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AUDI6006 Clinical Audiology 1

Module Overview

The purpose of this module is to provide you with an introductory grounding in audiology, including rehabilitation, diagnostic assessment and otology, underpinned by the theoretical knowledge and understanding.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• Enable you to understand the pathological processes that can lead to disorders of hearing. • Enable you to understand and develop the core therapeutic and technical skills an audiologist will conduct as part of hearing assessment and hearing-aid provision. • Enable you to develop skills to critically evaluate and analyse information from the relevant scientific literature in the context of those audiology procedures. • Enable you to develop patient-centred approach, including using effective communication strategies, the use of individual management plans and patient-centred goal-setting.

Learning Outcomes

Disciplinary Specific Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Explain a range of pathologies associated with disorders of hearing.
  • Explain a range of clinical audiology techniques related to the auditory assessment and rehabilitation in adults as well as their underpinning theory, including their strengths and limitations and with reference to the evidence base.
  • Demonstrate the importance of a patient-centred approach to patient interview, examination, assessment and rehabilitation (including goal-setting and shared decision making).
  • Critically evaluate information from the evidence base relating to the above techniques.
  • Perform safely and with technical competence a range of clinical procedures relating to adult hearing assessment and adult hearing aid prescription and verification.
  • Demonstrate mastery of effective self-directed learning, scientific and patient-centred communication.


• Basic anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of the external, middle and inner ears. • Introduction to patient-centred practice in diagnostics and rehabilitation. • Introduction to communication skills for clinical interviews and explanation of clinical findings. • Deaf awareness training (including recognising and understanding the impact of hearing loss, communication tactics, deaf community and culture). • Assessment of tinnitus. •Theory and practical implementation of a number of basic clinical assessment methods, including: o Otoscopy. o Tuning fork testing. o Air- and bone-conduction pure-tone audiometry. o Pure tone audiometry with masking. o Uncomfortable loudness levels. o Middle ear testing including tympanometry and acoustic reflex testing. o Auditory brainstem response testing. o Otoacoustic emissions. • Theory and practical skills related to the provision of hearing aids, including o Aural impression taking. o Hearing aid testing in test box. o Digital hearing aid prescription and programming. o Real-ear measurement.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: • Traditional classroom style lectures during Semester 1. • Practice sessions for each procedural skill during Semester 1. This involves small group work with one tutor per group. • The above will be supplemented by clinical visits and observation sessions during Semester 2 as part of Clinical Audiology 2. • You will need to work in your own time and in time-tabled independent learning sessions to supplement lectures and practice skills by researching and evaluating the evidence base contained in journals and recommended texts. In addition to the information resources available to you, you will be able to go to the individual lecturers for assistance.

Completion of assessment task10
Follow-up work20
Practical classes and workshops40
Wider reading or practice30
Preparation for scheduled sessions20
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Recommended Procedures - BSA Recommended Procedures - British Soceity Audiology.

J Clark. Counseling-infused audiolgic care. 

J Graham, D Baguley (Eds) (2009). Ballantynes Deafness. 

J Katz (Ed) (2009). Handbook of Clinical Audiology. 


Assessment Strategy

Note - students must pass both summative assessments (exam and practicals) in order to pass the module.


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (120 minutes) 75%
Practical assessment  (120 minutes) 25%


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (120 minutes) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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