aud5rhd hearing aids




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Hearing aid systems are a major component of the audiological management of hearing impairment. In this course, you will develop a comprehensive understanding of the styles, components and electroacoustic characteristics of hearing aids. You will develop the skills necessary to select an appropriate hearing aid and/or assistive listening device based on a client's hearing loss, lifestyle and communication needs. Through hands-on workshops, you will learn how to take ear impressions, modify a selected device and verify its fitting in a clinical setting. Your learning in this subject will be assessed through written exams and assignments.

SchoolSchool of Allied Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAndrea Simpson

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must have successfully completed AUD4IDA, AUD4CAA, AUD4PHL and AUD4HES


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Students enrolled in Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Clinical Audiology (HZHCAU) and Master of Clinical Audiology (HMAUD) will be given preference over students not enrolled in these courses.

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsHandbook of clinical audiology.RecommendedKatz, J, Medwetsky, L, Burkard, R & Hood, L 20096TH EDN, LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS, PHILADELPHIA.
ReadingsHearing aids.RecommendedDillon, H. 20122ND EDN, BOOMERANG PUBLISHING, SYDNEY

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Critically evaluates and reviews information from a wide variety of sources to develop clinically-sound decisions with regards suitable candidates for hearing aid fittings.

- Lectures and e-Learning: Hearing aid candidacy, hearing aid styles, earmolds and venting - Components of a written assignment and examination

02. Integrates and consolidates information on the electroacoustic and technical features of hearing aids and applies this knowledge in generating sound clinical hypotheses.

- Lectures: i. Styles and components of hearing aids ii. Hearing aid electroacoustics iii. Hearing aid features: directional microphones, feedback cancellation, noise reduction and compression iv. Hearing aid candidacy and selection v. Factors affecting outcomes of device fitting vi. Hearing aid products: demonstrations and presentations by hearing aid manufacturers - Additional information (links to websites) provided on LMS - Components of a written assignment and examination

03. Synthesizes knowledge to undertake impression procedures of a high clinical quality, and is able to critically apply this knowledge in modifying earmoulds/shells in order to improve clinical outcomes.

- Lectures and workshops: i. Earmoulds features and acoustics ii. Performing earmould impression procedures - students will practice impression taking on both model and live ears, and will submit impressions of their own ears which will be used to manufacture earmoulds for use in future learning activities. Components of a written assignment and examination.

04. Critically designs, evaluates and reviews the measurement of hearing aid performance characteristics as well device specifications and is able to apply this knowledge in applying sound clinical decision-making and trouble-shooting.

- Lectures, e-Learning and workshops: i. Measuring electroacoustic properties of hearing aids ii. Prescriptive and non-prescriptive fitting methods iii. Coupler versus real ear measurements iv. Verification and probe microphone measurements v. Device troubleshooting vi. Live speech mapping workshop vii. Workshop: performing insertion gain procedures - Components of a written assignment and examination

05. Integrates and consolidates information on commonly used assistive listening devices, including F.M. devices and applies this knowledge in generating sound clinical hypotheses.

- Lectures and e-Learning: i. Personal FM systems ii. CROS/Assistive Listening Devices- Components of a written assignment and examination

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAndrea Simpson

Class requirements

PracticalWeek: 31 - 43
Seven 3.0 hours practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"In Weeks 1-7"

LectureWeek: 31 - 43
Eight 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.
"In weeks 1 - 8"


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
One 1,000-word assignment.2001, 02
One two-hour written exam at end of semester.6001, 02, 03, 04, 05
One 1,000-word assignment.2001, 02, 04