Introduction to Audiology Past Paper 2017, Exercises for Neuroscience

Introduction to Audiology Past Paper 2017, Exercises for Neuroscience

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Unit Code: SPH309

Unit Name: Introduction to Audiology

Duration of Exam (including reading time if applicable): 3 Hours (plus 10 minutes reading time)

Total No. of Questions: 4

Total No. of Pages (including this cover sheet): 3

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS TO STUDENTS: • Students are required to follow directions given by the Final Examination Supervisor and must refrain from communicating in any way with another student once they have entered

the final examination venue. • Students may not write or mark the exam materials in any way during reading time. • Students may only access authorised materials during this examination. A list of authorised material is available on this cover sheet. • All watches must be removed and placed at the top of the exam desk and must remain there for the duration of the exam. All alarms, notifications and alerts must be switched off. • Students are not permitted to leave the exam room during the first hour (excluding reading time) and during the last 15 minutes of the examination. • If it is alleged you have breached these rules at any time during the examination, the matter may be reported to a University Discipline Committee for determination.


Answer ALL questions. The value of each question is shown in brackets after the question. Begin each answer on a new page. All answers must be written in INK. Answers written in pencil will not be marked.


Dictionaries: No dictionaries permitted

Calculators: No calculators permitted

Closed book - No notes or textbooks permittedOther:

1. Immittance testing (tympanometry and acoustic reflexes) forms part of the standard audiometric test battery. Describe the different types of tympanograms and provide examples of the aural conditions that may accompany each. Describe how acoustic reflex testing adds to this information.

[25 marks]

2. What problems might an adult with a bilateral moderate high frequency sensorineural hearing loss have listening in background noise? How might hearing aids help? What are the limitations of hearing aids in this case?

[25 marks]

3. Mrs Jones is a 72 year old retiree with a bilateral mild-moderate sensorineural hearing loss. She estimates that she has had this loss for around 12 years, and has not previously sought rehabilitation for it. She enjoys gardening and looks after her 3 grandchildren: Jasper (4 years old), Arabella (3 years old) and Cleo (1 year old); every Tuesday. She finds that she has trouble hearing Cleo when she wakes up from her nap, but does state that the house is very noisy when she looks after the children. Once a month she runs beginners gardening classes at her local community centre and will often have difficulty hearing questions from the audience. Understanding becomes especially hard when the students do practical work (re-potting etc).

a. Outline the elements that should form part of a rehabilitation program for a post-lingually deafened adult like Mrs Jones.

[15 marks]

b. What listening goals might Mrs Jones choose and how will you address these? [10 marks]

4. Mr Phillips is a 45 year old bricklayer. He has a wife and no children. He sustained an injury at work that has led to hearing loss. You begin to test his hearing with Pure Tone Audiometry.

a. Describe the incomplete audiogram. [10 marks]

b. What is required to complete the audiogram? Be specific. [5 Marks]

c. Outline the effects this acquired hearing loss may have on Mr Phillips. Include in your answer physiological, social and psychological effects.

[10 marks]


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