The Aston University Basic Ear Care Course is a three-day course designed for Health Care Professionals who wish to undertake training in simple wax removal. 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
- Healthcare Professionals (Please ask for details of eligibility)
NB Not suitable for Hearing Care Assistants/Assistant Audiologists.
Summary of content
Theory will include:
- Anatomy and physiology of the ear
- Disorders of the outer and middle ear
- Underlying evidence-based theory for wax removal techniques\
- Safety and insurance issues
The training days will also provide practical training in:
- Safe otoscopy technique
- Guidance on basic aural toilet including safe and correct use of Jobson Horne probes
- Safe technique for ear irrigation using an ear irrigation machine
All practical training is supervised by a registered ENT Nurse Practitioner who has many years experience in safe wax removal.
Successful completion of days 1 and 2 will result in the issue of a certificate of attendance.
Individuals will be issued with a training package to use back in the workplace to consolidate their skills. We would recommend supervision by a suitably qualified practitioner wherever possible until competency and confidence has been gained. Practical skills will be assessed on Day 3. Candidates who are successful in their skills assessment will receive a competency certificate.
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.