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AUDI6011 Clinical Audiology 2

Module Overview

The purpose of this module is to help you develop skills in integrating clinical findings and drawing conclusions. It will allow you to develop a critical understanding of advanced audiological techniques. The psychological, social and emotional impacts of hearing and balance problems are also highlighted in this module, with an emphasis on patient-centred communication and shared decision making. This module could involve working with children and vulnerable adults, alone and unsupervised for significant periods of time so an enhanced criminal record check would be required.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Disciplinary Specific Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the assessment and management of individual patients with hearing problems and/or vestibular disorders and/or tinnitus of all ages in the context of the scientific evidence base and a patient/family-centred approach
  • Critically evaluate the information gained from a clinical audiology assessment (including patient interview, observations and testing) in order formulate management options (including further testing, onward referral and rehabilitation)
  • Critically evaluate the scientific rationale, effectiveness and clinical value of a range of audiological procedures in the context of the scientific evidence base
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills including understanding different approaches to communicating with patients (e.g. use of appropriate strategies to maximise communication such as rephreasing or confirming information).
  • To develop a collaborative approach to case management. In particular to understand the principles of joint goal setting and self management, to understand the importance of counselling approaches in the context of audiology clinics and to develop an awareness of the psychological factors that may influence how patients engage in the rehabilitation process.


• Facilitating personal adjustment • Patient-centred interviewing and goal-setting (e.g. individual management plans) • Communication strategies • Reporting results • Patient management • Interpretation and integration of clinical information • Audiovestibular diagnostic strategy

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: • Traditional classroom style lectures • Observation of patient sessions • Participation in patient clinic sessions • Patient-centred approaches and joint goal setting for rehabilitation • Clinical Integration sessions including principles of case management and presentation of clinical cases. For the clinical cases you will be required to reflect on the effectiveness of your communication style with the patient, to consider how you have been patient focused in your approach (e.g. how you made joint decisions with the patient to help them to manage their own care) and to consider the psychological factors that might underlie the case or which might empower the patient to engage in the rehabilitation process. • Interactive sessions on communication with patients and joint goal setting. This will include group sessions where you are videoed when conducting interviews with simulated patients. You will receive copies of the interview in order to reflect on them and you will receive feedback from the simulated patient, other students and a facilitator regarding your communication approach. • 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. For the patient clinic sessions, there will be instruction, guidance and feedback to enable you to participate appropriately and safely in patient clinic sessions Learning activities include • you will be expected to work in your own time to supplement practical and clinical skills and you will be able to go to the module co-ordinator for assistance • working on formal assignments which are designed to give practice in interpretation of some of the more complex test techniques • you are expected to read supporting texts and a booklist is provided • the opportunity to reflect on your practical sessions, clinics and observation visits (e.g. on your approaches to communication and joint goal setting.)

External visits16
Wider reading or practice50
Preparation for scheduled sessions30
Completion of assessment task40
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

J Clark. Counselling - infused Audiologic Car. 

British Society Audiology. BSA Recommended Procesures. 



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Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Books and Stationery equipment

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

Travel Costs for placements

The student is responsible for meeting the costs of travel to local clinics. This is likely to be a maximum of £100.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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