Audiology is the study of the ear, hearing and balance, and Healthcare Science is the use of scientific methods to test and treat people who have health conditions. Healthcare Scientists in Audiology work in hospitals and health clinics, assessing people’s hearing and balance, and managing conditions such as hearing loss, tinnitus and balance disorders. Audiologists deal with people from all walks of life and all ages, from new-born babies to elderly people, so enjoying interaction with people and having excellent communication skills are essential for the role. Audiologists work in multidisciplinary teams, liaising with patients as well as medical, education, and research professionals. A desire to help people is important and the ageing population means demand for hearing assessment and treatment services is increasing.
Upon successful completion of the course, you will become competent in many areas of audiological practice.
Who is the apprenticeship for?
Apprentices can range from new employees who have no previous experience in healthcare to existing staff who are looking to develop their career in audiology. By completing this degree apprenticeship you will have acquired the knowledge and skills needed to register as a Healthcare Scientist in Audiology.
You will learn about the following topics on this apprenticeship programme:
The structure and function of the body and how disease affects it. The structure and function of the ear, and how this can be affected by different ear problems. Introduction to working in a clinical setting, including hearing tests.
The structure and function of the eyes and nervous system. The distribution of health disorders in the general population, public health medicine, protecting people from and screening for disease. The theory and technology used in measuring sensory functions.
Methods of hearing assessment. Measurement of sensory functions. Developing audiology skills in a clinical setting, including hearing aid fitting.
How people speak, and how they hear sound and speech. Methods of managing hearing loss. Physical and mental development in children. Methods of carrying out research, including data analysis and reporting.
Sensory signal processing in the brain and how this can be affected by different health conditions. Testing and treating children’s hearing and balance disorders. Work-based project designed to use the research skills learned in Year 4. Using patient-centred skills, to test and treat people in the audiology workplace.