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Hearing Instrument Specialist Program (S117)-2013-2014

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Hearing Instrument Specialist Program (S117)

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

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.

Full Program Descriptions


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.


Course Outline

Required Courses 



Ethics and Professionalism


Functional Anatomy and Physiology


Clinical Acoustics


Introduction to Hearing Instrument Sciences






Hearing Testing I


Audiometry and Hearing Disorders


Amplification: Linear to Digital Evolution


Psycho-social Impact of Hearing Loss


Health: Living the Connections


College English


Computer Skills and Applications




Hearing Instrument Technology II


Hearing Testing II


Interviewing and Counselling


Hearing Instrument Programming


General Education Elective




Hearing Instrument Technology III


Masking and Advanced Audiometry


Business Management


General Education Elective




Clinical Practice


Applied Counselling and Health Promotion


Professional Business Management




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


$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.

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Call the George Brown School of Health and Wellness at 416-415-5000, ext. 4542.


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