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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:
2017 / 2018

About the Program

This two-year diploma program is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and skills to practice evidence-informed hearing healthcare and to function as an integral member of the interprofessional health care team. Graduates of the program will have demonstrated the necessary patient-focused skills to manage the needs of the hearing impaired. The program provides a rich learning environment that utilizes classroom education, laboratory simulation, various interprofessional exercises, and clinical exposure to hone competency. The course work is designed to ensure the student is capable to assess hearing and provide hearing patients with appropriate rehabilitation options - in particular, the selection and fitting of today's technologically-advanced hearing aids. Additionally, the course work will prepare the student to manage minor hearing aid and earmold repairs and modifications. It will prepare students with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and critical thinking ability for proficiency within a hearing healthcare environment. After successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to write national/provincial examinations and to complete 1000 hours of supervised internship through the Association of Hearing Instrument Practitioners (AHIP).

Program Information

Length: Two-year Ontario College Diploma program
Delivery Sequence: Doon (Kitchener) - September/2017 (Open) - 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 2016-2017 year are listed below. Fees for the next academic year are unavailable at this time. Books and supplies are additional.

Domestic Fees

Estimated fees based upon the previous academic year (2016 / 2017) for Hearing Instrument Specialist - Program # 1176

Doon - Fall 2016 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2016-09-06)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
Full-time Program Tuition $1420.00 $1420.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
CSI Health Plan Fee $286.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $2206.25 $1920.25
Year Total   $4126.50
Doon - Fall 2016 Level 3 & 4 (Program Start: 2015-09-08)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
Full-time Program Tuition $1420.00 $1420.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
CSI Health Plan Fee $286.00 $0.00
Health Documentation Fee $57.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $2263.25 $1920.25
Year Total   $4183.50

International Fees

Estimated International fees based upon the previous academic year (2016 / 2017) for
Hearing Instrument Specialist - Program # 1176


Doon - Fall 2016 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2016-09-06)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
International Program Tuition $5850.00 $5850.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
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 $7275.25 $6725.25
Year Total   $14000.50

Doon - Fall 2016 Level 3 & 4 (Program Start: 2015-09-08)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
International Program Tuition $5850.00 $5850.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
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 $7332.25 $6725.25
Year Total   $14057.50

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

The scope of practice for the Hearing Instrument Specialist (HIS) is confined to the adult population, whose members present with no medical reason to contra-indicate the use of hearing aids. The HIS typically finds employment in private practice or in the hearing-aid manufacturing sector.

On average, 85% of graduates from the last three years (2013 to 2015) found employment within six months of graduation.

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 for 2017 / 2018
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
COMM1085 College Reading & Writing Skills

Description:
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

HEAR1167 Acoustics and Psychoacoustics

Description: This course provides an overview of physical and psychological acoustics. Topics include the basic properties of both simple and complex sounds, the measurement of sound and sound propagation. Psychoacoustics or the perception of sound will also be covered, specifically: the perception of pitch and loudness, binaural hearing, temporal processing and masking. Application of acoustic principles to hearing testing and hearing aids will also be discussed. Successful completion of this course relies heavily on absorbing concepts; course delivery consists of classroom lectures and demonstrations.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

HEAR1177 Anatomy/Physiology of the Ear

Description: This theory-based course provides a detailed overview of the anatomy and physiology of the normal outer, middle, and inner ears, including the balance (vestibular) system and the central auditory nervous system. The peripheral and central nervous systems are explained, 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 are introduced to support further discussions in future courses. Successful completion of this course relies heavily on absorbing concepts; course delivery consists of classroom lectures.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

HEAR1180 Hearing Aids I

Description: This course is designed to introduce the student to hearing aids. The topics included are hearing aid history, hearing aid components and controls, earmold styles, materials and earmold impressions. Additionally, this course will introduce students to the process of obtaining, tracking and delivering aids within a clinical setting. The content of this course will be supported in a hands-on laboratory experience.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

HEAR1190 Clinical Principles I

Description: This course is designed to introduce the student to clinical practice for the HIS. The student will gain insight into the hearing healthcare field. In particular this course will focus on governing bodies, associations and regulated health professionals. Additionally, this course will introduce the concepts of inter-professional practice and evidence informed practice. Students will gain knowledge of the impact of hearing loss on the aging adult and the impact of aging on the auditory system. Finally, students will be exposed to concept of ehealth and the patient electronic record keeping including non-disclosure of patient information.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
Level 2
HEAR1135 Audiometry I

Description: This course introduces the student to the basic concepts and procedures of the routine audiometric test battery. These include: pure-tone testing, speech audiometry, and middle ear impedance testing. Students will also learn how to interpret the audiogram, and relate audiometric findings to the various pathologies of the ear. Particular focus here will be on the needs of the geriatric patient and case study evaluation. Successful completion of this course relies heavily on absorbing concepts; course delivery consists of classroom lectures.
Hours: 70
Credits: 5
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

HEAR1155 Hearing Instrument Specialist Field Studies

Description: This course will provide the student with the opportunity to become familiar with the Hearing Aid Manufacturers, non-hearing aid vendors, and entrepreneurship. The student will be exposed to the processes of hearing aid production, distribution, and sales. They will also learn the role of Sales Managers & Customer Service, Production Team and Technical Support clinicians play in supporting patients. 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 reflect upon their observations and findings according to criteria established in the course outcomes.
Hours: 56
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

HEAR1200 Hearing Aids II

Description: Hearing Aids 2 continues the concepts and framework of Hearing Aids 1, but focuses primarily on hearing aid measurement. Students will learn how to compare hearing aids to manufacturer specifications and will be introduced to the concept of hearing aid verification. Students will begin to navigate manufacturer fitting software and learn common hearing aid adjustments. Finally, students will be able to differentiate between analog/digital and linear/compression hearing aids. Linear and nonlinear fitting methods will also be introduced. Successful completion of this course relies heavily on absorbing concepts; course delivery consists of classroom lectures.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites: HEAR1180
CoRequisites:

HEAR1210 Clinical Principles II

Description: This course continues to explore professional topics in hearing healthcare and deepens the knowledge gained in Clinical Principles 1. The patient is the focus of this course. The student will learn hearing aid validation measures, how to explain the audiogram, how to counsel patients to enhance patient benefit, and be familiarized with common hearing aid objections. Additionally, students will be introduced to tinnitus treatment. Finally, students will have a business module in this course that is connected to the entrepreneurship centre at Conestoga College.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: HEAR1190
CoRequisites:

Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
Level 3
HEAR2110 Audiometry II

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: 56
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites: HEAR1130 or HEAR1135
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: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: HEAR1130 or HEAR1135
CoRequisites:

HEAR2190 Hearing Aids III

Description: This course will continue to explore the hearing aid. The focus on this course will be hearing aid advanced features. Students will learn the numerous hearing aids advanced features, when to recommend their use, how to use them and if possible, how to successfully verify the given feature. Specific content of this course will reflect ongoing changes in hearing aid technology. The routine technologies of directionality, noise reduction, expansion, and feedback cancellation, will be heavily discussed. However, new technology such as frequency lowering, connectivity, and extended wear devices, will be examined. The student will also have introductory experiences with bone-anchored hearing aids and cochlear implants. Finally, the student will learn about tinnitus management with hearing aids. This course will integrate with probe tube measures lab. Successful completion of this course relies heavily on absorbing concepts; course delivery consists of classroom lectures.
Hours: 70
Credits: 5
Pre-Requisites: HEAR1200
CoRequisites:

HEAR2200 Hearing Aid Verification

Description: This course will elaborate on the hearing aid verification techniques acquired in Hearing Aids 2 and will connect with the technologies learned In Hearing Aids 3. Speech-mapping will be emphasized and students will determine appropriate verification outcomes with both prescriptive target matching and audibility indices. Additionally, students will learn how to further adjust the adaptive features in the manufacturer software modules to address patient concerns and enhance benefit. Student will also learn how to verify the adaptive feature function in a hearing aid analyzer.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

HEAR2210 Clinical Principles III

Description: In this course, the student will become more familiar with the clinical practice of the Hearing Instrument Specialist. In particular this course will focus on the roles and responsibilities the clinician has to ensure patient safety and practical competence. Additionally, the student will learn about the funding sources available for the hearing impaired through governmental agencies and other private sources. The student will practice the hearing aid delivery and fitting process in a standardized simulated experience. Finally, the student will learn how to read and explain evidence as it relates to best practices in hearing health care.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: HEAR1210
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. Participants in this course are required to provide informed consent regarding WSIB or other insurance coverage while on an unpaid work placement
Hours: 14
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
Level 4
FPLT2060 Field Placement (Hearing Instrument Specialist)

Description: 14 week clinical practicum readiness, practical and reflective experience. The students will be exposed to a simulated real-world experience, review of necessary documentation and administrative processes. The second portion of this course will then include a real-world hands-on experience. The final segment will include reflective module and a post-graduation readiness module.
Hours: 495
Credits: 17
Pre-Requisites: OHS1320
CoRequisites:

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