Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Amplification Systems, Assistive Devices and Modes of Communication

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Communication Therapy

DESCRIPTION This unit is comprised of a series of lectures/seminars to cover the various amplification systems and assistive devices available to individuals with hearing impairment including those related to the education of hearing impaired children. Hearing aid selection and review as well as ear mould impression taking and manufacturing will be discussed in detail. Candidacy for cochlear implants, their mapping and monitoring will be also tackled. Other assistive devices such as radio aid systems TV, computer and radio devices which are available on the market will be evaluated. The various modes of communication accessible to the hearing impaired are evaluated in the light of current research data and claims. These will include the verbal mode of communication, sign language as well as total communication and bilingualism.

Study-unit Aims:

This unit provides the theoretical knowledge and a critical evaluation of assistive devices available and prescribed for individuals with hearing impairment taking into consideration devices used for educational purposes in children and those that enhance independent living in the elderly population.

The modes of communication that are available to enhance speech and language development in children with hearing impairment are evaluated in the light of the local context and availability of supporting resources.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

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

- Select appropriate and tailor-made amplification system/s for individuals with hearing impairment;
- Guide carers and individuals with hearing impairment to the variety of modes of communication.

2. Skills:

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

- Select and prescribe amplification systems according the to needs of the individual with hearing impairment;
- Carry out earmould impressions that would be transferable to a perfect earmould fitting;
- Evaluate the functional use of amplification systems and other assistive devices in the light of minimizing/avoiding the development of hearing disability and handicap;
- Guide carers to facilitate mode/s of communication that would be optimal for speech and language acquisition of children with hearing impairment;
- Guide adults with hearing impairment to enhance their communication skills by introducing them to a variety of modes of communication.

Main Text/s:

- Bamford, J. & Saunders,E. (1991). Hearing Impairment, Auditory Perception and Language Disability. (2nd ed.).London: Whurr Pub
- Bench, J. (1992). Communication Skills in Hearing Impaired Children. London: Whurr Pub
- Cooper, H.R. & Craddock, L. C. (2006). (2nd Ed.). Cochlear Implants: A practical Guide. London, UK.: Whurr Pub
- Ling, D. (2002) Foundations of Spoken Language. (2nd Ed.). Washington D.C.: A.G. Bell Association
- Lynas, W. (1994). Communicating Options in the Education of Deaf Children. London: Whurr Pub
- Schaub. A. (2008). Digital Hearing Aids. US: Thieme

Supplementary readings:

- Hull, R.H. (1997). Aural Rehabilitation: Serving Children and Adults. (3rd ed.). San Diego. London: Singular Pub. Grp. Inc
- 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

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Group Learning

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (2 Hours) Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Nadine Calleja
Helen Grech
Pauline Miggiani
Andrew Sciberras

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