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Hearing Instrument Specialist

Credential:
Ontario College Diploma
College Code:
CONS
School:
Health & Life Sciences and Community Services
Program Code:
1176
Accelerated Delivery:
No
Campus:
DO
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 (Waitlist) - Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
Start: September
First-Year Capacity: 42

Note:

Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Program Requirements

Tuition & Fees

Tuition fee details for the 2015-2016 year are listed below. Books and supplies are additional.

Domestic Fees

Estimated fees based upon the previous academic year (2014 / 2015) for Hearing Instrument Specialist - Program # 1176

Doon - Fall 2015 Level 1 & 2
Description Fall 2015 Winter 2016
Full-time Program Tuition $1379.00 $1379.00
Student Priority Fee $49.00 $49.00
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.15 $68.15
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.55 $27.55
Administration Fee $25.05 $25.05
Technology Enhancement Fee $126.40 $126.40
CSI Capital Development Fee $55.60 $66.50
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
CSI Health Plan Fee $285.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $2142.81 $1868.71

Year Total $4011.52

Doon - Fall 2015 Level 3 & 4
Description Fall 2015 Winter 2016
Full-time Program Tuition $1379.00 $1379.00
Student Priority Fee $49.00 $49.00
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.15 $68.15
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.55 $27.55
Administration Fee $25.05 $25.05
Technology Enhancement Fee $126.40 $126.40
CSI Capital Development Fee $55.60 $66.50
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
CSI Health Plan Fee $285.00 $0.00
Health Documentation Fee $57.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $2199.81 $1868.71

Year Total $4068.52


International fee details for the 2015-2016 year are listed below. Books and supplies are additional.

International Fees

Estimated International fees based upon the previous academic year (2014 / 2015) for
Hearing Instrument Specialist - Program # 1176


Doon - Fall 2015 Level 1 & 2
Description Fall 2015 Winter 2016
International Program Tuition $5750.00 $5750.00
Student Priority Fee $49.00 $49.00
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.15 $68.15
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.55 $27.55
Administration Fee $25.05 $25.05
Technology Enhancement Fee $126.40 $126.40
CSI Capital Development Fee $55.60 $66.50
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
ISR $375.00 $375.00
International Health Insurance $0.00 $0.00
International Health Fee $550.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $7153.81 $6614.71

Year Total $13768.52


Doon - Fall 2015 Level 3 & 4
Description Fall 2015 Winter 2016
International Program Tuition $5750.00 $5750.00
Student Priority Fee $49.00 $49.00
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.15 $68.15
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.55 $27.55
Administration Fee $25.05 $25.05
Technology Enhancement Fee $126.40 $126.40
CSI Capital Development Fee $55.60 $66.50
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
Health Documentation Fee $57.00 $0.00
ISR $375.00 $375.00
International Health Insurance $0.00 $0.00
International Health Fee $550.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $7210.81 $6614.71

Year Total $13825.52

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: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca

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.

Learn more about PLAR.

Program Courses

Course Details
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
COMM1085 College Reading & Writing Skills

Description: This course focuses on the reading, writing and critical thinking skills needed for academic and workplace success. Students will analyse, summarize, and discuss a variety of readings and apply the steps of planning, writing, and revising in response to written prompts. This course prepares students for post-secondary writing tasks, research, and documentation.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

FIT1080 Fit for Work, Fit for Life

Description: This course focuses on the theoretical and practical use of proactive and preventive behaviour to improve personal health and wellness. Students will develop strategies to improve their quality of life and reduce impediments to personal, academic, and future work success. Through lessons, collaboration, peer review, and personal reflection, students will examine concepts such as health literacy, behaviour modification, lifestyle psychology, positive psychology, stress management, addictive behaviour, and mental health. Through experiential learning, students will develop and practice strategies to improve on areas related to physical fitness, eating habits, sleep patterns, self-awareness, critical thinking and resilience. ?Fit for Work, Fit for Life? will provide students a personal understanding of their role in a wide variety of personal and professional settings.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

HEAR1100 Professional Ethics for the HIS

Description: In this course, the student will acquire knowledge regarding the Hearing Instrument Specialist (HIS) scope of practice, especially as it relates to those of the Audiologist, and Physician. Legal concepts of controlled acts and protected titles will be defined as they are in the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA) of Ontario. The Assistive Device Program (ADP), Workers Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), which currently cover part of the cost of hearing aids in Ontario will be described, and the procedures of authorizing their applications will be outlined. They will learn the ethics and bylaws of the professional body that represents the HIS; namely, the Association of Hearing Instrument Practitioners (AHIP). The professional ethics course additionally introduces the student to various items as it relates to their profession: clinical tools and tests, hearing aid manufacturers, evidence-based practice, and healthcare for the aging population. They will also integrate concepts of knowing when to refer to related health care professionals, advertising and marketing will be addressed in terms of types utilized in the HIS profession, as well as ethics to bear in mind. It is assumed that those wishing to acquire the specific concepts of running their own business will enrol in a small business course.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

HEAR1165 Acoustics and Psychoacoustics

Description: This course provides an overview of basic physical acoustics of simple sounds, such as pure-tone sinusoids and complex sounds, such as noise, and speech. Psychoacoustics will also be covered in this course; this is the perception of sound, or the interaction of physical acoustics with the human sense of hearing that receives sounds. The course also includes basic non-electronic acoustic aspects of hearing aids and earmolds.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

HEAR1175 Anatomy/Physiology of the Ear

Description: This course provides detailed coverage of the anatomy and physiology of the normal outer, middle and inner ears, including the balance (vestibular) system. Basic concepts relating to the peripheral and central nervous systems are also included, so that the roles of the auditory or VIII cranial nerve and central auditory nervous systems can be appreciated. The various pathologies of the abnormal ear and vestibular system, as they relate to those of the normal ear, will also be covered in this course.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

OHS1320 Safety in the Workplace

Description: This course focuses on developing awareness and skills for the student to safely manage and conduct him or herself while on an unpaid work placement within a variety of employment settings. Through the nine units of the course, participants will have the opportunity to enhance their understanding and knowledge of General Health and Safety guidelines, including WHMIS, Fire Safety and Workplace Violence. The unit on Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act will instruct the student on the requirements for Accessible Customer Service and Integrated Accessibility Standard Regulations. General information on Safe Driving, Privacy of Information and Hand Washing will be addressed as well. The course also provides participants with critical information regarding their insurance coverage (WSIB or other) while on unpaid work placements, as well as guidelines to follow in the event of an injury. Participants will receive a printable Record of Completion upon successful conclusion of this course, in order to demonstrate awareness of safe working practices to their Placement Employers.
Hours: 15
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Level 2
HEAR1110 Hearing Aid Components, ANSI Testing and Assistive Listening Devices

Description: Components and styles are introduced in this course, as well as the electro-acoustic measurements of hearing aid function (ANSI testing). The course begins with coverage of basic electronic features of hearing aid microphones, amplifier classes, receiver components, and introduces methods whereby to troubleshoot and repair hearing aids. Students will learn to take earmold impressions of the outer ear, which are normally done in the clinic for subsequent hearing aid fittings. Students will also learn the specifics of ANSI tests that are routinely performed, in order to determine if a hearing aid is functioning normally or not. A hands-on lab forms part of this course.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites: HEAR1160 or HEAR1165, HEAR1170 or HEAR1175
CoRequisites:

HEAR1130 Introduction to Audiometry

Description: As the course name suggests, this course introduces the student to the basic elements of the routine audiometric test battery: pure-tone testing, speech audiometry, and middle ear impedance testing. Students will learn to perform the basic audiometric test battery, interpret the resultant audiogram, and relate audiometric findings to the various pathologies of the ear. as were covered in Anatomy/Physiology of the Ear. Client counselling is an integral part of HIS practice; this incudes explaining the implications of hearing loss on the client and significant others, mentoring the client on dealing with personal issues of self-image and reservations towards wearing hearing aids. A hands-on lab forms part of this course.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites: HEAR1160 or HEAR1165, HEAR1170 or HEAR1175
CoRequisites:

HEAR1140 Counselling Techniques for the HIS

Description: This course is designed to introduce the student to the psycho-social aspects and influences of hearing loss upon the individual client. Students will explore the psychological elements that accompany hearing loss, and the typical psychological barriers encountered by their clients. Communication plays a significant role in family and social life; to this end, the specific impact of hearing loss will be examined. Students will learn to refer families and significant others of the hard-of-hearing client to sources of information to assist them to cope with the loss of hearing. Particular attention will be applied to taking a case history of the client and also, to writing letters that communicate results of assessment and recommendations to family physicians, ENTs, or others. In summary, the intent of this course is to equip the student with specific strategies for counseling clients in their private practices
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

HEAR1155 HIS Field Orientation

Description: This course will provide the student with the opportunity to become familiar with the Hearing Aid Manufacturers. They will be introduced to the processes of hearing aid production. They will also learn the role of Sales Managers & Customer Services, as they relate to the HIS in practice. The course will also expose the professional roles and responsibilities of the Hearing Instrument Specialist in a variety of workplace settings. Through this experience the student will be required to record their observations and findings according to criteria established in the course outcomes.
Hours: 60
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
Level 3
HEAR2100 Hearing Aid Compression and Digital Features

Description: Types of signal processing used in digital hearing aids are covered in detail in this course. These types range from linear amplification to the myriad types of compression, such as: output limiting, wide dynamic range compression, and expansion. Electro-acoustic testing measures (ANSI testing) will be covered again in this course, but particularly as it relates to objective measures of these signal processing types. Successful completion of this course relies heavily on absorbing concepts, as well as listening to examples of commonly prescribed hearing aids. Course delivery consists of classroom lectures and laboratory demonstrations. A hands-on lab forms part of this course.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: HEAR1110
CoRequisites:

HEAR2110 Advanced Audiometry

Description: This course covers concepts beyond those learned in the introductory course on audiometry. Specifically, it covers the importance of taking a thorough client case history, topics of masking, various types of advanced speech testing materials, and client counselling as it relates to the impact of hearing loss. The course also introduces concepts of specialized audiometric tests performed by Audiologists, and important for the HIS to recognize, such as: Acoustic Reflex Decay, Oto-acoustic Emissions, Auditory Brainstem Response. Client counselling continues to be an integral part of this course. A hand-on lab forms part of this course.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites: HEAR1130
CoRequisites:

HEAR2170 Hearing Aid Fitting Methods

Description: An integral part of hearing health care is to determine how much amplification to provide for clients with specific amounts and types of hearing loss, and how to verify that these goals have indeed been achieved. The hearing aid recommendation process is specifically addressed in this course. This course discusses the historical development of hearing aid fitting methods leading up to the most commonly used fitting methods used today. Discussion includes objective means of Real Ear or Probe Tube Measures whereby to assess how much amplification is being provided, and to verify that the fitting is optimal for the client. Successful completion of this course relies heavily on absorbing concepts; course delivery consists of classroom lectures. This course is intended to compliment the laboratory oriented course on Probe Tube Measures (HEAR2180).
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: HEAR1110, HEAR1130
CoRequisites:

HEAR2180 Probe Tube Measures and Manufacturer Software

Description: As can be expected, an integral part of hearing health care is to determine how much amplification to provide for clients with specific amounts and types of hearing loss, and how to verify that these goals have indeed been achieved. The hearing aid selection process is specifically addressed in this course, along with objective means whereby to verify that the fitting is optimal for the client. This course discusses techniques of Probe Tube Measures procedures, also known as Real Ear Measures. which are used to objectively determine how much amplification is being provided. Additionally, each student will discuss and verify the performance of the adaptive features readily available in today's hearing aids. A hands-on lab forms part of this course.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: HEAR1110, HEAR1130
CoRequisites:

Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
Level 4
HEAR2160 Clinical Pre-Graduate Consolidation for HIS

Description: The pre-graduate consolidation is the supervised clinical experience in the Full time, 2 year diploma Hearing Instrument Specialist (HIS) Program. The purpose is to expose the student to all previously covered aspects of testing, fitting, and counselling. These additional aspects include further testing and interpretation of more advanced audiometric, such as: masking procedures for air & bone conduction, speech-in-noise testing, as well as tympanometry and acoustic reflexes. This clinical practicum takes place five days per week, throughout the fourth and final semester of the Full time HIS Program at Conestoga. The practicum must be completed at sites where the full scope of HIS practice is implemented on a routine basis. During this experience, students will participate as contributing team members in private practice settings, and will be observed and supervised by practicing HIS's who are members of the Association of Hearing Instrument Practitioners (AHIP) or Audiologists who are members of the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO). Note: Practicum sites will be approved by the college.
Hours: 495
Credits: 17
Pre-Requisites: HEAR2100, HEAR2110, HEAR2170, HEAR2180, OHS1320
CoRequisites:

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Start DateCampusStatus**
SEP, 2015 Doon Wait List
** Status applicable to domestic students

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