The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This course aims to provide teachers of the deaf with a broad overview of auditory development and audiological practice. Students 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 will be examined. Procedures and testing techniques will also be explored. Topics covered in this area 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 and students will learn skills in troubleshooting and monitoring such devices.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2018.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Discuss basic 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. Provide a basic description of the components and features of hearing aids, cochlear implants and FM systems, and how to carry out rudimentary troubleshooting; and

5. Discuss the underlying theory of environmental acoustics and modifications, and to apply this to school-based settings.


Topics will include:Auditory system:

  • The auditory system, including the development and anatomy of the ear, physiology of hearing, and functions of the auditory system;
  • Disorders of the auditory system; common pathologies of the outer, middle, and inner ear, and central auditory nervous system; and
  • Auditory development.

Hearing loss:

  • Auditory perception;
  • Defining and classifying hearing loss;
  • Understanding the audiogram;
  • The effects of hearing loss on speech and language; and
  • Educational audiology in context.

Audiological assessment:

  • The Principles of audiological assessment for infants and children;
  • Behavioural hearing testing and protocols;
  • Overview of physiologic hearing testing and protocols; and
  • Understanding and interpreting audiological assessments/reports, and referral procedures.

Hearing screening across the paediatric population including universal newborn hearing screening.Hearing technology and strategies to facilitate access:

  • Overview of amplification technology including hearing aids, implantable devices, FM systems and assistive listening devices;
  • Environmental acoustics: background noise, reverberation and distance;
  • Assessing and modifying the learning environment and curriculum to facilitate student access;
  • Integrating and facilitating assistive and alternate technologies into classroom practice and individualised educational plans and programs;
  • Performing and supporting the maintenance/minor repairs of technological equipment; and
  • The role of government and non-government agencies in facilitating treatment and support.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies programs (11008 or 12365) or Master of Special Education programs (10936, 12356, or 40014).

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Essays/Written Assignments - Clinical observation and reporting on observation

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Scenario/PBL Exercises

Quiz: Quiz: On-line

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Workshop: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Attendance at the scheduled workshop is compulsory.