Audiometry and tympanometry course for non-audiologists
PC Werth Audiology House once again hosts Tracy James’s accredited course in basic audiometry and tympanometry suited for GPs, occupational health therapists, audiometricians, teachers of the deaf (TODs) and hearing aid dispensers. If you are not a professional audiologist, but you want to learn how to perform audiometry and tympanometry, this course is highly recommendable.
A hearing test (audiometry) measures the quietest sound an individual can hear at least 50% of the time – known as hearing threshold level (HTL). An individual’s HTL at different frequencies is recorded in an audiogram for each ear and this information can be used to categorise hearing as within normal range or a hearing loss that can range from mild to profound. Otoscopy and tympanometry is used alongside audiometry to identify any abnormalities of the middle ear that may be affecting the hearing, e.g. perforation or glue ear.
In hospitals and hearing aid dispensing practices, audiometry and tympanometry is typically carried out by audiologists who are trained to undertake these procedures during their university course. In the UK, audiometry is carried out according to the British Society of Audiology Recommended Procedure.
However, basic hearing tests and tympanometry can also be performed by GPs, occupational health nurses, audiometricians, assistant technical officers, teachers of the deaf and hearing aid dispensers. The British Society of Audiology has a Practice Guidance Document for “Hearing assessment in general practice, schools and health clinics: guidelines for professionals who are not qualified audiologists”.
A British Society of Audiology accredited course in basic audiometry and tympanometry trains non-audiologists to undertake hearing tests in the field and interpret the results, according to minimum training criteria.
Tracy James carries out BSA accredited courses in basic audiometry and tympanometry at PC Werth Audiology House in London. Visit her website for the next courses coming up in 2015.