Simple steps to improved adult audiological rehabilitiation

In this workshop we will discuss the common barriers to both uptake, and success of audiological rehabilitation. Theoretical discussion will be scaffolded by implementing tools and strategies with simulated patients, aimed at reducing barriers and achieving successful outcomes.


  • Wednesday, 29 August, 2018 - Thursday, 30 August, 2018
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Course Code:   CPE18AAR

Course Information

In this workshop we will discuss the common barriers to both uptake, and success of audiological rehabilitation. Theoretical discussion will be scaffolded by implementing tools and strategies with simulated patients, aimed at reducing barriers and achieving successful outcomes.

Learning Outcomes.

At the completion of this workshop participants should be able to:

  • Improve clinician Identification of common barriers to rehabilitation
  • Implement use of simple tools to aid in investigation and remediation of barriers
  • Apply quick measures to investigate directional microphone function
  • Identify patients requiring more aggressive noise reduction strategies using defensible methods
  • Apply simple measurements to improve frequency lowering technology outcomes


9-9.30am         Introduction and overview

9.30-10.30       Dealing with barriers to rehabilitation: 1. Common barriers and models

10-11am          2. Simple tools; the line, box, circle and reflective listening reminder

11-12noon       3. Case studies and living well exercise

12-1pm            Lunch

1-2pm              Dealing with noise: 1. Trouble shooting directional microphones, front to side ratio

2-3pm              2. Acceptable noise level (ANL) theory

3-4pm              3. ANL exercises



9-9.30am          4. Predicting the impact of reverberation

9.30-10.30am   5. Measuring susceptibility to reverberation exercises and strategies

10.30-11.30am Dealing with conductive and mixed hearing loss: revision and examples

11.30-12noon  Dealing with severe to profound hearing loss: 1. Introduction

12-1pm            Lunch

1-2.30pm         2. Investigating frequency lowering technologies and their benefits

2.30-3.30pm    3. Defensible methods of fitting and verifying frequency compression                                          hearing   aids exercises

3.30-4pm         Conclusions and wrap up.



  • Dr John Newall
    John Newall completed an undergraduate degree in psychology, then a master’s degree in Clinical Audiology whilst concurrently working as a research assistant at the National Acoustic Laboratories Australia. Subsequently he worked in the audiology department of Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, completing his tenure there as Deputy Head/Senior Clinician. John completed his PhD in 2016. John currently works as the Deputy Director of audiology at Macquarie University and convenes the advanced hearing aid, audiological rehabilitation, and public health units. John owns and operates a private practice located in Westmead Private Hospital providing; audiological assessment and rehabilitation to adult and paediatric clients. John’s current research areas include; the epidemiology of hearing loss in the developing world, hearing rehabilitation in the developing world, factors affecting clinician hearing aid technology prescription, and classroom acoustics.



361-365 North Rocks Road, North Rocks, New South Wales, 2151, Australia

North Rocks, Sydney, Australia Sydney is located on Australia's south-east coast. With an approximate population of 4.5 million in the Sydney metropolitan area the city is the largest municipality in Australia. Sydney is easily accessible by air, rail and road networks from other Australian cities. Located approximately 26 km north-west of the city centre, Renwick Centre is accessible via private and public transport to metropolitan areas such as Epping, Parramatta, Hornsby and the city. North Rocks is a suburban area of Sydney and is the home of the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children since 1961.

Public Transport

There are several public transport options for getting to and from the Renwick Centre within the Sydney metropolitan area.


Cityrail train stations are located in Epping (6 km away) and Parramatta (7km away) and have connecting bus services (refer to Buses section below) to the Centre. Epping train station is on the Northern, Newcastle and Central Coast lines with a journey time of approximately 30 minutes to the city (Central, Town Hall and Wynyard stations) and 20 minutes to Strathfield or Hornsby stations. Parramatta train station offers frequent services to the city (about 40 minutes of travel time) and is located on the Western, Cumberland and Blue Mountains lines. Both stations are wheelchair accessible.


There is a bus stop directly outside the RIDBC campus - services to Epping and Macquarie Centre - and another across the road outside the Westfield Shopping Centre for services to Parramatta and Blacktown. For latest info on these routes, please visit the Sydney Buses website.
Route Destination Wheelchair Accessible
549 Epping Most
546 Epping via Carlingford Most
546/549 Parramatta Most
630 Macquarie Centre No
630 Blacktown No
610/619* City Few
610/619* Rouse Hill Few
* Access to these bus services is from the M2 motorway at Barclay Road bus stop, a 20 minute walk (1.4 km) from the Centre.

Sydney Airport

Sydney Airport has domestic and international terminals and is approximately 35 km south-east of the Renwick Centre. Cityrail train stations are located within the domestic and international terminals. To get to the centre, you will need to change trains at Central to an Epping or Parramatta service and then either take a taxi or bus the remaining distance to the centre. Journey time by public transport is approximately 90-120 minutes.


Companies providing a taxi service in the Sydney area include Premier Cabs (Phone: 13 10 17), Silver Service (Phone: 133 100), Taxis Combined (Phone: 8332 8888) and RSL Cabs (Phone: 132 211).


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