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The aim of this module is to develop your understanding of the specialism of paediatric audiology. This module includes problem-based learning, and will also provide you with learning opportunities in a range of generic skills relevant to clinical scientists.

Module Aims

To facilitate the development your knowledge of paediatric audiology, your skills in critically appraising scientific arguments and evidence, and your skills at collaborative working as is required for effective practice in paediatric audiology.

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Explain current knowledge on the epidemiology of childhood hearing loss, effects of hearing loss on child development and the general aetiological investigations used after identification of hearing loss
  • Critically evaluate the scientific bases and clinical utility of paediatric hearing assessment methods in the context of child development, the aim of the assessment (e.g. screening, diagnosis and habilitation), principal habilitation options and current research in the field
  • Critically compare common approaches to habilitation of children with hearing loss, including hearing-aid prescription and evaluation, cochlear implant technology (for children with severeto- profound hearing loss) and other common and emerging forms of management
  • Demonstrate mastery of effective self-directed learning and scientific communication


• The principles and practice of newborn hearing screening programmes.

• Non-audiological assessment methods relevant to paediatric audiology.

• Behavioural assessment methods for children and stages of assessment.

• The importance of timely hearing assessment and its link to speech and language development.

• Factors that contribute to the successful hearing assessment of a child, e.g. accuracy, sensitivity, reliability and the scientific evidence underlying paediatric assessment methods.

• Planning and implementation of audiological assessment strategies taking into account the needs of the individual patient.

• Principles of selection, prescription, verification, evaluation and monitoring of amplification for children including the role of carers and other professional in the process.

• Planning and implementation of a rehabilitation strategy taking into account the needs of the individual.

Visit the Paediatric Audiology - Masters Module page on the University of Southampton website for more details!




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