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AUDI2002 Audiological Science 2

Module Overview

The modules Audiological Science 1 and 2 cover the scientific foundation of adult audiological assessment and rehabilitation. They build on Clinical Practicum 1 (neurosensory) and Biopsychosocial Basis of Neurosensory Science from Part 1 of the programme, in which you learnt to scientific rationale and the practical skills for basic audiological procedures, and they support Clinical Practicum 2 (audiology), in which you will be consolidating and extending your practical, decision-making and professional skills.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Disciplinary Specific Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Explain the emotional and psychosocial effects of hearing impairment and tinnitus on adults and their families, in the context of the international definitions and classifications for functioning, disability and health
  • Explain the various stages of the common journeys of hearing-impaired adults, including pre-clinical, clinical (as related to Section B of the IRCP) and post-clinical stages
  • Explain important co-morbid disorders (e.g. of balance, vision and cognition), their assessment and their implications for adult hearing rehabilitation
  • Critically evaluate scientific evidence on the epidemiology of hearing impairment and tinnitus (including factors associated with acceptance, uptake, use and benefit, and hearing screening), for example in terms of different levels of evidence and the strengths and weakness of different study designs
  • Formulate and critically evaluate a rehabilitation plan for an adult with hearing impairment or tinnitus given the biopsychosocial impact of the condition and their biopsychosocial needs, including non-technological and technological interventions/techniques, with reference to evidence (e.g. basic science, professional standards, best-practice guidelines and published research)


Epidemiology of hearing difficulties and tinnitus, and comorbid disorders and their interrelationship • Emotional and psychosocial aspects of, and problems associated with, hearing impairment and tinnitus • Response of society to hearing impairment and tinnitus • Factors associated with acceptance, uptake, use and benefit • Assessing the need for counselling • Principles of counselling • Counselling skills and tools, including facilitating adjustment • Assessment types, including Direct Referral, of Part B of the IRCP • Direct Referral criteria • How to improve patients’ communication skills and anticipatory, maintenance and repair strategies • Presbyacusis • Tinnitus and hyperacusis: aetiology and introduction to management • The ageing population and it’s implications for individuals, audiology services and society • Common co-morbid disorders (e.g. of balance, vision and cognition), their assessment and their implications for adult hearing rehabilitation, especially in the older population • Assistive listening devices (ALDs) • Bone conduction devices and temporal bone implants • Introduction to EAS devices and cochlear implants-candidacy, assessment and management

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

• Traditional classroom style lectures • Question and answer sessions • Tutorials as and when required • Topic tests available on Blackboard • Open door policy by module co-ordinator • Lectures support small group practical sessions in Clinical Practicum • Self-directed learning • Collaborative learning

Wider reading or practice72
Preparation for scheduled sessions48
Completion of assessment task10
Follow-up work72
Total study time300

Resources & Reading list

Resources. Additional resources to be provided separately.


Assessment Strategy

Group Presentation - Pass/Fail required.


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (120 minutes) 100%
Group presentation 


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (120 minutes) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (120 minutes) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisites: AUDI2004


To study this module, you will need to also study the following module(s):

AUDI2006Clinical Practicum 2 (Audiology)
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