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In this subject, students will be introduced to features of the anatomy and physiology of the auditory system (peripheral and central), including those related to balance and speech production. The subject will also explore the impact of different pathologies and diseases on the structure and function of the ear and the impacts of this on the individual across the lifespan.
The subject ensures students gain a clear understanding of the mechanisms underlying the auditory pathway and an insight into the systems underpinning listening. Students will participate in lectures and workshops that will assist in understanding how each anatomical and physical feature of the auditory system is essential for normal processing.
By the end of this subject, students will have a thorough understanding of how the auditory pathway functions, the potential impacts of pathologies on the pathway and the implications of these pathologies on an individual’s ability to listen and communicate.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Identify the key anatomical features of the outer, middle and inner ear.
- Identify the key anatomical features of the central auditory and vestibular pathways.
- Outline the development of and changes to the peripheral and central auditory system over the lifespan.
- Describe the physiological properties of the ear that underpin hearing.
- Describe the central auditory and vestibular pathways that underpin the senses of hearing and balance.
- Identify the consequences of ear pathologies on structure and function of the ear and audiological outcomes associated with these pathologies.
- 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