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Higher Level Apprenticeship Hearing Aid Dispenser

Earn as you learn... gain the required HCPC registration benchmark to work as a Hearing Aid Dispenser in private practice in the UK

A man fitting a hearing aid into a woman's right ear

Kick start your career and access this challenging and exciting opportunity in this expanding field

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48 UCAS Points

GCSE Maths and English at Grade C or Level 4

Or Level 2 Functional Skills Literacy and Numeracy


UCAS institution code P63

Duration 18 months

Course Summary

You'll combine your work with your employer with training and study, you'll learn your key clinical skills in the work place but also have the opportunity to build your new knowledge and skills you gain whilst at University into practice. The first year of study provides you with the knowledge and understanding of the environment which you work and the wider industry, you'll be fully aware of what it means to be a registered professional and the expectations associated more widely with this. You will study the foundations of the physics of sound but most importantly the anatomy and physiology of the hearing and balance system. You'll begin to recognise the clinical signs and symptoms of various conditions, diseases and illnesses and be able to recognise how these relate to real life examples as well when to refer for a further opinion. Clinically, you'll be able to examine a patients ears, undertake a thorough history and conduct a basic assessment of a patient or client's hearing. You'll learn the basic fundamentals of rehabilitation and the hearing aid technology that is available to support the patient or client. You will be required to undertake a certificate of competence in aural microsuction.

In year two, you'll continue your clinical activity with your employer, as well as gain a deeper understanding of some of the diagnostic tasks available to you but also some of the advanced verification processes which support expert hearing aid fitting. You'll learn about the private sector and their responsibillity, and the legislation that surrounds this. You'll be equipped with the leadership skills to ensure that you are successful in your role as a Registered Hearing Aid Dispenser.

Why study to be a Hearing Aid Dispenser at Marjon?

Play an active role and develop your clinical knowledge and skills in the onsite patient facing clinics

Earn whilst you learn, in the familiar work placed environment

Make use of state of the art simulation suites providing access to the best technology enhanced learning opportunities available

Gather feedback and be mentored by our valuable and expert "People Who Use Services" group

Receive expert tuition from specialists from the industry and from around the globe, providing the opportunity for strong international connections

Extensive and structured support in the workplace from the University clinical facilitators but also from your own workplace supervisors and assessors

Modules for this course

Course Snapshot

This apprenticeship enables you to progress your knowledge, understanding and proficiency of skills across the field of Hearing Aid Audiology in order for you to ultimately practice safely and effectively as a registered Hearing Aid Dispenser within your employer You'll study a wide range of modules which will deepen your understanding of audiological assessment, intervention and rehabilitation, but above all you'll learn to apply these in the real world environment supported by our expert programme team.
Course snapshot

1st Year

Clinical Practice 1 for Hearing Aid Dispensers
Get hands-on experience in providing hearing aid services. Learn how to assess patients' hearing needs, perform basic hearing tests, and recommend appropriate hearing aids. Kickstart your journey as a hearing aid dispenser.
Professionalism and Scope of Practice 1
Understand the ethical and legal responsibilities of a hearing aid dispenser. Explore the boundaries and limitations of your role while promoting professionalism and maintaining high standards of care. Elevate your practice with a strong foundation.
Applied Clinical Skills for Hearing Aid Dispensers 1
Hone your clinical skills as a hearing aid dispenser. Learn to fit, adjust, and maintain hearing aids, troubleshoot common issues, and provide personalised care to improve patients' hearing experience. Be the expert in optimising auditory devices.
Applied Anatomy and Physiology of the Audiovestibular System 1
Dive into the intricate workings of the audiovestibular system. Explore the anatomy and physiology of the ear and the interconnectedness with balance and hearing. Gain a deeper understanding of how hearing loss occurs and its impact.
Applied Hearing Aid Technology and Rehabilitation 1
Embrace the latest advancements in hearing aid technology. Discover cutting-edge devices, accessories, and assistive technologies that enhance hearing and improve communication. Learn rehabilitation techniques to maximise the benefits of hearing aids.
Medical Physics and Physiological Measurements 1
Grasp the fundamentals of medical physics and physiological measurements relevant to hearing healthcare. Explore the principles of acoustics, sound measurement, and the assessment of auditory function. Equip yourself with the scientific knowledge behind audiology.

2nd Year

Clinical Practice for Hearing Aid Dispensers 2
Build upon your clinical practice skills in this advanced module. Refine your expertise in hearing aid fitting, troubleshooting complex cases, and providing comprehensive follow-up care. Gain confidence in handling diverse patient scenarios.
Pathophysiology and Clinical Interventions 2
Delve into the pathophysiology of hearing disorders and explore various clinical interventions. Understand the underlying causes of hearing loss, balance disorders, and associated conditions. Learn about intervention strategies to improve patients' outcomes.
Professional Autonomy and Clinical Decision Making 2
Develop your autonomy as a professional in the hearing healthcare field. Enhance your decision-making skills through critical thinking, evidence-based practice, and effective communication. Take charge of your patients' well-being.
Applied Hearing Aid Technology, Verification and Rehabilitation 2
Expand your knowledge of hearing aid technology and its verification methods. Dive into real-world case studies, fine-tune hearing aid programming, and optimise patient satisfaction through comprehensive rehabilitation techniques.
Psychology Counselling and Wellbeing 2
Recognise the psychological impact of hearing loss and develop counseling skills to support patients' emotional well-being. Learn effective communication strategies and psychological interventions to address the social and emotional aspects of hearing impairment.
Preparing for Registered Practice 2
Get ready to enter the world of registered practice as a hearing aid dispenser. Explore regulatory requirements, professional development opportunities, and strategies for ongoing learning. Prepare yourself to excel in your career and make a positive impact on patients' lives.

Please note: This course is subject to validation which means that it is either a new course or that the content is currently being updated. You can apply for this course now while some of the details of the course are being finalised by the University. Please contact the course leader if you would like further information.

This course is perfect if you're curious about...

Why do people with hearing aids not wear them?

What age are we when we can first hear sound?

Why is hearing so important to connect people through communication?

How do your ears help you balance?

What allows the human body to hear?

What causes ringing in your ears and can you stop it?

How you’ll be taught and assessed?

How will you be taught?

The programme is taught in a blended format, you'll study online as well as face to face on campus in short blocks. You'll be taught in real clinic environments both in the practice setting and on the university campus.

How will you be assessed?

You'll be assessed through a combination of written assessment and examination tasks as well as through presentations. You will also be assessed clinically in practice throughout the duration programme, the final assessment is a clinical examination which assesses knowledge and skills across the patient and client journey.

Claire Langman

Claire Langman

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Fees and funding

Fees UK students: ££11,000 paid by the Employer

The Employer will be responsible for the cost of their DBS and occupational health screening prior to admission

Additional costs:

Apprentices may wish to purchase their own kit box for clinical skills which is £20.

Funding available for this course

The fees are covered by your employer and the Government. You will not be required to pay any tuition fees or take out a tuition loan.

Frequently asked questions

Q1   Do I have to pay for my course fees?

No, your employer pays your salary and funds the cost of the programme.

Q2   What salary could I potentially earn on graduation?

£34,000 -£64,000

Q3   Can the University help find me an apprenticeship?

No, we recommend you make contact with orgbnisations across the sector and to also review:

Q4   Can I become an Audiologist after this programme?

On successful completion of this programme you are eligible to apply for registration as a Hearing Aid Dispenser. You can, following this programme apply for the BSc top up programme which will enable you to become an audiologist.

Q5   If I don't live in Devon can I still undertake this programme?

Yes, absolutely! You would need to travel to the University for the study for the residential study blocks throughout the programme.

Q6   Who can be an apprentice?

Apprenticeships can be offered to both new and existing staff, of all ages.

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