Introduction to Audiometry

Curriculum Guideline

Effective Date:
Course Code
HEAR 1212
Introduction to Audiometry
Hearing Instrument Practitioner
Science & Technology
Start Date
End Term
Not Specified
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Contact Hours

4 hours per week

Method Of Instruction
Methods Of Instruction

1. Laboratory or online lecture

2. Application exercises in lab or program approved hearing clinic

3. Independent study of courseware

4. Proficiency tests

5. Laboratory assignments

Course Description
This course will introduce the student to standard audiometric tests on a live model. Students will learn to perform introductory otoscopy, tympanometry, pure tone testing, speech testing, and results interpretation.
Course Content

1. Review of introduction to hearing testing and clinical practices

2. Medical history

3. Otoscopy

3. Tympanometry/impedance testing

4. Perform standard audiometric testing in simulation environment

5. Reviewing test results, present findings to the test subject

6. Amplification strategies based on audiometric test results

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Perform a pretest patient medical history

2. Perform a preliminary otoscopic evaluation of the auditory meatus and tympanic membrane

3. Perform tympanometry and describe the results

4. Perform a standard audiometric test 

5. Explain test results to the test subject

6. Identify appropriate amplification strategies based on the test results

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. Attendance is mandatory for this lab course. Evaluation will be based on the following:

Lab assessments: 0-20%

Written tests: 0-20%

Written midterm examination: 10-30%

Lab practical midterm examination: 0-20%

Final examination: 20-35%

TOTAL: 100%

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


Which Prerequisite