Hearing Aids and Bioacoustics

Science & Technology
Hearing Instrument Practitioner
Course Code
HEAR 1100
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method(s) Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This course provides an introduction to the bioacoustics of human hearing with relation to hearing aids in a non-electrical manner. The course covers the basic physical acoustics of simple sounds from simple pure tones through to complex sounds such as speech and ambient sounds.

Course Content

1. Terminology, definitions and measurements related to sound waves

2. The speed of sound in different media

3. Psychological acoustics

4. Physiological acoustics

Learning Activities
  1. Distance Delivery
  2. Independent study of courseware
  3. Independent online self-assessment quizzes
  4. Field assignments
  5. Online discussion forums
Means of Assessment

Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy. The instructor will present a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the semester. Evaluation will be based on the following:


Online quizzes 5-15%

Online discussion forum and group work 5-15%

Written tests 20-30%

Written midterm examination 20-30%

Written final examination 25-30%

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

1. Describe the characteristics of a sound wave and how sound is measured

2. Describe the characteristics of periodic and aperiodic sound waves

3. Describe the characteristics of pure tones and complex sounds

4. Compare and contrast physiological and psychological acoustics

5. Explain non-electrical acoustics of hearing aids or earmolds in-situ

Textbook Materials

Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students         

A list of required and optional textbooks and materials is provided for students at the beginning of each semester.


Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

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Institution Transfer Details for HEAR 1100
There are no applicable transfer credits for this course.

Course Offerings

Summer 2023