Short courses


Paediatric Habilitation (Advanced Audiology Masterclass)

  • 7 hours per week
  • 5 weeks


This is a five-day course on managing hearing loss in infants and children to optimise life-long auditory potential.

It combines theoretical evidence with practical knowledge and skills which you'll be able to apply immediately in whatever clinical setting you work in. 

You'll also have an opportunity to network with a range of professionals from different backgrounds.

The course is updated annually to reflect the latest trends in technology and clinical practice.

The course is run by the UCL Ear Institute.

Who this course is for

This course is suitable for:

  • audiologists and audiology assistants
  • teachers of the deaf
  • speech and language therapists
  • general practitioners with a special interest in audiology
  • audiovestibular doctors and other health professionals

You should have previous knowledge and experience in general audiology.

Course content

The course aims to help you:

  • develop core skills in managing hearing loss in infants and children to optimise life-long auditory potential
  • apply verification and validation techniques for amplification and listening technologies
  • integrate care across a team of professionals, centred around the needs of the family
  • present and support early communication options around family choice
  • understand and derive functional measures of benefit for decision-making on developing listening and expressive speech options

It will also help you:

  • introduce a culture of reflective practice, service evaluation and professional learning 
  • apply new techniques in clinical placements  and implement change within departmental practice if appropriate
  • constructively evaluate and recognise constraints in observed clinical practice
  • understand the responsibility conferred by professional training in paediatric audiology and importance of continually developing knowledge and practice

The indicative content is as follows:

  • Family centred hearing management
  • Hearing aid selection verification, evaluation and monitoring of amplification progress in children
  • Cohesive intervention and assessment of progress by a multidisciplinary team
  • Functional speech outcome measures 
  • Advanced amplification considerations
  • Educational management of children with hearing loss

Teaching and structure 

The course will run on five consecutive Fridays.

It uses blended learning methods to cater for different learning styles.

Seminar-style, interactive teaching is supplemented by:

  • group exercises and class discussion 
  • practical demonstrations 
  • completion of case-studies with peer-evaluated clinical procedures
  • use of video of clinical practice by students for reflection and self-evaluation
  • self-directed reading and pre-reading around current structure and practice in paediatric audiology services
  • e-learning course work 

This course is led by Carolina Leal, with lectures and seminars given by experienced paediatric audiology clinicians and habilitation professionals using real case examples.

This masterclass shares one day with the Advanced Audiological Management masterclass.

Certificates and accreditation

You'll receive a certificate of attendance if you attend all five days.

This course will be CPD accredited by the British Society of Audiology (BSA).

Learning outcomes

Following this course you'll be able to:

  • apply methods for verification and demonstrate functional benefit from hearing aid amplification in babies and children
  • provide safe, effective and wearable amplification throughout childhood years
  • use new technologies in amplification and remote microphone technology
  • support education and literacy skills for the hearing impaired child in the classroom
  • use appropriate counselling techniques to support family in their role as the main facilitator in their child's communication potential
  • take timely clinical decisions and making onward referrals for infants and children

Course team

Carolina Leal

Carolina Leal

Carolina is a Senior Teaching Fellow in Audiology with a special interest in the audiological assessment and rehabilitation of infants and children. She's dual trained as a speech and language therapist and audiologist and holds a Master's degree in Advanced Audiology from UCL. Her current clinical experience is within the field of paediatric auditory implants. She's responsible for audiological assessment and rehabilitative management of children who are potential candidates or users of cochlear implants or any other auditory implant.

Course information last modified: 29 Oct 2021, 10:45