ear care training

In addition to clinical work, research and writing articles, we also teach ear care to nurses, audiologists, healthcare assistants and other health professionals. All our training courses are quality assured by Sheffield University. Please see below for full details. Some of the training takes place here in Rotherham, but we do take our training ‘on the road’, where appropriate. If you would like a course brought to you, please contact us.

Some recent comments about our training from students:

The best, most informative, training I have ever attended. (Been in Health & Social Care for nearly 20 years - so attended enough to know!)

Excellent training course. I would definitely recommend to anyone. Reasonably priced, too. Location great. There should be more than one!

Fantastic! (the trainers) make the Course fun, interactive and interesting.  Probably one of the best courses I have attended in 22 years of healthcare and lots of different courses.  Thank you ladies.

Didn't feel like I was in a normal learning environment.  The delivery of the course was excellent.

Amazingly taught - very easy to understand.  Seemed to take things in better than previous courses - lovely atmosphere.  Nice to have someone actually teach rather than relying on Powerpoint for everything!

Excellent trainers: funny, knowledgeable, approachable


We are now providing mentorship to those people who have studied with us and find it difficult to access a mentor in their place of work. This is available for Nurses, Audiologists, Associate Audiologists and Associate Practitioners.

One of our highly-trained nurses can come to you for either a 4 hour or an 8 hour session. She will observe you in a clinic of your own patients/clients putting into practice the knowledge you have gained and performing the skills you have practised whilst studying with us. 

Please contact us to discuss details and book a date.


is now part of the basic irrigation Study Day for nurses and audiologists, which, together with the Half-day Update session, is provided throughout the UK by our network of licensed trainers. Some of them also present the two 2-day courses specifically for Healthcare Assistants and other support workers:  Irrigation and Instrumentation  and Microsuction. Some of them also teach the Microsuction Course for nurses and audiologists. 


is also now taught as part of the week-long Diploma Course which is available 'off the peg' in Rotherham but can be brought to you in your own location.

We have 17 trainers in 14 locations throughout England and Wales. Please contact your local trainer for details of the courses they provide.  Click here for a list of trainers.

Download our full list of training:  Training Directory

Below is a list of our current training courses - full course details,  application forms, forthcoming dates etc can be found by clicking on the course title.

Keep an eye out for some changes to certain courses which are in the experimental stage at the moment.


Our Events & Training




National Diploma


HCA Ear Irrigation Course



Infections and Treatments half-day



Microsuction Course



Microsuction for Healthcare Assistants


Ear Irrigation & Instrumentation Half day


Ear Irrigation & Instrumentation Study Day

Course List

For any enquiries about our training please telephone 01709 423140

Below you will find details of the courses we provide, all of which are ‘Quality Assured’ by Sheffield University. Please click on the headings for more information.

The National Diploma in Primary Ear Care for Practitioners

A 5-day diploma level course, quality assured by Sheffield University, for nurses and practitioners working in the primary setting and in secondary care. It aims to equip them with the knowledge and clinical skills to enable them to provide holistic care for patients with ear problems.

Ear Irrigation & Instrumentation Study Day

This study day is intended to give the practitioner knowledge of and practical experience of ear irrigation and instrumentation. It is suitable for nurses and audiologists. It aims to provide an understanding of the basic anatomy and physiology of the ear and the need for preventative care, including patient education and advice.

Ear Irrigation and Instrumentation Half-Day Update

Healthcare professionals working in Primary Care are frequently asked to see patients with ear problems. This half day up-date session allows the practitioner to revise their knowledge and competence of irrigation.

Open to Nurses and Healthcare Assistants who have completed the Primary Ear Care Diploma Course, the Irrigation and Instrumentation Study Day or the 2-day Healthcare Assistants’ irrigation course within the last 2 years.

Ear Irrigation & Instrumentation for Healthcare Assistants and Other Support Workers

An intensive one - day course in ear irrigation for Healthcare Assistants and other support workers designed to ensure that those Assistants whose role involves providing basic ear care, including irrigation. are able to do so confidently and safely. Mentors attend in the morning only and revise delegation and supervision of competencies.

Infections and  Treatments 

This intensive half-day session is intended to give practitioners knowledge of and practical experience of infections and the treatment of common ear problems. 

Microsuction for Support Workers

This is a one - day course in Microsuction specifically for Healthcare Assistants, Associate Audiologists, Associate Practitioners, and their mentors, who will perform microsuction on a regular basis. This is a new course in Microsuction specifically for support staff. Many Practices would prefer their staff not to irrigate and are looking at suction as an alternative. Nurses and Audiologists can already access our Microsuction Study Day. This course is for Associate Practitioners with the same structure as the Support Workers' Irrigation study day  - Associate Practitioners  attend the full day, Mentors just the morning

Microsuction Course

A 1-day intensive microsuction course for nurses, audiologists and other registered healthcare practitioners, combining practical and taught sessions.

Written in response to demand from healthcare practitioners, including audiologists this is now a well-established and highly regarded study day. It is one of the few microsuction courses for ears in the UK which is backed by a comprehensive protocol and taught by practitioners who have been providing this service for patients for more than ten years.

The course is taught in small numbers, for the benefit of participants, in a nurse-led environment.

Mould Course  (Coming Soon)

A 2-day course for Audiologists, Associate Audiologists and hearing aid technicians wishing to learn how to take mould impressions for hearing aids, in-ear monitors, (sound protection), swim plugs (water protection) etc. safely and confidently.

If you are interested in hosting a course in your own venue please get in touch.

We are currently looking for a new trainer or trainers in  Cumbria.  If you have completed our Diploma Course and are interested in providing ear care training in your area, please get in touch.