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Hearing Aids and Bioacoustics

Course Code: HEAR 1100
Credits: 2.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Online
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course provides an introduction to the bioacoustics of human hearing with relation to hearing aids in a non-electrical manner. The course covers the basic physical acoustics of simple sounds from simple pure tones through to complex sounds such as speech and ambient sounds.

Course Content

1. Terminology, definitions and measurements related to sound waves

2. The speed of sound in different media

3. Psychological acoustics

4. Physiological acoustics

Methods of Instruction

  1. Distance Delivery
  2. Independent study of courseware
  3. Independent online self-assessment quizzes
  4. Field assignments
  5. Online discussion forums

Means of Assessment

Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy. The instructor will present a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the semester. Evaluation will be based on the following:

Online quizzes 5-15%

Online discussion forum and group work 5-15%

Written tests 20-30%

Written midterm examination 20-30%

Written final examination 25-30%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Describe the characteristics of a sound wave and how sound is measured

2. Describe the characteristics of periodic and aperiodic sound waves

3. Describe the characteristics of pure tones and complex sounds

4. Compare and contrast physiological and psychological acoustics

5. Explain non-electrical acoustics of hearing aids or earmolds in-situ


course prerequisites



HEAR 1101, HEAR 1111, HEAR 1112



curriculum 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 schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.