PAEDIATRIC AUDIOLOGY

AUD5LSA

2016

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

The audiological assessment of young children requires specialised clinical knowledge and skills. In this course you will be provided with a broad understanding of the principles underlying the assessment and clinical management of neonates, infants and children. Through lectures, you will learn about normal child development, causes of hearing loss in children, and the impact of childhood hearing impairment. You will learn about newborn hearing screening programmes, aimed at identifying hearing loss as early in life as possible. You will learn about behavioural and objective assessment techniques used in screening and diagnostic paediatric audiology. Through a series of workshops, you will develop skills in behavioural assessments including Visual Reinforcement Audiometry (VRA) and Play Audiometry, and objective physiological assessments, including otoacoustic emissions and immittance testing. Your learning in this subject will be assessed through written exams and lab reports.

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 complete 300 credit points in HZHAUD or HZHCAU or be admitted in HMAUD.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

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

Learning resources

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsComprehensive handbook of paediatric audiology.RecommendedSeewald, R and Tharpe, A M 2011PLURAL PUBLISHING.
ReadingsHearing in children.RecommendedNorthern, J L & Downs, M P 20025TH EDN, LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS, PHILADELPHIA.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrates familiarity with the normal course of development of babies and children in the first five years of life.

Activities:
Lectures. Additional information (readings, websites) provided on LMS. Components of a written examination.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)

02. Demonstrates an awareness of the epidemiology and aetiologies of childhood hearing impairment, and the role of hearing screening programs in early identification of hearing impairment.

Activities:
Lectures. Independent learning task where students will work through 'Infant Hearing', an e-learning resource developed by VIHSP, and complete an assignment based on the resource. Components of a written examination.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

03. Communicate an understanding of the theory and practical applications underpinning a range of pediatric hearing assessments, including behavioural response audiometry (BOA), visual reinforcement audiometry (VRA), and play audiometry.

Activities:
Lectures. Role playing exercise: students will be given a number of scenarios and will work in pairs to practice paediatric case history taking and preparing/instructing the child and caregiver. Workshops classes: small groups of students will participate in supervised workshops to gain practical experience in working with young children and their caregivers. Workshops will cover paediatric otoscopy, VRA, play audiometry and speech audiometry, tympanometry and OAEs in children aged 1-5. Free-to-the-public audiological screening days for preschool children: students will develop confidence and professionalism by participating in two screening half-days, working with local kindergartens and the La Trobe Communication Clinic. Components of a written examination.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Discipline Specific Competencies (Discipline Specific Competencies)
Professional Practice (Professional Practice)
Communication (Communication)

04. Demonstrate competence in integrating information from objective tests with behavioural tests in the overall paediatric test battery, and interpreting the results of these tests to differentially diagnose various hearing disorders in infants and young children.

Activities:
Lectures. PBL workshops where students will be provided with case files, containing results of both subjective and objective test results, in infants and young children. Students will integrate the findings from across the test battery, discuss possible pathologies and identify any further information required for differential diagnosis. Components of a written examination.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline Specific Competencies (Discipline Specific Competencies)
Communication (Communication)
Writing (Writing)
Professional Practice (Professional Practice)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2016, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAndrea Simpson

Class requirements

Laboratory Class Week: 31 - 43
Three 2.0 hours laboratory class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"In weeks 1, 9, & 12"

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
Seven 2.0 hours lecture per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"In weeks 1-7"

Practical Week: 31 - 43
Six 2.0 days practical per study period from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"In weeks 2-7"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 1,000-word assignment on infant hearing.30 02
One two-hour written exam at the end of semester.70 01, 02, 03, 04