Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This course aims to provide teachers with an overview of hearing, audiology and assistive listening technology for children and students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Participants will be introduced to the anatomy and physiology of hearing as a basis for understanding the mechanisms underlying auditory perception. The causes and implications of various types of hearing loss including temporary hearing loss associated with otitis media in indigenous children will be examined. Procedures and testing techniques will also be explored. Topics covered will include screening, behavioural assessment, objective assessment, and evoked potential testing techniques. Students will develop an understanding of clinical reports and audiograms. Hearing aids, cochlear implants and other assistive listening devices are reviewed.

Students will learn skills in troubleshooting and monitoring such devices in a 1-day workshop.



  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Independently interpret and transmit audiology terminology and constructs with parents of children with hearing loss;

2. Explain the delivery of audiology services for children and students with hearing loss;

3. Identify and describe audiological screening and assessment procedures;

4. Describe the components and features of hearing aids, cochlear implants and FM systems; and

5. Discuss the underlying theory and practical application of environmental acoustics and modifications, and to apply this to school-based settings and Indigenous, home or community settings.


Topics will include:

1. The auditory system, including the development and anatomy of the ear, physiology of hearing, and functions of the auditory system;

2. Disorders of the auditory system; common pathologies of the outer, middle, and inner ear, and central auditory nervous system with an additional focus on Indigenous children and the problem of otitis media on auditory development;

3. Auditory development;

4. Hearing loss and auditory perception;

5. Defining and classifying hearing loss;

6. Understanding the audiogram;

7. Effects of hearing loss on speech and language development, particularly for young children with hearing loss due to otitis media;

8. Principles and interpretation of audiological screening and assessments;

9. Hearing technology and strategies to facilitate access;

10. Environmental acoustics and assessment;

11. Performing and supporting the maintenance/minor repairs of technological equipment; and

12. Accessing current professional literature in hearing, audiology and assistive technology.

Assessment items

Essay: Essay - 30%

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Study - 50%

Quiz: Online Quiz - 20%

Contact hours


Integrated Learning Session

Online 9 hour(s) per Term Full Term


Online 1 hour(s) per Week for 5 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 8 hour(s) per Term Full Term

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.