Curriculum Guideline

Hearing Instrument Practitioner Regulation

Effective Date:
Course Code
HEAR 2101
Hearing Instrument Practitioner Regulation
Hearing Instrument Practitioner
Science & Technology
Start Date
End Term
Not Specified
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Contact Hours
2 hours per week/30 hours per semester
Method Of Instruction
Methods Of Instruction
  1. Online delivery
  2. Independent study of courseware
  3. Completion of field assignments
  4. Participation in online discussion forums
  5. Presentations from industry speakers
Course Description
In this course the student will acquire knowledge regarding the Hearing Instrument Practitioner (HIP) scope of practice as it relates to Audiologists and Physicians. The ethics and bylaws of the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of British Columbia (CSHHPBC) that regulates the HIP will be studied. Legal concepts of controlled acts and protected titles will be defined as they are by CSHHPBC. Students will learn the distinction between colleges and associations.
Course Content


  1. Role delineation of various hearing health care providers
  2. Definitions of regulatory colleges versus professional associations
  3. The evolution of hearing instrument dispensing
  4. Comprehensive study of eligibility to be regulated by the CSHHPBC
  5. Ethics and hearing instrument dispensing as defined by the CSHHPBC
  6. Professional associations and their role for the hearing health care provider
  7. Support groups/organizations for the deaf and hearing impaired
Learning Outcomes

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

 1. Describe the scope of practice for the HIP as it relates to audiologists and physicians

 2. Define controlled acts and protected titles of the HIP and the audiologist

 3. Discuss the ethics and bylaws of the CSHHPBC

 4. Outline the advantages for joining professional associations such as HIPSBC

 5. Categorize eligibility for funding assistance from 3rd parties; e.g., WorkSafeBC

 6. Integrate knowledge in order to refer clients as necessary

 7. Synthesize audiometric findings and recommendations in written letters to other health care professionals

 8. Outline some of the support groups for the deaf versus the hard of hearing population

Means of Assessment

The course evaluation will be consistent with Douglas College evaluation policy. An evaluation schedule will be provided in the course outline at the beginning of the course.

Midterm exam – 20-30%

Quizzes – 20-40%

Field assignments - 0-10%

Online discussions - 0-10%

Final exam – 20-30%


Textbook Materials

No textbooks are required for this course. 



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