Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

AUDI 600: Anatomy & Physiology for Communication Sciences

Intensive study of the gross aspects of anatomy associated with normal communication processes, including the central nervous system, mechanisms of speech production, and the auditory system. Laboratory exercises reinforce didactic material.

4 credits

AUDI 604: Essential Techniques in Audiometry

The epidemiology of hearing loss. Basic tests of auditory function including pure tone audiometry, speech audiometry and immittance measurement. Principles of masking. Pathologic correlates of hearing loss.

3 credits

AUDI 606: Acoustics & Speech Acoustics

Study of sound and its measurement. Relationship of sound to human hearing. Speech acoustics and perception of speech.

3 credits

AUDI 608: Anatomy and Physiology of the Auditory and Vestibular Systems

Structure and function of the peripheral auditory system and central auditory pathways. Vestibular anatomy and physiology including vestibular-ocular reflex.

3 credits

AUDI 610: Clinical Clerkship I

A two semester sequence of directed observation in the audiology clinic. Students will participate in interviewing patients, eliciting a complete history, preparing written technical reports, and record keeping. Includes observations in various outside practicum sites.

1 credit hr. each semester

AUDI 612: Pathology of the Auditory-Vestibular System

Study of pathology of the auditory-vestibular system with special reference to clinical symptomatology. Etiology, epidemiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of auditory-vestibular disease and injury. 3 credits

AUDI 616: Genetics and Hearing Loss

Study of the anatomical development of the auditory system with special reference to endogenous (genetic) and exogenous causes of hearing loss. Genetic syndromes affecting the auditory system. 2 credits

AUDI 620: Clinical Clerkship II

A three-semester sequence of introductory level clinical audiometry under the aegis of an experienced clinician. Mastery of basic skills such as threshold determiniation for pure tones and speech stimuli, masking, auditory discrimination measurements, tympanometry, calibration, etc.

2 credit hours each semester

AUDI 621: Audiologic Rehabilitation

Management strategies for hearing loss beyond the hearing aid. Topics include auditory training, speech-reading, communication repair strategies, counseling, adjustment to hearing aids, assistive listening devices and cochlear implants.

3 credits

AUDI 622: Electrophysiologic Techniques in Audiology I

Principles of biologic potentials, signal averaging, amplification and filtering. Clinical utility of the brainstem auditory evoked response with attention to diagnostic techniques and peripheral hearing assessment.

3 credits

AUDI 624: Amplification Technology

Principles of amplification electronics, electro-acoustics and acoustics in audiologic (re)habilitation. Real ear measurements, ANSI specifications, earmold acoustics, modifying acoustical parameters.

3 credits

AUDI 625: History of Audiology

A study of the development and history of audiology as a discipline. Special emphasis on technological innovations beginning in the vacuum tube era and continuing through digital signal processing. The evolution of the clinical evaluation and treatment strategies.

1 credit

AUDI 626: Assessment and Management of Vestibular Disorders

Study of the contribution of the vestibular system to balance and orientation. Technologies and procedures for assessing the dizzy patient. Management of vestibular disorders.

2 credits

AUDI 628: Differential Diagnosis in Audiology

Interpreting the audiologic test battery. Integrating audiologic test results with other diagnostic procedures (i.e. radiologic, neurologic, pathologic, etc). Advanced concepts in test construction, delivery and interpretation. Using test results to plan remediation.

3 credits

AUDI 629: Essentials of Cochlear Implants

Comprehensive study of cochlear implantation including: patient selection and evaluation, speech coding strategies, mapping techniques and reimbursement issues.

2 credits.

AUDI 630: Amplification Selection, Fitting and Counseling

Determining candidacy and benefit from amplification. Selecting appropriate amplification systems and options including assistive listening devices and implantable technologies. Review of current technologies and their clinical efficacy. Introduction to the business aspects of hearing aid dispensing.

3 credits

AUDI 632: Professional Issues in Audiology

Overview of the social, political, and economic climate in hearing health care delivery. Basic and advanced strategies for practice management and development. Interprofessional relationships and responsibilities. Supervision of other professionals.

1 credit

AUDI 634: Electrophysiologic Techniques in Audiology II

A continuation of AUDI 622. Advanced concepts in electrophysiologic measurement and interpretation with special emphasis on recording and interpreting the MLR, SN-10, SSEP, VEP, late cortical potentials, intra-operative monitoring.

2 credits

AUDI 635 Audiology Internship

A three semester sequence of supervised patient care in a variety of sites closely associated with the university. Student clinicians will assume increasing responsibility for the full range of basic and intermediate level audiologic procedures and interpretation.

4 credits per semester

AUDI 636: Pediatric Audiology

Hearing disorders and audiologic techniques in the pediatric population. Topics include identification audiometry (screening protocols), childhood aural pathologies and treatment options, behavioral audiometry, electrophysiologic techniques, and current management options.

3 credits

AUDI 638: Communication Evaluation and Training in the Pediatric Population

Overview of current management options for the (re)habilitation of children with hearing loss, including: educational issues, amplification, FM systems, classroom listening systems and counseling.

3 credits

AUDI 642: Gerontologic Audiology

A broad study of the human aging process at the cellular, organ, system, and social levels. Putting the hearing impaired elderly in a social context. Special emphasis on the aging of the auditory system and its consequences for case management.

3 credits

AUDI 646: Medical Audiology

Intensive study of the medical correlates of hearing impairment including medical/surgical intervention and pharmacology.

3 credits

AUDI 648: Psychoacoustics

Investigation of the psychology of hearing in normal and impared auditory systems. Topics include: psychoacoustic testing methods, auditory sensitivity, frequency selectivity, loudness, temporal processing and localization.

3 credits

AUDI 652: Prevention of Hearing Loss

Focuses on the effects of noise on the auditory system, noise measurements and abatement, hearing conservation programming, OSHA standards, etc. The medical-legal aspects of hearing impairment.

2 credits

AUDI 654: Assesment and Management of Auditory Processing Disorders

Special study of the central auditory nervous system with attention to normal and disordered function. Assessment of auditory processing disorders. Management strategies for auditory processing disorders.

2 credits

AUDI 656: Practice Management in Audiology

Organizing, managing, and expanding an audiologic practice. Determining costs and fees, accounts management, quality assurance, third-party reimbursement, contracting for services, demographic trends, business and professional ethics, professional liability, marketing, certification and licensure.

3 credits

AUDI 660: Investigation in Audiologic Practice

Directed course in which students investigate specific clinical problems in audiology. Will include research on a topic of clinical or professional interest (i.e. quality assurance, service development, reimbursement issues). Investigation eventuates in a publishable paper.

1-3 credits; may be repeated to a maximum of 6 credits

AUDI 670: Clinical Externship

A three-semester sequence of advanced clinical training under the general direction of a faculty member or preceptor in an external practicum site. Externship is tailored to student interest. May involve relocation or travel.

9 credits each semester