Educational Audiology

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Roles and Competencies

In the UK, The British Association of Educational Audiologists (BAEA) has published a detailed document outlining the Roles and Competencies of an Educational Audiologist.

These are divided into seven areas as follows:

1. Child and Family Support. 
2. Educational assessment, advice to schools, Access to Learning and inclusion. 
3. In-service training to Educational and Health service professionals. 
4. Educational Amplification Systems and Acoustics. 
5. Professional contribution to the multi-professional team. 
6. Audiological Testing.
7. Selection, Verification and Evaluation of Hearing Aids. Evaluation and re-habilitation processes of cochlear implants. 

To fully appreciate and understand the value of the role of an Educational Audiologist in the UK, these areas need to be covered in detail. Column 2 of this MESHGuide expands on points 1,2,3,5 and 6, whilst Column 3 provides information related to how an Educational Audiologist supports the use of Amplification Systems in Education, Acoustic Improvements (no.4) and the selection, verification and evaluation of hearing aids and evaluation and re-habilitation processes of cochlear implants (no.7)

In the USA, as stated in the Quality Standards section,  often the quality is managed at state level. However, a national Scope of Practice was recently developed and approved.