HEARING AID SYSTEMS AND FITTING

AUD5RHD

2021

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Hearing aid systems are a major component of the audiological management of hearing impairment. In this subject, 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.

SchoolAllied Health, Human Services & Sport

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAlicja Malicka

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesAUD4PHL AND AUD4CAA AND AUD4IDA AND AUD4HES

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Readings

Hearing aids.

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorDillon, H.

Year2012

Edition/Volume2ND EDN

PublisherBOOMERANG PUBLISHING, SYDNEY

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Handbook of clinical audiology.

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorKatz, J, Medwetsky, L, Burkard, R & Hood, L

Year2009

Edition/Volume6TH EDN

PublisherLIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS, PHILADELPHIA.

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Career Ready

Career-focusedNo

Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Critically evaluate and review information to develop clinically-sound decisions about suitable candidates for hearing aid fittings.
02. Integrate information on the electroacoustic and technical features of hearing aids and apply this knowledge to generate sound clinical hypotheses.
03. Synthesise specialist knowledge to create and modify high quality earmould/shells, to improve clinical outcomes.
04. Critically design, evaluate and review the measurement of hearing aid and device performance to ensure sound clinical decision making and trouble-shooting.
05. Integrate and consolidate information on commonly used assistive listening devices to generate sound clinical hypotheses.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAlicja Malicka

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 31 - 38
One 2.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 38 and delivered via face-to-face.

PracticalWeek: 31 - 38
Eight 1.50 h practical per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 38 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

1,250-word assignment on clinical decision making and creativity.Students will need to research manufacturer websites and think carefully about the client's wishes and test results in making their choice.

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

One two-hour written exam at end of semester (2,000 words equivalent)
Exam will comprise short answer questions

A pass in this assessment is required to pass the subject as students must demonstrate an understanding of matters in this subject before going on placement.  It also strengthens the course for accreditation requirements  

N/ACentral examIndividualNo60 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4, SILO5

1,250-word assignment discussing factors impacting on the success of hearing aid outcomes.

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4, SILO5

Attendance of practical workshopHurdle: Attendance at practical workshops is a hurdle requirement in order to accumulate the clinical skills required for professional accreditation. If, for extenuating circumstances that are consistent with the University's Special Consideration policy , students are unable to complete required clinical hours, alternative arrangements will be negotiated. See Audiology Australia's Core Competency Requirements.

N/AOtherIndividualYes0 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5