PHYL5624 Advanced Hearing Devices

6 points

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.

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.
This unit provides students with the knowledge regarding the application of advanced hearing device technology. Topics include advanced processing hearing aids, compression, selection of programs for multiple memory hearing aids, selecting device features for specific benefits and product comparison. The unit also covers selection, evaluation and training in devices for profoundly deaf people, including high powered hearing aids, cochlear and middle ear implants and assistive listening devices.
Students are able to (1) evaluate advanced hearing device technology; (2) explain fitting and verification procedures for advanced devices, including use of compression; (3) analyse the use of communication training in devices for the profoundly deaf people, including high powered hearing aids, cochlear implants, assistive listening devices; (4) outline the process of selecting advanced processing device features for specific benefits; (5) outline the evaluation and comparison of advanced processing devices; (6) evaluate the importance of counselling people and their families in the impact of hearing loss and the benefits and limitations of devices; and (7) analyse the effects of hearing loss on an individual's speech, language, social and emotional development..
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
enrolment in the Master of Audiological Sciences (73560) and completion of 48 points
PHYL5622 Audiological Science Research Project Part 3 and PHYL5623 Audiological Science Research Project Part 4 and PHYL5619 Complex Adult and Paediatric Assessment (ID 7448)
Contact hours
2 lectures/week
1 tutorial per week
1 workshop per week
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