D./Au.D. candidate, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. I received my bachelor degree in Hearing and Speech Sciences from King Saud University, Saudi Arabia, and my master degree in Audiology from Flinders University, Australia. My research interests are in the areas of EHDI, education, simulation, implantable devices, and vestibular disorders diagnosis and rehabilitation.

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Nannette Nicholson (), University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, nn@uams.edu;
Nannette Nicholson is a Professor and Director of Children's Hearing Services in the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. In addition, she has an appointment at Arkansas Children's Hospital. She serves on the Arkansas Infant Hearing Advisory Board, and is on the Board of Directors for Arkansas Hands and Voices.

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