Reflection Paper On Hearing Screening

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Observations: On December 6, 2016, Temple University Speech Language and Hearing Center (TUSLHC) offered free hearing screenings to Temple University faculty and students. Three screenings were observed. Each screening included a throughout case history interview, an otoscopic examination, and pure-tone threshold hearing screening. During the case history interviews, the graduate clinicians asked each client a series of questions pertinent to their hearing. The case history included questions, such as history of hearing difficulties/loss, current issues, familial history of hearing difficulties/loss, and daily activities that may affect hearing, in order to determine clients at risk for hearing difficulties/loss. Two of the three clients (Client …show more content…
When comparing administration methods and procedures that I learned in this course with the hearing screenings I observed, I noted a few key differences. Firstly, the graduate clinicians performing the case history questions did not always provide examples for questions they were asking. Specifically, when asking about activities that the clients participated in that could affect their hearing, some of the graduate clinicians did not provide examples, such as ‘going to concerts’ or ‘playing an instrument.’ This could have led to missed information if the clients were unaware of activities that could put them at risk for hearing loss. That being said, the graduate clinicians I observed followed up client answers with appropriate follow-up questions and provided counseling and advice when needed in a professional manner. For example, when Client B reported that he/she played in a band, the graduate clinician presented follow-up questions, such as frequency and duration of practices, as well as suggested strategies for the client to protect his/her ears and to follow-up with hearing screenings every few …show more content…
During screenings that we performed this semester, we did not put on gloves before beginning otoscopic examinations. This was not explicitly reviewed in class meetings, although on further reflection, we should have always used gloves. According to ASHA (2004a), evaluations should adhere to universal health precautions, including the use of gloves, to protect both the client and the clinician from exposure to bodily fluids. Otherwise, otoscopic examinations were carried out in the same fashion as we were taught, including placing a clean tip on the otoscope after each use, anchoring the arm on the client for stability, providing a brief explanation and comments on what is being observed, and providing suggestions when necessary. For example, Client B was observed to have excess cerumen, so the graduate clinician suggested that the client wipe his/her ears with some tissue paper after a

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