SPH202 Managing Auditory Impairments (8)

This subject draws on both speech pathology and audiology to introduce students to hearing impairment, auditory processing disorders, and social, cultural and linguistic features of the deaf community. It includes a focus on the interprofessional context of the management of hearing impairments, including assessment and intervention. Students will learn about the scientific basis for hearing and models of audiological processing, and gain competence in basic audiological procedures for hearing screening. Further, students will develop skills in the use of technological, environmental and multimodal interventions for people/communities with hearing impairment, including practical training in AUSLAN.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: SPH202. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Community Health

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to assess and describe an individual's hearing status and audiological processing skills
  • Be able to interpret assessment findings and make recommendations for management and/or further assessment
  • Be able to assess an environment for its impact on hearing and/or audiological processing and recommend appropriate environmental modifications
  • Be able to develop a management plan for individuals with hearing impairment or auditory processing disorders across the lifespan based on the three aspects of Evidence-Based Practice
  • Be able to describe the role of a speech pathologist in the assessment and management of individuals with hearing loss as part of an interprofessional team
  • Be able to use basic skills in signed language (AUSLAN), and reflect on the cultural frameworks of the deaf community


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Audiological Screening
  • Models of Auditory Processing
  • Introduction to the scientific basis of audiology and pathologies of the auditory system
  • Issues and Approaches in the assessment, diagnosis and management of Auditory Processing Disorder
  • Issues and approaches in rehabilitation of hearing impaired individuals
  • Fluctuating and progressive hearing loss
  • Speech perception
  • Theoretical and clinical issues related to sensory aids
  • Cultural context of the deaf community

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of SPH202 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Audiology examination
Aural rehabilitation case study
Auditory processing literature review
Signing workshop

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.