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This subject introduces the student to the foundations of audiological rehabilitation including the concept of patient-centred care in chronic condition rehabilitation. Specifically, students will learn about the psychological and social challenges posed by hearing loss and other auditory-related conditions on a person and their communication partners. Students are introduced to the options for rehabilitation of these conditions including hearing aids, assistive listening devices, and aural rehabilitative techniques.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- demonstrate an understanding of the theories of aural rehabilitation;
- demonstrate an understanding of the effects of hearing loss on communication ability and evaluate these effects in terms of activity limitations and participation restrictions;
- perform communication needs analysis to establish realistic rehabilitation goals and develop appropriate rehabilitation strategies for an individual;
- recognise audiological and non-audiological factors that may influence use/acceptance of rehabilitation;
- develop and implement rehabilitation programs to suit individual needs;
- present verbal and written information clearly and effectively to hard of hearing individuals and those involved in their welfare;
- demonstrate an understanding of the additional difficulties that may be experienced by older hard of hearing adults and those with additional vision impairment;
- demonstrate and apply an understanding of candidature for hearing aids and specific features of hearing aids;
- describe the operation of a hearing aid (including omni-directional and directional microphones, automatic noise reduction, feedback cancellation, amplification and compression);
- demonstrate understanding of measurement of hearing aid ability (real ear and coupler measures);
- understand and value the importance of administering outcome assessments and understand the dimensions being assessed; and
- understand the processes by which an individual with hearing impairment can access audiological rehabilitation in Australia.
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: 15 October 2020