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AUDI3003 Introduction to Paediatric Audiology

Module Overview

The module will provide trainee audiologists as firm background in the issues involved in paediatric audiology, including child, speech and language development, childhood hearing impairment and it’s multifaceted impact, paediatric hearing assessment and the important of early intervention. The module runs across Semester 1 of Year 3 and will involved lectures, self-directed individual work, online resources, quizzes and, building on your experiences during the summer placements, some practical introductions to paediatric hearing assessment related to the Individual Record of Clinical Practice.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Disciplinary Specific Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Explain the prominent theories of speech and language acquisition and development in relationship to key developmental milestones
  • Explain the effect of hearing impairment on child development, including language, educational and social development
  • Critically evaluate the most common methods of hearing assessment used with children, including their underlying principles and the interpretation of their results
  • Critically evaluate the importance of early intervention and family-centred, multidisciplinary aural habilitation, including specific methods used in habilitation, how habilitation is linked to assessment results and the general care pathway as applied to hearing-impaired children


• Biology of language, including the concept of the critical period • Theories of speech and language, including theories of language acquisition • Milestones of normal child development particularly of speech and language • Epidemiology of, and screening for, hearing impairment in childhood • Strategies for assessment • Practicals on hearing assessment (1) of babies and toddlers; (2) pre-school children • Constructing and interpreting patient history • Selecting appropriate tests for different ages • An introduction to Sections A7 and A21-23 of the IRCP • Indications for medical/surgical management or onward referral • Basic habilitation approaches applied to children • Assessment for cochlear implant candidacy • Basic surgical, medical and audiological aspects of cochlear implantation

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

• Lectures in classroom environment • Collaborative learning • Self-directed study • Small-group practicals

Preparation for scheduled sessions6
Completion of assessment task52
Practical classes and workshops6
Follow-up work36
Wider reading or practice35
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Resources. Additional resources will be provided separately.



MethodPercentage contribution
Individual assignment 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Individual assignment 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Individual assignment 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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