Peripherals and ALDs
Hearing Instrument Practitioner
3 hours per week/45 hours per semester
- Online delivery
- Independent study of courseware
This course introduces the student to the hearing aid fitting software that is commonly used in clinics today. Representatives from the various hearing aid manufacturers will be invited to present to our students to familiarize the students with the unique aspects of their fitting software. Students will also learn about peripheral devices, used along with hearing aids to stream inputs from telephones, televisions, iPADs, iPODs, etc., in order to increase the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR); namely, increase the loudness of speech compared to background noise. This course will also introduce students to assistive listening devices (ALDs) that are used by the hard-of-hearing and deaf populations. These include alerting devices, telephone devices, and also devices that increase signal-to-noise ratio (SNR).
- Fitting software to fit hearing aid prescriptions
- Peripheral devices used along with hearing aids
- Assistive listening devices used separately from hearing aids
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Perform hearing aid programming and adjustments using various manufacturers' fitting software
2. Explain the features and benefits of peripheral devices commonly used with hearing aids
3. Explain the features and benefits of ALDs
Means of Assessment
The course evaluation will be consistent with Douglas College evaluation policy. An evaluation schedule will be presented with the course outline at the beginning of the course.
Midterm exam 20-30%
Final exam 25-35%
Consult the Douglas College Bookstore for required materials.