Course in Aural (Ear) Health

1 day course $475.00 (Per student Inc GST)

Course Code 10026NAT

The human auditory system is one of the engineering masterpieces of the human body. At the heart of the system is an array of miniature acoustic detectors packed into a space no larger than a pea. These detectors can faithfully transduce vibrations as small as the diameter of an atom, and they can respond a thousand times faster than visual photoreceptors.

Although humans are highly visual creatures, much human communication is mediated by the auditory system and the loss of hearing can be as socially debilitating as blindness.

Maintaining and promoting good aural (ear) health should be an important foundation in the care of all patients and it is an essential skills for all health professionals.

Course in Aural (Ear) Health

The Course in Aural (Ear) Health is designed to offer students the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge to assess and manage aural health in relation to a range of conditions based on detailed knowledge of the anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of the auditory system.

Assessing the aural health of a patient should be a systematic and structured process. It requires a comprehensive assessment of general client health incorporating all of the key structures of the auditory system. The process should include history taking (asking), physical examination (looking) and hearing assessment (recording).

The Course in Aural (Ear) Health provides successful students with the ability to apply a broad knowledge of management strategies, client centred education and related physical functions to health promotion, and provision of basic care and advice in relation to aural health.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • How much does the courses cost?

    The Course in Aural (ear) Health costs $475.00 per student.

  • What is Continuing Professional Development (CPD)?

    Continuing professional development is the means by which members of the clinical profession maintain, improve and broaden their knowledge, expertise and competence, and develop the personal and professional qualities required throughout their professional lives.

    The CPD cycle involves reviewing practice, identifying learning needs, planning and participating in relevant learning activities, and reflecting on the value of those activities.

  • How many CPD hours/points will I achieve for completing this Program?

    25 CPD Hours.

    For Registered and Enrolled Nurses and Midwives, our recommendation, based on previous student experience for this course is approximately 25 CPD Hours.

    For all other health professionals completing this program, your continuing professional development (CPD) requirements may vary and it is important to remember that it is your responsibility to maintain and register CPD with your professional body. In many instances, your regulatory authority will recognise hours of learning as stated above.

  • Does the course include ear irrigation?

    Yes. The Course in Aural (Ear) Health (Course Code Course Code 10026NAT) includes a unit of competency covering wax removal. As part of your course you will have the opportunity to learn how to safely perform wax removal using a range of techniques including irrigation.

  • Does the course include microsuction?

    Yes. As part of the wax removal competency, you will have the opportunity to learn how to safely perform wax removal using microsuction.

  • What do I receive at the completion of the program?

    At the completion of the program, successful students will receive a nationally accredited Statement of Attainment for the Course in Aural (Ear) Health, Course Code 10026NAT.

    A nationally recognised Statement of Attainment lists the individual unit or units of competency that a student has completed. It is nationally recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

  • Will I need to do a test?

    Yes. As a nationally accredited course, we are required to gain evidence of your competency. During your workshop you will be provided with a printed copy of the theory assessment that needs to be completed and returned to The Benchmarque Group.

  • How do you gain evidence of competency?

    We assess competency in 3 ways.

    During the one (1) day lecture and workshop, you will be required to complete a number of practical skills demonstrations. These will be assessed during the workshop by the endorsed facilitator.
    You are required to complete the theory assessment workbook and submit it to The Benchmarque Group.
    You are required to undertake observed practice in your workplace.

  • What is observed practice?

    Observed practice is when a student demonstrates within their workplace, skills and knowledge learned as a part of a course or program. The observer’s role is to confirm the transfer of skills to the workplace not to assess competency.

    As a Registered Training Organisation, we are required to gather evidence of a student’s ability to transfer skills and knowledge from the classroom environment to the work environment. We use workplace observation as evidence of this transfer.

  • Do I need a doctor to observe my practice?

    No. Whilst a doctor would be an ideal observer, the requirement is that your observer is of equal qualification to you or above. For example, an enrolled nurse cannot observe the work of a registered nurse, but an enrolled nurse can observe the work of another enrolled nurse. This is why we refer to this process as peer observation.

  • What happens if I fail?

    If you do not achieve a result deemed to be competent, we will contact you directly and provide you with the opportunity to submit additional evidence.

  • How long does the assessment take?

    If you commence your assessment immediately after reading the materials or having just completed your one (1) day lecture and workshop, it should not take you no more than 4 hours to complete.

  • How long do I have to complete the assessment?

    We encourage you to complete your assessment within 12 weeks of completing your workshop, however, you have up to 12 months to submit it. During this time, we will send you some friendly reminders.

  • What if I cannot complete the assessment?

    If you are unable to complete your assessment you can contact us and we may be able to assist you.


Course Outline

The Course in Ear and Hearing Health aims to provide eligible participants (Nurses, Doctors, Allied and Indigenous Health workers) specific skills and knowledge to perform ear health examinations, basic point of care hearing evaluations, management strategies/options and referral processes for further or specialist care in relation to a range of conditions, based on detailed knowledge of the anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of the auditory system.

Vocational outcomes include enhanced clinical practice, addition of skills to scope of practice, ear health assessment clinician.

Specialist skills:

• Point of care hearing assessment
• Otoscopy
• Wax removal

Learning Outcomes

On the successful completion of the program, participants should have:

• The skills and knowledge to assess and manage aural health in relation to a range of conditions, based on detailed knowledge of the anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of the auditory system
• The ability to apply a broad knowledge of management strategies, client centred education and related physical functions to health promotion and provision of basic care and advice in relation to aural health
• Be able to assess the need for and perform wax removal procedures in a variety of settings as well as educating and assisting in the management of clients with aural health needs.

Units of Competency

• EHHAEH001 Assess ear health
• EHHPEH002 Promote, educate and manage ear health
• EHHPWR003 Perform Wax Removal
• EHHPEA004 Paediatric ear health assessment

Entry Requirements

• Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner
• Registered Nurse
• Enrolled Nurse
• General Practitioner
• General Practice Registrars
• Audiometrist
• Audiologist
• Other

Pre Reading

No pre-reading

Course Delivery

• One (1) day face to face workshop
• In-class activities assessed by facilitator
• Mandatory third party observed workplace activity
• Online assessment completed via BenchmarqueIQ

Estimated hours of study

60 hours of active learning

Assessment Requirements

To achieve competency in this course students must: Achieve 80% pass in all written assessments tasks. Assessment must be in the form of:

• Demonstrated competency through realistic skills simulations and oral questioning. ‘What if and how to’ scenarios.
• Written questions on essential knowledge and skills.
• Workplace practice.
Both practical skills and knowledge must be assessed. Simulated assessment environments must simulate the real-life working environment.

Workplace observed practice is a mandatory requirement for this course, work place practice must be observed by a peer or suitably qualified clinician.

All assessments must be completed in accordance with work health and safety standards and infection control policies and procedures.

What to expect

The study day involves lecture and practical workshop activities involving condition recognition, ear health assessment, otoscopy and digital video otoscopy, and irrigation technique for wax removal, students are required to pair up and examine each other’s ears as part of the practical skills activities, irrigation practice and assessment is performed on an ear mannequin, course practical assessment to conducted during the skills activity session, the study day focuses on wax removal using irrigation and the legal issues involving ear irrigation. Morning/afternoon tea and lunch are provided.

What to bring

All course materials are supplied. Students find having a few different coloured pens and a highlighter can be useful.

CPD Hours

As a general guide, one hour of active learning equates to one hour of CPD. It is the responsibility of the individual student to calculate how many hours of active learning have been completed. The hours of active learning estimated above should act as a guide to CPD hours.


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