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.