Listening and Spoken Language: Audiological Management

Course code EDUC6859Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Education

This course covers advanced aspects of auditory function and dysfunction as a basis for understanding the use of objective audiological assessment techniques for the diagnosis of hearing loss or site-of-lesion testing. The course also aims to enable students to develop a greater understanding of the assessment and management of more complex cases such as Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder, Central Auditory Processing Disorder, children with multiple disabilities, minimal hearing losses, and otitis media. Students will also be provided with further knowledge and skills relating to technology such as hearing aids, cochlear implants and other implantable devices, and assistive listening devices.

RIDBC Renwick Centre administers this course. Before enrolling in this course, review the RIDBC Renwick Centre Student Handbook at . Completion of this course requires attendance at a compulsory campus conference. Dates and venues of campus conferences are available in the RIDBC Renwick Centre Timetable located at .

Available in 2015

WebLearn GradSchoolSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesUpon completion of this course, students will be expected to:

1. Describe the theoretical basis and clinical application of a range of objective assessment techniques;
2. Demonstrate skills in interpreting the critical aspects of audiological results and reports related to the differential diagnosis of disorders;
3. Cite examples of professional collaboration in paediatric service delivery and appropriate treatment options for children with different hearing losses;
4. Describe a range of common and complex disorders of hearing and their possible effect on hearing and development;
5. Describe the considerations, rationale and components of newborn hearing screening in Australia; and
6. Explain how amplification devices are selected for infants and young children, and how this technology can be maintained and used to its full potential in an educational setting.
ContentReview of auditory systems;
- Form and function of the central auditory pathway;
- Advanced audiologic assessment procedures including electrophysiological techniques and otoacoustic emissions;
- Integrating test results to determine site-of-lesion and provide a differential diagnosis;
- Universal newborn hearing screening: rationale, methods, diagnosis and referral procedures;
- Implications and challenges of Universal Newborn Hearing Screening;and
- Minimal and unilateral hearing loss;
- Otitis media and its effect on hearing and speech development;
- Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder;
- Central Auditory Processing Disorders;
- Assessment of children with multiple disability;
- Advanced hearing technology management: components and features;
- Cochlear implant candidacy criteria, surgery, activation and follow up;
- Syndromes and hearing loss; and
- Incorporating audiological testing information and management into the educational needs of infants and children.
Replacing Course(s)Nil
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeAll core courses in MSpecEd (D/HH) or demonstrated equivalent.
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Teaching MethodsLecture
Experience Based Learning
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments1500 word essay
Case Scenario/PBL exercisesCase study group presentation.
Quiz - On-line
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 10 hour(s) per Week for 13 weeks
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentEnrolment limited to Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies and Master of Special Education.
Compulsory Course ComponentAttendance at the scheduled campus conference is compulsory.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for EDUC6859