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Module title Rehabilitation of Auditory Disorders
Module code AUDI6010
Module lead

Emma Mackenzie

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External Examiner: Dr Kai Uus
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
Programmes in which the module is optional
Date of last edit 16th Dec 2015 - 11:20am

Module overview

The purpose of this module is to provide you with knowledge and understanding of the core concepts related to Adult Auditory Rehabilitation including principles of health psychology and signal processing as well as technical and psychosocial aspects of the rehabilitation process.  As an Audiologist or Hearing Aid Dispenser this will help you to assess the needs of adult patients with hearing loss and provide patients with accurate and up to date information in order that they can make informed decisions about their management and treatment including devices, equipment and features.

Aims and learning outcomes


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

  • Equip you with the basic knowledge and understanding required to provide a clinical auditory rehabilitation service for adults with hearing loss and/or tinnitus or to pursue research in a hearing-aid related field
  • Enable you to apply your practical and theoretical knowledge and comprehension to all aspects of the rehabilitation needs of adult hearing-impaired patients and adult patients with tinnitus.
  • Enable you to develop skills to critically evaluate and analyse information from the relevant scientific literature.

Disciplinary Specific

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

  • A. Explain and critically analyse the arguments for, and the current consensus on, patient-centred rehabilitation for adults with hearing loss, including the assessment and analysis of need, effects of psychosocial factors, the provision of accurate and balanced information regarding management options, the facilitation of the patient’s decision making (especially regarding technology) and the role of communication strategies and tactics
  • B. Formulate evidence-based recommendations for the rehabilitation of individual patients with common forms of hearing loss and tinnitus based on critical evaluation of a range of sources of information including that shared by the patient and the research literature
  • C. Explain the process of individualised hearing-aid fitting on the basis of audiometric and other information, including the selection of an ear-mould/shell with appropriate modifications, the verification of the technical performance and other functional properties of a hearing aid (both in a coupler and the real ear), the validation of the fitting and the provision of relevant instructions and information to the particular user
  • D. Identify and describe a wide range of different technologies (e.g. hearing aids, assistive devices, auditory implants), strategies (e.g. communication), skills (e.g. facilitation) and tools (e.g. counselling and decision making tools) and other resources potentially available to the audiologist and patient to improve the patient’s hearing-related quality of life and explain their main pros and cons for common forms of hearing loss and psychosocial circumstance.
  • E. 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.

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Summary of syllabus content

  • Overview of adult auditory rehabilitation and hearing aid fitting
  • Understanding the impact of hearing loss in the context of the World Health Organisation International Classification of Functioning and the biopsychosocial models of disability
  • Psychosocial impact of acquired hearing loss
  • Introduction to hearing aids and components
  • Specification and measurement of electroacoustic characteristics
  • Range of devices and features, advantages and limitations of different options, consideration of the evidence base where appropriate
  • Impressions, ear moulds, earshells and modifications
  • Hearing aid selection and fitting: candidacy, ergonomic considerations, selection of electroacoustic characteristics by prescription methods
  • Verification of hearing aid performance
  • Counselling skills in audiology
  • Models of tinnitus distress
  • Tinnitus management approaches
  • Evaluation of auditory rehabilitation
  • Evaluation of tinnitus interventions

Summary of teaching and learning methods

  • Traditional classroom style lectures with audio recording of lectures linked to Powerpoint slides using lecture capture software
  • Question and answer sessions
  • Tutorials as and when required
  • Interactive discussion of ethnographic  clinical videos and of the IDA motivational and decisions making tools that can assist in the process of shared goal setting and decisions making with patients
  • Open door policy by module co-ordinator
  • Lectures supplemented by small-group practical sessions in AUDI6011

Study time allocation

Contact hours: 24

Private Study hours: 126

Total study time: 150

Summary of assessment and Feedback methods

Assessment Method Number % contribution to final mark Final assessment (✔)
Exam      (Duration:120 minutes) 100%

Other Assessment Notes

120 min unseen written exam - 100%

Feedback - A score after the exam and the opportunity to meet the Module Lead for verbal

Referral Method

By examination

120 min unseen written exam - 100%

Method of Repeat Year

Repeat year internally

Repeat year externally

Learning Resources

Resource type: Core textbook

Harvey Dillon (2012) "Hearing Aids" (2nd Ed) PubL: ThiemeMedical Publishers New York

John Greer Clark, and Kristina English (2013) "Counseling-Infused Audiologic Care" Publ: Allyn & Bacon

Baguley, Anderson McFerran and Mckenna (2013) "Tinnitus: A multidisciplinary approach" (2nd Ed) - Publ: Wiley

Resource type: Background textbook


Title / Edition


Michael C. Martin   (1997)

Speech Audiometry

Whuur Publishers   Ltd

H Orians (1991)

Adjustment to Adult   Hearing Loss

Singular Publishing

M Valente (2002)

Hearing Aids: Standards,   Options and Limitations (2nd Ed)

Thieme Medical   Publisher

M Valente (2002)

Strategies for Selecting and Verifying   Hearing Aid Fittings

Thieme Medical   Publisher

R E Sandlin (2000)

Textbook of Hearing Aid Amplification

Singular Publishing   Group, London

T H Venema (1998)

Compression for Clinicians

Singular Publishing   Group

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 sessions12
Follow-up work12
Wider reading or practice-28
Completion of assessment task120
Placement Hours0
Year Placement0
6 Month Placement0