Unit aim

Provides information on structures and mechanisms involved in hearing loss and the potential impact on speech, language and other sequela. Students learn about intervention strategies for hearing loss and for central auditory processing disorder [(C)APD]. Students also learn how to conduct an audiological screening evaluation and how, to whom, and when to refer.

Unit content

Topic 1: Hearing loss and associated sequelae
Topic 2: Speech and language profiles of children with congenital hearing loss
Topic 3: Conductive hearing loss and sensori-neural hearing loss
Topic 4: Assessments pertaining to auditory functioning
Topic 5: The Speech Pathologists role in relation to conditions of hearing loss
Topic 6: Processes in hearing screening
Topic 7: Interpreting audiograms
Topic 8: Intervention strategies for enhancing language and communication in people with hearing loss
Topic 9: Intervention strategies for enhancing segmental and suprasegmental aspects of speech in people with hearing loss
Topic 10: (C)APD and associated intervention strategies
Topic 11: Knowing how, to whom, and when to refer
Topic 12: Reflections on hearing screening

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • Bellis, T, 2011, Assessment and management of central auditory processing disorders in the educational setting: From science to practice, 2nd edn, Plural Publishing, San Diego, CA.
  • Katz, J, Medwetsky, L, Burkard, R & Hood, L, 2009, Handbook of clinical audiology, 6th North American Edition, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Clinical 3 hours (Week 2)
Lecture on-site 10 hours (Week 2)
Tutorial on-site 4 hours (Week 2)
Workshop on-site 4 hours (Week 2)
Practical skills20%
Exam: closed book50%

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