Audiology for Special Educators

10 Units

This course aims to provide teachers of the deaf with a broad overview of auditory development and audiological practice. Students will be introduced to the anatomy and physiology of hearing as a basis for understanding the mechanisms underlying auditory perception. The causes and implications of various types of hearing loss will be examined. Procedures and testing techniques will also be explored. Topics covered in this area will include screening, behavioural assessment, objective assessment, and evoked potential testing techniques. Students will develop an understanding of clinical reports and audiograms. Hearing aids, cochlear implants and other assistive listening devices are reviewed and students will learn skills in troubleshooting and monitoring such devices. RIDBC Renwick Centre administers this course. Before enrolling in this course, review the RIDBC Renwick Centre Student Handbook at . Completion of this course requires attendance at a compulsory campus conference. Dates and venues of campus conferences are available in the RIDBC Renwick Centre Timetable located at .

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Education
Availability Semester 1 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)

Previously offered in 2013, 2012

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be expected to:

  1. Discuss basic audiology terminology and constructs with parents of children with hearing loss;
  2. Explain the delivery of audiology services for children and students with hearing loss;
  3. Identify and describe audiological screening and assessment procedures;
  4. Provide a basic description of the components and features of hearing aids, cochlear implants and FM systems, and how to carry out rudimentary troubleshooting; and
  5. Discuss the underlying theory of environmental acoustics and modifications, and to apply this to school-based settings.

Topics will include:

Auditory system:

-The auditory system, including the development and anatomy of the ear, physiology of hearing, and functions of the auditory system; -Disorders of the auditory system; common pathologies of the outer, middle, and inner ear, and central auditory nervous system; and -Auditory development.

Hearing loss:

-Auditory perception; -Defining and classifying hearing loss; -Understanding the audiogram; -The effects of hearing loss on speech and language; and -Educational audiology in context.

Audiological assessment:

-The Principles of audiological assessment for infants and children; -Behavioural hearing testing and protocols; -Overview of physiologic hearing testing and protocols; and -Understanding and interpreting audiological assessments/reports, and referral procedures.

Hearing screening across the paediatric population including universal newborn hearing screening.

Hearing technology and strategies to facilitate access:

-Overview of amplification technology including hearing aids, implantable devices, FM systems and assistive listening devices; -Environmental acoustics: background noise, reverberation and distance; -Assessing and modifying the learning environment and curriculum to facilitate student access; -Integrating and facilitating assistive and alternate technologies into classroom practice and individualised educational plans and programs; -Performing and supporting the maintenance/minor repairs of technological equipment; and -The role of government and non-government agencies in facilitating treatment and support.

Replacing Course(s) Nil
Transition Nil
Assumed Knowledge na
Assessment Items
  • Online Learning Activities - Clinical observation and reporting on observation via discussion board participation.
  • Case Scenario/PBL exercises -
  • Quiz - On-line -
Contact Hours
  • Self Directed Learning: for 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Problem Based Learning: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Workshop: for 6 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
  • Compulsory Course Component: Attendance at the scheduled workshop is compulsory.
  • Requisite by Enrolment: Enrolment limited to Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies and Master of Special Education.
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for EDUC66612

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