Bachelor's degree in Speech and Language Therapy (to qualify as a speech and language therapist)

Audiological and Communication Sciences - AUDIOLOGIA

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Name of lecturer
Anna Maria Rosa Aragno
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LOGO 1^ anno - 1^semestre dal Oct 5, 2020 al Nov 20, 2020.

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Learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to provide students with the knowledge on the auditory system functioning and the causes of hearing disorders in childhood, adulthood and old age, with particular attention to the correlation between hearing loss and communication. After completing this module, students will possess knowledge on the causes and effects of these diseases on the acoustic-verbal communicative function.



Anatomy and physiology of outer, middle and inner ear
• Eardrum-ossicular dynamic and tubal functionality
• Cochlear physiology: movement of the endo-cochlear liquids; basilar membrane vibration; ciliated cells; mechanical -electrical transduction
• Physiology of the auditory nerve pathways: auditory nerve; central auditory system; perception system
• The binaural hearing
• Otologic symptoms: hearing loss, tinnitus, ear pain, otorrhea.
• Hearing loss classification
• Hearing loss causes in children and adults
• Newborn screening
• Social, cognitive and linguistic consequences of childhood deafness
• Presbycusis
• Communication in the old age; psycho-social aspects of presbycusis

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
autori vari Manuale di Otorinolaringoiatria Piccin 2010
De Campora - Pagnini Otorinolaringoiatria Elsevier 2014
Rossi Trattato di otorinolaringoiatria (Edizione 6) Minerva Medica 1997

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam consists of a written test based on open-ended questions. In response questions, it is required the ability to match the synthesis and clarity.
Each of the open questions is evaluated from 0 to 10 points, according to:
a) relevance of the answer
b) ability to synthesize
c) properties of language

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