MSc/PGDip Advanced Audiology Studies / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Changing Paediatric Hearing

Course unit fact file
Unit code PCHN65781
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Available as a free choice unit? No


This unit will provide you with in-depth and systematic knowledge and comprehensive understanding about transition and transfer into adult services; fluctuating hearing loss; congenital and pre-lingual deafness in children and the ability to analyse and manage the implications of ethical dilemmas and work pro-actively with the families and other professionals to formulate solutions.


The unit aims to enable you to analyse, synthesise, evaluate and apply appropriate knowledge and perform a relevant assessment and treatment to patients and demonstrate the attitudes and behaviours necessary for an audiology professional within a patient-focused service. In particular you will be able to:

  • Understand the processes of management of a young person with audiovestibular problems through the process of transition and transfer into adult services.
  • Work with other clinicians and professionals to detect, investigate, diagnose and manage fluctuating deafness, including otitis media with effusion, in children.
  • To work with other clinicians and professionals to identify, diagnose and manage congenital and pre-lingual deafness in children.

Teaching and learning methods

  • Directed and self-directed reading.
  • Webinars.
  • Clinically-integrated learning: on-line case studies, reports, reflective logs based on clinical practice.
  • Online discussion-based learning.
  • Group/team-based learning: online jigsaw tasks and wiki, group presentations.
  • Enquiry-based learning: on-line small scale investigations and blunder cases.
  • Experience-based learning: sharing young people's and families' perspectives (PPI).

Knowledge and understanding

  • Demonstrate critical understanding of the research evidence pertaining to the history, assessment, management and multidisciplinary support for fluctuating hearing loss.
  • Show knowledge of the epidemiology and identification of congenital and pre-lingual deafness; developmental, medical, educational, socio-psychological and cultural issues surrounding deafness, its diagnosis and management; multiagency.
  • Show knowledge of amplification options and a range of predicted potential outcomes, methods of assessing benefit and problems with amplification.

Intellectual skills

  • Critically reflect on the challenges of applying research to practice in relation to transition and transfer to adult services and suggest improvements, building on a critique of available evidence.

Practical skills

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of current evidence and its application to the performance of the technical skills whilst critically reflecting and applying in practice a range of clinical and communication skills to advise and communicate sensitively, age-appropriately and effectively with young people and their families, carers and other healthcare professionals.
  • Seek the views of service users and pursue opportunities to improve services; critically evaluate benefits and challenges of intervention; reflect on the challenges of applying research to practice in relation to these areas of practice and suggest improvements, building on a critique of available evidence.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Critically reflect on your own response to both normal and complex situations within the limits of professional competence referring as appropriate to senior staff.
  • Recognise the patients' and their families' need and right for evidence-based accessible information and empathetic advice.
  • Recognise the challenges and opportunities and respect the confidentiality and boundaries, recognise the cultural issues and parental views with regards to deafness and its management and respond accordingly.
  • Recognise the value of the importance of multi-disciplinary and multiagency working and audit.
  • Be committed to and support continuous improvement of therapeutic services, with particular reference to auditing practice, evidence based practice, new and improved technologies.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written assignment (inc essay) 100%

Feedback methods

Written feedback.

Recommended reading

Clarke, R. 2008. Part 12: Paediatric otorhinolaryngology. In: Gleeson, M. et al. Scott-Brown's Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery (Vol. 1). 7th ed. London: Hodder Arnold.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 12
Independent study hours
Independent study 138

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Siobhan Brennan Unit coordinator

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