Audiology and Healthcare Science 

We provide quality audiology, hearing therapy, healthcare science, and neurophysiology education and training for students and professionals already in the field.

 

The Audiology department within Aston University’s College of Health and Life Sciences,  places a strong focus on providing students with practical hands-on experience and realistic workplace simulations via the use of our onsite audiology skills labs. Our facilities are one of the largest equipped UK university training resources, stocked with the latest diagnostic and rehabilitative equipment and technology. We also work closely with members of the public by running regular clinic and communication skills sessions. 

Our team come from a wide range of NHS, private clinic, and research backgrounds, each with extensive experience in areas from paediatrics to cochlear devices. In addition to teaching, audiology research at Aston focuses on the psychosocial influences of chronic hearing conditions, shared decision in hearing and tinnitus care, and the causes and impact of hearing loss in childhood. This first-hand knowledge is fed directly into our curriculums, providing students with the most up to date knowledge in the field.

Staff and key contacts

Meet the audiology department team.

Rankings

  • 2nd in the UK for research quality (Aural and Oral Sciences, Complete University Guide, 2021)
  • 5th in the UK for student experience (Subjects Allied to Medicine, Sunday Times, 2021)
  • 1st in the UK for graduate salaries three years after graduation (Allied Health courses, Longitudinal Educational Outcomes (LEO) data, 2020)
  • 3rd in the UK for student to staff ratio (Health Professions, Guardian University Guide, 2021)
  • 5th in the UK for graduate prospects (Aural and Oral Sciences, Complete University Guide, 2021)

 Regulation and engagement

Regulatory and accrediting bodies

Our suite of undergraduate courses are accredited, regulated, or provide future opportunity for registration with a range of leading bodies*, including: 

We are also proud to be one of only two UK universities selected by the NHS to run the Scientist Training Programme (STP) in Healthcare Science. 

*Please see individual course pages for full details. 

Engagement

In addition to our public and patient involvement that is conducted as part of our Audiology Clinic we also run a series of events each year including: 

  • Patient and public involvement days. These are held with members of the public, patients, and our audiology students, as an opportunity to network and interact. Sessions and talks are delivered by a range of guests and staff, including charities, research updates, and services providers.  
  • Careers events. Open to both Aston students and students from other universities, this annual event aims to highlight and showcase the range of career options for audiology graduates. Past speakers have included Aston alumni, manufacturer representatives, charities, NHS, independent and private sector clinicians and more.  
  • Inspire research day. Designed for MSc students to stimulate research ideas and inspire those in their first year of study (and their NHS supervisors) for starting their research projects in their second year. The day consists of a mix of presentations and workshops covering research and possible ideas from internal and external speakers. 
  • Guest lectures. We run an ongoing series of guest lectures, inviting leading figures from the audiology and wider healthcare science community to provide an insight into the work, or field of speciality to our staff and students. 

Facilities

Aston Audiology department is based in the Vision Sciences building as part of the School of Optometry. Facilities and equipment includes: 

  • Clinical skills laboratory stocked with the latest diagnostic and rehabilitative equipment and technology 
  • Virtual patient software  
  • Simulation heads 
  • Video otoscopes 
  • Paediatric set up 
  • Vestibular equipment 
  • Evoked potential testing 

We also make use of facilities within Aston Laboratory for Immersive Virtual Environments (ALIVE).