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The University of Southampton

AUDI6012 Fundamentals of Auditory Implants

Module Overview

The aim of the module is to provide an overview of core scientific and clinical aspects of auditory implantation as a form of management of deafness. The module will run as intensive level 7-module covering a total contact period of four weeks, with outlined timetable indicated below. Curriculum content will be divided between (i) an overview of core issues around auditory implant design, candidacy and monitoring in the context of management of hearing loss in adults and children, (ii) focus on a more specialist area of current clinical and scientific controversy or knowledge and (iii) focus on clinical management, governance and professional issues, particularly through the guided clinical observation session and associated individual reflective assignment. Because the module aims to give grounding across a range of core scientific and clinical aspects of auditory implantation, the focus will be more on application to adults than application to children, although students will learn about key issues relating to candidacy and outcomes in the paediatric population. Weeks one and two will comprise a daily lecture series on the nature of deafness with focus on severe and profound hearing loss, auditory implant design, candidacy, tuning/programmming and monitoring methods. This will provide a broad overview of core scientific and clinical aspects of auditory implantation that will form the basis of on-going research and clinical practice. Throughout the four weeks students will work on and complete a summative individual assignment based on a specialist topic that requires development of a research-based protocol in a current aspect of auditory implant science. The chosen topic will be based on a current area in auditory implantation, which is at the cutting edge of knowledge and where current knowledge is incomplete or controversial. A facilitated group observation session will be arranged during week two; this will link with a group assessment. The focus will be on learning outcomes related to the need to become an independent reflective practitioner. The group assignment will require students to analyse the clinical session from varying perspective, including professional, ethical, clinical and scientific aspects.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Disciplinary Specific Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • A - Critically evaluate published research and current issues regarding auditory implant research and development, within the broader context of management of deafness
  • B - Critically evaluate information from the assessment of an individual in determining candidacy for implantation
  • C - Explain the role of the audiologist in tuning and monitoring of auditory implant devices
  • D - Critically reflect on your experiences of a clinical observation session, in terms of broader ethical, clinical management and professional issues surrounding the management of deafness
  • E - Demonstrate mastery of effective self-directed learning and scientific communication.


• The nature and consequences of deafness • Overview of auditory implant design, hardware and signal processing characteristics • Assessment for auditory implant candidacy • Basic surgical and medical aspects of auditory implantation • Monitoring of auditory implant functioning and outcome including objective measures such as telemetry, assessment of aided function and other outcome measures • Current issues in auditory implant development and design • The use of scientific evidence can be used to guide clinical protocols in managing deafness • The role of the audiologist and other professionals in assessment, management and rehabilitation of potential auditory implant users • An overview of key issues in implantation in children • Overview of factors affecting performance, both extrinsic (e.g. surgical approach,device) and individual (age at implantation, duration of deafness, auditory pathology)

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

• Lectures in classroom environment • Practical clinic observation session • Facilitated group work • Non-facilitated group work

Supervised time in studio/workshop2
Wider reading or practice25
Completion of assessment task100
Practical classes and workshops5
Preparation for scheduled sessions3
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

to be provided separately.. 


Assessment Strategy

Group assignment = Pass/Fail


MethodPercentage contribution
Group Assignment 
Individual assignment 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Individual assignment 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Individual assignment 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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