Hearing Instrument Technology
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.
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|
|HEAR||110||INTRO HEARING PROFESSION||5|
|HEAR||131||HEARING AIDS I||5|
|HEAR||113||HEARING ASSESSMENT I||3|
|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||220||HEARING AIDS EVALUATION||5|
|HEAR||221||AUDIOMETRIC INTRPRTN II||5|
|HEAR||211||AURAL REHABILITATION I||3|
|HEAR||212||BUSINESS ASPECTS I||5|
|HEAR||230||HEARING AID SERV/REPAIR||5|
|HEAR||231||AURAL REHIBILITATION II||4|
|HEAR||232||BUSINESS ASPECTS II||4|