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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 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.

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), their differential diagnosis (e.g. in context of other vestibular and non-vestibular disorders) and impact they typically have on the lives of those affected them
  • Explain the main vestibular assessment and treatment methods, their clinical application and the features of the clinical studies required to provide evidence of their effectiveness
  • Critically evaluate information, including from the research literature, on the epidemiology, differential diagnosis, assessment, treatment and psychosocial effects of disorders seen in the vestibular clinic
  • Demonstrate mastery of effective self-directed learning and scientific communication


Topics covered include: > 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 and how that can be measured > 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 those Topics covered by demonstration include: > 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

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures Flipped learning sessions, including Q&As, quizzes and small-group work Demonstrations

Preparation for scheduled sessions10
Wider reading or practice38
Completion of assessment task35
Total study time150


Assessment Strategy



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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