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AUDI2004 Audiological Science 1

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 the 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 and professional skills.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Disciplinary Specific Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Explain common diseases of the ear and auditory system in terms of the pathophysiological processes, medical/surgical treatments available, the relationship between audiology and ENT services in their identification and treatment, and the indicators of referral to ENT services
  • Explain key physical and perceptual characteristics of speech, how they are analysed, and the effects of hearing impairment on speech production
  • Explain the rationale and function of many forms of hearing device technology and delivery in terms of the signal processing (acoustic, electronic and digital), international standards, the relationship with type of ear disease and hearing impairment, and the effects on the speech signal
  • Critically evaluate scientific evidence on the benefits and disadvantages of specific technological interventions for hearing impairment, for example in terms of different levels of evidence and the strengths and weakness of different study designs
  • Critically evaluate the selection and verification of hearing aids with respect to the auditory needs of the user, with reference to evidence (e.g. basic science, professional standards, bestpractice guidelines and published research)


• Diseases of the external, middle and inner ears and their medical and surgical treatments • ENT services, their relationship with audiological services and the indicators of onwards referral • Basics of how speech sounds are produced and transmitted • Acoustic characteristics of speech sounds and how these can be analysed • Psychoacoustical effects of hearing impairment on speech perception and how it is measured • Introduction to non-linear analogue and digital hearing aids - Electroacoustic characteristics, compression terminology • Range of devices available to NHS and private patients, candidacy for devices, advantages and limitations of different options, consideration of the evidence base where appropriate. • Features and new developments in hearing assistance technology to improve speech intelligibility and reduce acoustic feedback. • Software and equipment for fitting hearing aids • Specification and measurement of non- linear hearing aid performance • Prescription/fitting of non-linear hearing aids • Verification of non-linear hearing aids

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

• Traditional classroom style lectures • Question and answer sessions • Computing labs introduced by a short lecture • 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

Completion of assessment task10
Wider reading or practice72
Preparation for scheduled sessions48
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%
Oral presentation 


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (120 minutes) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (120 minutes) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules


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

AUDI2006Clinical Practicum 2 (Audiology)
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