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The e-Audiology curriculum has three modules of e-learning designed to support assistant and associate audiologists, audiologists, GPs, GP practice staff, other healthcare professionals and volunteers across the NHS.

Each module contains several e-learning sessions, with each session taking approximately 20 minutes to complete. Please note that Module 2 is under development and there are currently three modules, numbered 1, 3 and 4.

e-Audiology project curriculum

You can find out more about each element of the curriculum by selecting the modules below.

Module 1- Pathway Support

This module aims to provide the underpinning knowledge associated with hearing assessment and rehabilitation that is required by an audiology assistant or support worker (agenda for change pay band 2 or 3 staff).

Voluntary workers, education and social care staff may also benefit from these courses. Although the courses are below the level required to acheive a foundation degree, Trainee Associate Practitioners (agenda for change pay band 4) will find them useful in reinforcing their understanding of fundamental principles.

Topic 1 - General Skills

e-Audiology General Skills covers a number of audiology related professional topics required for practitioners in healthcare.

  • The Work of the Audiology Department

  • Professional Groups and their Professional Roles

  • Team Working

  • Health and Safety in Audiology

  • Infection Control Issues

  • Confidentiality, Equality and Diversity

  • Consultation Skills

  • Personal and Professional Development

Topic 2 - Anatomy and Physiology

 e-Audiology Anatomy and Physiology covers essential knowledge of anatomy and physiology in audiology.

  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Outer Ear

  • Otoscopy Skills

  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Middle Ear

  • Anatomy of the Inner Ear

  • Physiology of the Inner Ear

  • Basic Nerve Conduction

  • Anatomy of Neural Pathways

  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Nose, Sinus and Throat

  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Balance Organs

  • Effects of Vision and Proprioception on Balance

Topic 3 - Acoustics and Psycho-acoustics

e-Audiology Acoustics and Psycho-acoustics covers key scientific concepts used in audiology.

  • Sound Waves

  • The Decibel Scale 

  • Introduction to the Sound Level Meter 

  • Measurement of Sound

  • Speech Production and Perception 

  • Perception of Sound

  • Sound Localisation

  • Tuning Forks (inc Tests)

  • Recruitment

 

Topic 4 - Pure Tone Audiometry

e-Audiology Pure Tone Audiometry covers the principles of testing hearing in adults.

  • Introduction to the Audiometer

  • The Audiogram Form

  • Defining and Understanding Hearing Thresholds

  • Calibration and Care of Equipment

  • Test Environment

  • Pre-test Assessment and Information

  • AC and BC Audiometry

  • The Need to Mask

  • Recording and Reporting Audiometry Results

Topic 5 - Pathology, Symptoms and Management Options of Ear & Related conditions

e-Audiology Pathology, Symptoms and Management Options of Ear & Related Conditions covers a range of audiological disorders and their management.

  • Pathology, Symptoms and Management of Conditions of the Pinnae

  • Pathology, Symptoms and Management: Auditory Canal Conditions

  • Pathology, Symptoms and Management of Cholesteatoma

  • Recognising Outer Ear and Tympanic Membrane Conditions/Otoscopy

  • Pathology and Symptoms: Eustachian Tube Dysfunction and Otitis Media

  • Management of Eustachian Tube Dysfunction and Otitis Media

  • Pathology, Symptoms and Management of Middle Ear Conditions

  • Pathology, Symptoms and Management of Hearing Losses

  • Ménière's Disease - Cause and Presenting Symptoms

  • Ménière's Disease - Management Options

  • BPPV and its management

Topic 6 - Hearing Loss, Communication and Hearing Conversation

e-Audiology Hearing Loss, Communication and Hearing Conservation covers the communication needs of audiology patients.

  • Living with Hearing Loss

  • Deaf Awareness

  • Tinnitus

  • Introduction to Sign Language

  • Communication Tactics

  • The Hearing Impaired Out-Patient - Ways to Improve the Experience

  • Hearing Conservation and Noise Protection

  • Assistive Technology in Audiology

  • Realistic Expectations for Hearing Aid Performance

Topic 7 - Auditory Intervention

e-Audiology Auditory Intervention covers the underpinning knowledge required for managing hearing loss through the use of hearing aid technologies.

  • Range of Hearing Aids

  • Digital Hearing Aid Technology

  • Hearing Aid Features

  • The Ear Piece

  • Impression Taking and Contraindications

  • Hearing Aid Selection and Prescriptive Formulae

  • Hearing Aids Fitting

  • The Test Box

  • Real Ear Measures

  • Hearing Aid Maintenance and Repairs

  • Implantable Devices

Topic 8 - Screening and Diagnostic Investigations

e-Audiology Screening and Diagnostic Investigations covers a range of audiological assessment tools used with adults and children.

  • Diagnostic Audiograms and Uncomfortable Loudness Levels

  • Tympanometry Equipment and Testing

  • Understanding Tympanometry Results

  • Otoacoustic Emissions

  • Distraction Test

  • Visual Reinforcement Audiometry

  • Speech Discrimination Tests - Paediatric and Adult

  • Co-operative and Performance Testing in the Under Fives

  • Evoked Response Audiometry

  • Screening for Hearing Loss in Childhood

  • Adult Screening

  • Balance Investigations - Excluding the Caloric Test

  • The Caloric Test

  • Other Advanced Diagnostic Tests

  • Case Histories 1 - Effect of Results on Each Other

  • Case Histories 2 - Effect of Vestibular Results on Each Other

  • Vestibular Rehabilitation

Module 3 - Audiology in Primary Care

This module is for primary care professionals who are caring for people with common audiological problems (balance problems, ear wax, tinnitus and hearing impairment) with the aim to improve recognition of key symptoms, management and referral pathways.

Topic 1 - Audiology in Primary Care

Audiology in Primary Care is for primary care professionals who are caring for people with common audiological problems (balance problems, ear wax, tinnitus and hearing impairment) with the aim to improve recognition of key symptoms, management and referral pathways.

  • Methods of Wax Removal

  • Hearing Difficulties in Primary Care

  • Tinnitus in Primary Care

  • Dizziness and Imbalance in Primary Care

Module 4 - Service Transformation

To help raise awareness of available systems and tools which provide support for people working in audiology services, including the Patient Management System and Quality Enhancement Tool.

Topic 1 - Open Ear Technology

e-Audiology Open Ear Technology aims to raise the awareness of open canal fittings and associated practices.

  • Open Ear Technology

  • Verifying the Fitting

  • Assessing the Outcomes of Hearing Rehabilitation

Topic 4 - Quality Enhancement Tool

e-Audiology Quality Enhancement Tool (QET) explains how the QET system works, including the inputs that it will require, the knowledge management system (KMS) and how to use it, and the benefits audiology departments can expect from participating in the QET scheme.

  • Quality Enhancement Tool Basics and Benefits

  • Quality Enhancement Tool Completing a Census and Viewing Results

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