Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Hearing Impairment

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Communication Therapy


- Hearing impairment and its implications;
- Effects on communication-delay versus disorder;
- The role of the speech-language pathologist;
- Modes of communication;
- Assessing the hearing impaired;
- Interaction and language facilitation;
- Listening/learning devices and skills;
- Speech intelligibility in the hearing impaired;
- Educational provision;
- Auditory processing difficulties;
- The adult with hearing impairment.

Study-unit Aims:

To equip the student with the skills and critical orientation for assessment and re/habilitative management of children and adults with hearing impairment.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

Understand the main issues related to the consequences of congenital and acquired hearing impairment on communication, daily functioning, education and social interaction.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

Assess and intervene with hearing impaired individual and their carers using updated formal and informal measures to facilitate their communication skills up to their maximum potential within the bilingual spoken/signed context of the local settings.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Bench J. (1992) Communication Skills in Hearing-Impaired Children. London: Whurr Pub.
- Hull R.H. (1997) Aural Rehabilitation : Serving Children and Adults. (3rd ed.) San Diego/London: Singular Pub. Grp. Inc.
- Lynas W. (1994) Communicating Options in the Education of Deaf Children. London: Whurr Pub.
- Mahshie, J. (2005). Enhancing communication skills of deaf & hard of hearing children in the mainstream. Thomson Delmar Learning.
- McCracken W. & Laoide-Kemp S. (1998) Audiology in Education. London Whurr: Pub.
- Stokes, J. (Ed.). (1999). Hearing Impaired Infants: Support in the First Eighteen Months. London: Whurr Pub.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Nadine Calleja

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