Speech & Hearing Sciences | Advanced Concepts in Amplification
S515 | 4331 | Wynne, M.

This is a two credit, graduate level seminar in amplification and
assistive listening devices. The student is expected to continue to
develop their models for the selection, fitting, and management of
hearing aids and other technologies for patients with hearing loss or
other auditory difficulties such as tinnitus or central auditory
processing disorders. This seminar will attempt to address issues
including, but not limited to, assistive listening technologies,
classroom amplification, hearing aid selection particularly related
to advanced technologies, hearing aid fitting in children, hearing
aid troubleshooting and repair (tricks of the trade), tinnitus
maskers, and business practices associated with hearing aid
dispensing. The student is also expected to develop the clinical
theory and skills necessary to implement a comprehensive hearing aid
program, with some minimal assistance, through their professional
practice after completing the Masterís Degree.  The student is
expected to demonstrate appropriate clinical decision making and
problem solving skills in the application of management and clinical
protocols.  This includes the ability to integrate research content
into clinical activities and to develop appropriate, defendable
rationales for the development and administration of a hearing aid
program for any work or school environment.

Finally, the student will be expected to develop an understanding of
the barriers encountered when attempting to meet the communication
needs of their patients and the strategies to overcome these barriers
to reach optimal communication efficiency.  Readings from various
books, journals, and trade publications will be assigned throughout
the course, depending on the nature of topics covered and issues
adressed.  The students will be asked to purchase the three volume
set on Audiology Diagnosis, Treatment, and Practice Management by
Ross Roeser, Michael Valente, and Holly Hosford-Dunn.