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Hearing Aid Analysis and Fitting

Course Code: HEAR 1211
Credits: 4.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Lab
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course will introduce students to hearing aid fitting and industry verification standards. Students will learn basic fitting techniques and verification steps to confirm fitting accuracy including hearing instrument testing box (HIT), real ear measurement (REM) and visible speech testing. Students will understand the importance of verifying hearing aid fittings as related to client satisfaction and provincial regulatory body guidelines.

Course Content

1.      Standard equipment and supplies related to hearing instrument analysis and fitting

2.      Software and programming methods used to analyze hearing instruments

3.      Standard hearing instrument fitting formulas

4.      Standard programming procedures from first fit to troubleshooting based on client issues

5.      Verification methods

6.      Electroacoustic analysis and ANSI standards

7.      Hearing aid dispensing protocol

8.      Analysis of audiograms and expectations for client adaptation

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. Attendance is mandatory for this lab course. 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.      Identify standard industry equipment and supplies related to hearing instrument analysis and fitting

2.      Identify a variety of software and programming methods used to analyze hearing instruments 

3.      Understand how to program hearing aids using standard hearing instrument fitting formulas

4.      Perform standard programming procedures from first fit to troubleshooting based on client issues

5.      Describe various verification methods

6.      Perform electroacoustic analysis of a hearing aid and explain ANSI standards in relation to the results

7.      Describe hearing aid dispensing protocol

8.      Perform analysis of audiograms and describe expectations for client adaptation

course prerequisites

HEAR 1100, HEAR 1101, HEAR 1111, HEAR 1112


HEAR 1200, HEAR 1212



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.