PHYL5618 Basic Hearing Devices

Credit
6 points
Offering

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Not available in 2021UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Content
This unit covers the fundamentals of basic hearing devices and rehabilitation in people with permanent hearing loss. This includes the design of 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.
Outcomes
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) characterise the componentry and function of current hearing aids in terms of the features they offer and the benefits for an individual client; (3) evaluate the basis for hearing aid prescription and verification including coupler measurements, real-ear measurements, and aided thresholds; and (4) evaluate the types of outcomes assessment and the design of rehabilitation programs, including the use of counselling in programs..
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a theory examination; (2) practical assignments; and (3) case-based written assignments. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Helen Goulios and Dr Helmy Mulders
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Audiological Sciences (73560) and completion of 48 points
Co-requisites:
PHYL5620 Audiological Science Research Project Part 1, PHYL5621 Audiological Science Research Project Part 2 and PHYL5514 Evoked Responses in Clinical Diagnosis (ID 3735)
Contact hours
2 lectures/week
2 workshop/practical classes per week
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