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Unit Overview


This unit covers various objective tests of auditory and general neural function that utilise objective electrophysiological and acoustic physiological responses. Techniques covered include auditory, visual and somatosensory-evoked response averaging, including ECoG, ABR, MLR, SSEP and cortical responses, cochlear mechanics and their measurement through otoacoustic emissions and masking functions, assessment of the vestibular system with electronystagmography and caloric testing. Technical issues concerning the test equipment are also covered.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) explain the generation and measurement of the different evoked responses in audition and balance (including ECoG, ABR, AMLR, AVR, PAMR, OAE, ENG, VEMP); (2) explain the technical aspects of evoked response measurement, including electrode contact, amplification, filtering and averaging; and (3) explain the contamination of evoked responses with noise and interference and its minimisation.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) laboratory reports and (2) theory examination. 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 Helmy Mulders
Unit rules
Enrolment in
90540 Master of Clinical Audiology
or 00840 Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Audiology
or 73560 Master of Audiological Sciences
and Successful completion of
one Unit(s) PHYL5510 Physiology of the Auditory System
Advisable prior study
some biology/physiology and physics is recommended
Contact hours
lectures/lab classes: equivalent to 4 hours a week, but delivered in an intensive 5-week course in June–August
plus self-paced assignments and tutorials

Aminoff, M. J. Electrodiagnosis in Clinical Neurology, 4th edn: Churchill Livingstone Press 1999

Recommended reading

Hall, J. Handbook of Auditory Evoked Responses: Allyn & Bacon 1992

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