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.

SchoolSchool Allied Health,Human Serv & Sport

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJutta Hau

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites AUD4IDA and AUD4HES and AUD4PHL


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 evaluate and review information to develop clinically-sound decisions about suitable candidates for hearing aid fittings.

Lectures and Practicals

02. Integrate information on the electroacoustic and technical features of hearing aids and apply this knowledge to generate sound clinical hypotheses.

Lectures and Practicals

03. Synthesise specialist knowledge to create and modify high quality earmould/shells, to improve clinical outcomes.

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04. Critically design, evaluate and review the measurement of hearing aid and device performance to ensure sound clinical decision making and trouble-shooting.

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05. Integrate and consolidate information on commonly used assistive listening devices to generate sound clinical hypotheses.

Lectures and Practicals

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2020, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAlicja Malicka

Class requirements

Practical Week: 31 - 38
Eight 1.5 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 - 38
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 38 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments% 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.20 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
One two-hour written exam at end of semester (2,000 words equivalent)Exam will comprise short answer questions60 01, 02, 04, 05
1,250-word assignment discussing factors impacting on the success of hearing aid outcomes.20 01, 02, 04, 05
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 Universitys Special Consideration policy , students are unable to complete required clinical hours, alternative arrangements will be negotiated. See Audiology Australias Core Competency Requireme 01, 02, 03, 04, 05