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Douglas College launches B.C.’s first public Hearing Instrument Practitioner program

Douglas College is filling the need for hearing healthcare professionals in the province with its latest program.

The College is the only public post-secondary institution in B.C. to offer the Hearing Instrument Practitioner Diploma.

The two-year program begins in September and will help meet the demand for practitioners who specialize in helping people with hearing loss.

“Hearing loss is becoming more of an issue, and with the baby boomer population aging, there will be an increased need for hearing healthcare professionals in the near future,” said Wayne Mullen, an instructor with the Faculty of Science and Technology.

The program is offered at the Coquitlam Campus. Students will learn how to test patient hearing, counsel on hearing loss, prescribe suitable amplification strategies, program and dispense hearing aids and assist patients with troubleshooting their hearing aids.

They will also get hands-on experience during three practicums with industry professionals.

“Students are given the flexibility to do a portion of their studies online, with a significant hands-on applied component, ensuring they will have the practical skills needed to be successful in the field,” said Brian Chapell, dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology.   

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Wayne Mullen

Faculty of Science and Technology

mullenw@douglascollege.ca

604 777 6268