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Audiology

This clinic provides hearing testing and hearing counselling for children under age 16.
About

​We test the hearing of any child under age 16 who is a resident of BC or the Yukon and who meets any of these criteria:

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Hearing testing of a newborn 

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Laurie Usher
Audiologist and Practice Leader

Laurie joined the staff as the Clinical Coordinator of the Audiology Department in 2001 after 20 years in public health audiology in BC. She did her training in Arizona and Idaho and her first job was as the community audiologist in Vernon. Prior to coming to BC Children’s, she was the Lower Mainland coordinator for public health audiology. She was the chair of the steering committee of the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention – BC. As a result of their efforts, the BC Early Hearing Program has been launched in BC, providing earliest detection of hearing loss and intervention services for children and their families. She is currently working in the area of evaluation and research for the BC Early Hearing Program. She has been the recipient of both the Canadian Academy of Audiology - Honors of the Academy and the Distinguished Service Award of the BC Association of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists. Her clinical work at Children’s is with the Neonatal Follow Up Team, supporting the neonatal intensive care graduates and their families along with a team of interdisciplinary colleagues.


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Alison Beers
BC Early Hearing Program Support Audiologist

Alison has worked as a pediatric audiologist, in both public health and at BC Children’s Hospital, since completing her M.Sc. in Audiology from the University of British Columbia in 2007. In her current role as Program Support Audiologist for the BC Early Hearing Program (BCEHP), Alison provides audiological assessment and auditory brainstem response (ABR) assessment for children from around the province, as well as ABR support and training to the BCEHP Diagnostic Audiologists.



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Cochlear Implant Coordinator


Raegan has worked as an audiologist, primarily in the area of cochlear implants since graduating from Western Washington University in 2004 with her M.A. in Audiology. Raegan has also recently completed her Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree from Salus University in October of 2010. She began her career working with the adult Cochlear Implant Program with the Calgary Health Region for two years, and then went on work with Cochlear Americas as the Clinical Applications Specialist for Western Canada for 5 years. She joined the Cochlear Implant Team in August 2011.


 

Prepare

We usually pre-register our patients. You should be getting a call from the Admitting Department a couple of days before your appointment. If you do not hear from the Admitting Department, please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment and report to the information and admitting area (in the hospital lobby) to register your child.

If your child has been pre-registered, please report directly to the Audiology and Speech Department, Ambulatory Care Building, Section K2-192 (Area 9).

If you have a cochlear implant appointment, report to the 1D clinic area in the main building. 

If at all possible, please arrange for care of siblings.

Follow-up

Patients who are seen through the Audiology Department will have various follow up recommendations, depending on their test results. 

Children are sometimes referred back to the doctor who referred them for medical care, some are referred to their local public health audiology clinic (BC public health audiology clinic listfor ongoing follow-up testing or fitting of amplification.  

Some children are referred for intervention or treatment services in their community.  

Follow-up plans will be discussed with caregivers and written in reports that are copied to them.

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