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AUDI6007 Paediatric Audiology

Module Overview

The aim of this module is to develop your understanding of the specialism of paediatric audiology. This module includes problem-based learning, and will also provide you with learning opportunities in a range of generic skills relevant to clinical scientists.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Disciplinary Specific Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Explain the epidemiology of childhood hearing loss, the effects of hearing loss on child development, the child and the family and the selection of appropriate hearing assessment methods
  • Critically evaluate the scientific basis and clinical utility of paediatric hearing assessment methods taking into account child development and the aim of the assessment (e.g. screening, diagnosis or habilitation)
  • Critically compare common approaches to the habilitation of children with hearing loss, including hearing-aid prescription and evaluation and other common and emerging forms of management
  • Demonstrate mastery of effective self-directed learning and scientific communication


• The epidemiology of childhood hearing loss • The principles and practice of newborn hearing screening programmes. • Audiological and non-audiological investigations following the identification of hearing impairment • Stages of child development and the appropriate objective and behavioural assessment methods at different stages • The importance of timely hearing assessment and its link to speech and language development. • Factors that contribute to the successful hearing assessment of a child, e.g. accuracy, sensitivity, reliability, and the scientific evidence underlying paediatric assessment methods. • Planning and implementation of audiological assessment strategies taking into account the needs of the individual patient (including management of glue ear and knowing when to refer for potential cochlear implantation). • Principles of selection, prescription, verification, evaluation and monitoring of amplification for children including the role of carers and other professional in the process.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures Demonstration and discussions related to paediatric testing methods and case management Facilitated group work Non-facilitated group work Formative tasks on a fictional paediatric case study and on assessment and management of paediatric cases

Completion of assessment task100
Wider reading or practice22
Total study time150



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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