Tinnitus Management

Key information

Location: This is a distance learning course, delivered by e-learning. Access to course materials will be given by Aston University after the registration procedure has been completed.

Duration: Private study time amounting to 100 hours per 10 credits is assumed.

Entry months: October 

Deadline to apply: 31st August.

Fee: £1100

Number of credits: 20

Entry requirements: None 

How to apply: Please complete an online application form: October 2017 

Further information: 0121 204 3000 or email: lhspgt@aston.ac.uk 

About the course

This module will enable clinicians to recognise what is needed to develop and deliver rehabilitative services for people with tinnitus, and related difficulties such as hyperacusis.  It will enable students to develop a systematic understanding and critical awareness in managing patients/clients with tinnitus and / or hyperacusis.

Summary of content 

  • An introduction to tinnitus generation
  • Current approaches to managing tinnitus
  • Assessment and evaluation
  • Relaxation and stress management
  • Delivering patient/client centred services
  • Hearing aids and sound enrichment

Module outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

  • Demonstrate a detailed understanding of the physiological mechanisms, demographics and epidemiology of tinnitus and hyperacusis
  • Demonstrate critical understanding of a wide range of tools used in assessing and managing tinnitus and hyperacusis.

Intellectual skills  

  • Demonstrate independence in researching, planning and writing assignments
  • Develop the ability to reflect on and evaluate own work.

Professional skills     

  • Explore current theory and practice in the selection, fitting and evaluation of hearing aids in relation to tinnitus management
  • Demonstrate the ability to select, undertake and interpret audiological assessment results relating to tinnitus informed by research at the forefront of the discipline
  • Develop and apply advanced technical expertise, skills and knowledge to provide appropriate interventions, underpinned by critical appraisal of relevant literature 
  • Analyse and critique current principles and skills involved in patient history taking and explore its effectiveness in clinical practice
  • Critically evaluate counselling theories, research findings and therapeutic methods with the aim of developing a personal approach to working with patients with tinnitus or hyperacusis 
  • Critically appraise the way in which clinical information and decision-making is shared in a clinical setting between all stakeholders
  • Explore and critically evaluate how to obtain and present information regarding tinnitus and hyperacusis within a clinical governance framework.

Transferable skills 

  • Communicate clearly and concisely using advanced concepts and terminology appropriate to the field of study
  • Use sophisticated information technology and library skills from literature searching
  • Organise and manage own learning to achieve successful outcomes
  • Develop scholarly standards of referencing and presentation of material.