UCL Ear Institute Advanced Amplification and Aural Rehabilitation
Date: February 21 – 23 2018
Course Directors: Hannah Cooper and Carolina Leal

The aim of this module is to enhance clinical practice in the treatment of adults and children with hearing loss.
This module takes the form of a 4 day masterclass that will investigate current trends in adult and paediatric amplification. The aim of this module is to enhance clinical practice in the assessment, diagnosis and rehabilitation of adults and children with hearing loss.

Guest speakers:
• Professor Anne Schilder, UCL Ear Institute
• Professor Wendy McCracken, University of Manchester
• Nicola Howells, Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Objectives include:
• To foster an awareness of state of the art research in amplification and aural rehab as it relates to both adult and paediatric populations
• To develop international best practice as indicated by evidence-based approaches to rehabilitation
• To enable the implementation of clinically applicable tools & techniques that will elevate the process of aural rehabilitation to an advanced practitioner level.
• To foster a culture of self-evaluation and development of new skills

Course content
Day 1 and day 2: Innovations in hearing technology – adults
Day 3: Innovations in hearing technology – paediatrics

Target audience
– Audiologists wishing to update their knowledge in the most current trends and technological advances in the field of paediatric and adult audiology habilitation and rehabilitation
– Teachers of the Deaf, Speech and Language Therapists, General Practitioners with special interest in Audiology, AudioVestibular doctors and any other health professional wishing to expand their knowledge and experience in paediatric and adult audiology habilitation and rehabilitation

Learning outcomes
1. Latest available technologies in state of the art hearing instruments from a variety of industrial manufacturers including public and private sector devices.
2. Latest hearing instrument research papers and how these impact on clinical practice today.
3. Pre-fitting measures that relate to successful outcomes with hearing instruments.
4. International best practice related to the fitting of amplification and be able to critically compare approaches followed by various countries / institutions.
5. Latest approaches to verification.
6. A variety of assessment tools for hearing aid validation and investigation of rehabilitation needs. Ability to implement these in their clinical practice.
7. Problem-solving skills with HI patients and families
8. Observation and assessment of functional listening skills and auditory understanding in children
9. Management options for special populations