Course in Ear and Hearing Health

1 day course $475.00 (Per student Inc GST)

Course Code 10630NAT

The Course in Ear and Hearing Health replaces the previous Course in Aural (Ear) Health.

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 photo-receptors.

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 Ear and Hearing Health

The Course in Ear and Hearing Health aims to provide eligible participants specific skills and knowledge to perform ear health examinations and provide basic point of care hearing evaluations.

The course provides knowledge to allow successful students to provide management strategies and understand referral pathways for 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, and ear health assessment clinician.

On the successful completion of the program, participants should have the skills and knowledge to:

  • assess and determine factors that affect ear and hearing health, assess the client’s physical and pathophysiological auditory status and seek advice where appropriate. The major focus of the unit is on physical auditory assessment
  • provide education, develop management plans, identify and manage hygiene issues regarding ear and hearing health, and provide ongoing management where complex needs regarding ear and hearing health are required
  • perform wax removal procedures where deemed appropriate and safe
  • perform ear health screening assessments on children.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • How much does the course cost?

    The Course in Ear and Hearing Health costs $475.00 per student.

  • Why has the code and title changed for this course?

    When a course is nationally accredited with the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) it is valid only for a period of 5 years. Once this accreditation period expires, it is the responsibility of the RTO to discontinue the course or apply for re-accreditation. This course was re-accredited and a new title and code have been issued by ASQA, the national regulator.

  • How is this course different to the Course in Aural (Ear) Health?

    The new course has had an additional unit of competency added, called paediatric ear health assessment. As part of the new course students will be taught how to perform ear health screening assessments on children.

  • Is my old certificate still valid?

    Yes. In order to safely perform wax removal, as a health professional you must demonstrate that you are qualified, competent and authorised. If you completed the previous course with The Benchmarque Group and have maintained your competency through regular use and observation, then your skills are still current.

  • Can I transition to the new qualification?

    Yes. If you completed the Course in Ear and Hearing Health and were issued with a recognised statement of attainment, that you can apply to complete a single unit and be issued with the new Course in Ear and Hearing Health certificate.

  • Does the course include ear irrigation?

    Yes. The Course in Ear and Hearing Health (Course Code 10630NAT) 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?

    No. Students are not taught 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 the Course in Ear and Hearing Health (Course Code 10630NAT)

    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).

  • 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.

  • 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 does the Program take to complete?

    The program will require approximately 60 hours to complete.

  • 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 will I achieve for completing this Program?

    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.

  • How long do I have to complete the assessment?

    Students are entitled to up to 12 months to complete and submit their assessment for all Non-Graduate Certificate Programs. The time is calculated from when a student is provided with online access to their assessment. Within the BenchmarqueIQ platform, students will be provided an initial 12 months to complete and submit all required assessment activities. Friendly email reminders will be sent to students to ensure an assessment is completed on time. At the completion of the 6 month period, students can request up to a maximum of 2 extensions, each extension being for a period of 90 days. If requesting a second extension, the request must be in writing.

  • What if I cannot complete the assessment in the allocated time?

    If the entire 12 month period expires and a final assessment has not been submitted, The Benchmarque Group reserves the right to deem the assessment Not Competent and remove the student from the program.

  • How many times can I submit my assessment?

    If you are deemed Not Yet Competent on your first and second assessment submissions, feedback will be provided. It is very important that you read all the feedback provided. The Assessor will have identified any areas where additional evidence is required or any questions that need to be reviewed and resubmitted. If, after 3 unsuccessful submissions, you are unable to demonstrate competency on your assessment, your assessment will be deemed Not Competent. Feedback will be provided to you and what the possible following steps and outcomes are.

Snapshot

Course Outline

The Course in Ear and Hearing Health aims to provide eligible students specific skills and knowledge to perform ear health examinations and provide basic point of care hearing evaluations.

The course provides knowledge to allow successful students to provide management strategies and understand referral pathways for 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, students should have the skills and knowledge to:

• assess and determine factors that affect ear and hearing health, assess the client’s physical and pathophysiological auditory status and seek advice where appropriate. The major focus of the unit is on physical auditory assessment
• provide education, develop management plans, identify and manage hygiene issues regarding ear and hearing health, and provide ongoing management where complex needs regarding ear and hearing health are required
• perform wax removal procedures when deemed appropriate and safe
• perform ear health screening assessments on children.

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/or Torres Strait Islander Health Worker or 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

Assessment Requirements

To achieve competency in this course, students must:

• Demonstrate competency through realistic skills simulations and oral questioning. ‘What if and how to’ scenarios.
• Competently complete a written assessment covering essential knowledge and skills.
• Complete workplace practice.

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

All workplace activities must be completed in accordance with work health and safety standards and all other relevant workplace policies and procedures.

What to expect

The study day involves lecture and practical workshop activities involving condition recognition, ear health assessment, monocular otoscopy, digital video otoscopy, and irrigation technique for wax removal. Students work with peers in the classroom to conduct simulated examination as part of the practical skills activities. All irrigation practice and assessments are performed on a mannequin. The study day focuses on wax removal using irrigation including the legal and consent issues involving ear irrigation. Morning tea and lunch are provided.

What to bring

All course materials are supplied for the student. Having a few different coloured pens and a highlighter can be useful for the study day.

Estimated hours of study (including assessment)

60 Hours

Assessment Period

12 months.

The time is calculated from when a student receives and opens their assessment. Within the BenchmarqueIQ platform, students will be provided an initial 6 months to complete and submit all required assessment activities. Friendly email reminders will be sent to students to ensure an assessment is completed on time. At the completion of the 6 month period, students can request up to a maximum of 2 extensions, each extension being for a period of 90 days. If requesting a second extension, the request must be in writing.

If the entire 12 month period expires and a final assessment has not been submitted, The Benchmarque Group reserves the right to deem the assessment Not Competent and remove the student from the program.

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.