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AUDI6014 Clinical Audiology (online)

Module Overview

The purpose of this module is to provide you with an introductory grounding in audiology, including adult diagnostic assessment, rehabilitation and otology, underpinned by theoretical knowledge and understanding. You will also 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-centered communication and shared decision-making. This module will also develop your employability skills. This module is the online counterpart to Clinical Audiology, for those unable to attend the on-campus practical learning and assessments. Consequently, the practical learning and assessments are focused on a smaller number of audiological techniques suitable for the online environment and the syllabus is expanded to cover advanced assessment techniques.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Disciplinary Specific Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Describe the epidemiology and pathophysiology of a range of disorders affecting the auditory system as well as their medical diagnosis and medical and surgical treatment options
  • Explain and critically evaluate the theoretical basis, clinical context and clinical application of a range of standard and advanced audiology techniques for the assessment of the ear and hearing of adults, with reference to the evidence base and relevant profession and technical standards
  • Demonstrate effective clinical reasoning skills in adult audiological assessment, including during the planning of assessment strategy, carrying out the assessment procedure, critically evaluating assessment results and determining what further action is needed. It involves reference to appropriate evidence, including clinical guidance and research studies.
  • Explain and critically evaluate the application of patient-centred care and evidence-based practice in clinical audiology to a range of scenarios as well as the factors influencing its effectiveness, including the principles of joint identifying individual need, shared decision making, joint goal setting and supporting self-management, the application of various counselling approaches and the psychological factors that may influence patients’ engagement in, and success with, the rehabilitation process.
  • Demonstrate basic competence in several audiological techniques with non-clinical populations with respect to profession and technical standards, including showing effective patient-centred communication and care, effective technical and manual skills, professionalism, decision-making and problem-solving skills, and identifying the need for onward referral. Specifically: pure-tone audiometry with and without masking (using a simulation) and several rehabilitative techniques.
  • Demonstrate an effective (including an accurate, ethical, compelling and professional) account of your knowledge, skills, competencies, values and aspirations as if to potential relevant future employers.
  • Demonstrate mastery of effective self-directed learning and scientific communication.

Syllabus

Clinical science >Types of hearing loss >Pathologies of the external, middle and inner ears, their differential diagnosis and their medical/surgical treatments >The direct clinical examination of the ear >The principles and underpinning techniques of the clinical assessment of the auditory system via air and bone-conduction and associated challenges (including cross-hearing and sources of noise) >Subjective assessment of hearing and speech intelligibility in adults (including applied aspects of psychoacoustics) >Objective assessment of the middle and inner ears, auditory nerve and central auditory processes of adults Clinical application >Professional and technical standards (including British Society of Audiology recommended procedures and guidelines, British Academy of Audiology guidelines and international standards for calibration) >Deaf awareness training (including recognising and understanding the impact of hearing loss, communication tactics, deaf community and culture) >Patient-centred communication >Clinical report writing and note taking >Pure-tone audiometry with and without masking >Tympanometry and acoustic reflex testing >Advanced audiometric and tympanometric techniques >Speech intelligibility testing including in noise >Otoacoustic emissions and auditory brainstem evoked responses >Aural impression taking >Hearing aid testing in test box >Digital hearing aid prescription and programming >Real-ear measurement Clinical integration >The integration of assessment results to identify hearing loss, to establish the magnitude of the hearing loss, the site of lesion and the impact on the patient’s life, and to guide management >The application of patient-centred care and evidence-based practice in clinical audiology to a range of scenarios as well as the factors influencing its effectiveness Clinical practice (pre-clinical skills you will learn online) >Patient-centred communication (summatively assessed) >Pure-tone audiometry with and without masking (summatively assessed) >Rehabilitative techniques (summatively assessed) Employability >Assessing your ‘career readiness’ >Exploring UK and international labour markets >Applications (including CV and personal statement writing) and interview skills >Building your personal online ‘brand’ to present to employers

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: • Lectures • Flipped learning sessions • Tutorials, including discussion of ethnographic videos to support your learning of patient-centered communication • Individual and group work on formative tasks • Practical sessions for clinical skills that can be practiced remotely (small group work with one tutor per group) • Demonstrations of procedures

TypeHours
Demonstration30
Completion of assessment task60
Practical classes and workshops10
Wider reading or practice80
Preparation for scheduled sessions50
Tutorial30
Lecture40
Total study time300

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

The practical assessments are known as Objective Structured Practical Examinations (OSPEs). You must pass each OSPE individually. If you don’t pass all components of assessment and OSPEs on first attempt, you will refer only on those that you didn’t pass first time. Consequently, you will refer only on these OSPEs that you didn’t pass first time. If you need to repeat the module, you can carry over the pass/fail components if you passed them already. For the OSPEs, you must have passed all at first attempt or referral for that component to be carried over. All other components of assessment must be repeated. If you are carrying over the OSPEs, you can repeat the year internally or externally. If not carrying over the OSPEs, you must repeat the year internally because of needing to repeat the practical sessions and the OSPEs.

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment 50%
Assignment 50%
Individual employability portfolio 
Objective Structured Practical Examination (OSPE) 

Repeat

MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment 50%
Assignment 50%
Individual employability portfolio 
Objective Structured Practical Examination (OSPE) 

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment 50%
Assignment 50%
Individual employability portfolio 
Objective Structured Practical Examination (OSPE) 

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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