A comprehensive course based on evidence, feedback from delegates from various courses, and experience to provide safe and effective ear care to clients, minimising the risk of litigation and maximising quality of care to help business growth
Tutors: Jay Jindal Au.D. FSHAA; Rory Kewney FSHAA
Contact time: Total 20 hours
- Five hours remote training including a 30 minutes online theory assessment
- 15 hours of face-to-face training including practical assessment
Units: total 5
|Unit 1||Pre-course webinar (2 hours)|
|Unit 2||Pre-course theory assessment for benchmarking (30 min)|
|Unit 3||One-day face to face event including practical assessment|
|Unit 4||Three months logbook of at least five cases|
|Unit 5||Post-course webinar (2.5 hours)|
A pre-course webinar will be run at least one week before unit 3 on an evening and will cover the following topics:
-Course introduction reading material, and other preparations
-Professional autonomy for HCPC registrants
-Reflective practice and CPD, onward referral, informed consent, record keeping etc
Webinar will be followed up with a theory assessment via Survey Monkey, which will have both multiple-choice objective and short-answer subjective questions. This is not expected to last more than 15 minutes. The purpose of this test is to explore delegates knowledge and understanding of the concepts of earwax removal related theory and practical information.
The test will be sent by the lead course tutor before the course. Although there is no pass or fail in this test per se:
a) Delegates who have not completed the pre-course assessment, at least three days prior to commencing unit 3, may not be allowed to attend the next unit
b) Where an additional learning need is identified via this test, delegate/s may be advised to attend additional training to bring them to the level needed for unit 3 of the course. Qualified audiologists are not expected to need any additional training
During this TWO-DAY unit, delegates will cover a range of theoretical and practical scientific principles directed at providing safe and effective earwax removal via aural suction and instrumentation.
- Anatomy and physiology of ear related to earwax removal
- Ear examination with respect to earcare
- Diagnosis and management of relevant outer and middle ear conditions
- Infection control and prevention
- Indications, limitations, complications, and contraindications of various methods of earwax removal
- Earwax removal via instrumentation and aural suction
- Optics and visualisation of the ear: Loupes, headworn microscope, endoscopes
- Risk assessment, prevention, mitigation and management
- Onward referral, incidence reporting and management
- Emergency procedure
- Medico-legal, (consent, off label devices etc.)
- Communication with clients and colleagues
- Ongoing management (advice and after care)
Course tutors will make an informal note of delegates’ knowledge and understanding during the delivery of face-to-face element and support their learning further
Each delegate will be assessed on practical skills during the face to face course, which will be mainly directed at assessing requisite knowledge and safe practical skills when treating volunteer clients.
Logbook: Each delegate must record at least five cases in three months following the face-to-face training in the logbook provided. Where possible, try to have a variety of cases in this where you have had to make different individual decisions on the client’s earwax.
– Relevant history
– Ear examination
– Procedure employed to remove the wax
Post-course webinar (A two-hour presentation 18:45 – 20:45 three months following the course): discussion based on log book and case reviews.
Webinar will offer further mentorship essential for development as a confident earcare provider, to build on the newly developed skills, and identify any gaps in learning. This will complete the circle of providing safe care to the client and personal develop as a hearing healthcare professional.
A certificate of competence will be issued on satisfactory completion of all five units.
Please contact us for further details, agenda and dates.