Curriculum Guideline

Hearing Aids and Bioacoustics

Effective Date:
Course
Discontinued
No
Course Code
HEAR 1100
Descriptive
Hearing Aids and Bioacoustics
Department
Hearing Instrument Practitioner
Faculty
Science & Technology
Credits
2.00
Start Date
End Term
201920
PLAR
Yes
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
30
Contact Hours
2 hours per week/30 hours per semester
Method Of Instruction
Online
Methods Of Instruction
  1. Distance Delivery
  2. Independent study of courseware
  3. Independent online self-assessment quizzes
  4. Field assignments
  5. Online discussion forums
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 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

 
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%

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.

Prerequisites
Corequisites
Equivalencies

NIL

Which Prerequisite