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.

Hearing Instrument class


Please attend a mandatory information session.

To apply for a hearing instrument fitter/dispenser license in Washington state, applicants must successfully complete degree requirements from an approved two-year education program and pass a state administered test. Bates' Hearing Instrument Technology program is approved by the Washington State Board of Hearing and Speech for students to prepare for a career as a hearing instrument fitter/dispenser.

Instruction includes professional terminology, anatomy and physiology of the normal ear, common medical disorders that may affect hearing, patient/family education, ethics, basic acoustics, hearing aid electronics, selecting and fitting appropriate technology to improve quality of life by individualizing hearing aid performance for best outcomes. In an on-campus hearing instrument study clinic, students perform hearing assessments, assist patients in the selection, procurement and fitting of hearing aids, troubleshoot hearing aid problems and perform minor repairs. Students are also introduced to business aspects of the industry.

Prerequisites:

  1. Applicants must be fully ready to enter into general education courses. This entry requirement may be satisfied byproviding the registrar with official transcripts showing actual completion of general education courses, or by satisfactory completion of placement tests the enable the student to enroll directly into required general education courses.
  2. To meet Washington State residency requirements for program completion, students must be enrolled in the Hearing Instrument Technology career education program at Bates Technical College for their last 1,284 hours of training.

Program Length: Six quarters (approximate)

Associate of Applied Science Degree: 109 Credits

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS CREDITS

100+ Level Human Relations 5
100+ Level Communications 5
100+ Level Mathematics 5

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HEAR 110 Introduction to Hearing Professions
HEAR 111 Safety Practices
HEAR 112 Acoustics
HEAR 113 Hearing Assessment I
HEAR 120 Anatomy and Physiology
HEAR 121 Instrumentation
HEAR 122 Hearing Assessment II
HEAR 130 Disorders of the Auditory System
HEAR 131 Hearing Aids
HEAR 132 Audiometric Interpretation I
HEAR 210 Hearing Assessment III
HEAR 211 Aural Rehabilitation I
HEAR 212 Business Aspects I
HEAR 213 Clinical I
HEAR 220 Hearing Aid Evaluation
HEAR 221 Audiometric Interpretation II
HEAR 222 Hearing Aids II
HEAR 223 Clinical II
HEAR 230 Hearing Aid Service and Repair
HEAR 231 Aural Rehabilitation II
HEAR 232 Business Aspects II
HEAR 233 Clinical III

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