MSc/PGDip Advanced Audiology Studies / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Adult Auditory Rehabilitation and Management

Course unit fact file
Unit code PCHN64250
Credit rating 30
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Full year
Available as a free choice unit? No


This unit aims to provide trainees with the scientific and clinical basis, surrounding adult auditory rehabilitation, necessary for entry level as a healthcare scientist in audiology. It is delivered via a blended learning approach where students will complete both online learning activities and attend face-to-face lectures, tutorials and practicals.


Provide students with knowledge and understanding of the basic principles and practice of audiological rehabilitation and management of adults with hearing impairment and tinnitus.


Teaching and learning methods

This unit employs a range of teaching and learning approaches, including:

  •   Lectures (face-to-face and online)
  •   Tutorials
  •   Case studies
  •   Problem-based learning
  •   Discussion boards

The online material will support the acquisition of knowledge and understanding by promoting problem-based learning through interactive material, exercises and self-assessment tools.

Knowledge and understanding

  • Understand the basic mechanisms of speech production and how it relates to speech acoustics
  • Understand the range of speech sounds and their basic description in terms of acoustic phonetics
  • Demonstrate knowledge and an in depth understanding of the components within hearing aids.
  • Critically evaluate the evidence base for the selection, verification and evaluation of hearing aids.
  • Critically evaluate common approaches in the management of tinnitus.
  • Critically evaluate the current theories of amplification and signal processing in the management of hearing disorders.
  • Explore the role of the audiologist in the holistic management of adults with acquired hearing impairment.
  • Describe the psychosocial and communication implications of an acquired hearing impairment on the individual’s everyday life.

Intellectual skills

  •   Critically appraise scientific literature.
  •   Critically analyse and objectively interpret information/data.
  •   Communicate complex ideas and arguments in a clear and concise and effective manner.

Practical skills

  •   Utilise advanced test box measurement.
  •   Record real ear measurements.
  •   Perform speech audiometry for evaluation of rehabilitation.
  •   Utilise and score benefit questionnaires.
  •   Perform ear impressions

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Effectively utilise a range of information sources including information technology.
  • Demonstrate capacity for self-learning and independent thinking and to utilise problem solving skills.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills (written).
  • Be able to set priorities and link these with effective time management.
  • Critically evaluate their own personal performance.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written assignment (inc essay) 65%
Portfolio 35%

Feedback methods

Written feedback will be available on both the exam, and the assignment

Recommended reading

  • Dillon, H (2012) Hearing Aids (2nd ed.) Boomerang press: Sydney.
  • Moller, A, Langguth, B, DeRidder, D, Kleinjung (Eds) (2011) Textbook of Tinnitus, Springer, New York (available as e-book from the library).
  • Fan-Gang, Z, Popper, A & Fay, A (Ed). (2004) Cochlear Implants: Auditory prostheses and electrical hearing. A Springer Handbook of Auditory Research Vol. 20, Springer-Verlag, New York.
  • Houghton, P.M. (2002) Acoustics for Audiologists, Academic Press.
  • Martin, M (1997) Speech Audiometry. 2nd Edition, Whurr.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 80
Independent study hours
Independent study 220

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Reza Hoseinabadi Unit coordinator
Timothy Wilding Unit coordinator

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