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The purpose of this module is to provide you with knowledge and understanding of the core concepts related to Adult Auditory Rehabilitation including principles of health psychology and signal processing as well as technical and psychosocial aspects of the rehabilitation process. Read more

The purpose of this module is to provide you with knowledge and understanding of the core concepts related to Adult Auditory Rehabilitation including principles of health psychology and signal processing as well as technical and psychosocial aspects of the rehabilitation process. As an Audiologist or Hearing Aid Dispenser this will help you to assess the needs of adult patients with hearing loss and provide patients with accurate and up to date information in order that they can make informed decisions about their management and treatment including devices, equipment and features.

Module Aims

  • Equip you with the basic knowledge and understanding required to provide a clinical auditory rehabilitation service for adults with hearing loss and/or tinnitus or to pursue research in a hearing-aid related field.
  • Enable you to apply your practical and theoretical knowledge and comprehension to all aspects of the rehabilitation needs of adult hearing-impaired patients and adult patients with tinnitus.
  • Enable you to develop skills to critically evaluate and analyse information from the relevant scientific literature.

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Explain and critically analyse the arguments for, and the current consensus on, patientcentred rehabilitation for adults with hearing loss, including the assessment and analysis of need, effects of psychosocial factors, the provision of accurate and balanced information regarding management options, the facilitation of the patient’s decision making (especially regarding technology) and the role of communication strategies and tactics.
  • Formulate evidence-based recommendations for the rehabilitation of individual patients with common forms of hearing loss and tinnitus based on critical evaluation of a range of sources of information including that shared by the patient and the research literature.
  • Explain the process of individualised hearing-aid fitting on the basis of audiometric and other information, including the selection of an ear-mould/shell with appropriate modifications, the verification of the technical performance and other functional properties of a hearing aid (both in a coupler and the real ear), the validation of the fitting and the provision of relevant instructions and information to the particular user.
  • Identify and describe a wide range of different technologies (e.g. hearing aids, assistive devices, auditory implants), strategies (e.g. communication), skills (e.g. facilitation) and tools. (e.g. counselling and decision making tools) and other resources potentially available to the audiologist and patient to improve the patient’s hearing-related quality of life and explain their main pros and cons for common forms of hearing loss and psychosocial circumstance.
  • Demonstrate mastery of effective self-directed learning, scientific and patient-centred communication.

Syllabus

  • Overview of adult auditory rehabilitation and hearing aid fitting.
  • Understanding the impact of hearing loss in the context of the World Health Organisation.
  • International Classification of Functioning and the biopsychosocial models of disability.
  • Psychosocial impact of acquired hearing loss.
  • Introduction to hearing aids and components.
  • Specification and measurement of electroacoustic characteristics.
  • Range of devices and features, advantages and limitations of different options, consideration of the evidence base where appropriate.
  • Impressions, ear moulds, earshells and modifications.
  • Hearing aid selection and fitting: candidacy, ergonomic considerations, selection of electroacoustic characteristics by prescription methods.
  • Verification of hearing aid performance.
  • Counselling skills in audiology, including enabling adjustment and change.
  • Models of tinnitus distress.
  • Tinnitus management approaches.
  • Evaluation of auditory rehabilitation.
  • Evaluation of tinnitus interventions.


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Advanced Audiology is designed for practising audiologists looking to enhance their clinical skills. Graduates are eligible to apply for senior clinical roles in the NHS or private sector. Read more

Advanced Audiology is designed for practising audiologists looking to enhance their clinical skills. Graduates are eligible to apply for senior clinical roles in the NHS or private sector. A variety of specialist modules can be selected to suit students' professional needs. The programme has a strong research and evidence-based practice foundation.

About this degree

A wide range of optional modules enables students to focus on specific advanced fields of audiology relevant to their professional practice. Students will learn about the latest research in each field and how to apply this to patient care and service delivery. Students will gain proficiency in using new tools and techniques in line with advanced-level practice.

MSc students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of three compulsory modules (45 credits), the research project and dissertation (60 credits), and five optional modules (75 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma, three core modules (45 credits), five optional modules (75 credits), full-time nine months is offered.

Core modules

  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Audiovestibular System
  • Research Methods and Statistics
  • Counselling Skills
  • Research Project (see below)

Choose five options from the following:

Students choose five of the following optional modules.

  • Auditory Processing Disorders
  • Advanced Amplification and Aural Rehabilitation
  • Vestibular Rehabilitation
  • Paediatric Habilitation
  • Advances in Auditory Implants
  • Advanced Management of Tinnitus and Hyperacusis
  • Paediatric Assessment
  • Rehabilitation for Adults with Acquired Hearing Loss
  • Introduction to Sensory Systems, Technologies & Therapies
  • Signals, Systems, Acoustics and the Ear
  • Principles of Health Informatics
  • eHealth: Patients and the Internet
  • Healthcare Quality and Evidence Based Practice
  • Using Information in Healthcare Management
  • Research Methods in Healthcare
  • Research Evidence and Design I
  • Research Evidence and Design II

Dissertation/report

All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 10,000–12,000 words.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through lectures, practical demonstrations and workshops, structured workplace/placement observation, online tutorials and assignments. Research skills will be obtained through lectures and the completion of a scientific research paper and poster presentation. Assessments include essays, reflective journals, case studies, clinical portfolios, unseen examinations and the research dissertation.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Advanced Audiology MSc

Careers

The programme provides audiologists with the required depth, breadth and up-to-date knowledge and competence to enable them to fulfil the needs of the higher practitioner roles. 

The UCL Ear Institute's links with industry and healthcare providers allows students significant networking opportunities.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Audiologist, King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre
  • Hearing Aid Audiologist, Security Forces Hospital
  • Senior Audiologist, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital
  • Audiologist, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Employability

The MSc pushes the boundaries in helping clinicians develop their skills and services, and innovate and design solutions to today’s hearing healthcare challenges. 

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Ear Institute is the largest and most broad-based academic unit for research into hearing and deafness in the UK, allowing students to benefit from the range of clinical and research expertise among its staff. The associated Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital houses the largest clinical audiology unit in the country.

The MSc programme is designed for practising professionals. A significant number of the optional modules are taught as Masterclasses (three- to five-day short courses) followed by tutorials and assessments. This allows students who continue to work part-time significant flexibility in how they structure their MSc programme.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Ear Institute

83% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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The Audiological Science with Clinical Practice MSc is designed to train students from other disciplines as audiologists. Read more

The Audiological Science with Clinical Practice MSc is designed to train students from other disciplines as audiologists. This unique two-year programme includes a 12-month clinical placement and provides the core knowledge, skills and clinical competencies necessary for employment as an audiologist and/or hearing aid dispenser.

About this degree

The programme provides a detailed study of the hearing and balance mechanisms, their structure, function, pathology and assessment.

The successful student will become competent in a wide range of adult hearing assessments and adult hearing amplification and aural rehabilitation. In addition students will acquire skills that will allow them to assist in specialist areas, specifically balance and paediatric hearing assessments.

Students undertake modules to the value of 300 credits.

The full-time two-year programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits) and a dissertation/report (60 credits) in the first year, and four core clinical modules (120 credits) in the second year.

The postgraduate diploma two-year programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits) in year one, and four core clinical modules (120 credits) in year 2.

Year one core modules

Please note: only first-year modules can be taken in flexible mode. The in-service clinical placement modules need to be completed in one year - equivalent to year two of the full-time programme.

  • Signals, Systems, Acoustics and the Ear
  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Audiovestibular System
  • Balance
  • Clinical and Professional Practice
  • Diagnostic Audiology
  • Introduction to Amplification and Aural Rehabilitation
  • Paediatric Audiology
  • Research Methods and Statistics

Year two core modules

  • Clinical Adult Audiovestibular Assessment and Paediatric Hearing Assessment (30 credits)
  • Clinical Adult Diagnostics and Auditory Rehabilitation (60 credits)
  • Integrative Audiology
  • Living with Hearing Loss

Research project/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 –12,000 words. This is submitted at the end of year one.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, case presentations, tutorials, enquiry-based learning, practical demonstrations and in-service clinical placements within accredited audiology departments in the NHS or private sector.

Assessment (formative and summative) is by essays, case presentations, mini -tests, final written and practical examinations, and dissertation.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Audiological Science with Clinical Practice MSc

Careers

It is anticipated that the majority of students will seek employment as audiologists within the UK, in both the NHS and private sector. The main area of activity is adult hearing assessment and rehabilitation. As experience is acquired, audiologists might develop an interest and expertise in balance assessment and rehabilitation, paediatric audiology, tinnitus, cochlear implants, middle ear implants, and bone-anchored hearing aids.

With further experience it is anticipated that graduates might also move towards management, research or teaching.

Employability

Although the programme is vocational and career-specific (audiology) some of our graduates have pursued academic careers, completing PhDs and taught doctorates. International students have used the knowledge and skills gained to promote and develop audiological services in their home countries. Graduates will also acquire many transferable skills, for example, excellent communication skills, the ability to work under pressure, the ability to work independently and in teams, and excellent interpersonal and research skills.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Ear Institute is a recognised international centre of excellence for research and training with strong links to the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital and other specialised audiology departments in London.

Our programme aims to ensure that graduates are scientifically literate at postgraduate level and clinically competent within an audiology setting, and that graduates from a relevant discipline acquire the knowledge and skills to practise as an audiologist and/or hearing aid dispenser or pursue a research career.

Our programme allows students the opportunity to network with a variety of different professionals, particularly audiologists, and doctors with specialist interests in ENT or audiovestibular medicine.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Ear Institute

83% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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This MSc is structured to provide the theoretical, scientific, clinical, research and vocational skills necessary to practise enhanced otology, audiovestibular medicine and audiology. Read more

This MSc is structured to provide the theoretical, scientific, clinical, research and vocational skills necessary to practise enhanced otology, audiovestibular medicine and audiology. The programme is designed for ENT surgeons, audiovestibular physicians, paediatricians, GPs, neurologists and other trainees and physicians with an interest in the medical aspects of audiology who wish to develop or enhance their careers or specialise in otology.

About this degree

Students will learn about the anatomy and physiology of the vestibulocochlear system and facial nerve, related disorders and pathologies, diagnostic techniques and management strategies in both children and adults. Clinical and surgical placements provide an opportunity to develop specialist skills and competencies in evidence-based medicine, multidisciplinary practice - including facial reanimation, skull base and cochlear implantation clinics - and translational research and ethics.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of three core modules (45 credits), five optional modules (75 credits) and a dissertation/report (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma, three core modules (45 credits), five optional modules (75 credits), full-time one year, flexible two to five years is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate, four modules (60 credits) is offered.

Core modules

  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Audiovestibular System
  • Imaging
  • Research Methods and Statistics

Optional modules

  • Introduction to Amplification and Aural Rehabilitation
  • Advanced Amplification and Aural Rehabilitation
  • Signals, Systems, Acoustics and the Ear
  • Advances in Auditory Implants
  • Auditory Processing Disorders
  • Diagnostic Audiology
  • Balance
  • Vestibular Rehabilitation
  • Lateral Skull Base and Facial Nerve
  • Medical and Surgical Treatment of Hearing and Balance Disorders
  • Paediatric Audiology
  • Advanced Management of Tinnitus and Hyperacusis

Please note: not all optional modules will be available in any given academic year. Please contact the department for more information.

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000-12,000 words.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and observation at accredited clinical placements. Assessment is through a combination of methods including unseen examinations, written assignments (essays and a dissertation), case presentations, clinical portfolios and vivas.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Otology and Audiology MSc

Funding

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

This MSc provides a firm foundation in the practice of audiovestibular techniques and their clinical applications for physicians who wish to enhance their careers or develop a research career in this field. This programme at UCL has a highly acclaimed track record in catering for a broad range of training needs of physicians both from the UK and abroad. Alumni include high-profile audiovestibular and ENT physicians, practising within the UK and internationally, with highly successful clinical, research or public health career trajectories after completing the programme. The Postgraduate Certificate option provides key theoretical foundations to inform evidence-based practice and translational research and is recognised for specialty training in the UK by the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board (JRCPTB) for Audiovestibular Medicine. It also represents part of the General Medical Council approved theoretical assessment component.

Employability

On successful completion of this MSc graduates will have acquired wide-ranging skills which will enhance professional practice and future employability. Research skills gained will include data management and analysis, critical literature evaluation and an enhanced understanding of how evidence informs healthcare provision. For ENT surgeons at a foundation/core training level, the programme adds a substantial clinical and research dimension to an application for core/higher training. For those already in higher training, completing this MSc demonstrates a commitment to acquiring advanced research skills and the opportunity to develop an academic clinical career as a practising surgeon. For individuals in specialties allied to otology, the programme offers enhanced clinical and research skills relevant to careers in clinical research and service development.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Ear Institute provides a unique environment for graduate study and is the largest and most broad-based academic unit for research into hearing, auditory processing, deafness and vestibular research in the UK.

Students benefit from an interdisciplinary range of clinical and research expertise. Collaboration between disciplines provides integrated research projects utilising a wide range of clinical and laboratory techniques.

The associated University College London Hospitals (UCLH) house the largest clinical audiology and dedicated vestibular service in the country, and the first Cochlear Implant team in the UK. All students benefit from placements in UCLH and UCL Partners hospitals and excellent networking opportunities.



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-The first UK professional doctorate in Hearing Therapy. -Blended learning – study predominantly undertaken on-line alongside professional practice. Read more
-The first UK professional doctorate in Hearing Therapy
-Blended learning – study predominantly undertaken on-line alongside professional practice
-Can alternatively study for an MSc/ PGDip/ PGCert as part of the same programme framework
-Combination of taught modules and supervised practice-based research makes the course highly relevant to professionals engaged in the field of rehabilitation in audiology
-Students complete an in-practice research project with support from an academic supervisor

Programme outline & modules

PGCert – all taught modules are 20 credits
-Hearing Therapy (5 days face to face delivery + online support)
-Tinnitus Management (online delivery)
-Aural Rehabilitation (online delivery)

PGDip – all taught modules are 20 credits
-Evidence Based Practice (online delivery)
-Health Behaviours (online delivery)
-Vestibular Rehabilitation (online delivery)

MSc – all taught modules are 20 credits
-Research Methods (face to face + online delivery)
-Research Project I (face to face + online delivery)
-Research Project II (face to face + online delivery)

Doctor of Hearing Therapy – all taught modules are 20 credits. Students will select one of the following two modules:
-Qualitative Research Methodology (online delivery)
-Quantitative Methods and Advanced Statistics (online delivery)
-Research project & thesis. The personal research project is the core of Doctor of Hearing Therapy programme.

All modules can also be undertaken independently as continuing professional development.

Learning, teaching & assessment

Taught modules are 20 credits each, nominally equivalent to 200 hours of student learning. Modules consist of remote access lectures with electronic formative assessments and a module coursework assignment such as reflective case records, or an essay/literature review related to the module. Module results are ratified at Examination Boards held shortly after the end of each study period.

The research project is the major component of the doctorate, supervised by members of the Applied Health Research Group (http://www.aston.ac.uk/lhs/research/centres-facilities/applied-health-research-group/). Students will develop their research proposals based upon their own clinical interests, or may opt to select a project nominated by an Aston academic. Because this is a distance-learning programme, the research is not normally carried out on the University campus, and it is essential that the student has access to the facilities and resources needed to carry out the research, usually in the student's place of work.

The research stage requires a significant long-term commitment, as it is equivalent to around 2 years of full-time work (i.e. 4 years part-time). Candidates ultimately submit a thesis which is examined in a viva voce examination.

The Doctor of Hearing Therapy programme is aimed at practising audiologists, who will complete case records where required for taught module coursework, and will undertake a practice- based research project.

Students are on campus at the start of the programme when they have the opportunity to participate in group activities.

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This course is suitable for audiologists from a wide range of clinical settings who are interested in aural rehabilitation. The course will provide you with further knowledge and skills in adult and paediatric aural rehabilitation to support career development and progression for qualified audiologists. Read more

This course is suitable for audiologists from a wide range of clinical settings who are interested in aural rehabilitation. The course will provide you with further knowledge and skills in adult and paediatric aural rehabilitation to support career development and progression for qualified audiologists.

The course aims to create an intellectually stimulating opportunity for you to develop academic knowledge and research skills, thus enhancing your practice in rehabilitative audiology. Suitable for international, UK and local audiologists, the course will develop knowledge of the evidence base in practice and further develop critical thinking, clinical reasoning and research knowledge.

The course is organised in three broad strands: 

  • Research (Research Proposal and Dissertation) 
  • Rehabilitative Audiology 
  • Professional Practice

Knowledge, understanding and skills acquired across the course will be integrated and applied in the clinical setting throughout all modules. This course will ensure that the audiologist acquires the advanced knowledge required to work with complex Audiological cases as well as managing service input.

PgCert in Hearing and Communication

The PgDip/MSc (Post-Registration) in Rehabilitative Audiology is open only to qualified audiologists but includes modules that are of interest to a range of professionals. The PgCert in Hearing and Communication has been developed to allow students from a variety of non-audiology backgrounds the opportunity for further study in relation to hearing impairment and auditory/ vestibular rehabilitation.

Students may take up to four years to complete the 60 credits required to be awarded a PgCert. Applicants might include: speech and language therapists; teachers of the deaf; linguists; any health professional interested (Post-Registration) in developing their knowledge and skills in relations to hearing and balance management. It is acknowledged that each of these groups has unique needs and concerns which will be taken into consideration during the admissions process and throughout the programme.

The minimum entry requirement for the Pg Cert in Hearing and Communication will normally be a first or second class BSc (Hons) degree in a related discipline (eg education, psychology, linguistics, speech and language therapy or another health science).

Teaching, learning and assessment

This is a distance learning course and students engage with staff members and each other through regular contact within the online teaching and learning environment. An extensive range of learning technologies – including The Hub, eportfolio and multimedia resources – will be available  to support directed, independent learning.  Learning materials may include narrated PowerPoint lectures, video or audio clips, reading materials, case-based data, guided learning activities, discussion boards and self-assessment quizzes. Online seminars and discussion groups will be scheduled to allow maximum participation. Discussions and seminars will also be archived to allow students to review the content after the event. Assessment is carried out through case-based assignments, reflective journals, research reports, electronic portfolio, online discussions as well as a final dissertation.

Teaching hours and attendance

We suggest that a student should spend an average of 18 hours on independent learning/ course work each week per module. This could include online discussions.

Modules

Advanced counselling: Theory and Practice (15 credits)/ Research Methods (30 credits)/ Adult Aural Rehabilitation: Advanced Practice (30 credits) OR Paediatric Aural Habilitation (30 credits)

A further 45 credits from: Hearing Technology: Advanced Theory and Practice (15 credits)/ Advanced Vestibular Rehabilitation (15 credits)/ Tinnitus and Hyperacusis (15 credits) / Language and Culture of Deaf People (15 credits) / Adult Aural Rehabilitation: Advanced Practice (30 credits)/ Paediatric Aural Habilitation (30 credits)

If studying for the MSc, you will also complete a dissertation (60 credits).

Careers

Graduates may work within the National Health Service and private sector. There are also career opportunities for research in universities and research institutes.

Quick Facts

  • This course is delivered completely online. 
  • It offers flexible learning pathways and draws from clinical experience.  
  • This course provides interaction with students from various backgrounds and contexts which supports critical


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