PHYL5515 Hearing Devices and Adult Aural Rehabilitation

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit covers the fundamentals of aural rehabilitation in adults with permanent hearing loss. This includes the design of adult rehabilitation programs including the assessment of hearing and communication needs, the establishment of client goals, selection and fitting of appropriate devices, counselling, communication strategies and use of outcomes assessment measures. The unit also covers basic concepts in hearing aid design, prescription, fitting and verification (including use of couplers and real ear measurements) and aided threshold measurement, and the fitting of other assistive listening devices.
Students are able to (1) assess a client's hearing and communication needs and design an appropriate aural rehabilitation program (which may include hearing device prescription) to meet the client's needs; (2) explain the componentry and function of current hearing aids in terms of the features they offer and the benefits for an individual client; (3) explain the basis for hearing aid prescription and verification including coupler measurements, real-ear measurements, and aided thresholds; and (4) explain the types of outcomes assessment and the design of rehabilitation programs, including the use of counselling in programs.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a theory examination; (2) continuous assessment; and (3) an assignment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Helen Goulios
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Clinical Audiology (90540)
the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Audiology (00840)
PHYL5501 Audiological Instrumentation Part 1
PHYL5510 Physiology of the Auditory System, PHYL5502 Basic Clinical Audiology Part 1
Advisable prior study:
some biology/physiology and physics is recommended
Contact hours
equivalent to 4 hours per week for a standard semester, but delivered in an intensive 5-week course in February–March, followed by two weeks of workshops prior to clinical placements

Dillon, H. Hearing Aids, 2nd edn: Boomerang Press 2012


  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.