Aim of this module
To provide the trainees with a fundamental theoretical background in auditory and vestibular science, assessment and rehabilitation that is essential for clinical practice and research in audiology.
To develop data analysis skills, the ability to synthesise information, their critical thinking and problem-solving skills for academic study as a Clinical Scientist in Audiology.
To be able to safely and efficiently maximise the information gained from the assessment consultation and develop an effective treatment plan.
To be able to safely and efficiently maximise the information gained from the assessment consultation to be able to effectively develop a treatment plan.
To be able to safely and efficiently maximise the information gained from the assessment consultation to be able to effectively develop a treatment and rehabilitation plan.
This module provides the trainee with experience of the epidemiology of disorders of hearing, tinnitus and balance. They will also explore the role of screening and the impact of disorders of hearing, tinnitus and balance on public health and the impact of acquired hearing impairment on everyday life.
The academic parts of this module will be detailed and communicated to you by your university. Please contact them if you have questions regarding this module and its assessments. The module titles in your MSc may not be exactly identical to the work-based modules shown in the e-portfolio. Your modules will be aligned, however, to ensure that your academic and work-based learning are complimentary.
1. Explain and evaluate the statistical basis of auditory discrimination and detection.
2. Discuss and justify the need for and processes used in calibration of audiological equipment.
3. Describe the acoustics and psychophysics of hearing.
4. Describe and critically evaluate the fundamental principles of audiovestibular assessment, including tinnitus.
5. Discuss and justify the essential principles involved in the selection of subjective and objective audiological techniques for successful assessment of hearing, tinnitus and balance of adults, e.g. pure tone audiometry, acoustic admittance tests, otoacoustic emissions and evoked response audiometry.
6. Explain the normal and abnormal structure and function of the auditory and vestibular systems in adults and children.
7. Explain the pathophysiology of the audiovestibular system.
8. Describe and critically evaluate the assessment and management strategies involved in the management of audiovestibular dysfunctions, including tinnitus.
9. Describe and assess the conceptual framework underpinning rehabilitation of adults with acquired hearing impairment, tinnitus, or balance problems.
10. Discuss and evaluate factors that may influence a successful outcome in rehabilitation.
11. Discuss and evaluate current theories of amplification and signal processing in the management of hearing disorders.
12. Describe and justify the processes involved with the selection, verification and evaluation of hearing aids.
13. Describe and appraise the technical, surgical and psychosocial aspects of implantable devices, including cochlear implants and bone-anchored hearing aids.
14. Critically evaluate the role of the audiologist in the holistic management of adults with acquired hearing impairment, tinnitus, or balance problems.
15. Describe normal child development, including communication, attention and listening skills, speech, hearing and balance, and the effects of disorders of these.
16. Discuss the relationship between developmental age and paediatric hearing test selection, assessment, rehabilitation strategy, or referral.
17. Describe the techniques for the (developmentally appropriate) behavioural assessment of hearing in infants and children, including the scientific basis, limitations and advantages of each.
18. Compare and contrast the techniques for the objective assessment of hearing in infants and children (e.g. tympanometry, evoked potentials, otoacoustic emissions), including the scientific basis, limitations and advantages of each.
19. Describe and justify the principles and practice of screening particularly in relation to screening for childhood hearing loss and the newborn hearing screening programme.
20. Describe the critical and timely stages of assessment of hearing levels.
21. Examine the factors that contribute to a successful test, e.g. accuracy, sensitivity, reliability.
22. Discuss the principles of the planning and implementation of audiological assessment strategies, taking into account the needs of the individual patient.
23. Discuss and justify the principles of the selection, prescription, verification, evaluation and monitoring of amplification for children, including the role of cochlear implants, environmental and other assistive listening devices.
24. Assess the evidence base underpinning the planning and implementation of a rehabilitation strategy, taking into account the needs of the individual patient.
25. Explain the psychosocial and educational impact of hearing loss and auditory processing disorders on babies and young children.
26. Discuss the medical and aetiological investigations of childhood hearing loss.
27. Evaluate the range of communication options that are available to families of children with hearing loss within an informed choice framework.
28. Discuss and evaluate the principles of ‘family-friendly’ service delivery and the role of parents and other professionals in collaborative teams working with families with a child with hearing loss, e.g. physiotherapists, paediatricians, teachers of the deaf, speech and language therapists, ENT, AVP, voluntary sector.
29. Discuss and critically evaluate the role of the audiologist in the holistic management of children with hearing loss.
30. Appraise the psychosocial and communication implications of an acquired hearing impairment on the individual’s everyday life.
31. Identify the prevalence and incidence of hearing, tinnitus and balance disorders.
32. Describe the prevalence and incidence of hearing, balance disorders and tinnitus in relation to demographic characteristics.
33. Discuss and critically evaluate the principles of health education and screening to improve public health related to hearing/balance/tinnitus.