Hearing Instrument Technology

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Downtown Campus

Marci Leong
Instructor
253.680.7319

Dan Eberle
Career Advisor
253.680.7010

To schedule an advising appointment, please call 253.680.7002.

Location Downtown Campus

Hours Mon-Fri, 7:45 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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Hearing Instrument class


Please attend a mandatory information session.

A Hearing Aid Specialist is a healthcare professional who is responsible for assessing hearing and providing services to hard of hearing individuals who can benefit from the use of hearing aids. Responsibilities include assessment, counseling, recommendations, selection, procurement, fitting and follow-up services for patients.

One pathway to licensure requires satisfactory completion of a two-year Associates in Applied Sciences in hearing instruments. The applicant must also pass a written state examination and jurisprudence examination administered by the state of Washington.

Successful completion of the Hearing Instrument Technology program fulfills the two-year degree requirement. Instruction includes acoustics, hearing instrument sciences, anatomy and physiology of the human auditory system, pathophysiology of the auditory system, psychological aspects of hearing loss, tests of the hearing organ, making impressions of the ear, business aspects of the hearing industry, overview of related fields and medical implants to improve hearing. An in-house hearing clinic provides at minimum 250 hours of direct and 260 hours of indirect clinical supervision by a licensed audiologist.  

Prerequisite:

Applicants must be fully ready to enter into general education courses. This entry requirement may be satisfied by providing the registrar with official transcripts showing actual completion of general education courses, or by satisfactory completion of placement tests that enable the student to enroll directly into required general education courses.

Program Length: Six quarters (approximate)

Associate of Applied Science Degree: 109 Credits

GENERAL EDUCATION COURSEWORK CREDITS
100+ Level Human Relations                                                                         5
100+ Level Communications                                                                       5
100+ Level Mathematics                                                                             5
REQUIRED COURSEWORK  
HEAR 110 INTRO HEARING PROFESSION 5
HEAR 120 ANATOMY/ PHYSIOLOGY 5
HEAR 131 HEARING AIDS I 5
HEAR 111 SAFETY PRACTICES 4
HEAR 112 ACOUSTICS 5
HEAR 113 HEARING ASSESSMENT I 3
HEAR 130 DISORDERS-AUDITORY SYS 5
HEAR 121 INSTRUMENTATION 5
HEAR 122 HEARING ASSESSMENT II 3
HEAR 132 AUDIOMETRIC INTRPRTN I 5
HEAR 222 HEARING AIDS II 5
HEAR 210 HEARING ASSESSMENT III 3
HEAR 213 CLINICAL I 3
HEAR 220 HEARING AIDS EVALUATION 5
HEAR 221 AUDIOMETRIC INTRPRTN II 5
HEAR 211 AURAL REHABILITATION I 3
HEAR 212 BUSINESS ASPECTS I 5
HEAR 223 CLINICAL II 3
HEAR 230 HEARING AID SERV/REPAIR 5
HEAR 231 AURAL REHIBILITATION II 4
HEAR 232 BUSINESS ASPECTS II 4
HEAR 233 CLINICAL III 4