This module will enable you to develop the basic clinical knowledge, skills, attitudes, values and behaviours required of your first stage of clinical training in audiology, including those required for audiology assistant and Hearing Care Assistant (HCA) roles. This module is carefully coordinated with the other modules in Part 1 such that you will be able to register with the British Society of Hearing Aid Audiology as an HCA on successful completion of Part 1. For example, it provides a discipline-specific context for your introduction to healthcare services in Introduction to Professional Practice and helps prepare you for Audiology Clinical Placement 1. Three key themes of this module are integration of theory with practice, a strong foundation in patient-centred communication and care, and employability. The module consists of a series of compulsory small-group practical sessions associated with lectures.
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- A - Demonstrate the basic clinical and professional audiology competencies relevant to adult service users, including those required of audiology assistant and HCA roles, within simulated clinical scenarios. Those skills and behaviours include: • Patient-centred communication: basic interviewing, information gathering, basic debriefing, basic counselling and record keeping • Hearing assessment: otoscopy, pure-tone audiometry (PTA) and tympanometry • Rehabilitation: taking an aural impression, communication skills, assistive technologies, sign-posting to other services and basic hearing-aid testing, fitting and adjustment • Associated: problem solving, professional conduct
- D - Explain the professional context, expectations and regulations for assistant audiologists and HCAs, including the National Code of Conduct for Support Workers and fitness to practise requirements.
- C - Critically evaluate information from multiple sources relevant to the aspects of practice referred to in Learning Outcome A with consideration to measurement/clinical uncertainty, common auditory system pathologies and options for management
- E - Demonstrate appropriate and consistent use of terminology, scientific conventions, scientific language and methods for presenting and reporting test results.
- B - Explain the rationale, theoretical basis and clinical utility of the aspects of practice referred to in Learning Outcome A with reference to evidence (e.g. basic science, professional standards, best-practice guidelines and published research).
- Disability awareness training (whole group)
- Principles of patient centred communication
- The National Code of Conduct for Support Workers
- Standards of professional practice in audiology
- The Individual Record of Clinical Practice (IRCP)
- Overview of rehabilitation planning
- Scope of practice of HCA
- Audiological testing and onward referral
- Basic interview skills
- Recording findings
- Basic debriefing skills
- Overview of other services including employment services. Opportunities to shadow an Employment Advisor will be offered where available (in Semester 1)
- Fundamentals of audiometric assessment techniques
- Advanced audiometric assessment techniques
- Impression taking
- Hearing devices and assistive technologies
- Fundamentals of hearing aid provision, subjective verification and evaluation
- Introduction to real ear measurement verification of hearing aid fitting
- Trouble shooting and basic repair of hearing aids
- Case based clinical decision making – onward referral, management of hearing loss
- Introduction to reflective practice and employability issues
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
- Weekly small-group practical session and simulations, including the use of simulated patients and patient volunteers
- Opportunities to shadow an Employment Advisor (where possible) and to attend local hard of hearing groups (in Semester 1), where available
- Supporting lectures. These will provide theoretical knowledge of the underlying principles behind each procedure to support clinical teaching
- Practice sessions to enable students to practice clinical procedures under supervision
- Working through a practical workbook
- Formative counterparts to the summative assessment
- You will be expected to practice clinical procedures in your own time. You will be able to go to clinical supervisors for assistance
|Preparation for scheduled sessions||24|
|Practical classes and workshops||6|
|Completion of assessment task||5|
|Wider reading or practice||89|
|Supervised time in studio/workshop||72|
|Total study time||300|
Resources & Reading list
Gelfand SA (2016). Essentials of audiology.
Katz J (2015). Handbook of clinical audiology.
Graham JM (2009). Ballantyne's deafness.
Summative assessment description
Referral assessment description
Repeat type: Internal