This course will provide an overview of hearing impairment and its impact on a person’s education, career and life functions. Basic anatomy of the auditory systems and interpretation of audiological reports will be addressed along with an overview of supports available to the children or adults with a hearing impairment. Specific etiologies causing hearing impairment; Wardenburg’s Syndrome, age, noise-induced loss, prematurity, extreme low birth weight, etc. will be addressed as part of the coursework. Hearing loss within the scope of multiple disabilities will also be part of the course including Deaf Blindness and its key causes; Charge and Usher’s Syndromes. Cochlear Implants and their impact on hearing impairment, uses and limitations will also be addressed as part of the course content.
Offered for 3 Semester hours.