Audiology Short Courses

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Adult Auditory Assessment and Management

Course unit fact file
Unit code PCHN60091
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Available as a free choice unit? No


This unit builds upon audiology knowledge obtained in Understanding Neurosensory Systems, and aims to provide students with the conceptual scientific and clinical basis necessary for entry level as an Audiologist or Hearing Aid Dispenser.

It is delivered via a blended learning approach where students will both complete online learning activities and attend face-to-face lectures, tutorials and practicals.  



The unit aims to:

  • provide students with knowledge and understanding of the basic principles and practice of audiological assessment 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 (face-to-face and online)
  • practicals
  • case studies/presentations
  • problem-based learning
  • wikis
  • 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.
  • Understanding of the range of speech sounds and their basic description in terms of acoustic phonetics.
  • Critically evaluate the evidence base required to carry out non routine audiological assessments reliably and interpret the results obtained from them.
  • Critically evaluate common approaches in the assessment and management of tinnitus.
  • Describe the basic principles of pharmacology and evaluate the evidence related to drugs affecting the auditory system.
  • Critically evaluate the current theories of amplification and signal processing in the management of hearing disorders.
  • Critically evaluate the evidence base for the selection, verification and evaluation of hearing aids.
  • 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.
  • What factors that influence a successful outcome in aural rehabilitation - where’s the evidence?
  • Describe the technical, surgical and psychosocial aspects of implantable devices, including cochlear implants and bone anchored hearing aids.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and in depth understanding of the need for and processes used in calibration of audiological equipment.
  • 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.

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.
  • Measure OAEs.
  • Record evoked potentials.
  • Perform speech audiometry.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Effectively utilise a range of information sources including information technology/health informatics.
  • Demonstrate capacity for self-learning and independent thinking and to utilise problem solving skills.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills (verbal and written).
  • Be able to set priorities and link these with effective time management.
  • Critically evaluate their personal performance both as an individual and within a team.
  • Demonstrate skills in working collegiately and effectively with others as a member of a team.

Assessment methods

  • Formative quizzes.
  • 4000-word written assignment - 100%.

Recommended reading

  • Dillon, H (2012) Hearing Aids (2nd ed.) Boomerang press: Sydney.
  • Katz J (Ed). (2009). Handbook of Clinical Audiology. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia.
  • Galfand, S (2009) Essentials of Audiology (3rd Ed), Thieme Medical Publishers, New York.
  • 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 35
Independent study hours
Independent study 115

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