|Title||Amplification Technologies and Applications non implantable devices|
By the end of this module Clinical Scientists in HSST, with respect to non-implantable amplification technology, will be able to analyse, synthesise, evaluate and apply knowledge and perform specialist assessment and treatment of patients demonstrating the attitudes and behaviours necessary for the role of a Consultant Clinical Scientist within a patient focused service and in particular will accurately prescribe the full range of hearing aids and associated devices to best meet the needs of the individual.
Knowledge and understanding
By the end of this module Clinical Scientists in HSST will analyse, synthesise, evaluate and apply their expert knowledge required with respect to the:
- psychoacoustics, and changes associated with conductive, cochlear and retrocochlear losses.
- subjective and objective tests, their uses, advantages and limitations in relation to hearing aid prescribing.
- electroacoustics of hearing aids.
- digital signal processing and its applications to hearing aids and associated devices.
- hearing aid verification methods.
- hearing aid validation methods, including speech testing and outcome measures.
- motivational assessment and engagement with patients, their family or carers.
- advances and evidence base in interconnectivity of hearing aids and other devices
- the limitations of hearing aids in management of conductive hearing loss and the selection criteria for consideration of bone-conducting devices
- the limitations of acoustic hearing aids in severe-profound hearing loss and the importance of consideration of alternative management including cochlear implants or brain stem implants as appropriate.
Technical and clinical skills
By the end of this module Clinical Scientists in HSST will be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of current research and its application to the performance and mastery of a range of technical skills whilst critically reflecting and applying in practice a range of clinical and communication skills to advise and communicate effectively with patients, their families, carers and other healthcare professionals and will:
- select, carry out and interpret test results to guide optimum fitting of hearing aids in all patient groups.
- validate hearing aid prescription in all patient groups.
- engage with users to select the most appropriate amplification and other devices to best meet their needs as defined by individual management plans in all patient groups.
- evaluate research and evidence to ensure advances in technology are applied to patient groups appropriately.
- reflect on the challenges of applying research to practice in relation to these areas of practice and suggest improvements, building on a critique of available evidence.
Attitudes and behaviours
By the end of this module Clinical Scientists in HSST will be expected to evaluate their own response to both normal and complex situations demonstrating the professional attributes and insights required of a Clinical Scientists in HSST working within the limits of professional competence referring as appropriate to senior staff and will:
- be committed to and support continuous improvement of therapeutic services, with particular reference to auditing practice, evidence based practice, new and improved technologies.