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Module title Fundamentals of Auditory Implants
Module code AUDI6012
Module lead

Nicci Campbell

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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 2
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)
MSc Audio/Clinical Placement (year 1)
Programmes in which the module is optional MSc Biomedical Engineering (year 1)
MSci Healthcare Sci(Audiology) (year 4)
Date of last edit 27th Jul 2016 - 3:33pm

Module overview


The aim of the module is to provide an overview of core scientific and clinical aspects of auditory implantation as a form of management of deafness. The module will run as intensive level 7-module covering a total contact period of four weeks, with outlined timetable indicated below.  Curriculum content will be divided between (i) an overview of core issues around auditory implant design, candidacy and monitoring in the context of management of hearing loss in adults and children, (ii) focus on a more specialist area of current clinical and scientific controversy or knowledge and (iii) focus on clinical management, governance and professional issues, particularly through the guided clinical observation session and associated individual reflective assignment. Because the module aims to give grounding across a range of core scientific and clinical aspects of auditory implantation, the focus will be more on application to adults than application to children, although students will learn about key issues relating to candidacy and outcomes in the paediatric population. 

Weeks one and two will comprise a daily lecture series on the nature of deafness with focus on severe and profound hearing loss, auditory implant design, candidacy, tuning/programmming and monitoring methods. This will provide a broad overview of core scientific and clinical aspects of auditory implantation that will form the basis of on-going research and clinical practice. 

Throughout the four weeks students will work on and complete a summative individual assignment based on a specialist topic that requires development of a research-based protocol in a current aspect of auditory implant science. The topic will be based on a current area in auditory implantation, which is at the cutting edge of knowledge and where current knowledge is incomplete or controversial. 

A facilitated group observation session will be arranged during week two; this will link with a group assessment. The focus will be on learning outcomes related to the need to become an independent reflective practitioner.  The group assignment will require  students to analyse the clinical session from varying perspective, including professional, ethical, clinical and scientific aspects.

Aims and learning outcomes


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

  • Enable you to develop your understanding of the nature and consequence of hearing loss, with emphasis on severe to profound deafness and its effects in social, psychological and education domains
  • Enable you to develop your understanding of, and your ability to critically analyse, the current scientific literature in the area of auditory implantation, such as candidacy and factors affecting outcomes (including auditory implant hardware, signal processing and individual characteristics) in children and adults
  • Familiarise you with a range of issues related to the management of auditory implant services such as: The importance of inter-disciplinary teamwork: Key issues in selection and management of young children receiving auditory implants The main methods of monitoring the function of auditory implant devices, including both subjective and objective methods The concept of setting and tuning auditory implants and its scientific and clinical basis
  • E. Enable you to develop your skills in collaborative working and learning

Disciplinary Specific

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

  • Critically evaluate published research and current issues regarding auditory implant research and development, within the broader context of management of deafness
  • A. Critically evaluate information from the assessment of an individual in determining candidacy for implantation
  • B. Explain the role of the audiologist in tuning and monitoring of auditory implant devices
  • C. Critically reflect on your experiences of a clinical observation session, in terms of broader ethical, clinical management and professional issues surrounding the management of deafness
  • D. Demonstrate mastery of effective self-directed learning and scientific communicationon

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

The nature and consequences of deafness

• Overview of auditory implant design, hardware and signal processing characteristics• Assessment for auditory implant candidacy

• Basic surgical and medical aspects of auditory implantation

• Monitoring of auditory implant functioning and outcome including objective measures such as telemetry, assessment of aided function and other outcome measures

• Current issues in auditory implant development and design

• The use of scientific evidence can be used to guide clinical protocols in managing deafness

• The role of the audiologist and other professionals in assessment, management and rehabilitation of potential auditory implant users

• An overview of key issues in implantation in children

• Overview of factors affecting performance, both extrinsic (e.g. surgical approach,device) and individual (age at implantation, duration of deafness, auditory pathology)


Summary of teaching and learning methods

Lectures in classroom environment

Practical clinic observation session

Facilitated group work

Non-facilitated group work


Study time allocation

Contact hours: 22

Private Study hours: 128

Total study time: 150


Summary of assessment and Feedback methods

Assessment Method Number % contribution to final mark Final assessment (✔)
Group Assignment for Learning Outcomes B,C,D and E Pass/Fail%
Individual clinic-based assignment for Learning Outcomes A and E 100%

Referral Method

By set coursework assignment(s)

Individual assigment  - 100%

Method of Repeat Year

Repeat year internally

Repeat year externally

Special Features

Students will have the opportunity to observe sessions with auditory implant patients at the University of Southampton Auditory Implant Service. The lectures and group work will also take place at the same venue. Students with special needs can be accommodated at this venue.

Health and Safety

A risk assessment has been completed for the clinical observations. 

Students receive a dress and professional conduct form, which they have to sign.

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 sessions7.5
Follow-up work7.5
Wider reading or practice10
Completion of assessment task110
Placement Hours0
Year Placement0
6 Month Placement0