Hearing Impaired Patient Interaction

Curriculum Guideline

Effective Date:
Course Code
HEAR 2200
Hearing Impaired Patient Interaction
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(s) Of Instruction
Learning Activities
  1. Online delivery
  2. Independent study of courseware
Course Description
This course introduces the student to the psycho-social aspects and influences of hearing loss upon the individual client. Communication plays an important role in family and social life. The specific impact of hearing loss upon significant others will also be examined. Students will learn to refer those individuals to sources of information which can assist them in coping with hearing loss. Various commonly used scales or questionnaires to validate hearing aid satisfaction will be examined. The often misunderstood effects and causes of tinnitus, which were introduced earlier in the program, will be further explored in this course. Techniques for recording client case history and for writing letters to communicate results of assessment and recommendations to family physicians, ENTs, or others, will also be covered.
Course Content

  1.  Different issues pertaining to hard-of-hearing versus deaf communities

  2.  Counselling techniques, hearing aid explanation, and referral to external support agencies

  3.  Scales validating hearing aid usage and satisfaction

  4.  Tinnitus

  5.  Case history and letters to communicate hearing loss findings to other professionals


Learning Outcomes

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


  1. Identify the differences between hard-of-hearing versus deaf communities

      2. Describe the effects of, degree and duration of hearing loss upon behaviour

      3. Describe the basic psychological reactions of hard-of-hearing adults to the loss of their hearing

      4. Describe the social problems that hard-of-hearing clients encounter in their daily living

      5. Identify sources of external support agencies for the deaf and hard-of-hearing populations

      6. Classify specific communication assessment tools unique to the geriatric population

      7. Interpret results of scales or questionnaires that validate hearing aid fittings

      8. Describe factors that influence successful hearing aid usage in older adults

      9. Outline the various causes and effects of tinnitus

    10. Outline the essential elements of a client case history

    11. Compose letters that convey results of assessment and recommendations

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.

Quizzes 20-40% 

Field Assignments 0-10%

Online Discussions 0-10%

Midterm exam 20-30%

Final exam 20-35%

Textbook Materials

Consult the Douglas College Bookstore for required materials.