Audiometric Techniques

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Audiometric Techniques
Course sheet
A.Y. 2022/2023
Bachelor
L/SNT3 - Health professions for technical assistance
Bachelor
180
ECTS
Access
Limited enrolment with admission test
3
Years
Course location
Milano
Language
Italian
Those earning a degree in Audiometric Techniques, pursuant to European Union guidelines, must meet the following criteria:
- have a suitable baseline training in medicine, mathematics, physics, statistics, IT, chemistry, biology, geared towards applying these disciplines on the job;
- learn research methods to be used in their field, and be able to take part in medical research and trials, in particular for issues and aspects of the acoustic and vestibular sensory apparatus;
- master basic information-gathering techniques to seek out and complete continuing professional education;
- be able to analyse epidemiological concerns within a community, and assess the responses provided by healthcare or social-welfare services;
- have an understanding of biological phenomena and the operational mechanisms of sensory organs and apparati;
- learn the basic physiology of the auditory apparatus and the inner ear;
- gain a basic scientific knowledge of changes to auditory and vestibular functions, and rehabilitation methods;
- use diagnostic techniques to perform otoscopic assessments;
- acquire skills in liminal and supraliminal audiometry;
- acquire skills in paediatric behavioural audiometry;
- acquire skills in biological-impedance testing;
- acquire skills in oto-neurological investigations for diagnosing pathologies in a person's equilibrium;
- learn the basics of recording bioelectrical phenomena;
- become familiar with, and able to perform, electro-physiological testing of the auditory and vestibular system;
- learn the basics of acoustic and phonometric measurements;
- learn how to plan and conduct screening tests for children and adults;
- learn exam techniques for the detention and diagnosis of hypoacusis caused by acoustic trauma in the workplace;
- acquire the investigatory methods to determine the electro-acoustical nature of acoustic prosthetics and hearing aids;
- be familiar with rehabilitation methods used for deafness;
- be familiar with and understand the technological supports used to recover from deafness;
- be familiar with rehabilitation methods used with patients who have suffered an injury to the vestibular apparatus;
- know how to design prevention and diagnostic actions for those with auditory disabilities in a manner that accords with their social, cultural, and physical status;
- learn the basics of research methods and programme development;
- gain teaching skills for the training of interns / students on a work experience, and to teach paramedical staff.
The Audiometric Technician is a healthcare worker engaged in preventing and assessing pathologies within the auditory and vestibular system, as well as in the rehabilitation process. Those graduating with a degree in Audiometric Techniques conduct their technical-professional work on an independent basis, performing non-invasive psycho-acoustical and neurophysiological assessments and measurements of the impairment arising from pathologies in such systems. They provide professional services at the request of a physician but independently and under their own professional responsibility. They liaise with other professionals engaged in deafness prevention and rehabilitation. The Audiometric Technician conducts his/her professional activities within a finite specialisation, using the most suitable testing techniques to measure auditory perception. Technicians become proficient in recording and interpreting bioelectrical phenomena triggered by an acoustic stimulus, working with rehabilitative programmes aimed at patients with an auditory handicap. They apply non-invasive methods as needed to study balance disorders, and contribute to rehabilitation programmes for such disorders. Graduates of this programme have direct responsibility for the results of the methods they use, their reliability, and the proper recording and retention of all materials relating to the same.
Employment opportunities for those earning a degree in Audiometric Techniques are available through healthcare facilities involved in preventing, diagnosing, and treating illnesses relating to the auditory apparatus, and a patient's equilibrium: public or private hospitals equipped with otology services, healthcare services providing deafness prevention (for children, professionals, and instances of industrial or toxicological deafness), industries that develop hearing-aid technologies, rehabilitation centres for patients with injuries to their oto-vestibular apparatus.

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Attendance of all educational activities contemplated in the study programme is mandatory.
To be allowed to sit for the for-credit exam, students must have attended at least 75% of the educational programming contemplated for each course.
Internships must be undertaken and completed within the designated year; students enrolled in subsequent years will not be permitted to register.
Enrolment
To be admitted into the degree programme, a candidate must have an Italian secondary-school diploma or similar diploma obtained overseas and deemed equivalent.
Admission into the programme is capped, at a national level, pursuant to Law no. 264 of 2 August 1999.
The number of students who may be admitted is set each year pursuant to a decree of the Ministry of Universities and Research (MUR), based on findings provided by the university in terms of available instructional, classroom, and clinical resources (human and otherwise), as well as the demand for the type of professionals contemplated for this Class as determined by the Region of Lombardy, and the Ministry of Health.
The admission test will be administered as a national exam, generally in the month of September. The date will be set pursuant to a decree of MUR.

Additional learning requirements (OFA)
Students who answered less than 50% of the Biology and Chemistry questions on the admission test will be required to finish a set of additional learning requirements (OFA). These prerequisites may be met through specifically assigned remedial work. Any failure to complete the OFA will make it impossible for the student to sit the exam in: Biology and Genetics.
Timely notice of the various courses will be posted to: https://tecnicheaudiometriche.cdl.unimi.it/it

Places available: 15 + 1 reserved for non-EU citizens

Call for applications

Please refer to the call for admission test dates and contents, and how to register.

Application for admission: from 15/07/2022 to 23/08/2022

Admission test date : 15/09/2022

Application for matriculation: from 22/09/2022 to 28/09/2022

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Programme description and courses list
year
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
1st Year Seminar: Audiometrical Diagnostic Strategies 1 10 Italian
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Anatomy and Histology 4 42 Italian BIO/16 BIO/17
- Histology1
- Human anatomy3
Biology and Genetics 6 60 Italian BIO/12 BIO/13 MED/03
- Clinical biochemistry and molecular biology2
- Experimental biology2
- Medical genetics2
Physics and Statistics 6 60 Italian FIS/07 ING-INF/07 MED/01
- Applied physics2
- Electric and electronic measurements2
- Medical statistics2
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Apprenticeship (1st year) 22 440 Italian MED/50
Audiology: Techniques of Audiological Investigation 4 40 Italian MED/32
Physiology, Pathology and Pathological Anatomy 5 50 Italian BIO/09 MED/04 MED/08
- Experimental medicine and pathophysiology2
- Pathology1
- Physiology2
Psychology and Sociology 5 50 Italian M-PSI/01 MED/02 SPS/07
- General psychology2
- General sociology2
- Medical history1
Open sessions
There are no specific sessions for these activities (e.g. open online courses).
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
1st Year Laboratory: Instruments for Environmental Measurements 1 10 Italian
Computer Science Course 3 30 Italian INF/01
English Assessment B1 (2 ECTS) 2 0 Italian
Study plan rules
Elettivi - Lo studente, al primo anno, deve altresì maturare 2 CFU in attività formative a scelta.
year
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
2nd Year Seminar: Vestibular Diagnostic Strategies 1 10 Italian
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Applied Technical and Medical Science I 5 50 Italian MED/50
Audiology and Audiophonology 5 50 Italian L-LIN/01 MED/31 MED/32
- Audiology2
- Glottology and linguistics2
- Otorhinolaryngology1
Physiopathology of The Auditory and Vestibular System 8 80 Italian MED/26 MED/31 MED/32 MED/36 MED/39
- Audiology1
- Child neuropsychiatry2
- Diagnostic imaging and radiotherapy1
- Neurology2
- Otorhinolaryngology2
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Apprenticeship (2nd year) 21 420 Italian MED/50
Medicine 7 70 Italian MED/05 MED/09 MED/32
- Audiology2
- Clinical pathology1
- Internal medicine4
Science of Prevention and Sanitary Management 9 90 Italian IUS/07 MED/42 MED/43 SECS-P/10 SECS-S/02 SPS/09
- Economic sociology and sociology of work and organisations1
- Forensic medicine2
- Hygiene and public health2
- Labour law1
- Organization studies1
- Statistics for experimental and technological research2
Open sessions
There are no specific sessions for these activities (e.g. open online courses).
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
2nd Year Laboratory: Instruments for Audiological Investigations 1 10 Italian
Study plan rules
Elettivi - Lo studente, al secondo anno, deve altresì maturare 2 CFU in attività formative a scelta.
year
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
3rd Year Seminar: Vestibular Rehabilitation 1 10 Italian
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Clinical Medicine 5 50 Italian MED/38 MED/39 MED/44 MED/48
- Child neuropsychiatry1
- General and subspecialty paediatrics2
- Neuropsychiatric and rehabilitation nursing sciences1
- Occupational medicine1
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Applied Technical and Medical Science Ii 12 120 Italian MED/50
Apprenticeship (3rd year) 32 800 Italian MED/50
Open sessions
There are no specific sessions for these activities (e.g. open online courses).
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
3rd Year Laboratory: Cleaning and Conservation of Instruments 1 10 Italian
Conclusive activities
There are no specific sessions for these activities (e.g. open online courses).
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Final Test 7 0 Italian
Study plan rules
Elettivi - Lo studente, al terzo anno, deve altresì maturare 2 CFU in attività formative a scelta.
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Location
Milano
Course locations
Educational activities for the Degree Programme in Audiometric Techniques are offered through the teaching facilities at Fondazione IRCCS Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico Mangiagalli and Regina Elena di Milano, as well as other facilities coordinated by the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, including a number of leading teaching hospitals, both public and private, within the national health service, and holding academic accreditation. The Departments and the Institutes within the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, as well as the teaching hospitals and diagnosis and care clinics within the national health system, offer state-of-the-art scientific and therapeutic equipment, as well as access to leading professionals in the fields of ear, nose, and throat medicine, and audiology. These facilities are likewise used for clinical training, professional internships, and activities relating to the final exam.

The tuition fees for students enrolled in Bachelor's, Master's and single-cycle degree programmes are divided into two instalments with different calculation methods and payment schedules:

  • The amount of the first instalment is the same for all students
  • The amount of the second instalment varies according to the ISEE University value, the degree programme and the student status (on track / off track for one year or off track for more than a year) 
  • An additional fee is due for online programmes

The University also offers:

  • Concessions for students meeting high merit requirements
  • Diversified tuition fees according to the student's home country for international students with assets/income abroad
  • Concessions for international students with refugee status

Scholarships and benefits

The University provides a range of financial benefits to students meeting special requirements (merit, financial or personal conditions, international students).

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