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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, 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)
  • 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 in classroom environment Practical demonstration session of paediatric testing methods Facilitated group work Non-facilitated group work Development of a fictional paediatric case study Essays regarding the evidence for the assessment and management of paediatric cases

Wider reading or practice19
Practical classes and workshops10
Completion of assessment task100
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Resources. Most resources for the module will be provided separately via the Blackboard on-line teaching system.

B McCormick (2003). Paediatric Audiology 0-5 years. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Group Assessment 
Group Assessment 
Individual assignment 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Individual assignment 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Individual assignment 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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