WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 4, 2010: PRESCHOOL TESTING

Today we were up and in the micobus by 7:00 am in order to make it to town to pick up our guide.  Everyone worked together to get breakfast ready, the equipment all packed up, and snacks packed for lunch. As soon as we arrived at each of the preschools everyone was ready to set up and get started. We tried our best to test at as many schools as possible. We were limited to the number of schools we could make it to due to the children’s schedule and the fact that we had to first find the school and then set-up and take down at each school before going on to the next one. Everyone did their part. By the second day of testing we had a pretty great system down. At one of the schools the biggest challenge was keeping the children quiet enough so that we could perform the OAE screenings. This is why you will see me teaching the children songs and games behind one of the school buildings to keep them away from screaming and talking outside the classrooms where we were testing.

Liz and Kelli performing otoscopy outside the one of the Creche classroom. Great job bridging!
Liz and Kelli performing otoscopy outside the one of the Creche classroom. Great job bridging!
The stickers and toys donated by the American Academy of Audiology Foundation were a big hit.
The stickers and toys donated by the American Academy of Audiology Foundation were a big hit.
After a long day of testing we stopped at a small store for an ice cream break.  Africa has the best Magnum ice cream bars.
After a long day of testing we stopped at a small store for an ice cream break. Africa has the best Magnum ice cream bars.
Please don’t try this at home.ه Connected are two laptops, a space heater, cell phone, and light for the room.ه We always had to make sure which electronics needed to have converters along with adaptors and if the converters had to be switched from high to low.ه Sadly a few pieces of equipment were ruined due to being plugged into the wrong configuration.
Please don’t try this at home.ه Connected are two laptops, a space heater, cell phone, and light for the room.ه We always had to make sure which electronics needed to have converters along with adaptors and if the converters had to be switched from high to low.ه Sadly a few pieces of equipment were ruined due to being plugged into the wrong configuration.
Kelli and I are administering a pure tone hearing screening after this child referred on his OAE screening.
Kelli and I are administering a pure tone hearing screening after this child referred on his OAE screening.
Aryel and I are teaching the children to play Duck-Duck-Goose to try and keep the children quiet enough while the other volunteers test the children with the OAE screeners.  It is very important that the testing room is free from as much noise as possible to complete the hearing screenings.
Aryel and I are teaching the children to play Duck-Duck-Goose to try and keep the children quiet enough while the other volunteers test the children with the OAE screeners. It is very important that the testing room is free from as much noise as possible to complete the hearing screenings.
They have almost got it! By the fourth time the children had so much fun.
They have almost got it! By the fourth time the children had so much fun.
I wish all children were this easy to condition during play audiometry.
I wish all children were this easy to condition during play audiometry.

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