Training resources in hearing assistance for nurses and other care staff 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.

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 assist 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 CPD purposes.  Also, suitable for pre-service training.  Follow this link (new page under construction)
  • Online training equivalent to the above instructional video, incorporating multiple-choice quizzes.  Certificate available on satisfactory completion.  This online training is hosted by HEARnet Learning.  Follow this link 

(HEARnet Learning is a service provided by the HEARing Cooperative Research Centre)

If you wish to upload the online training program on your own Moodle compatible LMS see pre-service education section below.

  • Offline training pack for face to face training of nurses and other care staff. Includes a questionnaire to reinforce learning from the instructional video.  Download it here
  • Good Practice Guide provides additional reference material and suggestions for establishing an effective hearing assistance program.  Download it here

Free resources for staff implementing an effective hearing assistance program

  • Good Practice Guide provides additional reference material and suggestions for establishing an effective hearing assistance program.  Download it here
  • Poster Series designed to emphasis the use of appropriate communication techniques as part of an improvement plan for hearing assistance in aged care and hospitals.  Download posters here

Free resources for pre-service education

  • A series of four teaching-learning modules for use by teaching staff in Diploma of Nursing HLT54115, Certificate III in Individual Support CHC33015 and in Cert IV in Ageing Support CHC43015.  Follow this link
  • Moodle based unit. Ideal for students prior to work placement or for staff in-service training purposes where an organisation has a Moodle compatible LMS or a free Moodlecloud is downloaded. Follow this link

Where a Moodle compatible LMS is not available see online training unit available through HEARnet Learning. See training resource above.

For enquiries send an email to hello@deafnessforum.org.au

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