Honors | College of Arts and Sciences
E105 | 0202 | Humes


Does loud music damage your hearing? Should the hearing of every newborn
be screened at birth? Are cochlear implants really "bionic ears?" After
establishing a foundation of basic knowledge and a common vocabulary in
the first half of this course, the focus will shift to a detailed
exploration of these clinical controversies in hearing. For each
controversy, the student will read 4-5 research articles and write a
4-to5-page paper summarizing their position on the controversy with
appropriate citation of references.
The course is organized into two major sections as follows:
1) Establishing a foundation in hearing science and audiology (7-8
weeks)--provide the necessary background and vocabulary needed for the
topics to be presented in the remainder of the course. Topics covered in
the first half of the course include: what is sound? How does the ear
work? What are some of the common disorders of hearing and how are they
diagnosed and treated. Material will be presented in lecture/discussion
format. Assessment will consist of short quizzes and a midterm exam on
this material. Demonstrations will be used frequently throughout this
portion of the course to illustrate key concepts in acoustics, anatomy and
physiology, and audiology.
2) Clinical controversies in hearing (7-8 weeks)--in this portion of the
course, students will be reading 4-5articles on each of the clinical
controversies noted above. Class meeting times will be used to model the
critical reading of research in the field. The sections and purpose of a
journal article will be described. Strong and weak research designs will
be identified from sample articles analyzed in class. The ways in which
scientists report, graph and analyze data will be reviewed. The focus will
be placed on becoming intelligent consumers of clinical research.