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The University of Southampton

AUDI6008 Assessment and Management of Vestibular Disorders

Module Overview

This module is primarily for those taking one of our audiology programmes or taking the module stand-alone as part of career development and provides fundamental academic and practical preparation for clinical work in the assessment and management of vestibular disorders. It might also be of interest to a student on a non-audiology degree interested in the human responses to vibration or disorders of the human vestibular system, with additional preparatory work. The module will build on existing knowledge of the auditory system and auditory disorders to include a contextual understanding of the anatomy and physiology of balance system, vestibular pathologies and their biopsychosocial consequences, and various forms of clinical assessment and treatment techniques. More generally, the module will enable you to develop your clinical reasoning skills, your understanding of the evidence-base underpinning clinical practice and how that evidence applies to clinical practice. The module will combine traditional lecture-based, flipped-learning and practical learning approaches.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Disciplinary Specific Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Explain the physical, biological and psychosocial processes involved in specific vestibular disorders (unilateral hypofunction +/- compensation, posterior canal BPPV canalithiasis, Meniere's disease and vestibular migraine), the differential diagnosis of them and the typical effects of those disorders on the lives of those affected by them
  • Explain the main vestibular assessment and treatment methods, their clinical application and the features of the clinical studies required to provide evidence on their effectiveness
  • Critically evaluate information from a variety of sources, including the research literature, in the context of disorders seen in the vestibular clinic and their assessment and treatment
  • Demonstrate mastery of effective self-directed learning and scientific communication


Topics covered by lectures: The VOR and the balance system Anatomy and physiology of the vestibular system Unilateral hypofunction: causes, effects and compensation BPPV: pathphysiology, testing and treatment History taking and bedside testing Effects of balance disorders on life VNG, ocular motor testing and semi-circular canal testing VEMPs Vestibular rehabilitation Meniere's disease, vestibular migraine and other disorders Critically appraising evidence on test and treatment effectiveness Including statistical measures of test and treatment effectiveness Topics for practical demonstrations: BPPV testing and particle re-positioning manoeuvres From the bedside: interview, eye examination, postural examination, head shake test and head impulse test VNG, ocular motor testing and caloric testing Vestibular rehabilitation VEMPs Balance master & v-HIT

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Classroom taught lectures Flipped learning sessions Small-group practical demonstrations

Preparation for scheduled sessions10
Wider reading or practice38
Practical classes and workshops8
Completion of assessment task35
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Recommended Resources. A list of recommended resources provided separately.


Assessment Strategy



MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (120 minutes) 100%
Individual assignment 


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (120 minutes) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (120 minutes) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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