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Type Thesis or Dissertation - Master of Education
Title Evaluation of educational audiological assessment process: a case study of audiology section at Kenyatta National Hospital, Kenya
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Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2011
Abstract
Audiological assessment forms the basis for habilitation and rehabilitation for
children and persons with hearing impairment in enabling them to become more
productive to the society and lead an independent life. It is only through effective
audiological assessment that their hearing acuity can be ascertained and early
intervention initiated. This study evaluated audiological assessment process at
audiology section of Kenyatta National Hospital. The objectives of the study
were to find out how different variables like human resources (professionals)
audiological facilities and equipments and audiological procedures interrelate
during the entire assessment process. The literature reviewed in this study reveals
that the earlier the assessment, by qualified professionals using the right
audiological procedures and right audiological facilities and equipments, the
better the outcomes. The study adopted a case study design utilizing both
qualitative and quantitative approaches. The independent variables in the study
were factors which lead to effective audiological assessment hence appropriate
intervention while the dependent variable was educational audiological
assessment. The target population was made up of 48 respondents who comprised
3 audiologists, 2 assessment teachers, 2 speech therapists, one (1) ear mould
technician and 40 parents (clients) of children with hearing impairment. All the
respondents were sampled using convenience sampling technique. Data was
collected using researcher – made questionnaire, parents (client) interview guide
and participant observation technique by the researcher. Piloting was done at
Embu Educational Assessment and Resource Centre which collaborates with Ear
Nose and Throat department of Embu Provincial General Hospital. The data was
analyzed using simple frequency tables and percentages. The findings of the
study revealed that there was inadequacy of professionals in the audiology
section, audiological facilities and equipments which limit the audiological
procedures and services provided in the hospital. The available professionals
collaborated quite well though the major challenge they encountered was funding.
The study recommended more funding of the section, training and availing more
professionals, more collaboration of professionals and creation of advocacy and
awareness. Further, similar research has been recommended in other hospitals and
for assessment of other types of disabilities like visual impairment and mental
challenges.

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