Course Overview

In this course, we will introduce and explore the scientific principles of hearing. Topics include acoustics and physical properties of sound, the basic structure and function of the peripheral and central auditory system, psychoacoustics, and auditory system pathology. A particular focus is basic science foundations and application to clinical problem-solving.

Type Lecture
Faculty Bryan M. Wong, AuD, CCC-A
Credits 3 undergraduate
Offered Online Asynchronous
Prerequisites None
Cost $1,620.00 (Fees included)


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
  • Physical properties of sounds
  • Measurement of sound (intensity, frequency, duration)
  • Signal processing
  • Outer ear structure and function
  • Middle ear structure and function
  • Inner ear structure and function
  • Central auditory nervous system structure and function
  • Loudness and intensity coding
  • Frequency selectivity
  • Pitch and periodicity coding
  • Temporal aspects of hearing
  • Spatial or binaural hearing
  • Conductive hearing loss
  • Sensorineural hearing loss 
  • Central auditory nervous system hearing loss

Course Materials

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

Lecturer, Hearing Science Online Prerequisites for the Health Professions

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