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Module title Clinical Audiology 1
Module code AUDI6006
Module lead

Victoria Watson

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External Examiner: Dr Kai Uus, University of Manchester
Faculty Engineering & the Environment
Academic unit FEE Ed - Audiology
Academic session first offered 201516
Credit Points ECTS 7.5
Level Postgraduate taught
When will the module be taught Semester 1
Pre-requisite and/or co-requisite modules
Programmes in which the module is core
Programmes in which the module is compulsory MSc Audiology (year 1)
MSci Healthcare Sci(Audiology) (year 4)
MSc Audio/Clinical Placement (year 1)
Programmes in which the module is optional MSc Biomedical Engineering (year 1)
MSci Hearing Science (year 4)
Date of last edit 27th Jul 2016 - 3:31pm

Module overview

The purpose of this module is to provide you with an introductory grounding in audiology, including rehabilitation, diagnostic assessment and otology, underpinned by the theoretical knowledge and understanding.

Aims and learning outcomes


Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to:

  • Enable you to understand the pathological processes that can lead to disorders of hearing
  • Enable you to understand and develop the core therapeutic and technical skills an audiologist will conduct as part of hearing assessment and hearing-aid provision
  • Enable you to develop skills to critically evaluate and analyse information from the relevant scientific literature in the context of those audiology procedures
  • Enable you to develop patient-centred approach, including using effective communication strategies, the use of individual management plans and patient-centred goal-setting.

Disciplinary Specific

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to:

  • A. Explain a range of pathologies associated with disorders of hearing
  • B. Explain a range of clinical audiology techniques related to the auditory assessment and rehabilitation in adults as well as their underpinning theory, including their strengths and limitations and with reference to the evidence base
  • C. Demonstrate the importance of a patient-centred approach to patient interview, examination, assessment and rehabilitation (including goal-setting and shared decision making)
  • D. Critically evaluate information from the evidence base relating to the above techniques
  • E. Perform safely and with technical competence a range of clinical procedures relating to adult hearing assessment and adult hearing aid prescription and verification
  • F. Demonstrate mastery of effective self-directed learning, scientific and patient-centred communication

Graduate Attributes

Graduate Attributes are the personal qualities, skills and understandings that University of Southampton students have the opportunity to develop. They include but extend beyond subject-specific knowledge of an academic discipline and its technical proficiencies. The Graduate Attributes are achieved through the successful attainment of the learning outcomes of the programmes, and successful engagement with the University’s co-curriculum e.g. the Graduate Passport.

A checklist for embedding the graduate attributes is available at:

Summary of syllabus content

  • Basic anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of the external, middle and inner ears
  • Introduction to patient-centred practice in diagnostics and rehabilitation
  • Introduction to communication skills for clinical interviews and explanation of clinical findings
  • Deaf awareness training (including recognising and understanding the impact of hearing loss, communication tactics, deaf community and culture)
  • Assessment of tinnitus
  • Theory and practical implementation of a number of basic clinical assessment methods, including:
    • Otoscopy
    • Tuning fork testing
    • Air- and bone-conduction pure-tone audiometry
    • Pure tone audiometry with masking
    • Uncomfortable loudness levels
    • Middle ear testing including tympanometry and acoustic reflex testing
    • Auditory brainstem response testing
    • Otoacoustic emissions
  • Theory and practical skills related to the provision of hearing aids, including
    • Aural impression taking
    • Hearing aid testing in test box
    • Digital hearing aid prescription and programming
    • Real-ear measurement

Summary of teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include:

  • Traditional classroom style lectures during Semester 1
  • Practice sessions for each procedural skill during Semester 1. This involves small group work with one tutor per group.
  • The above will be supplemented by clinical visits and observation sessions during Semester 2 as part of Clinical Audiology 2.
  • You will need to work in your own time and in time-tabled independent learning sessions to supplement lectures and practice skills by researching and evaluating the evidence base contained in journals and recommended texts. In addition to the information resources available to you, you will be able to go to the individual lecturers for assistance.

Learning activities include:

  • Deaf awareness training
  • You will be expected to work in your own time to supplement practical skills and you will be able to go to the module co-ordinator for assistance
  • Working on formal assignments which are designed to give practice in interpretation of some of the more complex test techniques
  • You are expected to read supporting texts and a booklist is provided
  • You should reflect on your approaches to communication during practical sessions in order to develop your communication skills (for example active listening explaining the purpose of clinical assessments and explaining what is required of the person being tested whilst ensuring consent for the assessment to be carried out)
  • Students who have previous experience of clinical audiology will be able to consolidate their learning and develop their communication and teaching skills through being involved in activities that support the learning of other students, such as demonstrating and giving feedback.

Study time allocation

Contact hours: 70

Private Study hours: 80

Total study time: 150

Summary of assessment and Feedback methods

Assessment Method Number % contribution to final mark Final assessment (✔)
Practical assessment of clinical skills (several techniques) at end of Semester 1 25%
Exam      (Duration:2 hours) 75%

Other Assessment Notes

2 hr Exam on clinical assessment methods and pathology of the ear at end of Semester 1.

Note that students must pass both summative assessments (exam and practicals) in order to pass the module.

Referral Method

By examination

2 hour exam, all questions must be answered. 1 x 100%

Method of Repeat Year

Repeat year internally

Repeat year externally

Learning Resources

Resource type: Background textbook

Recommended Procedures - BSA Recommended Procedures - British Soceity Audiology -

Resource type: Background textbook

Handbook of Clinical Audiology (6th Edn) (2009) - J Katz (Ed)

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2009


3 copies at Hartley Library

1 copy at Health Services library

Resource type: Background textbook

Ballantynes Deafness (7th Edn) (2009) - J Graham, D Baguley (Eds), Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.

Available online via Webcat and at hartley Libary ref WV270 BAL (6 copies) 7th Edn)


Resource type: Background textbook

Counseling-infused audiolgic care - J Clark - 6 copies available at Hartley Library WV270 CLA

Health and Safety

Risk assessment have been completed for clinical procedures. Procedures should be carried out following professional recommended procedures where they are available. 

Some procedures should only be practiced by students when a qualified member of staff is present.

Cost Implications


Appendix: KIS hours

Contact hours for Teaching:Hours
Seminars (including sessions with outside speakers)0
Practical Classes and Workshops (including Boat work)0
Project supervision0
Demonstration Sessions0
Supervised time in studios/workshops/laboratories0
External Visits0
Summer Workshops0
Work Based Learning0
Independent studyHours
Preparation for scheduled sessions15
Follow-up work15
Wider reading or practice61
Completion of assessment task19
Placement Hours0
Year Placement0
6 Month Placement0