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Unit Overview


This unit is taken over two successive semesters and parts 1 and 2 must be completed sequentially to fulfil the requirements of the unit. The unit covers the theoretical and practical aspects of audiological assessment of children and adults, the critical and analytical thinking used to select tests and specific test materials. Topics also include history taking (paediatric and adult), otoscopy, tuning fork tests, pure tone air and bone conduction testing, sound field testing, masking, speech recognition testing (paediatric and adult), acoustic impedance and reflex testing, site-of-lesion testing, otoacoustic emmissions testing, wide-band immitance testing, integration of audiological results, providing feedback to patients and report writing. All topics are reliant on evidenced-based practice. All components of the assessment must be passed in order to pass this unit.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) For Part 1 of this unit, students must be able to explain principles of basic audiological assessment of adults, including otoscopy, audiometry, tuning fork testing, tympanometry, history taking, otoacoustic emissions testing, basic evoked response testing, and speech testing; (2) competently complete a full audiological assessment on adult patients including obtaining an appropriate history, otoscopy, impedance testing, pure tone audiometry, speech audiometry and provide appropriate feedback and management strategies to the patient; and (3) integrate audiological test results and write audiological reports, and make appropriate recommendations for further action.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a theory examination; (2) continuous assessment through completion of clinical simulations and examinations; and (3) continuous assessment through submission of clinical diaries and/or case studies. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Helen Goulios and Associate Professor Helmy Mulders
Unit rules
Enrolment in
90540 Master of Clinical Audiology
or 00840 Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Audiology
Successful completion of
or Enrolment in
PHYL5510 Physiology of the Auditory System
and PHYL5501 Audiological Instrumentation
and PHYL5515 Hearing Devices and Adult Aural Rehabilitation
Approved quota: 35—based on academic merit as determined by WAM and the submission of a student's personal statement in their application
Contact hours
equivalent to 4 hours per week as a mix of lectures/practical classes/tutorials plus 200 hours of supervised clinical placements at audiology clinics as arranged by the clinical coordinator
delivery of theoretical material occurs in two intensive 5-week courses in February–March and July–August, followed by two weeks in both semesters of hands-on work at UWA, before each round of supervised external clinical placements

Katz, J., ed. Handbook of Clinical Audiology, 7th edn: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, 2015


Various texts from the Johnstone-Peters Library of Hearing Science in Physiology.

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