Hearing Devices and Rehabilitation A

Subject 577-875 (2009)

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Credit Points: 25.00
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Year Long, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 40-50 hours of lectures, practical work, tutorials and clinical experience.
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Ms Angela Rose Marshall, Ms Cathryn Williams
Subject Overview: This subject comprises the following topics:
  • developing and implementing individualised aural rehabilitation programs;
  • the psychological and social problems experienced by hearing impaired adults;
  • tinnitus;
  • speech reading;
  • communication strategies;
  • evaluation of communication function;
  • communication strategy training methods;
  • assisted listening devices;
  • the medical aspects of ageing;
  • audiology and vision impairment;
  • aural rehabilitation for elderly clients;
  • the design and operation of hearing aids;
  • features/options available in hearing aids;
  • selection of appropriate features;
  • measurement of hearing aid electroacoustic characteristics;
  • earmoulds and venting;
  • prescriptive gain;
  • frequency response and MPO selection (including NAL prescriptive procedures);
  • verification techniques (including insertion gain);
  • counselling regarding expectations and use of hearing aids;
  • management of problems arising with hearing aid use (including feedback and the occlusion effect);
  • evaluation of outcomes; and
  • considerations when fitting hearing aids for infants and young children.
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: This subject is designed to enable students to:
  • develop the necessary skills to assess the communication function of hearing impaired adults and to train communication function on both an individual and a group basis (including assessment and counselling skills;
  • develop rehabilitation programs to suit individual needs;
  • convey information to hearing impaired people and those involved in their welfare in a form that can be readily understood;
  • the ability to select and evaluate appropriate device(s) for hearing impaired clients;
  • the ability to critically assess different hearing aid selection and fitting procedures and;
  • the ability to integrate information obtained from a variety of sources including electro-acoustic and real-ear measures and subjective reports.

On completion of this subject students should show:

  • an understanding of the emotional problems experienced by hearing impaired adults;
  • the ability to present verbal and written information clearly and effectively to hearing impaired individuals;
  • the ability to act professionally in a clinical environment;
  • the ability to interact positively with patients of different ages and from different backgrounds;
  • problem solving skills in the context of rehabilitative assessment and management;
  • utilise theoretical concepts about hearing aids in the clinical hearing aid fitting situation;
  • explain, in lay terms to hearing impaired clients, the likely benefits and limitations of various hearing aid features; and
  • critically evaluate published material about hearing aids.
Related Course(s): Master of Clinical Audiology

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