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Infant audiometer, Denmark, 1970-1980

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Michele Clements (1929-2002) was a specialist in hearing in foetuses and young children. She was originally an ear, nose and throat specialist. She became interested in foetal hearing by accident. A pregnant woman came into the hospital, convinced her baby had died. Dr Clements’ pager bleeped and the foetus reacted with a strong kick. Clements used this example of an audiometer. An audiometer tests hearing. She developed the novel Pre and Post-Natal (PPN) Detector. Her research suggested the unborn foetus is not as isolated as initially thought.

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Glossary: prenatal screening

Tests carried out to estimate whether a foetus is developing typically or shows signs of a possible medical condition.

Glossary: audiometer

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