Doctor of Audiology Online Bridge Program Course Descriptions

OCA-AUB-7000-AA - Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder (ANSD)
This course will discuss the fundamental principles involved in the diagnosis and management of auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder (ANSD) in the pediatric population.

OCA-AUB-7001-AA - Cochlear Implants & Other Implantable Devices 
This course is designed to provide students with a clear understanding of the scientific principles and a review of advances in technology of cochlear implants (CI) and other implantable devices including the bone-anchored hearing aid (BAHA), active middle ear implants (AMEI) and auditory brainstem implant (ABI). This course will review history of cochlear implants, regulatory role of cochlear implants and other implantable devices and overview of components and function of these devices. Students will learn basics of electrical stimulation and signal processing strategies used in implantable devices, behavioral and objective assessment techniques, candidacy criteria and factors affecting outcomes, measurement tools for children and adults.

OCA-AUB-7002-AA - Advanced Auditory Biology 1: Peripheral & Central Auditory Mechanisms
This course provides a detailed description of the structure and function of the auditory system. The course covers basic mechanics and physiology of auditory detection and transduction at the level of the cochlea, as well as important aspects of central auditory processing.

OCA-AUB-7003-AA - Computer Applications & Instrumentation in Audiology
The initial part of this course introduces students to computers and the various intricate details on their operation. This will help the students obtain a better perspective on the application of computers in audiology. A brief review of the design and application of the core instruments in an audiology clinic (audiometer, admittance instruments, otoacoustic emissions analyzers, auditory evoked potential equipment and hearing aid/real ear analyzers) and the calibration of each will be covered.

OCA-AUB-7004-AA - Sound Transmission into the Cochlea 
The course examines sound transmission in normal and abnormal ears. This includes sound transmission from the sound field to the entrance of the ear, transmission through the ear canal, conversion of the acoustic signal to mechanical vibrations at the eardrum, transmission of these vibrations through the middle ear to the cochlea and processing of these signals by the cochlea. The effect of hearing loss at each of these stages will be discussed. Concepts such as reflectance, admittance, group delay and resonance will be explained in terms relevant to audiology. After successful completion of this course, the student will have acquired a working knowledge of sound transmission from the sound field to the cochlea and the effects of hearing loss at each stage of the sound transmission path.

OCA-AUB-7005-AA - Evidence-based Audiology: Transitioning from Research to Clinic & Adoption of Best Practices in Audiology 
Evidence-based practice is the use of current best evidence in making decisions about individual patients. It involves formulating a question, searching for information, appraisal of the literature, implementation and subsequent audit. This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge of evidence- based audiology, its principles, and how it is used in everyday clinical decision making in Audiology.

OCA-AUB-7006-AA - Pediatric Audiology: Current Trends in Behavioral Assessment
This course reviews the fundamental principles in behavioral audiometric assessment of young children and patients with developmental delay/cognitive impairment. The cross-check principle, incorporating aspects of objective test measures with results of behavioral testing, will be used to help students develop clinical decision-making skills for pediatric patients with hearing loss. Clinical case examples will be provided as a tool to illustrate clinical practices. After successful completion of this course, the student should acquire a working knowledge that will facilitate the successful behavioral evaluation of hearing in children.

OCA-AUB-7007-AA - Genetics & Hearing Loss 
Students will study the basic concepts of genetics and its relation to hearing loss. They also will learn about the hereditary syndromes and birth defects associated with hearing impairments. Additionally, they will gain knowledge about audiologic counseling and interpretation of genetic data.

OCA-AUB-7008-AA - Topics in Pediatric Amplification 
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of contemporary, evidence-based practice for the fitting of hearing aids for the pediatric population. After successful completion of this course, students should be able to use the skills/knowledge developed throughout this course to provide hearing aid services (entry-level competence) to children with hearing loss and their families.

OCA-AUB-7009-AA - Auditory Processing Disorders: Behavioral Issues 
The general objective of this course is to provide students with an understanding of diagnostic procedures and management strategies for auditory processing disorders (APD). The emphasis will be on the neurobiological basis of APD, differential diagnosis, and management. After successful completion of this course, students should be able to use their skills and knowledge to develop auditory processing services to children and adults.

OCA-AUB-7010-AA - Early Hearing Detection in Infants (EHDI) 
The course will address issues relating to risk factors for hearing loss, infant hearing screening protocols and construction of a program for Early Hearing Detection in Infants.

OCA-AUB-7011-AA - Otoacoustic Emissions 
This course will discuss the fundamentals of Otoacoustic Emissions (OAEs) generation, recording and interpretation. The course will address the following specific topics: cochlear physiology, types of OAEs, OAE in clinical populations, recording techniques, interpretation, and inclusion in clinical protocols. Clinical cases will be provided to illustrate the role of OAE in hearing loss diagnosis. After successful completion of this course, the student should acquire a working knowledge to properly use and successfully interpret OAEs in clinical populations.

OCA-AUB-7013-AA - Auditory Evoked Potentials in Pediatric & Adult ABR
This course will focus on advances in the application of electrophysiological techniques in the measurement of auditory function. Recent advances in the assessment of hearing using auditory evoked responses across all age ranges and various evoked potential measures will be discussed. After successful completion of this course, students will have learned both basic and applied techniques in the measurement and interpretation of the neurophysiological and electrophysiological methods that are currently used to assess auditory function in adults and children

OCA-AUB-7013-AA- Auditory Processing Disorders: Electrophysiological Assessment
The general objective of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the electrophysiological basis for auditory processing disorders (APD). The emphasis will be on neurobiological, neurological, and neuro-maturational correlates to Auditory Processing Disorders.

OCA-AUB-7100-AA - Managing the Musician's Ear 
This course will address the specific hearing loss prevention and intervention needs of musicians, as well as music consumers. Music as a desired signal balanced against injury risk will be vetted with respect to established tenets of hearing loss prevention programs.

OCA-AUB-7101-AA - Signals, Systems & Speech Perception 
This course is designed to present the rehabilitative aspect of audiological care from a signals and systems perspective. It is intended to enrich the understanding of audiologists in the relevant principles of information theory, telecommunication, speech acoustics, speech perception theory and signals and systems engineering. It will illustrate how these principles operate routinely in the background of clinical treatment decisions for the mitigation of communication challenges that result from, or are worsened by, auditory pathologies.

OCA-AUB-7102-AA - Advanced Auditory Biology 2: Vestibular & Balance System
This course provides a detailed description of the structure and function of the vestibular system. The course will cover basic mechanics and physiology of angular and linear motion detection and transduction at the level of the peripheral vestibular system as well as important central vestibular pathways. The course will cover details of normal vestibular function as well as pathophysiology. The course will include consideration of the early development of the peripheral and central vestibular reflexes, as well as age related adaptation mechanisms. These concepts will be linked to issues relating to various vestibular pathologies. In general, the basic science concepts will be related to clinical issues in the evaluation of the vestibular system, as a way of providing insight into underlying deficiencies, and thus providing insight into improved diagnosis and treatment.

OCA-AUB-7103-AA - Intraoperative Neurophysiologic Monitoring 
This course will review principles and application of brainstem evoked potentials, somatosensory evoked potentials, motor evoked potentials, electromyography and electroencephalography in intraoperative conditions

OCA-AUB-7104-AA - Assessment & Rehabilitation of Vestibular & Balance System
The purpose of this course is to gain knowledge regarding vestibular and balance assessment techniques and treatment options for a variety of vestibular and balance disorders

OCA-AUB-7105-AA - Tinnitus and Hyperacusis 
This course will address tinnitus and hyperacusis, including psychological and physiological models, symptoms, diagnostic methods and treatment options. This course will facilitate the ability to offer tinnitus and hyperacusis management in a clinical practice.

OCA-AUB-7106-AA - Amplification 1: Signal Processing Strategies in Digital Hearing Aids
This course will discuss several signal processing strategies commonly used in modern hearing aids. The specific topics to be addressed include: compression/expansion, directionality, noise reduction, feedback cancellation, frequency translation, and wireless technology. Within each topic, students will learn the fundamental principles underlying the strategy, various approaches to obtaining a common objective, benefits and weaknesses of the technology, and methods for assessing efficacy and effectiveness. The course will involve lectures, problem-solving cases (with discussion), and literature review. After successful completion, students should feel comfortable in prescribing, fitting, evaluating and troubleshooting the signal processing strategies covered in this course.

OCA-AUB-7107-AA - Amplification 2: Assessment, Selection & Outcome Measures in Hearing Aid Fittings
This course will focus on all aspects of the selection and fitting of amplification. Candidacy, pre-fitting measures, real-ear measures, speech testing, and outcome measures will be addressed. Particular focus will be placed on matching patient characteristics and needs with appropriate technology. Best practice guidelines will be reviewed. After completion of this course, students should be able to identify patient specific characteristics that are critical in the fitting process, efficiently identify solutions, and conduct verification and outcome measures to ensure that maximal benefit is obtained by the patient.

OCA-AUB-7108-AA - Psychoacoustics & Audiological Correlates 
This course will discuss behavioral measures of auditory function and how they may be affected by hearing impairments. It will address methodology, indices of spectral, temporal and binaural processing, and how these processes relate to the perception of complex stimuli. After successful completion of this course, the student should acquire a working knowledge of the supra-threshold auditory processes that impact hearing function in normal hearing listeners and those with hearing impairments

OCA-AUB-7109-AA - Cognition, Speech Perception & Sensorineural
Hearing Loss in Adults: Implications for Amplification This course will examine the nature of how we understand speech, especially in complex, challenging listening environments. We will draw from the field of ecological acoustics and Gestalt psychology. We will look at the effects of sensori-neural hearing loss (SNHL) from the perspective of how it disrupts the normal organizational processes involved in speech understanding. In addition, we will examine the effects of normal aging on cognitive function, with an eye towards the combined effects of SNHL and cognitive changes. Hearing aid technologies will be reviewed within the context of how they can support normal cognitive organizational processes. Finally, the role of non-technology rehabilitation will be studied.

OCA-AUB-7110-AA - Auditory Rehabilitation 
This course focuses on advances in audiologic rehabilitation as they relate to children and adults with hearing loss. We will explore the role of aural rehabilitation in audiologic practice and consider the effect that psychosocial and cultural factors have on the patients with whom we work. Current rehabilitation strategies and techniques used for children and adults will be discussed along with outcome measures that are available to help audiologists assess their patients’ success and function. Advances in hearing assistance technology will be reviewed and discussed with regard to incorporating such technology into audiologic practice.

OCA-AUB-7111-AA - School-Based Audiology 
This course will discuss the unique aspects of audiology that apply to school- based audiology services. Topics include demographic and educational characteristics of children with hearing loss, management of hearing identification and hearing loss prevention programs, classroom listening and assessment beyond the sound booth, classroom acoustics, hearing assistive technology, current issues in deaf education, regulations and case law, IFSP/IEP/504 Plans, self-advocacy and transition from school to work, and school program management considerations. A problem-based learning approach will be used to illustrate issues and to develop potential solutions. After successful completion of this course, the student should acquire a working knowledge that will facilitate the successful implementation of a school-based audiology program.

OCA-AUB-7112-AA - Pharmacology & Ototoxicity 
This course will provide a survey of the general principles of pharmacology and the application of these principles to patient care situations. Evidence-based practice is woven through the above areas where available and appropriate. This course will cover an introduction to pharmacology and receptors, pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics basic principles, processes of drug development and a description of governing bodies for pharmaceutical agents. The course will also include information on the mechanisms of action behind known/suspected ototoxic agents.

OCA-AUB-7113-AA - Green Audiology: Acoustics & Noise Measurement
This course will address the hazards of noise and risks from noise exposure on hearing in all age groups. Students will learn noise measurement techniques, screening programs to identify and prevent noise-induced hearing loss, noise abatement strategies in workplace as well as in various social spaces and regulatory requirements relating to occupational hearing loss.

OCA-AUB-8000-AA - Workshop: Electrophysiology in Audiology
This four-day workshop will address the theoretical concepts of electrophysiological testing in audiology and provide training in the advanced assessment techniques to include otoacoustic emissions (OAE), middle latency response (MLR) and 40 Hz responses, late potentials including N1-P2, P300 and MMN, cognitive evoked potentials in speech and language disorders and electrocochleography (ECoG)

OCA-AUB-8001-AA - Workshop: Auditory Processing Disorders (APD)
This four-day workshop will combine didactic and hands-on training on the foundations of neuroscience of auditory processing and auditory processing disorders (APD), auditory plasticity and relevance to auditory processing, digital dissection of central auditory nervous system (CANS), keys to assessment and practical implications in the management of children with APD.

OCA-AUB-8100-AA - Workshop: Hearing Aid Technologies
This four-day workshop is designed to provide audiologists a didactic and hands- on experience in contemporary hearing aid techniques in the selection, verification and validation of hearing aid fitting as well as practical considerations relating to BAHA. Technological advances in hearing aids will be addressed with specific emphasis on evidence-based techniques.

OCA-AUB-8101-AA - Workshop: Vestibular & Balance Disorders: Assessment & Rehabilitation
This four-day workshop is designed to provide audiologists a didactic and hands- on immersion experience in the assessment, diagnosis and management of all different types of vestibular and balance disorders

OCA-AUB-8102-AA - Workshop: Diagnosis & Management of the External Ear
This four-day workshop will address the properties of sound transmission to the tympanic membrane and its relevance to hearing aid fitting, ear canal management techniques, medical issues relating to the outer ear canal and the audiologists’ role and scope of practice with respect to ear canal management. The course will culminate in a one-day hands-on workshop in cerumen management.

OCA-AUB-8103-AA - Workshop: Hearing Conservation 
This four-day workshop is designed to provide audiologists with practical tools and techniques to measure noise and review various hearing protection devices. Audiologists will be guided on best practices in hearing conservation and training will be provided towards becoming an Occupational Hearing Conservationist.

OCA-AUB-8104-AA - Workshop: Cochlear Implants & Other Implantable Devices
This workshop is designed to enhance audiologists’ experience with lectures and hands-on training covering cochlear implants and other implantable devices.