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Hearing Instrument Specialist Program (S117)-2013-2014
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Hearing Instrument Specialist Program (S117)

PROGRAMHearing Instrument Specialist Program
CODES117
SCHOOLSchool of Health and Wellness
LOCATIONWaterfront Campus
DURATION3 years (6 semesters)
STARTING MONTHSeptember
CERTIFICATIONOntario College Advanced Diploma
YEAR OF STUDY2013-2014
METHOD OF STUDYFT

This program provides students with an opportunity to study and develop clinical skills that will enable them to test hearing, select appropriate hearing instruments and dispense these aids to people in need. All clients must have a prescription from a physician or an audiologist prior to being fitted with a hearing aid.


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Full Program Descriptions
Description  

This three-year, six-semester advanced diploma program has been graduating qualified hearing professionals for over 20 years. As our population ages, there is greater demand for highly qualified hearing instrument specialists who can provide a client-centred approach to better hearing health care.

Our vision is to be the leader in preparing hearing professionals with applied and academic skills and competencies. Students will develop clinical skills that will enable them to test hearing, as well as select and fit hearing aids. Graduates will have a strong foundation in the theory and skills related to the hearing instrument sciences, such as acoustics, audiometric testing and hearing aid technology. The curriculum offers significant opportunities for applied learning. Additional courses cover key contemporary topics like health promotion, counselling and business management – all of which contribute to the employability of our graduates.

Students spend all of semester 6 in field education. These placements could take place anywhere within the province, as there are limited placements in the Toronto area. Students are responsible for finding their own placement opportunities but will be supported in this process by program faculty.

Our new Waterfront Campus includes state-of-the-art facilities for the Hearing Instrument Specialist program. In addition to improved learning and lab facilities, the campus is home to WAVE (Wellness, Applied Research, and Visionary Education), a series of interprofessional clinics where students learn to work in a client-centred, team-based health-care delivery model – a key strategic direction for the college and the province with respect to health-care education and delivery. At the WAVE Hearing Clinic, students will participate in the process of actually dispensing hearing aids to clients.

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Course Outline
Required Courses 

SEMESTER 1

HEAR1014

Ethics and Professionalism

HEAR1013

Functional Anatomy and Physiology

HEAR1001

Clinical Acoustics

HEAR1003

Introduction to Hearing Instrument Sciences

GSSC2027

Gerontology

 

SEMESTER 2

HEAR1010

Hearing Testing I

HEAR1002

Audiometry and Hearing Disorders

HEAR1009

Amplification: Linear to Digital Evolution

HEAR1011

Psycho-social Impact of Hearing Loss

GSCI1027

Health: Living the Connections

COMM1007

College English

COMP1082

Computer Skills and Applications

 

SEMESTER 3

HEAR2009

Hearing Instrument Technology II

HEAR2010

Hearing Testing II

HEAR2012

Interviewing and Counselling

HEAR2013

Hearing Instrument Programming

GNED

General Education Elective

 

SEMESTER 4

HEAR2019

Hearing Instrument Technology III

HEAR2021

Masking and Advanced Audiometry

HEAR2014

Business Management

GNED

General Education Elective

 

SEMESTER 5

HEAR3001

Clinical Practice

HEAR3012

Applied Counselling and Health Promotion

HEAR3014

Professional Business Management

 

SEMESTER 6

HEAR3015

Clinical Practice II

For detailed course outlines click here.

For a list of General Education Electives click here.

 



Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities
Your Career 

Program faculty have strong partnerships with industry and professional associations so that they can fully prepare graduates for employment. Employers continue to hire our graduates as a way of ensuring they have high-quality and productive staff. The employment rate continues to be high in related career sectors, including clinical, manufacturing, training and self-employment.

In Ontario, hearing aids may only be dispensed by prescription from a professional authorized by the Health Profession Act. Graduates must complete 1,000 hours of internship before they are eligible to be registered as an Authorizer with the Assistive Devices Program of the Ministry of Health. Graduates who want to open their own clinic must complete an additional 2,000 hours of vendor internship.

Graduates are eligible to write the International Licensing Exam (ILE) and become Hearing Instrument Specialist (HIS) members of the Association of Hearing Instrument Practitioners (AHIP). AHIP is the self-governing body for non-Audiologist hearing health practitioners in the province.



Tuition and Fees
Tuition $3,877.00 *

Additional Cost * Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in fall 2012. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2013 and at later dates.

How to Qualify and Apply
Contact Us
Contact Us  

Call the George Brown School of Health and Wellness at 416-415-5000, ext. 4543.

E-mail healthwellness@georgebrown.ca  

For updated information and course descriptions, visit georgebrown.ca or call 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

 



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