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Introduction to Hearing Testing and Clinical Practices

Course Code: HEAR 1112
Credits: 4.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lab
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course introduces students to the basic elements of hearing testing and clinical practices. An overview of the typical equipment used in a hearing clinic as well as the various functions will be explored. Standard infection control measures will be introduced to the student to ensure a sanitary work environment. This course will prepare students to begin performing the standard audiometric tests as defined by the provincial regulatory body. Pretest preparation and simulated testing will be the focus of this course.

Course Content

1. Clinical terminology and symbols
2. Patient intake protocol and red flag conditions requiring doctor referrals
3. Required clinical supplies
4. Required testing equipment
5. Infection control
6. Regular clinical equipment checks
7. Introduction to hearing testing
8. Otoscopy introduction
9. Introduction to ancillary test equipment

Methods of Instruction

 Methods of Instruction

1. Laboratory Lecture
2. Application exercises in Lab
3. Independent Study of Courseware
4. Proficiency Tests
5. Laboratory Assignments

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:

Lab assessments 10-20%

Written tests 10-20%

Written midterm examination 10-20%

Lab practical midterm examination 10-20%

Final examination 20-35%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Define clinical terms, including audiometry terms and symbols 
2. Perform patient intake and identify when it is appropriate to make a referral to a doctor 
3. Explain the parts of an audiometer, otoscope and other ancillary test equipment 
4. Complete a preliminary otoscopic examination 
5. Perform regular clinical equipment checks 
6. Perform infection control in the clinical environment 
7. Explain how the audiometer integrates with a computer 
8. Explain the clinical test environment along with the workflow from patient intake to audiometric test results 
9. Perform mock hearing tests on training software 


course prerequisites



HEAR 1100, HEAR 1101, HEAR 1111

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.