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-ordinatorBojana Sarkic

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must have passed all subjects in: AUD4IDA and AUD4HES and AUD4PHL and AUD4CAA.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A


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 Practicals

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

Lectures and Practicals

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 Practicals

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 and Practicals

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

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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-ordinatorBojana Sarkic

Class requirements

Practical Week: 31 - 38
One 2.0 hours practical per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 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 assignment.20 03
One two-hour written exam at end of semester. (2,000 words equivalent)60 01, 02, 04, 05
1,500-word assignment.20 01, 04, 05