This is a specialised learning course for those Healthcare professionals who already have qualifications in ear anatomy and otoscopy and/or experience in audiology. The course will provide you with the skills to take perfect ear impressions safely and expertly.
By taking this course, you will be able to offer more services to your patients including the provision of ear impressions for hearing aids and hearing aid molds. Ear plugs for noise, swimming, shooting, musician in ear monitors, surveillance intercoms, motorcycle, industry, motorsport and other specialist requirements. The practices are taught following the guidelines of the British Society of Audiology.
The course focuses on the main methods of taking earmold impressions using a syringe or gun. The content covers all aspects of earmold impression taking, including ear anatomy, earmold impression history and theory, infection control, equipment training, client assessment, technique, documentation and ear infections.
On successful completion of the Taking Ear Impressions course, trainees will be able to:
- Undertake otoscopy and impression-taking safely (on individuals over 5 years) and according to BSA procedure.
- Recognise conditions of the ear, identify ear abnormalities and understand onward referral guidelines.
- Recognise responsibility to adhere to scope of practice and insurance/liability limitations.
- Understand outer, middle, and inner ear anatomy, physiology, and common ear conditions.
- Demonstrate appropriate history-taking.
- Safely perform ear examinations, following BSA guidelines.
- Adapt ear examinations and still be safe with different patients and surroundings.
- Understand appropriate use of earwax removal methods and offer recommendations.
- Demonstrate patient-centred care and appropriate communication with patients and significant others.
- Reflect on the areas of gaining consent, documentation, and further ear care management.
- Manage health and safety issues and have practical infection control procedures.
- Understanding different otoscopes and video scopes and their limitations.
- Arrange for earmold manufacture and keep accurate records of procedure.
By completing this course, you will learn extensively about the tools which are used for ear mold impression taking as well as techniques to safely use them. Equipment used includes otoscopes, otolights, otoblocks, impression materials, bracing, bite blocks, syringes and impression guns.