SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 30.00
ECTS Credit Points 15.00
Module Code MHB123736
Module Leader James Reilly
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • A (September start)-B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Successful completion of Audiology 1 and 2

Summary of Content

This module covers lifespan changes in the auditory system including age-related changes and early development, the latter relating to the unique challenges of paediatric audiology. It deals with the physiology of the vestibular system and assessment of associated pathologies and also includes tinnitus and the use of non-routine hearing aids. Cardiovascular and respiratory conditions will be covered as part of the Special Topics section. The module provides essential theoretical underpinning for practice training; linked with career stage 4 working towards stage 5 Scope of Practice. This module should be considered as continuous with Audiology 4, working towards level 5 scope of practice and therefore is provided at level 4.


Higher order neural processing of auditory information. Lifespan changes in sensorineural systems. Age-related changes in audition. Early development of auditory system. Development of speech and language in the child. Speech and language therapy. Neonatal screening Paediatric audiology. Non-routine hearing devices (e.g. CROS / BICROS hearing aids, bone anchored hearing aids and cochlear implants). Tinnitus (routine and complex cases). Introduction to diagnostic audiology (otoacoustic emissions, reflexes, etc.) Physiology and pathophysiology of the vestibular system. Assessment of inner ear disorders. Introduction to electrophysiology. Reassessment of existing patients with more complex issues. Psychological factors affecting rehabilitation Special topics: Unit 6: Language and communication Unit 7: Oto-toxic and therapeutic drugs

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:1. Demonstrate understanding of the operation of cortical and sub-cortical structures in higher-order neural processing of auditory information.2. Describe and understand the normal changes in sensorineural systems across the lifespan.3. Explain the structural bases of normal age-related hearing changes.4. Demonstrate an understanding of the early stages of development of the auditory system.5. Demonstrate an understanding of the key principles of speech and language development and an awareness of therapeutic interventions.6. Rreview the theoretical and practical bases of paediatric audiology.7. Demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical principles underlying the operation of non-routine hearing devices8. Discuss the pathophysiological bases of tinnitus in routine and complex cases and have a knowledge of the relevant assessments, treatments and referral procedures.9. Demonstrate a knowledge of audiological diagnostic techniques including OAE.10. Demonstrate an understanding of electrophysiological techniques relevant to audiology.11. Describe the structure and function of the vestibular system and demonstrate a knowledge of key pathologies affecting it.12. Recognise the psychological issues influencing patient rehabilitation.13. Demonstrate extend knowledge and understanding of factors involved in language and communication.14. Demonstrate a working knowledge of basic BSL.15. Understand the pharmacological mechanisms underlying drugs used to treat common ear conditions.16. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of common drugs that display oto-toxic effects.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Data analysis and interpretation Problem solving Practical skills Application of theory to practice Time management Teamworking during group sessions Communication skills

Indicative Reading

Recommended Reading: Martin, F.N & Clark, J.G. (2012) Introduction to Audiology . 11 th Edition. Pearson. Lass, N.J. & Woodford, C.M. (2007) Hearing Science Fundamentals . Mosby. Additional Reading: Berthold, L. et al . (2007) Tinnitus: Pathophysiology and Treatment . Elsevier. Naish, J. et al . (2011) Medical Sciences . Saunders. Michael-Titus, A. et al . (2010) The Nervous System: Basic Science and Clinical Conditions . 2 nd Edition. Churchill Livingstone. Grossman, S. (2013) Porth's Pathophysiology: Concepts of Altered Health States . 9 th Edition. Lippincott. Martini, F.H. et al . (2014) Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology . 10 th Edition. Pearson.

Transferrable Skills

Data analysis and interpretation Problem solving Practical skills Application of theory to practice Time management Teamworking during group sessions Communication skills

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Practicals (FT) 5.00
Tutorials (FT) 30.00
Assessment (FT) 30.00
Independent Learning (FT) 155.00
Lectures (FT) 80.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Dept) 02 1.50 30.00 35% unseen, to assess special topics
Exam (Dept) 01 3.00 70.00 35% unseen, to assess the discipline specific content