HEARING AID SYSTEMS AND FITTING

AUD5RHD

2016

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Hearing aid systems are a major component of the audiological management of hearing impairment. In this course, you will begin to develop a comprehensive understanding of the psychosocial impacts of acquired hearing loss on an individual and their family, and the fundamental principles and practices of rehabilitative audiology in adults. Through lectures and demonstrations, you will learn about 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. You will also develop skills in informational counselling and patient follow-up. 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) and Master of Clinical Audiology (HMAUD) will be given preference over students not enrolled in these courses.

Learning resources

Readings

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. Demonstrates knowledge of the psychosocial consequences of hearing loss and the fundamental components of aural rehabilitation

Activities:
- Lectures and e-Learning: i. Impact of hearing loss on quality of life ii. Aural rehabilitation of adults with acquired hearing loss iii. Communication needs analysis iv. Counselling and follow-up; outcome measures v. A selection of 'Counselling skills' eLearning modules from the Phonak recorded lecture series - Workshop: performing communication needs analysis to establish rehabilitation goals - Components of a written examination
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Professional Practice (Professional Practice)
Discipline Specific Competencies (Discipline Specific Competencies)
Writing (Writing)

02. Demonstrates familiarity with styles and technological features of hearing aids and communicates an understanding of hearing aid candidacy

Activities:
- 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 examination
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Professional Practice (Professional Practice)
Writing (Writing)
Discipline Specific Competencies (Discipline Specific Competencies)

03. Performs impression procedures to produce earmoulds of manufacturable quality, and demonstrates an understanding of how to modify earmoulds/shells to improve hearing aid comfort and performance

Activities:
- 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. iii. Earmould modification - Earmould assignment: students will submit a written report and one sample impression generated during the workshop sessions.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Professional Practice (Professional Practice)
Discipline Specific Competencies (Discipline Specific Competencies)

04. Demonstrates an understanding of the measurement of hearing aid performance characteristics

Activities:
- 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. A selection of 'Adult' eLearning modules from the Phonak recorded lecture series vii. Workshop: performing insertion gain procedures - Components of a written examination
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Discipline Specific Competencies (Discipline Specific Competencies)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

05. Demonstrates an understanding of commonly used assistive listening and alerting devices

Activities:
- Lectures and e-Learning: i. Personal FM systems and sound field amplification systems ii. Community services for hearing impaired adults iii. A selection of 'Rehabilitation' eLearning modules from the Phonak recorded lecture series - In-service education session by 'hearservice,' providing a hands-on demonstration of assistive listening and alerting devices - Components of a written examination
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Professional Practice (Professional Practice)
Discipline Specific Competencies (Discipline Specific Competencies)
Communication (Communication)

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
One 1.0 hours laboratory class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Weeks 2 and 3"

Lecture
Eight 2.0 hours lecture per study period and delivered via face-to-face.
"In weeks 1 - 3 and 8 - 12"

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
Five 2.0 hours lecture per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Weeks 8 - 12"

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
Eight 1.0 hours lecture per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Weeks 5 - 12"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 1,000-word assignment.30 03
One two-hour written exam at end of semester.70 01, 02, 04, 05