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 worth 5 British Academy of Audiology CPD credits.
The Ear Microsuction 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?
This course will provide you with training in wax removal using manual instruments and suction under a microscopic or magnified view (head loupe).
Theory topics covered in this module include:
- Revision of relevant anatomy and pathology
- Current wax removal processes
- Pre-treatment care and after-care
- Safety considerations
- Professional and insurance issues.
Practical training includes:
- Safe ear examination using otoscopy, microscopy, and magnified vision through a head loupe
- Safe technique for wax removal using wax removal instruments and suction devices
- Infection prevention and 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.