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BIOS1165: Hearing Science and Audiology

This unit of study aims to provide an understanding of the physics, anatomy and physiology of the hearing mechanism. Students will also learn about pathologies of the ear, nose and throat and development of the human embryo. The unit also includes an introduction to deafness, basic audiological tests and evaluation of hearing.

Code BIOS1165
Academic unit Department of Medical Sciences
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Understand the anatomy and neurobiology of the auditory system.
  • LO2. Understand the embryological development of the CNS, face and palate, tongue, larynx, respiratory system and ear.
  • LO3. Describe the development of abnormalities that result from abnormal embryological development or from exposure to viral illness or drugs during pregnancy.
  • LO4. Understand the role of the lymphatic and immune systems in responding to trauma and the prevention of disease, the immunological basis of inflammation and allergies and the effects of age and stress on the immune response.
  • LO5. Understand and describe the pathophysiology of the ear, nose, oral cavity, pharynx, and larynx.
  • LO6. Understand the nature and classification of hearing loss and demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the basic clinical audiological tests used to evaluate hearing.
  • LO7. Understand the principles of sound instrumentation and apply these to various types of devices used in sound instrumentation.
  • LO8. Describe and be able to perform simple calculations relating to the physics of hearing.
  • LO9. Understand and describe the neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of the cochlea.