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.  

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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REQUIRED COURSEWORK CREDITS

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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