Moving forward – what have we learnt and what next…..

This final presentation will take on the challenge of summarising the intensive two days and the thinking, listening and talking which has taken place. What are the real issues left about newborn hearing screening – are there any? Have we achieved the goals the fighters for newborn screening dreamt of? Is all now well?

Set in health, education and social care, newborn hearing screening faces further challenges in increasingly difficult economic times. What can we do to ensure that the best practice is achievable and that others, including public policy makers, understand its value?



Dr Sue Archbold was the teacher of the deaf of the first child in the UK to have a cochlear implant. She then helped establish The Ear Foundation to fund the first paediatric cochlear implants in the UK, and went on to co-ordinate the Nottingham Paediatric Cochlear Implant Programme from its inception in 1989 until 2004. The programme rapidly became one of the biggest in the world, and there she developed methods of assessing and monitoring young children for implantation and a database to manage a cochlear implant programme. She helped establish quality standards for ci programmes and to influence the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE). She has published widely on the education of deaf children and on outcomes from implantation, and received her doctorate from the University of Nijmegen, cum laude, on the subject of Deaf Education: changed by cochlear implantation?

She was Chief Executive of The Ear Foundation from 2008 to 2016, leading its programme of support, information, education and research to ensure the maximum benefit from the latest hearing technologies at home, school and work, and now retains an advisory role there.

Sue is committed to working to raise awareness of the impact of hearing loss in both children and in adults and for access to today’s hearing technologies and support services for all who need them.

Sue has published widely on issues associated with language acquisition, and education for deaf and hard of hearing children. Her work has considered parental perspectives, child perspectives and the long-term developmental and educational outcomes of cochlear implantation. She has a particular interest in counselling related to audiological issues and has most recently been involved in advocacy around hearing screening.  Together with Brian Lamb she was the author of the recent (2016) UK report on hearing screening titled ‘Adult Screening: Can we afford to wait any longer’.