00058 - Audiology (L-Z)

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Good health and well-being Quality education

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

After completing this module, the student gets basic knowledges of the physical features of sound wave and physiological mechanisms of its transmission and perception; he knows the pathophysiology and the principles of diagnosis and therapy of tthe main otologic diseases that may influence the verbal communication.

Course contents

Anatomy and physiology of the ear. Instrumental semiotics. Tone and speech audiometry; classification of hearing loss. Diagnosis and therapy of the major diseases of the external, middle and internal ear. Childhood deafness; causes, newborn screening, diagnostics (otoacoustic emissions, brainstem evoked potentials, behavioral audiometry). Hearing aids and cochlear implants. Clinical vestibology: anatomy, physiology, clinical and instrumental semiotics. Main vestibular disorders.


In order to improve personal knowledges beside PowerPoint slides I suggest:
- R. Albera - G. Rossi: Otorinolaringoiatria V edizione, 2021 Edizioni Minerva Medica.

- M. De Vincentiis et al: Otorinolaringoiatria e Audiofonatria, Edizioni Idelson Gnocchi, 2022

Teaching methods

Lectures in presence or distance learning. Internship (see Otorhinolaryngology).

Assessment methods

The exam is simultaneous for both channels, A and B. It takes place together with the remaining modules of the integrated course and includes a written test; alternatively, there is the possibility of taking the exam orally, on request. If it is not possible to take the exam in attendance, the teachers reserve the right to decide for each appeal the method of the exam. The written test is for all modules a multiple choice quiz. There are 7 questions of Audiology, 7 questions of Otolaryngology, 9 questions of Ophthalmology and 8 questions of Odontostomatological Diseases. By assigning 1 point for each exact question, the student will be able to obtain a mark of 30 and Praise if he correctly answers all the questions and consequently the mark will drop by one unit for each wrong question. Therefore the mark of 18 will coincide with 18 correct questions out of 31. The duration of the overall test is 400 minutes. Each module has to be passed; if only one is not sufficient, the exam has to be repeated entirely. Tools such as calculation aids, vocabularies, etc. cannot be used. Registration for the exam takes place online on Alma Esami. The student will receive notification of the grade on Alma Esami and may possibly reject it by sending an email to the Coordinator of the IC.

Teaching tools

Slides (Microsoft Office Power Point) and videos from PC with video projector.

Office hours

See the website of Gian Gaetano Ferri