Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Psychosocial Aspects of Hearing Loss

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Communication Therapy

DESCRIPTION This theoretical study-unit addresses the psychosocial aspects of hearing loss. The impact of a hearing impairment on the family and coping strategies related to the diagnosis are discussed. The study-unit also provides knowledge related to the audiologist's role as a 'skilled helper' and how to enhance therapeutic communication and professional relationships. Current trends and research evidence on the effectiveness of working with the family of hearing impaired individuals are evaluated. Ethical and legal aspects of counselling are also discussed.

Study-unit Aims:

This study-unit aims to familiarise students with an understanding of the psychological effects associated with hearing loss and related disorders, including the related emotional responses of parents/clients as they come to grips with the hearing related condition. Furthermore, this unit aims to equip students with the necessary skills related to guiding and counselling individuals with hearing difficulties and their families.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- comprehend the variations of how individuals perceive sound (including its characteristics such as loudness and the perception of pitch and timing which are all important for understanding detail in speech and environmental sounds);
- learn principles related to the impact of hearing impairment and related disorders on the individual and significant others in relation to each other and different environmental situations;
- understand the importance of helping skills, such as empathy, which are important to apply with hearing impaired individuals and their families;
- identify their limitations of 'counselling' individuals and gain knowledge of when to refer to other professionals as necessary.

2. Skills

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to guide carers and individuals with hearing impairment to be able to cope with the diagnosis of hearing loss and/or related difficulties.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Flasher, L. & Fogle, P. (2012). Counseling Skills for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists. (2nd Ed.). Australia: Delmar.
- Hull, R.H. (1997). Aural Rehabilitation: Serving Children and Adults. (3rd ed.). San Diego. London: Singular Pub. Grp. Inc.
- Luterman, M. (Ed.). (2006).Children with Hearing Loss: A Family Guide. US: Auricle Ink Publishers.
- Luterman, M. (1987). Deafness in the Family. Deafness in the family. Boston: College-Hill Press.
- Stokes, J. (ed.). (1999). Hearing Impaired Infants: Support in the First Eighteen Months. London: Whurr Pub.
- Weinstein, B. (2012). Geriatric Audiology. (2nd ed.). New York: Thieme Medical Publishers.

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
Claire Casha
Helen Grech
Elaine Schembri Lia

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