A high-quality resource that covers all aspects of audiology
e-Audiology supports the professional development of qualified healthcare professionals who work within audiology services. It is a joint collaboration between the UK Department of Health’s National Audiology Programme and Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare.
During the programme, you'll cover a wide range of audiology topics, such as anatomy, acoustics, hearing testing, management of hearing loss and auditory interventions. The content is packed with interactive elements such as photos, animations and self-assessment exercises, which help to reinforcelearning and understanding.
Online audiology training
e-Audiology supports and enhances traditional training approaches, such as face-to-face teaching. You can build your understanding on key topics in preparation for lectures and practical work, which helps to improve the learning outcomes and make the most efficient use of training resources.
You can access this resource online, studying at work, home or even on the move.
e-Audiology is split into three modules to meet the needs of different healthcare professionals. Each module contains several e-learning sessions.
Please note that Module 2 is under development and there are currently three modules, numbered 1, 3 and 4. Further sessions are under development for Modules 3 and 4.
Module 1 – Pathway Support
This module equips you with the underpinning knowledge associated with hearing assessment and rehabilitation that is required of an audiology assistant or support worker.
Voluntary workers, education professionals, social care staff and trainee associates may also benefit from this e-learning.
Topic 1: General Skills
- The Work of the Audiology Department
- Professional Groups and their Professional Roles
- Health and Safety in Audiology
- Infection Control Issues
- Confidentiality, Equality and Diversity
- Consultation Skills
- Personal and Professional Development
Topic 2: Anatomy and Physiology
This covers the essential knowledge of anatomy and physiology in audiology:
- Anatomy and Physiology of the Outer Ear
- Otoscopy Skills
- Anatomy and Physiology of the Middle Ear
- Anatomy of the Inner Ear
- Physiology of the Inner Ear
- Basic Nerve Conduction
- Anatomy of Neural Pathways
- Anatomy and Physiology of the Nose, Sinus and Throat
- Anatomy and Physiology of the Balance Organs
- Effects of Vision and Proprioception on Balance
Topic 3: Audiology Acoustics and Psychoacoustics
This covers the key scientific concepts used in audiology:
- Sound Waves
- The Decibel Scale
- Introduction to the Sound Level Meter
- Measurement of Sound
- Speech Production and Perception
- Perception of Sound
- Sound Localisation
- Tuning Forks (including tests)
Topic 4: Pure Tone Audiometry
This covers the principles of testing hearing in adults:
- Introduction to the Audiometer
- The Audiogram Form
- Defining and Understanding Hearing Thresholds
- Calibration and Care of Equipment
- Test Environment
- Pre-test Assessment and Information
- AC and BC Audiometry
- The Need to Mask
- Recording and Reporting Audiometry Results
Topic 5: Pathology, Symptoms and Management Options of Ear and Related Conditions
This covers a range of audiological disorders and their management:
- Pathology, Symptoms and Management of Conditions of the Pinnae
- Pathology, Symptoms and Management: Auditory Canal Conditions
- Pathology, Symptoms and Management of Cholesteatoma
- Recognising Outer Ear and Tympanic Membrane Conditions/Otoscopy
- Pathology and Symptoms: Eustachian Tube Dysfunction and Otitis Media
- Management of Eustachian Tube Dysfunction and Otitis Media
- Pathology, Symptoms and Management of Middle Ear Conditions
- Pathology, Symptoms and Management of Hearing Losses
- Ménière's Disease: Cause and Presenting Symptoms
- Ménière's Disease: Management Options
- Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo and its Management
Topic 6: Hearing Loss, Communication and Hearing Conversation
This covers the communication needs of audiology patients:
- Living with Hearing Loss
- Deaf Awareness
- Introduction to Sign Language
- Communication Tactics
- The Hearing-impaired Outpatient: Ways to Improve the Experience
- Hearing Conservation and Noise Protection
- Assistive Technology in Audiology
- Realistic Expectations for Hearing Aid Performance
Topic 7: Auditory Intervention
This covers the underpinning knowledge required for managing hearing loss through the use of hearing aid technologies:
- The Range of Hearing Aids
- Digital Hearing Aid Technology
- Hearing Aid Features
- The Ear Piece
- Impression Taking and Contraindications
- Hearing Aid Selection and Prescriptive Formulae
- Hearing Aid Fitting
- The Test Box
- Real Ear Measures
- Hearing Aid Maintenance and Repairs
- Implantable Devices
Topic 8: Screening and Diagnostic Investigations
This covers a range of audiological assessment tools used with adults and children:
- Diagnostic Audiograms and Uncomfortable Loudness Levels
- Tympanometry Equipment and Testing
- Understanding Tympanometry Results
- Otoacoustic Emissions
- Distraction Test
- Visual Reinforcement Audiometry
- Speech Discrimination Tests: Paediatric and Adult
- Co-operative and Performance Testing in the Under Fives
- Evoked Response Audiometry
- Screening for Hearing Loss in Childhood
- Adult Screening
- Balance Investigations: Excluding the Caloric Test
- The Caloric Test
- Other Advanced Diagnostic Tests
- Case Histories 1: Effect of Results on Each Other
- Case Histories 2: Effect of Vestibular Results on Each Other
- Vestibular Rehabilitation
Module 3 – Audiology in Primary Care
Topic 1: Audiology in Primary Care
This module is for primary care professionals who are caring for people with common audiological problems, such as balance problems, ear wax, tinnitus and hearing impairment. The aim is to improve the recognition of key symptoms, management and referral pathways.
The module covers:
- Methods of Wax Removal
- Hearing Difficulties in Primary Care
- Tinnitus in Primary Care
- Dizziness and Imbalance in Primary Care
Module 4 – Service Transformation
This module helps to raise awareness of systems and tools available in audiology services, such as the Patient Management System and the Quality Enhancement Tool.
Topic 1: Open Ear Technology
This covers open canal fittings and associated practices, namely:
- Open Ear Technology
- Verifying the Fitting
- Assessing the Outcomes of Hearing Rehabilitation
Topic 4: Quality Enhancement Tool
This explains how the Quality Enhancement Tool system works, including the inputs that are required, the knowledge management system and the benefits for audiology departments:
- Quality Enhancement Tool: Basics and Benefits
- Quality Enhancement Tool: Completing a Census and Viewing the Results
Approximately 50 hours of online training is currently available. All e-Audiology sessions have been written and quality assured by leading professionals working in the field.
Below are two sample e-learning sessions you can test out.
Tympanometry Equipment and Testing
This session introduces the tympanometer and explains its features as well as the principles of tympanometry. It explores when tympanometry would be used and how to perform the test on a subject with normal ears and hearing.
Anatomy of the Inner Ear
This session describes the anatomy of the inner ear, excluding the balance system. It looks at the inner and outer hair cells and their differences, and the fluids contained in the inner ear. The session uses animation and images to show users what the inner ear looks like.
e-Audiology is an ideal resource for supporting and improving NHS audiology pathways, particularly those delivered by audiology assistants and support practitioners. The project provides an interactive learning environment which promotes maximum educational gain for the users.
Adrian Davis OBE, Clinical Champion for e-Audiology
Single-user access to the e-Audiology e-learning programme for 12 months costs £90 (excluding VAT where applicable). To purchase a licence, please click on the ‘Register’ button below. This will take you to the e-Learning for Healthcare website where all users of the e-Audiology programme are registered.
Once you have successfully submitted your details and your payment has been processed, your account details (user name and password) will be emailed to you within two to three working days.