Course Overview

Beginning with a review of anatomy and physiology of the ear, this course addresses pathologies of the auditory system and basic assessment of the auditory system. Auditory disorders are discussed in the context of hearing screening, diagnostic assessment, physiological procedures, pediatric evaluation, and differential diagnosis and rehabilitation of hearing loss.

TypeOnline, Semi-synchronous Lecture
FacultyThomas Hallahan, ScD, MEd
Credits3 undergraduate
OfferedFall, Spring, Summer
Cost$1,620.00 (Fees included)



Fall Registration Open

6/4/24 - 9/5/24

What to Expect in this Course

This course is fully asynchronous – there are no required meeting times.

Course activities are organized into modules that are usually 1 week in length.

Our format allows flexibility so you can fit the learning activities into your own schedule

While instructors make regular course updates to enhance your experience as a learner, the table below provides a general idea of what you can expect from a typical week.

Course Activity Hours Per Week

Self Directed Learning

  • Reading Textbooks, articles
  • Watching mini-lectures, videos
  • Listening to podcasts


  • Mini quizzes
  • Weekly modules

Other Assignments

  • Mastery assignments
  • Case studies
  • Practice application assignments

Discussion Boards

  • Initial posting
  • Reading posts
  • Responding to peer posts
Total Time 10-14
  • The Profession of Audiology
  • Sound and Its Measurement
  • The Human Ear and Hearing Loss -Inner, Outer and Middle Ear
  • Auditory Nerve and Central Auditory Pathways
  • Pure Tone & Speech Audiometry
  • Masking
  • Physiological and Retrocochlear Testing
  • Hearing Disorders of the Outer, Middle and Inner Ear
  • Central Auditory Processing Disorders
  • Nonorganic Hearing Loss
  • Pediatric Audiology and Assessment
  • Special Populations
  • Hearing Aids and Assistive Devices
  • Treatment and Intervention Approaches
  • Standard IV-A: Science Background
  • Standard IV- B: Normal Communication
  • Standard IV-C: Disordered Communication
  • Standard IV-D: Prevention and Treatment
  • Standard IV- E: Principles and Rules of Ethics

Course Materials

D2L Required
Textbook Required
Lab Kit / Supplies Not needed
Web-Based Learning Application Not needed
Standard word/ data processing capabilities Recommended
Ability to video conference Required
Ability to upload images/videos Required

D2L: All of our online prerequisite courses use the learning platform software called Desire2Learn (D2L). D2L integrates text, video, and audio. You can check your system compatibility by reviewing the D2L system recommendations.

Textbook: If a textbook is required, every effort is made to choose high-quality, low-cost materials that students can buy and sell, rent and return, or buy and use again in future courses.

Lab Kit / Supplies: Lab kits/supplies allow students to conduct hands-on experiments at home. Information about ordering lab kits and/or supplies will be provided to registered students approximately 6 weeks before the start of the semester.

Web-Based Learning Application: Web-based applications often serve as an alternative to a traditional textbook or lab kit. Most require students to register for a separate application that will integrate seamlessly with the D2L platform.

Standard word and data processing: Technology that allows the student to create, edit, and save documents and files.

Ability to video conference: Technology that allows live, visual connection between individuals who are in different locations.

Ability to upload photos/videos: Technological capabilities through which a student could record a short video or still image and upload it to an online learning system.

Course Faculty

Thomas J. Hallahan, ScD, MEd

Adjunct Assistant Professor Lecturer, Introduction to Audiology Online Prerequisites for the Health Professions

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