Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Audiological Management: Adults

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Communication Therapy

DESCRIPTION This study-unit covers an introduction to adult audiology with an emphasis on aetiology, particularly genetically related hearing loss. The management of outer, middle and inner ear pathologies as well as central lesions are discussed including medical and surgical interventions. Lectures will also cover aspects of routine adult screening e.g., in industry (noise exposure) and diagnostic procedures as well as the rehabilitation of aided / implanted adult patients.

Study-unit Aims:

To understand basic concepts of adult audiology and the management of adults with hearing loss and related disorders.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to relate theoretical knowledge to clinical practice in relation to adult audiological settings.

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

- Administer and interpret basic audiological tests used with adult clients e.g. , pure tone audiometry, tympanometry, reflexometry, ABR, speech audiomentry and OAEs;
- Have basic knowledge of hearing aids, ear moulds and possibly basic fitting concepts;
- Acquire basic skills related to fault finding of hearing aids/cochlear implants and moulds;
- Work with a team of professionals.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Desmond, A.L. (2011). Vestibular Function: Clinical and Practice Management. (2nd Ed). UK: Thieme Med. Pub.
- Herdman, S.J. (2007). Vestibular Rehabilitation (3rd Ed.). Philadelphia, US: F.A. Davis.
- Katz, J. (2002). Handbook of Clinical Audiology. (5th Ed.). Baltmore, US: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
- Moller, A. R., Deridder, D., Langguth, B. & Kleinjung, T. B.L. (2010). Textbook of Tinnitus. Springer.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Group Learning

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (3 Hours) SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Nadine Calleja
Maria A. Cordina
John Cutajar
Janet Mifsud
Pauline Miggiani
Elania Pace Balzan
Nikolai Pace
Francis Zarb

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