- Disclosure Scotland
- clear speaking voice
- problem solving
- teaching others
- First Degree
- Postgraduate Certificate / Diploma
- working with the disabled
- working with the elderly
- explaining reasons for hearing loss to clients
- helping clients and their family to adjust to living with hearing loss
- introducing the client to methods of camouflaging the discomfort caused by tinnitus
- providing training in lip-reading or signing if appropriate
- advising about the operation of aids such as cochlear implants, hearing aids and loop systems
- advising on ear problems not directly related to loss of hearing such as vertigo, tinnitus, Meniere’s disease
- giving talks on aural rehabilitation to professional groups or the general public
- keeping records of treatment and progress of patients
- working with other professionals such as audiologists.
- You could work in clinics, hospitals, health centres, residential homes, additional support needs schools, voluntary organisations or in patients’ homes.
- Working hours are normally regular but you might be on call in the evenings or at weekends.
- You might be able to work part time.
- Most National Health Service (NHS) trusts prefer entrants to have a suitable qualification in audiology.
- There are currently no BSc degree courses in audiology available in Scotland.
- You would first take a relevant honours degree in a science subject such as maths, physics, biological sciences, psychology, linguistics, or speech-language therapy.
- Entry requirements for degree courses are normally 5 Highers including 2 from Maths, science subjects and Psychology. Some universities require Advanced Highers.
- You would then take either the postgraduate Masters (MSc) or Diploma (PgDip) course in Audiology or Rehabilitative Audiology at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh. Check the website for course details.
- You will require a satisfactory PVG (Protecting Vulnerable Groups) check to show that you are suitable for this type of work. Contact Disclosure Scotland for details.
- It helps if you have some experience with people with hearing problems or in teaching or working with older or disabled people.
- patient, dependable and adaptable
- interested in the science of hearing
- imaginative, to come up with new ways to help your patients
- good at solving problems
- practical and able to handle small pieces of equipment such as hearing aids
- able to teach and give instructions clearly
- friendly and sympathetic.
Industry: Therapists (Other)
Summary: Hearing therapists provide rehabilitation for people with hearing loss or hearing difficulties such as tinnitus (perceived noise in the ear without corresponding external sound). They teach them techniques which help them to communicate and to make good use of what hearing they have.
Average salary: As a hearing therapist with the NHS you would usually be on the Band 5 grading within the Agenda for Change salary scales. From April 2012 this ranges from £21,176 to £27,625. Outside the NHS your income would vary according to whether you were freelance or employed.
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