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Hearing Instrument Specialist

Ontario College Diploma
College Code:
Health & Life Sciences and Community Services
Program Code:
Accelerated Delivery:
Academic Year:
2015 / 2016

About the Program

The Hearing Instrument Specialist (HIS) program prepares students to test hearing, select and fit hearing aids, counsel hearing aid patients, and recommend the use of other assistive listening devices when appropriate.

The program curriculum includes courses in: acoustics and perception of sound, anatomy and physiology of the ear, measurement of hearing sensitivity, digital and analog hearing-aid electronics, acoustic signal processing, hearing-aid programming and fitting, manufacturer fitting software, counselling and professional ethics. A clinical field placement will enable students to apply knowledge and skills to the reality of the work environment.

After successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to write national examinations and are required to complete 1,000 hours of supervised practice prior to achieving full HIS membership with the Association of Hearing Instrument Practitioners (AHIP). In order to complete the 1,000 hours of supervised practice the student must pay their AHIP membership dues in full and provide proof of professional liability insurance.

Program Information

Length: Two-year Ontario College Diploma program
Delivery Sequence: Doon (Kitchener) - September/2015 (Open) - Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
Start: September
First-Year Capacity: 40


Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Program Requirements

Tuition & Fees

Tuition: Please refer to the previous academic year program fee chart for an approximation as fees for the next academic year are unavailable at this time.
*Fees are higher for international students on a Student Visa. Please refer to the international program fee chart for an approximation as fees for the next academic year are unavailable at this time.
*Books and supplies are additional.

Financial Assistance

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.

For more information, please visit Financial Services/Awards.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates of this program will test hearing, select and fit hearing aids, and recommend the use of other assistive listening devices when appropriate. The scope of practice for the HIS is confined to the adult population, whose members present with no medical reason to counter-indicate the use of hearing aids. The HIS typically finds employment in private practice, in the hearing-aid manufacturing sector, or in the hospital setting.

80% of 2012-2013 graduates found employment within 6 months of graduation. Their average starting salary was $43,850.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website:

Pathways & Credit Transfer

Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions. View the transfer agreement opportunities for this program.

Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

For more information on the PLAR process, please visit the testing website.

Course Information
Course # Courses
Level One
COMM1085 College Reading & Writing Skills
HEAL1020 Wellness: The Better You
HEAR1100 Professional Ethics for the HIS
HEAR1165 Acoustics and Psychoacoustics
HEAR1175 Anatomy/Physiology of the Ear
Level Two
HEAR1110 Hearing Aid Components, ANSI Testing and Assistive Listening Devices
HEAR1130 Introduction to Audiometry
HEAR1140 Counselling Techniques for the HIS
HEAR1155 HIS Field Orientation
PSYC1111 Life Span Development
Level Three
HEAR2100 Hearing Aid Compression and Digital Features
HEAR2110 Advanced Audiometry
HEAR2170 Hearing Aid Fitting Methods
HEAR2180 Probe Tube Measures and Manufacturer Software
Electives: General Education Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
Level Four
HEAR2160 Clinical Pre-Graduate Consolidation for HIS

Program Outcomes

Program Advisory Committees

The College appoints Program Advisory Committee members for diploma, degree, certificate and apprenticeship programs. Committees are composed of employers, practitioners and recent program graduates. College representatives (students, faculty, and administrators) are resource persons. Each committee advises the Board on the development of new programs, the monitoring of existing programs and community acceptance of programs.

For a list of the current members, please visit our Program Advisory Committees.

Apply Now

Domestic students should apply online at or by phone at 1-888-892-2228.

60 Corporate Court
Guelph, Ontario
Canada N1G 5J3

Detailed steps on the application process may help you to apply.

International students should apply online using a Conestoga College International Application Form. Please note: not all programs are open to international students. Interested students should check the listing of open programs on our international students web page before applying.

For program information, call the Information Centre at 519-748-5220 ext 3656.

Disclaimer The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College.
Program Status
Start DateCampusStatus**
SEP, 2015 Doon Open
** Status applicable to domestic students

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