Listening and Spoken Language: Audiological Management

10 Units

This course covers advanced aspects of auditory function and dysfunction as a basis for understanding the use of objective audiological assessment techniques for the diagnosis of hearing loss or site-of-lesion testing. The course also aims to enable students to develop a greater understanding of the assessment and management of more complex cases such as Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder, Central Auditory Processing Disorder, children with multiple disabilities, minimal hearing losses, and otitis media. Students will also be provided with further knowledge and skills relating to technology such as hearing aids, cochlear implants and other implantable devices, and assistive listening 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 2 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)

Previously offered in 2013, 2012

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the theoretical basis and clinical application of a range of objective assessment techniques;
  2. Demonstrate skills in interpreting the critical aspects of audiological results and reports related to the differential diagnosis of disorders;
  3. Cite examples of professional collaboration in paediatric service delivery and appropriate treatment options for children with different hearing losses;
  4. Describe a range of common and complex disorders of hearing and their possible effect on hearing and development;
  5. Describe the considerations, rationale and components of newborn hearing screening in Australia; and
  6. Explain how amplification devices are selected for infants and young children, and how this technology can be maintained and used to its full potential in an educational setting.

Review of auditory systems; - Form and function of the central auditory pathway; - Advanced audiologic assessment procedures including electrophysiological techniques and otoacoustic emissions; - Integrating test results to determine site-of-lesion and provide a differential diagnosis; - Universal newborn hearing screening: rationale, methods, diagnosis and referral procedures; - Implications and challenges of Universal Newborn Hearing Screening;and - Minimal and unilateral hearing loss; - Otitis media and its effect on hearing and speech development; - Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder; - Central Auditory Processing Disorders; - Assessment of children with multiple disability; - Advanced hearing technology management: components and features; - Cochlear implant candidacy criteria, surgery, activation and follow up; - Syndromes and hearing loss; and - Incorporating audiological testing information and management into the educational needs of infants and children.

Replacing Course(s) Nil
Transition Nil
Assumed Knowledge All core courses in MSpecEd (D/HH) or demonstrated equivalent.
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - 1500 word essay
  • Case Scenario/PBL exercises - Case study group presentation.
  • Quiz - On-line -
Contact Hours
  • Self Directed Learning: for 10 hour(s) per Week for 13 weeks
  • Requisite by Enrolment: Enrolment limited to Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies and Master of Special Education.
  • Compulsory Course Component: Attendance at the scheduled campus conference is compulsory.
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for EDUC68592

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