Aston University began offering audiology courses in 2003 and has since grown its suite of healthcare science and audiology courses.

December 2023 marks 20 years of audiology education and research at Aston. Since its inception in 2003, hundreds of students and experienced professionals studying in Aston's audiology programmes have benefitted from a robust education, aligned with the rapidly evolving landscape of audiology healthcare, in addition to gaining insights into the latest advancements in technology and research in this specialism. The University's commitment to excellence is underscored by experienced academic knowledge and a curriculum integrating theoretical knowledge with hands-on practical experience. 

20-year timeline of Audiology at Aston University

2003

2003 saw the first class of undergraduate Audiology students. This was an NHS-funded programme for the first time in the UK across several universities in the country.

2007

The Hearing Aid Dispensers course delivered by the private sector came to an end as the HAC (Hearing Aid Council) started to wind up its regulatory services that were operational for approximately 40 years. Our Audiology Department took the huge responsibility of delivering the course at Aston for the first time in the country, for what we know today as the Foundation Degree in Hearing Aid Audiology.

2011

The UK Government decided to cease funding for the NHS-funded BSc Audiology course. Several universities decided to wind up the programme but Aston decided to continue offering the programme as a standard self-funded programme that was accredited by the National School of Healthcare Science (NSHCS), with the course to be known as BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Audiology). This became the current 3-year integrated placement programme that is running to this day.

2013

Aston launched its masters programme in MSc Clinical Neurophysiology Practice - developed by our Audiology Department, working closely with our  neurophysiology colleagues.

2016

Aston launched an addition to its suite of audiology programmes with our MSc Hearing Therapy programme.

2018

Aston launched our BSc Audiology Degree Apprenticeship (level 6) programme.

2022

Providing specialist eye and hearing care for staff, students and the general public, our Specsavers Patient Clinic was opened on campus as a training centre for BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Audiology) students.  This is a key clinical learning for students, with patient interaction from year one of study.

2023

2023 saw the highest ever number of first year students enrolled on the BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Audiology) course!  The course currently has almost 100 students studying across the three-year progamme.

audiology first cohort

Aston University took its first intake of audiology students in 2003. This photo shows the first batch of graduates photographed in 2007.

 

Leena sharma audiology testimonial

Leena Sharma, now a paediatric audiologist for the NHS, shares a quick thought on the Audiology department's landmark 20 year anniversary.

As part of the anniversary celebrations, two of the department’s academics, Dr Helen Pryce and Dr Amanda Hall recorded a podcast reflecting on 20 years of audiology at Aston University, and the contribution the department has made to the field.

Explore Aston audiology research and clinical practice

For 20 years, Aston University has provided education and training for students and professionals already in audiology, hearing therapy, healthcare science, and neurophysiology.  Our research explores the lived experience of people with hearing and balance conditions across the lifespan and aims to improve healthcare for people with hearing and balance conditions through community-based, clinically-based and population health research. 

Amanda Hall

Dr Amandra Hall discusses important aspects of the audiology programmes at Aston University that improve the experience and accessibility for both the public and researchers.

Research

Research

Improving the knowledge of health behaviour and healthcare, and putting this knowledge into practice to improve health outcomes for everyone

Aston Hearing Clinic

Aston Hearing Clinic

At Aston University's Hearing Clinic, we look after patients with the highest level of personal care. 

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