NUS Adult Hearing Screener Training and Certification Course

The National University of Singapore M.Sc. Audiology programme is now offering an Adult Hearing Screener Training and Certification Course.  The NUS group conducted an extensive review of the literature regarding best-practices for adult hearing screening and combined existing technologies in test equipment to address the confounding issue of difficult to control ambient noise levels.   NUS has also developed, evaluated and formalized an evidence-based adult hearing screening protocol screening in the Singapore health system.  The purpose of this project was to develop best-practice guidelines and training for the Singapore context in order to standardize adult hearing screening on a national level. 

Course description and certification requirements

The 2-day course includes training modules on:

• Communication Skills, Counselling and Participant Instruction
• Delivery and interpretation of Hearing Handicap Questionnaires
• Acoustics and Anatomy & Physiology of the Adult Ear
• Basic Screening Otoscopy
• Use of Screening Equipment and Adult Hearing Screening Protocol
• Monitoring Ambient Noise Levels
• Managing Equipment and Troubleshooting
• Conducting a Biologic Check
• Presentation of Results & Patient Education
• Infection Control

Participants will receive electronic copies of the copyrighted course materials, sample scripts for interactions with those receiving screening, a copy of the best practice and the evidence based adult hearing screening protocol and equipment recommendations.

Certification from the National University of Singapore requires attendance of the full 2-day course and passing both written and practical exams. Participants who do not pass either the written or practical examination during their first try may retake the exam one time at no cost. Those who do not pass on the second try must retake the course before taking the examination again. Food is provided at lunch and during breaks.

Course instructors
• Jennifer Martin, AuD NUS Senior Lecturer, Course Director
• Jenny Loo, PhD Senior Lecturer, Assistant Director, NUS MSc Audiology Program
• Esther Seah, MClinAud NUS Research Audiologist
• Kimberly Soh, MSc NUS Teaching Assistant
• Maureen Ding, MSc NUS Consulting Educator
• William Hal Martin, PhD Professor/Director, NUS MSc Audiology Program

The scope of practice for certified adult hearing screeners is limited to:
• Basic screening otoscopy
• Basic, air conducted pure tone audiometric screening
• Administration and scoring of the Hearing Handicap Inventory for Elderly-Screening (HHIE-S)
• Delivery of results and referral information

The training does not qualify participants to perform diagnostic audiologic testing, newborn hearing screening, fit or dispense hearing aids or conduct training of other adult hearing screeners.

For questions, please Email: Audiology@nuhs.edu.sg