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This subject introduces students to the audiological evaluation and management of adult patients. In particular, this subject covers history taking; clinical examination including otoscopy; the theory and practice of diagnostic audiological techniques including pure tone air and bone conduction audiometry, masking techniques, speech audiometry, tympanometry and acoustic reflex testing; infection control procedures; professionalism and clinical communication skills; non-organic hearing loss; diagnostic testing and clinical decision analysis. This subject also introduces students to the principles and practices of clinical education. Students will gain clinical experience in the assessment and management of hearing and balance disorders in the non-paediatric population.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject students should:
- understand the use, calibration and care of diagnostic equipment;
- apply appropriate infection control procedures;
- take a clinical history;
- demonstrate clinical examination skills;
- choose and administer appropriate tests in an efficient manner;
- demonstrate developing clinical reasoning skills in the interpretation and integration test results;
- demonstrate developing skills in formulating appropriate management plans for patients; and
- demonstrate the development of professionalism and clinical communication skills in both verbal and written formats.
At the completion of this subject, students should be able to demonstrate:
• critical thinking, analytical and problem solving skills
• the ability to integrate theory and practice and to apply this in novel situations
• an openness to new ideas
• planning and time management skills
• the ability to communicate their knowledge in both oral and written form
• the ability to behave in a professionally appropriate manner
Last updated: 13 June 2020