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Peripherals and ALDs

Course Code: HEAR 2201
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 Weeks
Learning Format: Online
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

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).

Course Content

  1. Fitting software to fit hearing aid prescriptions
  2. Peripheral devices used along with hearing aids
  3. Assistive listening devices used separately from hearing aids

Methods of Instruction

  1. Online delivery
  2. Independent study of courseware

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. 

Quizzes 20-40% 

Assignments 0-20%

Midterm exam 20-30%

Final exam 25-35%

Learning Outcomes

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 

course prerequisites

 HEAR 2100, HEAR 2101, HEAR 2111, HEAR 2112


HEAR 2200, HEAR 2210, HEAR 2212



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.