Lareina Abbott

Wideband Absorbance as a more sensitive screening tool to determine the prevalence of Otitis Media in Canadian First Nations and Caucasian neonates

Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?

I decided to go back to school to do my Masters after working for some time. I chose to go back to school because I wanted to make a bigger difference in the health of my community.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?

The Audiology program at UBC is excellent: the support for Aboriginal students and focus on Aboriginal issues made it a clear choice for me as a Metis person.

What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?

The school of Audiology and Speech Sciences (SASS) offers a required experiential based class of Approaches to Audiology and Speech Language Pathology for people of First Nations, Metis or Inuit Heritage.

What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?

I live on campus in student family housing with my husband and daughter. It is a wonderful community walking distance to my school. There are 2 elementary schools on campus and many community resources.

What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?

I like to walk in the forest around campus, it is so beautiful here!


Learn more about Lareina's research

We are using a novel method of screening the middle ear called Wideband Absorbance (WBA) to better determine type of hearing loss in a newborn hearing screening program. WBA uses sound and pressure measurements to predict qualities of the inner ear that are unique to certain disease conditions. We will use WBA to compare Canadian First Nations and Caucasian neonates who passed or failed a conventional newborn screening test battery. This data can give us more information as to the type of hearing loss present upon initial screening and can also be used to estimate the prevalence at birth of OM in First Nations neonates.