Master of Clinical Audiology
- CRICOS Code: 062905A
What will I study?
Intended Learning Outcomes
The aim of this course is to provide students with the necessary training to enter the profession of clinical audiology.
The course provides comprehensive training in all aspects of clinical audiology along with an introduction to research methods in this field. On completion of this course the students should have:
- 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
Audiology is the clinical science concerned with the assessment and management of hearing loss and balance disorders. It is a multi-disciplinary profession that will be of interest to those who like working with people. The Master of Clinical Audiology is the required degree for entry into the profession and provides complete training for the clinical practice of audiology.
Melbourne Audiology and Speech Pathology Clinic
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Sample course plan - Master of Clinical Audiology
The course is offered full time only. Students must enroll in all core subjects.
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- Hearing Devices and Rehabilitation A 25
Hearing Devices and Rehabilitation A
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.
- Clinical Audiology A 25
Clinical Audiology A
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.
- Paediatric Audiology A 18.75
Paediatric Audiology A
This subject introduces students to the normal development of infants and children and the causes and indicators of childhood hearing loss. Students gain clinical experience in the behavioural assessment of the hearing of infants and children.
- Acoustics 6.25
This subject explores the physics of the generation, propagation and measurement of sound.
- Anatomy and Physiology for Audiology 6.25
Anatomy and Physiology for Audiology
The anatomy and physiology of the peripheral and central auditory systems and aspects of balance function and speech production.
- Pathologies of the Auditory System 6.25
Pathologies of the Auditory System
The aim of this subject is to prepare the student to understand the basis of diseases that are commonly found in the ear and in particular the reasons for a patient having a hearing and/or balance disorder. The knowledge the students have gained about the structure and function of the ear will be built on, and this will be integrated with the impact of the different types of pathology on the patient’s life.
The teaching and learning will take place in three ways:
- a series of lectures
- additional information on the Learning Management System (LMS)
- a group project on the diagnosis and management of a pathological condition.
- Perception Of Sound & Speech 6.25
Perception Of Sound & Speech
This subject covers psychoacoustics, psychophysical measurement, acoustic phonetics, and their relation to audiological practice.
- Electrophysiological Assessment A 6.25
Electrophysiological Assessment A
This subject introduces students to the basic concepts of bioengineering and signal processing relevant to electrophysiological measures used in audiology; the measurement and analysis of the auditory brainstem response; the theory and application of basic vestibular assessment including patient history and the Caloric, Vestibular Myogenic Evoked Potential (VEMP) and Hallpike tests; and the theory and application of Otoacoustic Emission (OAE) testing.
- Clinical Audiology B 12.5
Clinical Audiology B
This subject builds on the knowledge obtained in the Clinical Audiology A subject. Students will participate in problem based learning case discussions encompassing the evaluation and management of patients in the areas of advanced diagnostic assessment of hearing and balance disorders and hearing device fitting and evaluation. In addition, this subject comprises the following topics: cerumen management, clinical reasoning; auditory processing; introduction to public health/population heath; professionalism; ethics and clinical communication; industrial audiology; acoustic shock disorder; the prevention of hearing loss in the music industry; audiology and indigenous Australians; audiological practice and a review of audiological integration and management. Students will gain clinical experience in the assessment and management of hearing and balance disorders in the non-paediatric population.
- Paediatric Audiology B 18.75
Paediatric Audiology B
This subject builds on the basic paediatric assessment skills gained in Paediatric Audiology A. Students will have the opportunity to learn the principles and practice of audiological assessment of children of all ages. In particular, they will refine and expand their understanding of advanced paediatric testing techniques; educational and communication issues for hearing impaired children; assessment and management of children with special needs; assessment and management of hearing impaired neonates and infants.
Supervised clinical experience will be obtained in the diagnosis and management of hearing disorders in children of all ages.
- Independent Studies in Audiology 25
Independent Studies in Audiology
Students will nominate a research topic from a list provided by the subject coordinator. The student will be introduced to ethical considerations, how to complete a literature review and scientific writing styles, methods for the analysis and appraisal of other published work, and scientific Levels of Evidence. Students will learn to summarise their aims, hypotheses and methods. All students are required to produce a manuscript in the form of a scientific paper suitable for submission to an international peer-reviewed publication.
- Cochlear Implants 12.5
This course introduces students to the design principles of cochlear implants and the history of their development. All aspects of the clinical application of cochlear implants including audiological evaluation, medical issues, counselling, programming of devices and outcome measures are covered.
- Hearing Devices and Rehabilitation B 18.75
Hearing Devices and Rehabilitation B
This subject will build on the foundation knowledge gained in Hearing Devices and Rehabilitation A. Students will learn in greater detail the function of specific hearing aid features and their appropriateness to individuals with hearing impairment and prescriptive methods of fitting hearing aids. Students will further develop their understanding on providing patient-centred rehabilitation to adults with hearing impairment and their communication partners.
- Electrophysiological Assessment B 6.25
Electrophysiological Assessment B
This subject builds on the knowledge obtained in the Electrophysiological Assessment A subject. Students will have the opportunity to examine the principles and practices associated with advanced auditory evoked potential and vestibular assessment.
This subject is designed to develop a theoretical knowledge of electrophysiologic measurement in clinical audiology and neuro-otology, and in conjunction with the Clinical Audiology course, be able to perform and interpret the full range of electrophysiologic assessments. This subject comprises the following topics:
- auditory evoked potentials (middle latency response, cortical responses, event related potentials, brain mapping or topographic analysis of evoked potentials);
- use of electrical stimuli for AEPs;
- clinical uses of AEPs including assessment of hearing loss;
- central auditory processing deficits and correlation with psychoacoustic assessment methods; and
- electrophysiologic measures of balance function.
- Research for Hearing and Speech Sciences 6.25
Research for Hearing and Speech Sciences
This subject will introduce students to research design in the behavioural sciences and provide the basic statistical tools and concepts for analysing relevant experimental data.