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 under 5 years of age. Through lectures, you will learn about normal child development, causes of hearing loss in children, and the impact of childhood hearing impairment. The course will include newborn hearing screening programmes, aimed at identifying hearing loss as early in life as possible. You will learn about behavioural assessment techniques used in screening and diagnostic paediatric audiology. Through a series of workshops, you will develop skills in behavioural audiological assessments including Visual Reinforcement Audiometry (VRA) and Play Audiometry.

SchoolSchool of Allied Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMichelle Thornton

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must have passed both subjects in: AUD4CAA and AUD4IDA.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A


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. Discuss theoretical knowledge regarding the normal course of development of babies and children in the first five years of life, the epidemiology and aetiologies of childhood hearing impairment, and the role of hearing screening programmes in early identification of hearing impairment

Lectures and Practicals

02. Critically examine research findings and be able to justify clinical choices in paediatric hearing assessment

Lectures and Practicals

03. Practically apply the theoretical underpinnings of a range of paediatric hearing assessments, including behavioural response audiometry (BOA), visual reinforcement audiometry (VRA), and play audiometry.

Lectures and Practicals

04. Integrate information from subjective reports, research publications, ethical considerations and behavioural test results, and appropriately interpret the results of these tests to differentially diagnose various hearing disorders in infants and young children as well as make sound clinical recommendations.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2017, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMichelle Thornton

Class requirements

Practical Week: 32 - 38
Three 2.0 hours practical per study period on weekdays during the day from week 32 to week 38 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
1,500-word assignment20 01, 02, 04
One two-hour written exam at the end of semester.(2,000 word equivalent)60 01, 02, 03, 04
One group presentation (10 min/member, 1,000 word equivalent)20 01, 02