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Basic Aural Care (irrigation and manual techniques) - awarded 11 CPD credits by British Academy of Audiology (BAA)

Key information

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Spring Course

  • Course dates: 20th February (workshop) and 8th May (assessment) 
  • Location: Aston University 
  • Fee: £800 per delegate 
  • Enrolment deadline: 1st February 2017
  • To register: Please complete the registration form
  • Further information: Contact Sarah Riches s.riches@aston.ac.uk  

Summer Course

  • Course dates: 5th June (workshop) and 4th September (assessment)
  • Location: Aston University
  • Fee: £800 per delegate 
  • Enrolment deadline: 5th May 2017
  • To register: Please complete the registration form
  • Further information: Contact Sarah Riches s.riches@aston.ac.uk  or telephone 0121 204 4201.

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Aims

The Aston University Basic Aural Care Course is designed for Health Care Professionals who wish to undertake training in simple wax removal using water irrigation systems and wax removal instruments such as loops, curettes and forceps. 

This may be relevant to professionals such as:

  • Audiologists or Hearing Aid Dispensers considering extended role activities
  • GPs in Primary or Secondary Care Settings
  • Practice and District Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Occupational Health Nurses
  • Nurses working in Hospitals and Nursing Homes
  • Nurse Advisors in Walk-In Centres
  • Other Healthcare Professionals (Please ask for details of eligibility)
  • NB: Not suitable for Hearing Care Assistants/Assistant Audiologists. 

It should be noted that where wax removal is not normal practice for a professional group, appropriate advice and approval from employers should be sought. Wax removal should only be undertaken if an individual’s job description states this to be part of their duties. Employers must ensure adequate insurance for such individuals.

Eligibility

See above, plus evidence of appropriate equipment and supervisory staff in the workplace to enable the safe development of a skills portfolio. 

Summary of content 

The course operates according to the British Society of Audiology (2013) Minimum Training Guidelines for Aural Care. It consists of pre-course e-learning, a practical workshop, development of a skills portfolio, a written exam and a practical competency exam.  Successful completion of all elements will result in a competency certificate.   

Theory includes:

  • Revision of relevant anatomy and pathology
  • Pre-treatment care and after-care
  • Wax removal techniques using appropriate tools
  • Safety considerations
  • Professional and insurance issues

Practical training includes:

  • Safe ear examination using otoscopy
  • Safe technique for wax removal using water irrigation systems and wax removal instruments
  • Infection control

Course staff

The course is led by an ENT Nurse Practitioner team, and assisted by Aston University Audiologists