Clinical Practicum Introduction

Science & Technology
Hearing Instrument Practitioner
Course Code
HEAR 1310
Semester Length
6 weeks
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This course provides workplace learning opportunities for students in the Hearing Instrument Practitioner Program. Students will apply knowledge and skills from related theory and laboratory courses to the hearing clinic. Students will be placed into an approved hearing clinic, and will observe and participate in the entry level tasks involved in daily operations under direct supervision of a licensed hearing healthcare professional.
Course Content
  1. Introduction
  • clinical objectives
  • professionalism in the clinic
  • Pretest procedures
    • pre-test equipment checks
    • infection control protocol
    • greeting the client
    • intake forms
    • medical history
    • otoscopy
  • Audiometry
    • hearing tests along with peripheral tests as required
  • Analyzing prior audiograms, amplification selection and fitting methods
    • troubleshooting client issues and concerns
    • adjustment of hearing aids for client suitability          
  • Professional workplace interaction
    • client and co-worker interaction
    • using a positive approach
    • choosing product by suitability and price
    • follow-up care
    • interaction with other industry professionals
    Methods Of Instruction

    1. Student to complete 20 hours of work each week with a CSHHPBC licensed hearing professional supervisor

    2. Independent study of courseware

    3. Regular telephone contact, site visits and practical assessments will be conducted by the instructor


    Means of Assessment

    The course evaluation is consistent with Douglas College evaluation policy.  This is a mastery course.

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon successful completion the student will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate professionalism in the clinical environment.
    2. Interact with co-workers, clients and family members in a professional manner.
    3. Conduct a pre-test client case history and identify contraindications to performing a hearing test.
    4. Refer client to appropriate medical provider based on case history and/or test findings.
    5. Identify appropriate amplification options based on test results and client case history.
    6. Provide instructions to the client and family on care and use of hearing aids during dispensing.
    7. Provide the client and their family with realistic expectations for amplification results based on type of hearing loss.
    8. Assist clients based on various issues and concerns with their hearing aids.
    Textbook Materials

    No textbooks required. A student practicum manual will be provided by the instructor at the beginning of the 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

    Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
    There are no applicable transfer credits for this course.

    Course Offerings

    Fall 2021

    There aren't any scheduled upcoming offerings for this course.