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AUDI6012 Fundamentals of Auditory Implants

Module Overview

The aim of the module is to provide an overview of the core scientific and clinical aspects of auditory implantation. This module is primarily for those taking one of our audiology programmes or taking the module as 'stand-alone' as part of career development. It might also be of interest to a student on a non-audiology degree interested in auditory implants. The module includes lectures on cochlear implants, bone conduction hearing instruments (bone anchored hearing aids and middle ear implants) and auditory brainstem implants. There are sessions where opportunity is provided to observe recorded clinical procedures and the perspectives of auditory implant users/patients.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Disciplinary Specific Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Explain the impact of severe to profound hearing loss and the different types of auditory implants that could be considered, taking into account aspects such as candidacy and factors that can influence outcomes, current issues in development and design as well as future directions
  • Explain the importance of a multi-disciplinary team, assessment procedures, surgical and medical aspects, vestibular function considerations, tuning of devices, use of objective measures and hearing rehabilitation
  • Explain the different fitting options, namely unilateral, bilateral, bimodal, electro-acoustic stimulation and electro-haptics (vibrotactile stimulation)
  • Critically evaluate information from various sources, including research evidence, in the context of auditory implants and associated clinical practice
  • Demonstrate mastery of effective self-directed learning and scientific communication


1. Nature and consequences of hearing loss 2. Overview of cochlear implants and other implantable devices 3. Cochlear Implants - CI design, hardware and signal processing - The CI Team - Current issues in development and design and future directions - Assessment and CI candidacy - Surgical and medical aspects - Vestibular function and CI - Bilateral versus bimodal fittings - CI companies, different products, accessories and telephone use (Practical workshop) - Key issues in children - Perspectives of a parent of a child with CI (Patient session) - Cochlear implant tuning – what, how and why (theory) - Monitoring CI function using objective measures - Hearing rehabilitation – what, how and why (theory) - Perspectives of an adult CI user (Patient session) - Electro-haptics: vibrotactile devices and CI - Individual variation in CI outcomes 4. Bone conduction hearing instruments - Bone anchored hearing aids: theory - Perspectives of a patient with a bone anchored hearing aid (Patient session) - Middle Ear Implants: theory - Perspectives of a patient with a middle ear implant (Patient session) 5. Auditory Brainstem implants - Auditory Brainstem Implants: candidacy, design, surgical and other considerations, outcomes

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

• Lectures in classroom environment • Problem based learning work • Practical clinic observation sessions (recorded clinical procedures and the perspectives of auditory implant users/patients)

Wider reading or practice30
Supervised time in studio/workshop3
Practical classes and workshops7
Follow-up work15
Completion of assessment task25
Preparation for scheduled sessions15
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

to be provided separately.. 



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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