Archive for January, 2009

Dairy of an Audiologist

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

And so it is with being an Audiologist. One aims to improve your patient’s quality of life by improving their hearing but as it is; your patients ultimately change you. I will relate to you past and present experiences which I hope brightens your day.

If you have a funny, life changing, or interesting story please send it to me. To send it click here.

Dezi Belle


Paediatric audiology job opportunity

Friday, January 9th, 2009

It is quite disappointing that there are not more jobs, or rather more opportunities for audiologists in paediatrics. We frequently get requests by audiologists to keep them in the loop should a position open up in paediatrics for someone without any previous experience in this field. This is obviously quite scarce since in the majority of cases you need to hit the ground running.

Today is the day I can say that there is an opportunity for a Band 5 audiologist, or even graduate who would like to pursue a career in Paediatric Audiology. Here are some details:
This is an exiting opportunity for an enthusiastic graduate who wishes to widen their experience with children, management of children with hearing difficulties in their own clinic and hearing aid work. The Department is fully staffed and there is good clinical supervision and training provided by senior audiologist and medical staff. The special clinics include paediatric neuro-otology and Auditory Processing Disorder. The Department is fully equipped with modern equipment. We have a vestibular lab which includes VNG, ENG, Calorics, Posturagraphy and Rotating chair.

Hurry! We only have a few days to submit applications.

To send your CV click here.


Making “Do you play golf?” part of the standard audio questionnaire

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

“Do you play golf?” Possibly not a standard question you will ask your patient in a first interview and probably not a question you will ask when you see there is a dip at around 4KHz.

Well there is good news to the golfer audiologists and ENTs out there since this may soon be a legitimate question to ask. To learn more on “Do you play golf?” and noise induced hearing loss read on what the Scotsman has to say:

Doctors say golfers using latest generation of titanium drivers should wear earplugs to protect them from noise

Published Date: 04 January 2009

By Jeremy Watson

IT IS Scotland‘s other national game and a healthy way to enjoy the great outdoors while demonstrating sporting prowess.

But a hidden hazard of golf has now been uncovered – it could make you deaf.

Those at risk are the players who use a new generation of thin-faced titanium drivers to propel the ball further and make the game easier.

 

The booming noise the metal club head makes when it strikes the ball was found to have reduced the hearing of a 55-year-old golfer, according to ear specialists who studied the case.

The doctors now suggest that regular users of the titanium clubs should consider earplugs to protect them from the noise, especially on enclosed driving ranges.

The case has been reported in the latest edition of the British Medical Journal. Tests of six titanium clubs against six thicker-faced stainless steel models found that the former all produced greater sound levels.

The authors, who include Dr Malcolm Buchanan, an Edinburgh-trained ear, nose and throat specialist, say: “Our results show that thin-faced titanium drivers may produce sufficient sound to induce temporary or even permanent cochlear damage in susceptible individuals.”

Buchanan, a keen golfer himself, added: “Players should be careful when playing with these thin-faced clubs rather than the thicker-faced versions, as they make a lot more noise. Wearing earplugs is a possibility, although it might be a bit too radical for some.”

But golfing experts warned this approach could cause even greater problems. Andrew Coltart, one of Scotland‘s leading professional golfers, said: “If you are wearing earplugs you might not hear the shouts of ‘fore’, be hit by a ball on the head and get brain damage.”

The doctors, based at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, decided to conduct the tests after a 55-year-old golfer attended their clinic with unexplained tinnitus and reduced hearing in his right ear.

He told them he had been playing golf with a King Cobra LD titanium driver three times a week for 18 months and the noise of the club hitting the ball was “like a gun going off”. It had become so unpleasant that he had discarded the club.

An internet search revealed other concerns about the club. “Drives my mates crazy with that distinctive loud BANG sound,” reported one player. “This is not so much a ting but a sonic boom which resonates across the course,” said another.

The doctors found no other physical explanation for the golfer’s hearing loss. He had “no history of prolonged occupational or recreational exposure to loud noises (such as shooting) or exposure to substances that could have had a toxic effect on the nerve structures in his ear”.

Suggesting that the player’s deafness was related to his golfing habit and his use of a particular club, they decided to recruit a professional golfer to hit balls with six of the new types of clubs and six older steel drivers.

The new breed of clubs were designed with a thinner metal face to produce a “trampoline” effect which theoretically hits the ball further but also results in a louder noise. The tests found each of the six titanium clubs – from leading manufacturers such as King Cobra, Callaway, Nike and Mizuno – produced more sound than stainless steel versions. The worst offender was the Ping G10, one of the first thin-faced clubs on the market.

The doctors concluded: “Caution should be exercised by golfers who play regularly with thin-faced titanium drivers to avoid damage to their hearing.”

Golfing experts agreed the new clubs were louder than previous models but doubted they could cause hearing loss. Coltart, a European Tour player with two tournament wins to his credit, said: “There is definitely a difference in sound levels between the two types of clubs, but I would be amazed if they put your hearing in jeopardy.”

Martin Dempster, editor of Bunkered, the Scottish golf magazine, said: “There are some drivers around that do make a louder noise when you play with them than clubs did in the past. You stand on the tee sometimes and get a bit of a fright, but I would be gobsmacked if the noise was making you deaf.”

Golf author and consultant Malcolm Campbell said: “I have been playing golf for 60 years and there’s nothing wrong with my hearing.

“But it is true that some of the modern drivers do make a much louder noise than previous models. Some of them sound like a six pack of coke being dropped onto a concrete floor, and I wouldn’t play with them for that reason.”

Scott Gourlay, the head professional at Craigmillar Golf Club in Edinburgh, agreed earplugs might be an asset if using titanium clubs on the range.

“If you are on a range, which is an enclosed space, and you are hitting lots of balls then there is an echo and that’s where you might get an effect from these big-headed, thin-faced drivers. But it’s not as bad out on the course because the noise dissipates in the open air and you are only hitting a drive every 15 minutes or so.”

King Cobra could not be reached for comment.

Buchanan now plans to carry out further tests among professional golfers to find out if any have suffered hearing loss.

“When I went to the range and used one of these clubs I got tinnitus. I noticed that the professional who did the tests, though, was not affected at all. This suggests he may already be suffering some hearing loss.”

 

The link to this article: http://news.scotsman.com/health/Doctors-say-golfers-using-.4841691.jp

 

I found this interesting video on a Titanium Golf Club review.

Asking the golfing question may soon win you a few new golfer friends.

See you on the fairway!


Rates of Pay

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

We got quite a few enquiries on Audiology Pay Rates after the recent outrage on Rates of Pay paid by the NHS for staff during the festive season. Unfortunately I do not have good news for you; the NHS just does not see Audiology in the same category as they are seeing the need for Anaesthetics during the Christmas period in A&E departments.

For arguments sake, let us say someone very close to you were in a car accident and need to undergo immediate surgery but there is no anaesthetists around will you be willing to put a cap on the price for the callout of an anaesthetist?
On the other hand, if you were an anaesthetist enjoying dinner with your family and you get an urgent call from the hospital requiring your services will you not put a price to the time and moment lost with your family?

There has to be a balance since there is a lot of leverage on both sides but before we go into debate on how to solve the NHS pay challenges have a look at this perspective. I got it from the Recruitment Consultant magazine:

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation has reacted to the Tory claim of the NHS paying agency staff up to £200 per hour.

Last week the Conservative Party claimed NHS hospitals have been paying agency staff up to almost £200 an hour to cover shifts. 

If true then skilled agency staff could be taking home the equivalent of a £1/3m a year. 

The Tories also alleged that data also showed some agencies were taking large “cuts” in return for supplying workers to the NHS. 

Tom Hadley, external relations director for the REC, which has a healthcare arm, said: “The NHS requires a flexible modern workforce to deliver first class care to patients. 

“As part of this, there is a vital role for agency staff who can be drafted in at the last minute to provide specialist cover, and for the recruitment agencies that provide a 24 hour service to ensure that patients receive care around the clock. 

“From time to time, a highly skilled professional will be called out at very short notice to provide essential care for a patient and may command a high hourly rate.” 

He added: “However, it is misleading to suggest that agency staff routinely receive huge hourly pay rates to cover shifts. 
“The reality is that the NHS tightly controls agency staff spend through its procurement procedures. 

“In addition it is important to note that the rates quoted will include the agency worker’s wages, holiday pay and national insurance contributions as well as a fee to the agency for the service they provide.”

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Audiology Pay Rates – Audiologist Rates of Pay

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

Okay so the bare truth will be something along the lines of: “So what are your skills and time worth?”

Then again, can a price tag be hung around health and medical services to fellow beings? And what about the daily personal reward you receive from making changes to and improving quality of life? I’ll leave this to you to decide, my experience is Audiology is a very grateful and rewarding job.

Permanent Audiology Jobs
This really depends upon your qualification, amount of experience and the band / pay point on which you are appointed. The most up to date table with figures I could find is available to download from the following link: Audiology Pay Rates
Permanent Audiology Pay Rates starts at £12,182 up to £90,607 and should you live in High Cost Area there are additional payments from £867 up to £5,779 to be received.

Locum Audiology Jobs
The same rules applies; your rate of pay will depend upon your qualification and especially on the amount of experience you have to date. The Purchasing and Supply Agency of the NHS aka PASA has some set amounts they specified.  Depending upon the qualification/experience level of the position the rate will vary. Apart from qualification/experience levels these rates are also influenced depending upon if you are working as a paid employee of the agency or working as a contractor.
To keep it simple and rather than referring to MTO1/2/3/4 and Spine Point or Band let us keep to:
Locum Audiologist and Senior Locum Audiologist. (This can really be referred to MTO2 and MTO3 OR Band5 and Band6/7 Audiologists). It is rare to never that there is a need for a MTO1/Band4 or MTO4/Band8 and above Locum Audiologist. So,
Locum Audiologist Jobs expect anything from £18.50 / hour up to £23.50 per hour
Senior Locum Audiologist Jobs expect anything from £24 / hour to £29 per hour, however I would say the majority of rates do not exceed £27.50
I hear some agencies promise rates in the low £30s but then again it may just be a lure to attract candidates.

I hope this has put some light on the issue of Rates Paid to Audiologists for both permanent and locum positions.

If you would like to discuss opportunities please let me know by clicking on this line.


Audiologist Job – Band 5 and Band 6 – Midlands

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

Two jobs are open for Band 5 and Band 6 Audiologists in the Midlands. These positions are very central to the West Midlands region and can easily be reached by train or car. Should you be successful it would be to your benefit if you have a drivers license since you will have to cover a few outreach clinics as well.

I have a bit more details… some of it is so formally written that I’m worried it may put you off applying for these positions however, here we go:

1.      Assisting in the day to day running of the Hearing Services Department within standards existing within the department.

 

2.      To undertake a full range of basic diagnostic tests and rehabilitative audiology on adults, including the prescription and fitting of digital hearing aids following modernised techniques.

 

3.      To assist senior audiologists in the performance of more advanced test procedures including:-

 

·       Full range of paediatric testing on all ages of Children

·       Objective test procedures including Evoked Response Audiometry and Vestibular Assessment

·       Advanced tests of middle ear function.

 

4.      Assist with any research and / or introduction of new techniques as may be necessary for the development of the Hearing Services Department.

 

5.      To provide short-term cover for colleagues during periods of leave.

 

6.      To attend outreach clinics as required.

 

7.      To ensure that all Trust standards are maintained and monitored to improve the quality of care to all whom come into contact with services provided by the NHS Trust.

 

8.      To comply with Health & Safety legislation, promoting high standards and acting immediately on hazards or unsafe practices in conjunction with other staff.

 

9.      To participate in appraisals and personal reviews and work to achieve agreed set objectives.

 

10.  To participate in appropriate training and development activities

 

11.  To participate in team, professional and personal development activities and promote commitment to continuous development and improvement.

 

12.  Ensure that all staff consciously review mistakes, complaints and incidents/near misses as well as successes to improve performance and the level of customer care.

 

13.  To undertake any other duties as required in accordance with the grade and nature of the post.

 

14.  Application closing date: end of January 2009

If you have any questions or queries or would like to apply immediately please click here.


Audiology Jobs Ireland – Audiological Scientist Job

Monday, January 5th, 2009

A position opened up for a Audiological Scientist in Ireland. To be more precise it is in the Carlow, Kilkenny area. You will be working with ENT / Ear Nose and Throat consultants from the Waterford region.

I do not have too many details but to put it in their words:
The Post is involved in hearing services for children. The role requires the candidate to provide diagnostic audiology services, work in collaboration with ENT Conculstants in Waterford Regional Hospital. Provide support and care for each individual and their family in partnership with other services. Raise awareness of the communication needs of hearing impaired people, promote hearing preservation.

If this is of interest to you please contact me ASAP, the closing date is next week Monday. If you are interested in other areas of Ireland and would like to know of more Irish Audiology Jobs please let me know as well.

To send me your CV, click here.


Permanent Senior Audiologist Jobs, London

Friday, January 2nd, 2009

An NHS trust in Central London is on the lookout for two Senior Audiologists. There are two permanent jobs available and they told me the following on what they are looking for:

We are seeking 2 senior audiologists with good general experience to join our friendly, dynamic team. These varied and interesting roles will be involved in all areas of Audiology. In addition to the routine tasks of ENT support and adult hearing aid work, you will have the opportunity to gain valuable specialist experience in diagnostic audio-vestibular audiology, adult rehabilitation and paediatric audiology, including community and possibly third tier support. There will be scope for further training and development in all elements of audiology, and you will also contribute to the day-to-day running of the service.

You must be a good communicator and enthusiastic team-worker, with a sound general background in audiology. You must have either an MSc in Audiological Science and CAC, or a BTec in Medical Physics and Physiological Measurement and BAAT Parts I & II (or equivalent). At least two years post MSc or gaining BAAT Part II is required. You should be registered/eligible to register with RCCP, or be registered/working towards registration as a clinical scientist with HPC.

To get a better idea of the department and work environment i got the following for you:

Audiology provides services across 3 PCTs at many health centres and hospitals across east London. Our local PCTs are actively supporting and funding us to develop our community Audiology services for both adults and children.

We are an autonomous service of 60+ diverse staff, including screeners, working within the forward-thinking Provider Development Directorate of the PCT. We also support our colleagues within ENT and children’s services across several acute Trusts to provide a comprehensive range of adult and children’s diagnostic and rehabilitative audiology services. We work closely with the local Education teams and Social services.

The service is very active in development, teaching and training activities at all levels. We are an accredited training centre for the CAC (adults only at present), HCC (Paediatric assessment and Vestibular assessment and rehab) and all elements of the BSc/MSc clinical training placements. We are a well-integrated, innovative and mutually supportive team, with a thriving CPD and social culture.

For more information and if this is of interest to you please send me your CV at your earlies convenience, click here.


Locum Audiology Jobs

Friday, January 2nd, 2009

Finding that next locum audiology position is not always easy, however we are there to help and there are options available.

Your CV / Résumé
First of all I will need an up to date CV. Almost as important will be a reverence letter of your most recent employer.  For guidance on the CV format we prefer please email me.
In short, the most important part of your CV is the experience section. More often than not we ask Audiologists for more info on their experience. So please do not hold back when you tell us about your experience. Especially the technology used and also do include the different equipment and hearing aid brand names in your CV.

Location and type of vacancies
Finding that next position in your preferred location… This is possibly the biggest challenge since it is not always possible to get an audiology job on your doorstep. However we do our best to accommodate you and utilize our database for all potential vacancies. These may include:

  • Adult audiological / diagnostic hearing services
  • Paediatric audiological / hearing services
  • Cochlear implant audiological / hearing services
  • Hearing aid dispenser / dispensing services

Apart from government / NHS  audiology jobs we also look at the private sector audiology jobs. This method will expose you, your CV, availability and your skills to the most locum jobs out there.

The majority of audiology locum jobs are requested in the South East of England and London but then again we cover the whole of the UK.
We frequently supply Locum Audiology Jobs and Permanent Audiology Jobs in the following areas (not all services are listed):

  • London (South West, South East, Central, West, North West North East London Audiology Services)
  • Greater London (Watford, St Albans, Brentwood, Romford, Epsom, Kingston-upon Thames, Richmond, Staines, Windsor, Ascot, High Wycombe, Aylesbury, High Barnet, Harrow, Croydon, Orpington, Hertford Audiology Services)
  • South East (Brighton, Guildford, Crawley, Eastbourne, Hastings, Surrey, Kent, Maidstone, Gillingham, Ashford, Canterbury Audiology Services)
  • South West England (Exeter, Plymouth, Torbay, Taunton, North Devon, Bristol, Truro Audiology Services)
  • South England (Oxford, Bath, Swindon, Newbury, Salisbury, Basingstoke, Winchester, Southampton, Bournemouth, Poole, Dorset, Portsmouth, Petersfield, Worthing Audiology Services)
  • East Anglia (Chelmsford, Basildon, Southend-on-Sea, Ipswich, Norwich, Great Yarmouth, King’s Lynn Audiology Services)
  • East Midlands (Cambridge, Newmarket, Ely, Rugby, Peterborough, Lincoln, Northampton, Kettering, Nottingham, Stevenage, Luton, Bedford, Milton Keynes Audiology Services)
  • West Midlands (Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Redditch, Worcester, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Banbury, Coventry, Warwick, Solihul, Leicester, Walsall, Hereford, Shrewsbury, Derby, Stoke-on-Trent, Chester, Chesterfield, Sheffield, Audiology Services)
  • North West (Manchester, Bolton, Liverpool, Rochdale, Halifax, Preston, Blackpool, Lancaster, Kendal, Penrith, Carlisle Audiology Services)
  • North East and Yorkshire (Leeds, York, Bradford, Huddersfield, Wakefield, Doncaster, Scunthorpe, Grimsby, Hull, Scarborough, Middlesborough, Darlington, Sunderland, Newcastle-upon-Tyne Audiology Services)
  • South Scotland (Dumfries, Stanraer, Kilmarnock, Peebles, Selkirk, Hawick Audiology Services)
  • Central Scotland (Glasgow, Edinburgh, Livingston, Paisley, Stirling, Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy, Perth, Dundee Audiology Services)
  • Highlands and North of Scotland (Aberdeen, Peterhead, Inverness, Fort William, Glencoe Audiology Services)
  • South Wales (Cardifff, Newport, Swansea, Tenby, Brecon, Llandrindod Wells, Monmouth Audiology Services)
  • North Wales (Rhyl, Wrexham, Llandudno, Ruthin, Caernarfon, Snowdon, Welshpool Audiology Services)
  • Northern Ireland (Belfast Audiology Services)

Jobs come and go and also the locations they are available in. I would recommend that you let me know if you are interested in an audiology position, weather it be locum or permanent, and your preferred area to work in. When a position becomes available I will be in touch and upon your interest I can put your CV forward for the particular job(s).

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