Key information and fees
Apply: This clinical course is currently affected by COVID-19 restrictions. Please contact us to join our waiting list and we will contact you when courses are available, hopefully from May 2021 onwards.
Credit value: 5 British Academy of Audiology CPD credits
Mode of delivery: Blended learning. 2 days pre-course directed study and 1 day on campus training with patients in our wax removal clinic and supervised by our ENT team.
Course type: Short course
Duration: 3 days
Time commitment: 3 days
Entry requirements: You must be currently working in the UK in the field of Audiology, Medicine or Healthcare (please see course outline for more details).
This course is accredited by the British Academy of Audiology. 5 British Academy of Audiology CPD credits are available.
The Ear Irrigation Wax removal - Short Course at Aston may be relevant to a variety of professionals including:
- Audiologists, Hearing Aid Dispensers, Clinical Scientists
- 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
- Other Healthcare Professionals (Please ask for details of eligibility).
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 your job description/employer accepts this to be part of your duties. Employers must ensure adequate insurance and support/supervision as appropriate to their grade for such individuals.
What will you study?
You will receive training in simple wax removal using water irrigation systems and wax removal instruments such as loops, curettes and forceps.
Theoretical training will cover:
- Revision of relevant anatomy and pathology
- Pre-treatment care and after-care
- Wax removal techniques using appropriate tools
- Safety considerations
- Professional and insurance issues.
Practical training will include:
- Safe ear examination using otoscopy
- Safe technique for wax removal using water irrigation systems and wax removal instruments
- Infection control.
Learning, teaching and assessment
This course operates according to the British Society of Audiology (2016) Minimum Training Guidelines for Aural Care. It consists of pre-course learning, a practical workshop in the Audiology clinical skills laboratory, development of a skills portfolio during a supervised patient clinic, peer review, a written exam, and assessment of practical competency. Successful completion of the course leads to a competency certificate.