Resources

Training resources in hearing assistance in aged care services and hospitals

It’s never too late to hear better

Over 70% of Australians aged over 70 have some hearing loss. This increases to around 85% in residential aged care. However, staff of age care service providers and in hospitals are seldom adequately trained to assist those with hearing loss.

An effective hearing assistance program benefits staff as well as those they care for and, if performed systematically, should not be time consuming.

These resources may also be useful for family carers and volunteers who support hearing impaired people in the community.

Free resources for hearing assistance training

  • Instructional video designed to fit within a 30-minute in-service session or for continuing professional development (CPD) purposes. Also suitable for pre-service training.
  • Online training which includes the above instructional video, incorporating multiple-choice quizzes. Certificate available if completed satisfactorily. This online training is hosted by HEARnet Learning.(HEARnet Learning is a service provided by the HEARing Cooperative Research Centre)
  • Happy Hearing App for on-the-job reference to hearing assistance skills and information including that which is in the above instructional video. It is available in Google Play for android phones and tablets; and in the App Store for iPhones and iPads. The app may also be made available in the workplace where an organisation’s communication system is tablet or iPad based. The app is suitable for use by residential and home care staff, in hospitals, as well as by family carers and volunteers.
  • Good Practice Guide for aged care facility hearing assistance programs provides extra reference material and suggestions for starting an effective hearing assistance program (regularly updated).

Free resources for staff implementing an effective hearing assistance program

  • Good Practice Guide for aged care facility hearing assistance programs provides extra reference material and suggestions for starting an effective hearing assistance program (regularly updated).
  • References to hearing in the ACQ&SC Guidance and Resources for Providers to support the new Aged Care Quality Standards.
  • Poster series designed to encourage the use of appropriate communication techniques as part of a plan to improve hearing support in aged care and hospitals.

Free resources for pre-service education

  • Teaching-learning modules – a series of four modules for students and teaching staff in the Diploma of Nursing HLT54115, Certificate III in Individual Support CHC33015 and in Cert IV in Ageing Support CHC43015 and also for CPD purposes. (These materials will be reviewed later in the year.)
  • Instructional video
  • Moodle based unit is ideal for students before starting a work placement or for staff in-service training purposes where an organisation has a Moodle compatible LMS or has downloaded a free Moodlecloud. Where a Moodle compatible LMS is not available see the online training unit available through HEARnet Learning.

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