Industry-wide vocational training

Industry-wide vocational training

Industry-wide vocational training

Industry-wide vocational training

Industry-wide vocational training

The industry-wide vocational training (ÜLU) includes topics, which are only covered partly or not intensively enough in most of training companies, and also provides information on new techniques. It is part of the in-company vocational training. In the hearing acoustic craft, the industry-wide vocational training is carried out by the Federal Guild of Hearing Aid Professionals (corporation of public law) and the Academy of Hearing Acoustics in Lübeck. The training is based on the regulations recognized by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy.

The industry-wide professional training ensures, that all apprentices in this craft refer to the same educational base. The content is derived from the training regulations, the curriculum and the regulations on the industry-wide training. Hence, also the content of the industry-wide vocational training was adapted to the new training concepts.

Full and part time lecturers, all experienced Master Craftsmen, as well as continuous investments in the modernization of the training workshops add to the high quality of the apprenticeship.

Costs

The industry-wide vocational training is included in the in-company professional training. This means that the individual businesses have transferred part of their training obligation to the Academy. The reasoning behind this is, that the trade of hearing-aid professionals wants to ensure the highest standard of vocational training for all apprentices, which involves special skills and sophisticated equipment, which may not be available in all training companies.

This means that the costs for the industry-wide vocational training will have to be covered by the relevant training company, unless agreed otherwise. This involves the course fees, the travelling expenses as well as the costs for room and board. The training company may, however, charge a percentage of the costs for the meals to the apprentice as „household saving“.

The industry-wide training courses are financially supported by the responsible Ministry, respectively the various ministries of the Federal States with varying amounts. The amount of funds is shown separately in the notification of charges.

Funding from the Bund, the Federal States and the European Social Fund

The industry-wide vocational training is financed with funds from the craft and additional funds from the Federal Ministry of Economy and Energy. Furthermore, there is financial support available for participants from Berlin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Brandenburg, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia, North-Rhine Westphalia, Bavaria, Schleswig-Holstein, Hesse, Saarland and Rhineland-Palatinate (currently without Rhine Hesse), from the European Social Fund ESF and financial means from the Federal States through the chambers of crafts. For the following federal states, this only applies to small and medium-sized businesses: Baden-Wurttemberg, Bremen and Lower Saxony.

The European Social Fund is the most important tool of the European Union to develop human capital and improve the functioning of the labor market. It promotes equal opportunities on the labor market, supports the creation of new workplaces as well as the professional training and qualification Thus helping to fight unemployment and facilitating the professional integration of job seekers.

With this notice, the Academy of Hearing Acoustics complies with the regulation of the European’s Council Commission (EG) Nr.1159/2000 on information and publicity.

Industry-wide vocational training courses in the hearing acoustic craft

  • HA1/17

  • HA2/17

  • HA3/17

  • The industry-wide training course HA1/17 „Otoplastic, maintenance and service measures on hearing systems, assistive hearing systems, special devices and accessories” usually takes place between the 3rd and 4th block of training at the vocational school. In the following, you will find a list of requirements, necessary previous knowledge and content of this course along with the material, you will need to bring to the class.

    Requirements and Previous Knowledge

    Otoplastic

    • Know and apply work safety rules in the otoplastic lab
    • Evaluate outer ear, hearing canal and ear drum
    • Assess characteristics of molding materials, used in the training company
    • Make and securely place cotton tampons behind the second hearing canal curve
    • Produce faultless, pressure-free function molds inclusive of the second hearing canal curve

    Service measures and maintenance of hearing systems

    • Know and apply accident prevention and work safety rules
    • Know and calculate electrical quantities (voltage, current, resistor)
    • Know design and function of energy sources for hearing systems
    • Know design and characteristics of measuring systems
    • Determine key acoustic data of hearing systems in line with DIN EN 60118-7
    • Know general procedures for servicing, maintenance respectively repair of hearing systems
    • Lecture and problem-related evaluation of service documents (data sheet etc.)
    • Document repairs adequately
    • Know components of BTE hearing-aids
    • Know components of ITE hearing-aids
    • Know filter systems (BTE), cerumen protection (ITE), venting
    • Know options of use for assistive hearing systems

    Content

    Otoplastic

    • Work safety
    • Taking moulds of outer ear
    • Error detection and prevention when taking ear molds
    • Produce „Luebeck Basic Form“
    • Cym-Ca and Con-Ca effect
    • Support function of the otoplastic in the outer ear
    • Production of otoplastics
    • Acoustic influencing through the earmould
    • Scanning of earmoulds
    • Design of otoplastics

    Service measures and maintenance of hearing systems

    • Correlations between the electrical quantities „voltage, current, resistor“
    • Determine key data of energy sources
    • Measurements according to DIN EN 60118-7
    • Systematic troubleshooting in a closed system
    • Opening and determining the components of a hearing device
    • Classification of assistive hearing systems
    • Technical principles/ functioning of assistive hearing systems
    • Setting and fitting of assistive hearing systems
    • Advantages / disadvantages of various transmission methods
    • Current (rechargeable) battery techniques

    Required Equimpment

    • Lab coat, protection goggles, fine particle mask EN 149 (protection level FFP2)
    • For left-handers: left-hand rotating milling adapter (handpiece available)
    • 2 ear molds (with second curve, cotton tamponade, bubble and crease-free, untreated; if possible, from own ear)
    • Stethoclip for auscultation of hearing devices
    • Ruler or protractor

    Please make sure to bring all the necessary equipment on the first day of class. In case you do not have all items, these must be purchased. Wear sturdy footwear for the otoplastic classes. Please have your hearing canals checked and cleaned if necessary.

    You will also need your records and documents from the vocational training courses so far, especially those on the topics otoplastics, service and maintenance.

  • The industry-wide training course HA2/17 „Otoplastic, Audiology and Hearing System Supply” usually takes place between the 5th and 6th block of training at the vocational school. In the following, you will find a list of requirements, necessary previous knowledge, and content of this course along with the material, you will need to bring to the class.

    Requirements and Previous Knowledge

    Otoplastic

    • Know and apply work safety rules for otoplastic labs
    • Evaluate outer ear, auricle, hearing canal and ear drum
    • Assess characteristics of molding materials, which are used in the training company
    • Make and securely place cotton tampons behind the second hearing canal curve
    • Produce faultless, pressure-free function molds inclusive of the second hearing canal curve
    • Error detection and prevention when taking ear molds
    • Know and produce „Luebeck Basic Form“
    • Cym-Ca and Con-Ca effect
    • Know and assess support functions of the otoplastic in the outer ear
    • Know and prepare earmolds in shell and ring shape

    Audiology and Fitting of Hearing Systems

    Anatomical, physiological and pathological knowledge of the ear

    • Anatomical structure of the outer, middle and inner ear
    • Physiological and patho-physiological processes of the hearing organ n
    • Recognize and describe pathological findings, especially air conduction, inner ear and neural hearing impairments

    Knowledge of psycho-acoustic (in part)

    • physio and psycho acoustic phenomena, especially auditory level, tone, frequency dependency and dynamic range of hearing

    Knowledge and skills regarding acoustic key data

    • Know structure and characteristics of the audiometers (tone and speech) used in the training company and use these safely
    • Instructions during test procedures (e.g. loundness scaling)
    • Perform loudness scaling
    • Perform in-situ measurings

    Content

    Otoplastic

    • ork safety
    • Taking molds of outer ear
    • Acoustic influencing through the earmold
    • Post-processing of printed earmolds
    • Produce ring, claw, clip and open variations, tube holders
    • Evaluation / fault detection for blanks and otoplastics
    • Recognize functional needs based on ear impressions and audiograms
    • Information on open otoplastics and the use of thin tubes

    Audiology and Fitting of Hearing Systems

    • Selection and fitting of hearing systems by means of measuring boy and in-situ percentile analysis
    • Frequency changing measures
    • Special devices CROS/Bi-CROS
    • Evaluation / Discussion of measuring results

    Required Equimpment

    • Lab coat, protection goggles, fine particle mask EN 149 (protection level FFP2)
    • For left-handers: left-hand rotating milling adapter (handpiece available)
    • 2 x 2 acrylic otoplastic blanks from own ear
    • Hearing protection
    • Stethoclip for auscultation of hearing devices
    • Ear mold for in-situ fitting (preferably with 1.4mm vent)

    Please make sure to bring all the necessary equipment on the first day of class. In case you do not have all items, these must be purchased. Wear sturdy footwear for the otoplastic classes. Please have your hearing canals checked and cleaned if necessary.

    You will also need your records and documents from the vocational training courses so far, especially those on the topics otoplastics, audiology, fitting of hearing systems as well as audiological briefings and counselling.

  • The industry-wide training course HA3/17 „Audiometry and Fitting of Hearing Systems” usually takes place between the 7th and 8th block of training at the vocational school. In the following, you will find a list of requirements, necessary previous knowledge, and content of this course along with the material, you will need to bring to the class.

    Requirements and Previous Knowledge

    Anatomical, physiological and pathological knowledge of the ear

    • Anatomical structure of the outer, middle and inner ear
    • Physiological and patho-physiological processes of the hearing organ
    • Recognize and describe pathological findings, especially air conduction, inner ear and neural hearing impairments

    Knowledge of psycho-acoustic (in part)

    • physio and psycho acoustic phenomena, especially auditory level, tone, frequency dependency and dynamic range of hearing

    Knowledge and skills regarding acoustic key data

    • Know structure and characteristics of the audiometers (tone and speech) used in the training company and use these safely
    • Instructions during test procedures
    • Perform LL and KL measurings
    • Determine hearing loss for speech, discrimination loss and curve
    • Determine discomfort thresholds
    • Know, perform and interprete additional tests (e.g. Carhart)
    • Know and perform speech tests under supervision (e.g. OLSA)
    • Draw and evaluate tone and speech audiograms
    • Perform masking (sound and speech)

    Fitting of Hearing Systems

    • Recognize indications and counter indications for the fitting of hearing systems referencing the guideline for medical aids
    • Classify hearing aids/ systems according to structure, sound transmission, technology and signal processing
    • Describe and classify hearing aids/ systems based on their adjustment options and acoustic transmission characteristics
    • Explain basic structure and functioning of hearing systems
    • Explain principles of signal processing of hearing systems used in the training company
    • Explain each step of the fitting process to the hearing impaired, considering their individual needs
    • Hold a preliminary talk and explain the importance for the supply process
    • Correctly complete a fitting report
    • Select and explain batteries, chargers and rechargeable batteries for hearing systems
    • Instruct patients on the use and handling of hearing systems
    • Basic knowledge on communication systems for hearing impaired people and how to instruct on handling and maintaining additional systems

    Content

    • Determine key audiological
    • Selection and fitting of hearing systems
    • Setting of hearing systems, optimization as well as verification of hearing success
    • Audiometry, selection of hearing systems, fitting with test persons
    • Evaluation/discussion of measuring results

    Required Equiment

    • Stethoclip for auscultation of hearing devices
    • Name tag for work with test persons (without company name or logo)
    • For the consultation: dummy hearing devices (BTE and ITE), color palette, various earmolds (different colors) and possibly a demo remote control, presentation tray or display case for demonstration purposes

    You will also need your records and documents from the vocational training courses so far, especially those on the topics audiology and fitting of hearing systems.

Contact:

Maischack, David Alexander

Head of Intermediate and Journeyman Examination and IT-Development
Manager Inter-company Vocational Training

Telefax:   

+49 (0)451 5029-147

Gönnemann, Rebecca

Inter-company Vocational Training

Telefax:   

+49 (0)451 5029-147

Kolz, Katrin

Inter-company Vocational Training

Telefax:   

+49 (0)451 5029-147

E-Mail:    

k.kolz@afh-luebeck.de

Welitschko, Anne-Katrin

Inter-company Vocational Training

Telefax:   

+49 (0)451 5029-147