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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

Learning Outcomes

Disciplinary Specific Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Explain a range of pathologies and medical/surgical treatments 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.
  • Critically evaluate information from the evidence base relating to the above techniques.
  • Demonstrate the importance of a patient-centred approach to patient interview, examination, assessment and rehabilitation (including goal-setting and shared decision making)
  • 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.


• Physiology and pathophysiology of the external, middle and inner ears and medical/surgical treatments. • 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.

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

Resources & Reading list

J Clark. Counseling-infused audiolgic care. 

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

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

Recommended Procedures - BSA Recommended Procedures - British Soceity Audiology.


Assessment Strategy

The practical exams are known as Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs). You must pass the module overall (not each assessment method individually). If you don’t pass the module on first attempt, you will refer only on those components that you didn’t pass first time; for the OSCEs, you will refer on only those OSCEs that you didn’t pass first time. If you fail only the exam at first attempt, your mark for the OSCEs will be carried over and combined with your new referral exam mark. Referral - You need only refer in the component that was failed and in the individual procedures as appropriate for the OSCEs. Method of repeat year - If you passed the OSCEs, you can repeat the year internally or externally. If you did not pass the OSCEs, you can repeat the year internally only because of needing to repeat the practical sessions for the OSCEs.


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (120 minutes) 50%
Practical assessment  (120 minutes) 50%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (120 minutes) 50%
Practical assessment 50%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (120 minutes) 50%
Practical assessment 50%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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