Introduction to Hearing Testing and Clinical Practices

Curriculum Guideline

Effective Date:
Course Code
HEAR 1112
Introduction to Hearing Testing and Clinical Practices
Hearing Instrument Practitioner
Science & Technology
Start Date
End Term
Not Specified
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Contact Hours
Method(s) Of Instruction
Learning Activities

 Methods of Instruction

1. Laboratory Lecture
2. Application exercises in Lab
3. Independent Study of Courseware
4. Proficiency Tests
5. Laboratory Assignments
Course Description
This course introduces students to the basic elements of hearing testing and clinical practices. An overview of the typical equipment used in a hearing clinic as well as the various functions will be explored. Standard infection control measures will be introduced to the student to ensure a sanitary work environment. This course will prepare students to begin performing the standard audiometric tests as defined by the provincial regulatory body. Pretest preparation and simulated testing will be the focus of this course.
Course Content

1. Clinical terminology and symbols
2. Patient intake protocol and red flag conditions requiring doctor referrals
3. Required clinical supplies
4. Required testing equipment
5. Infection control
6. Regular clinical equipment checks
7. Introduction to hearing testing
8. Otoscopy introduction
9. Introduction to ancillary test equipment

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Define clinical terms, including audiometry terms and symbols 
2. Perform patient intake and identify when it is appropriate to make a referral to a doctor 
3. Explain the parts of an audiometer, otoscope and other ancillary test equipment 
4. Complete a preliminary otoscopic examination 
5. Perform regular clinical equipment checks 
6. Perform infection control in the clinical environment 
7. Explain how the audiometer integrates with a computer 
8. Explain the clinical test environment along with the workflow from patient intake to audiometric test results 
9. Perform mock hearing tests on training software 


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:


Lab assessments 10-20%

Written tests 10-20%

Written midterm examination 10-20%

Lab practical midterm examination 10-20%

Final examination 20-35%

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.







Which Prerequisite