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2020/21 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

EDUC5070M Educational Audiology

30 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Dr Jackie Salter

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This is a blended distance module that involves 12 on-line taught sessions in the VLE, 1 full-day face-to-face regional workshop-style tutorial, 2 on-line tutorials and a three-day practical residential course.This module will provide you with the audiological knowledge and skills needed to support and maximise deaf children’s auditory potential in the education setting, and work with parents, mainstream teachers and other professionals in deaf education. The module will prepare you to work with families from initial diagnosis and provide support from an informed and sensitive standpoint. The module content and activities will gives you experience of audiological assessment procedures and the skills to interpret and discuss the implications of test results with children, parents and other professionals.You will become conversant with the most appropriate amplification or intervention for each individual child and learn how to work in partnership with families and schools on the effective management of classroom and personal hearing technologies. You will learn about the implications of deafness for language development and gain skills in developing audiological profiles and individual audiological management plans. Throughout the module you will be expected to keep up to date with current literature and journal articles relating to the audiological support of deaf children.


This module aims to give teachers of the deaf appropriate knowledge, experience and skills to understand the full audiological implications of deafness in both social and educational settings. This will include optimum language and learning conditions for deaf pupils in school and effective support to both pupils and parents.
The modules provides an introduction to the function of the ear and the physics of sound. The module explores the aetiology and implications of different types of deafness and provides an overview of the relevant pathology and treatment of ear diseases and conditions.
Students will gain an understanding of the working of, maintenance and effective use of all classroom related audiological and amplification systems and ways in which different technologies maximise the use of residual hearing.
Students will also gain an understanding of the technical and health and safety issues related to audiological assessment and management and gain practical experience of assessment procedures and the implementation of audiological support programmes.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students will have:
knowledge of the nature, causes and types of deafness and their impact on development and learning
knowledge and experience of the strengths and weaknesses of protocols for the assessment of hearing loss, an ability to interpret and explain the results to professionals, parents and children.
knowledge and experience of the workings, maintenance, and the optimum conditions for use of classroom related audiological and amplification systems technical and amplification equipment including post aural hearing aids, FM systems, cochlear implants and free field sound systems
an awareness of a range of strategies to facilitate maximum auditory access for babies, young children and school pupils. used to develop the spoken language of deaf pupils through the use of their residual hearing
an understanding of the implications for mainstream schools and staff of the inclusion of deaf pupils and the provision of relevant audiological INSET training
know how to plan and evaluate classroom based audiological and amplification support to ensure fullest possible access to the main curriculum.


Session 1: The anatomy and physiology of the ear and how auditory information is processed; the physics of sound and how hearing develops
Session 2 The nature, causes and implications of hearing loss, the protocols surrounding identification of aetiology and issues of Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder and Auditory Processing Disorder
Session 3: The assessment of types and degree of hearing loss including the use of pure tone & visual response audiometry, behavioural observation & distraction testing, complementary assessments such as tympanometry & stapedius reflex. Issues associated with the audiological assessment of very young children, and children with additional difficulties
Session 4 -5: The workings and management of personal hearing technologies including hearing aids, cochlear implants, bone anchored hearing aids and other types of implantable devices.
Session 6: The principles of speech phonetics and know how to make an initial judgement about a child’s access to speech sounds from their audiogram. The theory and application of current audiological practice and protocols with regard to speech phonetics. Analysis of audiograms and their implications for speech perception
Session 7: The role of speech perception and production testing within audiological management and how to evaluate performance within a range of environments. Informal and formal procedures for monitoring and assessing the speech discrimination skills of deaf learners, including for those at the very earliest stages of communication
Session 8: The impact of room acoustics on the listening opportunities for pupils using personal hearing technologies in particular background noise and reverberation. How to carry out an acoustic survey and reduce the impact of room acoustics
Session 9: The use and management of assistive listening devices (FM systems, Induction loop systems, Auditory training units, soundfield systems) and their advantages and disadvantages
Session 10: The early identification, management and support of deafness, the role of the ToD and the materials and protocols available to underpin early support
Session 11: Partnership and inter-professional working: The central role of parents in the audiological management of deaf children and current policy developments ensure the involvement of parents and children in audiological planning and management.
Session 12: Individual module review and assignment planning.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Group learning118.0018.00
Private study hours274.00
Total Contact hours26.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

This is a blended distance learning module that is taught using on-line materials and activities that require 234 hours of private study time to include school and hospital visits and observations.
Assignment and tutorial preparation time is 40 hours.
Face to face teaching is delivered via a 3-day residential school that involves 18 hours of practical sessions and group learning.
In addition students must attend 1 x 6 hour regional workshop-style tutorial and 2 x 1 hour on-line synchronous tutorials ( 8 hours of tutorial time)

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student learning is monitored through the weekly on-line activities, the 3 tutorial sessions and the residential practical and group activities.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 4000 assignment66.00
Report1 x 2000 word Critical report34.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/06/2021 12:18:03


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