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Hearing Instrument Practitioner Regulation

Course Code: HEAR 2101
Credits: 2.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Online
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

In this course the student will acquire knowledge regarding the Hearing Instrument Practitioner (HIP) scope of practice as it relates to Audiologists and Physicians. The ethics and bylaws of the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of British Columbia (CSHHPBC) that regulates the HIP will be studied. Legal concepts of controlled acts and protected titles will be defined as they are by CSHHPBC. Students will learn the distinction between colleges and associations.

Course Content

  1. Role delineation of various hearing health care providers
  2. Definitions of regulatory colleges versus professional associations
  3. The evolution of hearing instrument dispensing
  4. Comprehensive study of eligibility to be regulated by the CSHHPBC
  5. Ethics and hearing instrument dispensing as defined by the CSHHPBC
  6. Professional associations and their role for the hearing health care provider
  7. Support groups/organizations for the deaf and hearing impaired

Methods of Instruction

  1. Online delivery
  2. Independent study of courseware
  3. Completion of field assignments
  4. Participation in online discussion forums
  5. Presentations from industry speakers

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.

Midterm exam – 20-30%

Quizzes – 20-40%

Field assignments - 0-10%

Online discussions - 0-10%

Final exam – 20-30%

Learning Outcomes

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

 1. Describe the scope of practice for the HIP as it relates to audiologists and physicians

 2. Define controlled acts and protected titles of the HIP and the audiologist

 3. Discuss the ethics and bylaws of the CSHHPBC

 4. Outline the advantages for joining professional associations such as HIPSBC

 5. Categorize eligibility for funding assistance from 3rd parties; e.g., WorkSafeBC

 6. Integrate knowledge in order to refer clients as necessary

 7. Synthesize audiometric findings and recommendations in written letters to other health care professionals

 8. Outline some of the support groups for the deaf versus the hard of hearing population

course prerequisites

HEAR 1310


HEAR 2100, HEAR 2111, HEAR 2112



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.