About me

This is my professional résumé less some personal details that I would rather not display on-line. Please contact me if you would like a pdf version.

Myself demonstrating video otoscopy to a student

Myself demonstrating video otoscopy to a student

CLINICAL COMPETENCE

ENT assessment (Adult and Paediatric)
Direct Referrals and Hearing Reassessments (Adult)
Paediatric diagnostics (VRA, play audiometry for all developmental ages, middle ear function testing)
Hearing aid assessments and reassessments (Adult and Paediatric)
BAHA and CROS assessments and fittings (Paediatric)
OAE assessments for ototoxicity
NHSP diagnostic testing (assisting role)
Vestibular Function Testing (Adult)
Intraoperative eABR for AN hypoplasia; and DNAP for VS hearing preservation surgery (assisting role)
Cochlear Implant assessment and reassessment (Adult)
Cochlear Implant fitting; with experience with Cochear™ and MEDEL devices, and limited experience with AB (Adult)
Cochlear Implant advanced testing (incl., NRT, eSRT, assisting integrity testing)

 

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

MSc (Clinical Science) at the University of Manchester (2018)
PhD (Sound and Vibration) at the University of Southampton (2016)
MSc (Audiology) at the University of Southampton (2011)
BSc Hons. (Communication Therapy) at University of Malta (2010)
A-Level Matriculation Certification (Biology and Chemistry) at G.F. Abela Junior College (2006)

 

OTHER CERTIFICATIONS

Cochlear™ Advanced Training (2019)
AdvancedBionics in-house training day (2019)
NIHR CRN – Good Clinical Practice (GCP) (2017)
MEDEL – eSRT, eABR and ACA in-house training day (2016)
Manchester Royal Infirmary – ‘Safeguarding children Level 3’ (2016)
Oticon – Training on Severe to Profound hearing loss (2016)
Oticon – Tinnitus training (2016)
Manchester Royal Infirmary – ‘Resuscitation training, paediatric and adult patients’ (2014; 2017; 2019)
University of Southampton. Institute of Sound and Vibration Research – ‘Course of Signal Processing for Cochlear Implants’ (2013)
University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust – ‘Work Experience in Theatre’ (2012)
University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust – ‘Venesection Workshop’ (2012)
Infonetica – ‘Integrated Research Application System (IRAS) Training Course’ (2011)
Sonus, Deaf Awareness Training – ‘Working with deaf people’ (2011)
Katholieke Hogeschool, Brugge, Belgium (Socrates CT Intensive Programme) – ‘Moving towards evidence based practice in speech language therapy through European Cooperation’ (2010)
Karolinska Institutet – Stockhom, Sweden (Socrates CT Intensive Programme) – ‘Moving towards the harmonisation of speech language therapy programmes in the European context’ (2009)

 

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS AND AFFILIATIONS

Registered as Clinical Scientist (Audiology) with the Health Care Professions Council, UK (HCPC Registration CS20625)

 

WORK HISTORY

October 2018- Current: Clinical Scientist (Audiology) and researcher, Manchester Royal Infirmary and University of Manchester, MFT, Manchester
October 2015- 2018: Trainee Clinical Scientist (Audiology), Manchester Royal Infirmary, CMFT, Manchester
October 2011- October 2014: Demonstrator in Audiology, Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, University of Southampton, Southampton
June 2010- October2010: Research Officer, University of Malta, Faculty of Health care, Communication Therapy Division, Msida
June 2010- October 2010: Speech and Language Therapist, Equal Partners Foundation. Home visits, Malta
Nov 2008- Dec 2008: Research Assistant, Employed by Rachael Xuereb for PhD Research Project. De La Salle College, Birgu

 

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES

Delivering assessment and intervention services as part of the adult cochlear implant team at the MRI.
Co-leading cochlear implant device choice group information sessions at the MRI.
Chief investigator for three parallel research projects at the MRI, as part of the ManCAD BRC.
Organising the 2019 ICAG meeting for cochlear implant audiologists.

 

JOURNAL ARTICLES

Causon A, Munro, KJ, Prendergast G, 2019. Acoustic Refex Thresholds and Reflex Growth Characteristics in Normal Hearing Adults with Varying Degrees of Noise Exposure. Hearing Research, In Review.
Causon A, O’Driscoll M, Stapleton E, Lloyd S, Freeman S, Munro KJ, 2019. Extracochlear Stimulation of Electrically Evoked Auditory Brainstem Responses (eABRs) Remains the Preferred Pre-implant Auditory Nerve Function Test in an Assessor-blinded Comparison. Otol Neurotol. 40(1):47-55.
Causon A, Newman TA, Verschuur C, 2015. A retrospective analysis of the contribution of reported factors in cochlear implantation on hearing preservation outcomes. Otol Neurotol, 36(7):1137-1145 
Verschuur C, Causon A, Green K, Bruce I, Agyemang-Prempeh A, Newman TA, 2015. The role of the immune system in hearing preservation after cochlear implantation. Cochlear Implants International, 16(S1):40-42
Causon A, Verschuur C, Newman TA., 2013. Trends in cochlear implant complications: implications for improving long-term outcomes. Otol Neurotol, 34(2):259-65

 

OTHER WORKS

MSc dissertation: The AHL Online/ Telephone Triplet Digits Test: A validation study. (2012) (Available here)
BSc dissertation: Adaptation of the Staggered Spondaic Word (SSW) test to Maltese. (2010)

 

CONFERENCES

Oral presentation. ‘Deaf Children Now’ Manchester (June 2019).  The electrophysiological assessment and outcomes of children with Cochlear Nerve Deficiency (CND): Experiences at the Richard Ramsden Centre for Hearing Implants. Causon, A.; O’Driscoll, M.
Oral presentation. ‘OMAI 10th International Symposium’ OMAI, Tel Aviv (October 2018).  Extracochlear Stimulation of Electrically-Evoked Auditory Brainstem Responses (eABRs) Remains the Preferred Pre-Implant Auditory Nerve Function Test in an Assessor-Blinded Comparison. Causon, A.; Munro, K.; O’Driscoll, M.
Oral presentation. ‘The BCIG Annual conference and AGM’ BCIG, UK (2018).  Extracochlear and intracochlear eABR: results and experiences from a within subjects study. Causon, A.; Munro, K.; O’Driscoll, M.
Oral presentation. ‘The 11th Annual Southampton Neuroscience Group Meeting’ SoNG Annual Conference Southampton, UK (2014).  Factors affecting the preservation of low frequency hearing after cochlear implant surgery. Causon, A., Newman, T.A.; Verschuur, C.A.
Oral presentation. ‘The 13th International Conference on Cochlear Implants and Other Implantable Auditory Technologies’ (CI2014) in Munich, Germany (2014). Factors affection low frequency residual hearing preservation.  Causon, A., Newman, T.A., Verschuur, C.A.
2nd author for poster presentation. ‘Glia’ Berlin, Germany (2013). Does systemic inflammation contribute to the progression of age-related hearing loss? Impey B., Causon A.E., Agyemang-Prempeh A., Bailey J.L., Verschuur C., Newman T.A.
Poster presentation. ‘Southampton Neuroscience Group yearly seminar’ Southampton, UK (2013). Inflammation: a silent factor in deafness intervention. Causon, A., Verschuur, C.A., Newman, T.A.
Poster presentation. ‘BNA 2013: Festival of Neuroscience’ London, UK (2013). Title: Does the cochlea respond to peripheral inflammation, and could this affect EAS cochlear implant outcomes? Causon, A., Impey, B., Bailey, J., Verschuur, C.A., Newman, T.A.
Poster presentation. ‘The 10th Annual Southampton Neuroscience Group Meeting’ in Southampton, UK (2012). Title: Immunobiology of the Inner Ear: A link between inflammatory status and hearing loss? Causon, A., Newman, T.A., Verschuur, C.A.
Oral presentation. ‘The 12th International Conference on Cochlear Implants and Other Implantable Auditory Technologies’ (CI2012) in Baltimore, Maryland USA (2012). Title: A decade of adverse events: analysis and interpretation of trends in cochlear implant incident reports made to the U.S. FDA.  Causon, A., Newman, T.A., Verschuur, C.A.
Attended. ‘BAA Annual Conference’ (2010) in Edinburgh, Scotland
Attended.  ‘Composium on Central Auditory Processing Disorders’ (2009) in Cairo, Egypt

LANGUAGES SPOKEN FLUENTLY

Maltese, English, Italian
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