Last July 2-16, 2016, the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery’s Clinical Audiology program administrators and students as well as partners from Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, conducted a series of screening programs for ear and hearing on kindergarten, grade one, and grade two pupils.
The screen program is a relatively quick and safe tool that measures middle ear function by introducing a very small pressure in the ear with hearing sensitivity measured through a sound generator. Administered by both local and Australian Post-graduate Audiology Interns, this pilot implementation is of importance in developing a policy for consideration by stakeholders.
A total of 332 individuals were tested, and results of the study will be released at the end of the First Term of Academic Year 2016-2017. In 2015, the University of Santo Tomas – Faculty of Medicine and Surgery through the UST Office for International Relations signed the renewed Memorandum of Understanding with Macquarie University based in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia allowing cooperation between the two institutions through collaborative research on ear and hearing health.