Audiology

Level 2F Barry Building, Royal Sussex County Hospital

  • Telephone: 01273 664809
  • Fax: 01273 664806
  • Minicom: 01273 697102
  • Paediatric Audiologists: Dr Rob Low (Consultant), Ms Vanessa Salisbury, Ms Kate McArdle, Ms Sam Blakemore, Ms Tracy Draper, Mrs Charlotte Morris, Mr Harry Davidson, Mrs Tania Van Niekerk, Mrs Alison Burchett
  • Hearing Therapists: Ms Saskia harden, Mrs Zoe Bell, Mrs Wendy Harden

The Department of Paediatric Audiology is based at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, on the same site as the Alex. We provide a tertiary referral neonatal and paediatric assessment service for Brighton, East and West Sussex and East Surrey. We also provide a paediatric tertiary balance assessment service across the same area.

The Department aims to provide the highest possible standards of audiological care for babies and their families, keeping abreast of cutting edge technology and techniques, to meet the standards set by the National Deaf Children’s society.

We liaise closely with other professionals to best support the families of babies and children under our care. This multi-disciplinary approach encompasses paediatrics, neonatology, ENT, neurology, oncology, Cochlear Implant services, speech and language therapy, sensory needs social care services and voluntary organisations. Our aim is to ensure a smooth and supported transition through young adult and adult services.

The department is the leading tertiary Paediatric Audiology Service in East and West Sussex. It was named the highest quality paediatric audiology service in the UK by the Institute of Hearing Research. It was also one of the first departments in the country to run a Newborn Hearing Screening Programme and offer a community base approach. Our paediatric audiologists are postgraduate trained registered clinicians.

The department convenes an annual Children’s Hearing Services Working Group with professionals across Sussex and East Surrey. Within this forum, parent groups are encouraged to influence service provision.

There is also a monthly clinic at Chailey Heritage Clinical Services where children are screened for hearing loss, and can be reviewed.

We support children with Bone Anchored Hearing Aids through pre-implantation counselling and post-implantation support.

Hearing Therapists provide tinnitus retraining to children and coordinate patients’ transition to adult services.