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This subject introduces students to hearing sciences, how we hear, and the impact of hearing loss on communication. Students will learn about the properties of sound and how this is utilised to hear. Students will also understand the impact on the individual and on the sound processing when there is a hearing loss present. The basics of rehabilitation options for individuals with hearing loss will also be explored. By the end of this subject, students will understand the properties of sound, how sound is processed by the auditory system, and how this processing may be affected in individuals with hearing loss. The subject also explores the impact of hearing loss on communication and the intervention options available.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Explain the properties of sound and how sound is processed by the ear.
- Discuss the effects of hearing loss on speech communication and comprehension.
- Evaluate the impact of hearing loss on community participation.
- Outline the different rehabilitation and intervention options available to treat hearing loss.
- Describe how hearing devices function including how the function of hearing devices can be influenced by extrinsic and intrinsic factors.
- Apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills to new problems;
- Communicate clearly in written and oral forms;
- Work as part of a team to address a common goal;
- Manage competing demands on time, including self-directed project work;
- Show respect for truth and intellectual integrity, and for the ethics of scholarship;
- Integrate knowledge from different domains;
- Value the collection and recording of accurate and complete data; and
- Reflect upon and identify deficiencies in knowledge, skills and attitudes and consider strategies to address those deficiencies.
Last updated: 31 January 2024