Hearing Disorders

Science & Technology
Hearing Instrument Practitioner
Course Code
HEAR 1200
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method(s) Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This course examines different types of hearing loss as well as their potential causes. Audiometric test results will be explored in relation to various classes of hearing disorders. Identification of red flags and appropriate referral to a physician for medical clearance to proceed with clients will also be reviewed.

Course Content

1.      Hearing loss related diseases and disorders 

2.      Types of hearing impairment resulting from various diseases and disorders

3.      Outer ear, middle ear, inner ear and auditory nerve diseases or disorders

4.      Red flag hearing conditions and performing a physician referral when required

5.      Audiometric results and audiogram review based on the type of hearing related disease or disorder

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 the Douglas College Evaluation 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: 5-30%

Online discussion forum and group work: 0-15%

Written tests: 0-30%

Written midterm examination: 20-30%

Written final examination: 25-30%

TOTAL: 100%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Describe diseases and disorders that result in the impairment of hearing

2. Identify the types of hearing loss resulting from various diseases and disorders

3. Identify the different anatomical areas associated with various hearing impairments

4. Identify red flag conditions as specified by the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of BC and perform an appropriate physician referral when required

5. Identify and predict audiometric results based on the type of hearing related disease or disorder

Textbook Materials

Textbooks and materials to be purchased by students. Consult the Douglas College Bookstore for required materials.

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



HEAR 1100, HEAR 1101, HEAR 1111, HEAR 1112 or prior successful completion of the International Hearing Society (IHS) Distance Learning for Professionals in Hearing Health Sciences course and current employment with a hearing clinic




No equivalent courses.

Course Guidelines

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Course Transfers

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Institution Transfer Details for HEAR 1200
There are no applicable transfer credits for this course.

Course Offerings

Summer 2023