Training resources for hearing assistance in aged care & hospitals

It’s never too late to hear better

Up to 80 per cent of Australians aged over 70 have some hearing loss. This increases to around 85% in residential aged care.

However, staff of aged care service providers and 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 free resources may also be useful for family carers and volunteers who support hearing-impaired people in the community.

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. The video can be used in conjunction with the Multiple choice questionnaire for Hearing Assistance Video.
  • 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 and the App Store. The app is suitable for use by residential and home care staff, in hospitals, as well as by family carers and volunteers.
  • The Good Practice Guide 2023 provides extra reference material and suggestions for starting an effective hearing assistance program.
  • Aged care workforce online training tool: The Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care commissioned a suite of training materials for a hearing health module training modules. The module, Hearing Health Introductory and Refresher Module is one of a series of free online learning modules to support aged care workers with foundational knowledge on key concepts in aged care.

Resources for staff implementing an effective hearing assistance program

Free resources for pre-service education

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