Find a Dispenser
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HCPC aptitude test
The HCPC has an aptitude test which will allow those with relevant qualifications and work experience to join the HCPC register as hearing aid dispensers. The test is primarily aimed at those currently dispensing in the NHS or abroad and who wish to work in the private sector. Information is published on the HCPC website explaining how to apply for the test and what it involves. The test is being organised by De Montefort University and Anglia Ruskin University. They expect to run the test quarterly, depending on demand, and it will be recognised by the HCPC.
Simon: I have recently completed year one of a two year Distance Learning Foundation Degree in Audiology course at Anglia Ruskin University. The opportunity to retrain as an audiologist was offered to me by my current employer, allowing me the benefit of working with qualified dispensers, in conjunction with a detailed study plan laid down by the university. With an excellent mix of lectures, study plans & "hands on" experience, this has enabled me to understand the needs & limitations of hearing impaired people, and then being able to help them by prescribing suitable hearing aids and hearing techniques to improve their quality of life. I have found my first year highly rewarding and satisfying, knowing I have actually made a difference to people’s lives.
Krisztina: I have recently completed the two year Foundation Degree in Hearing Aid Audiology at DeMontfort University. The course was funded by my employer and has given me the opportunity to develop my knowledge, interpersonal, clinical and professional skills. The qualification allows me to practice as a competent Hearing Aid Dispenser. The well structured course and work placement have allowed me to acquire core skills and professional practical knowledge. It also covered basic science, medical aspects of audiology, audiological techniques, counseling and rehabilitation. Through the study of hearing and hearing aid technology, I have developed the skills which enable me to assess hearing needs, prescribe appropriate hearing systems and develop hearing care plans. Rehabilitation strategies to provide ongoing long term hearing care solutions for the hearing impaired are also very important. I find it very rewarding to practice a profession where I can help individuals to regain control over their hearing difficulties.
Adam: I have worked in the private sector of Audiology for 2 years, after completing the Audiology B.Sc. degree at the University of Bristol. I now manage the Sutton-in-Ashfield branch of a national company. This has been anextremely positive experience for me personally, as it combines the parts of my degree that I most enjoyed, with business and management experience. We work with the very latest technology and provide what I consider to be an unbeatable aftercare service. Although there are challenging aspects to the job, such as time management, and having to have an in-depth knowledge of a variety of hearing instruments – it is extremely rewarding, and I can highly recommend it as a career.