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Hearing Instrument Specialist

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Program Code: HI211
Credential: Diploma
Program Length: 4 semesters
Start Dates: September

Program Overview

Hearing instrument specialists are valued members of a hearing health-care team. They conduct comprehensive diagnostic hearing assessments, develop hearing health-care plans, dispense advanced digital assistive hearing devices and evaluate outcomes using evidence-based verification methods.   

In the Hearing Instrument Specialist diploma program, you will develop the academic knowledge and hands-on, real-world experience required to become a valued hearing health professional.  We combine online and in-person learning models, work-integrated learning, exceptional faculty and state of the art facilities to prepare students to skillfully work within their scope of practice and collaborate effectively as part of an interdisciplinary health-care team. Graduates of our program develop the confidence to adapt to the evolving needs of today’s patient and the emerging technologies for patient care and hearing devices.   

This program develops holistic and critical thinkers, confident clinicians and compassionate communicators who will become outstanding professionals, effective practitioners and leading contributors in their field. 

Courses Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  1. Assess the hearing levels of a patient and fit assistive hearing devices using knowledge of sound, the sense of hearing, and the anatomical and physiological causes of hearing.
  2. Participate collaboratively as an integral member of an interprofessional hearing health care team to enhance patient outcomes.
  3. Analyze emerging technologies for patient care and assistive hearing devices to seamlessly adapt to the current consumer market.
  4. Develop a thorough assistive hearing devices recommendation for clients, and design a hearing health care plan, integrating case history and subjective goal-oriented discussion, audiometric test findings, health promotion, financial considerations, and medical referrals.
  5. Measure and modify hearing aid function utilizing appropriate verification and validation measures to ensure optimal performance.
  6. Apply entrepreneurial/business strategies to identify and respond to new opportunities in hearing health practice.
  7. Provide recommendations to patients and family members using patient-centered and culturally sensitive communication skills.
  8. Perform all roles and responsibilities as a Hearing Instrument Specialist in accordance with accepted professional, ethical, and provincial legislative standards.


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Work Placement

Our curriculum is designed to emphasize depth and breadth in your clinical experience. You will have the opportunity to practise your skills with two work placements.  These will include a combination of on campus clinical and community opportunities.  You will be offered a selection of approved placement sites which will allow you to experience clinical work, marketing and sales, or research and development.  Some placements may be outside of the Greater Toronto area.

Program Highlights

Experience a number of interesting and unique courses within the program such as:

Fundamental Principles of Hearing Devices
Learn the history of hearing aids, basic principles of electronics and circuitry, and how this relates to the circuitry of hearing devices and styles of hearing aids. Apply this knowledge to choose the appropriate hearing device for a patient profile, and how to compare the benefits and limitations of each hearing aid style.

Patient Psychology and Counselling Skills
Explore the individual, familial, and societal impacts of hearing loss on a psychological, emotional, and social level. Formulate the necessary skills to connect with patients on an empathetic, culturally sensitive, and professional level. Become adept at in-depth case history taking and having goal-oriented discussions to motivate patients in their hearing rehabilitation.

Disorders
Identify various pathologies within the peripheral and central auditory system. Collaborate confidently with other medical professionals if referral is warranted. Through this course, you will understand the pathologies behind different types of hearing loss such as hyperacusis, tinnitus, and noise induced hearing loss.

Open the Course drawer in Program Overview to reveal the program curriculum.

specialist showing a patient options for different hearing aids

Hearing professional guiding a patient through the selection of hearing aid from a range of options.

2 hearing aids, a prosthetic ear and an otoscope

An audiogram, an otoscope, a pair of demo hearing aids, and an artificial ear used to demonstrate how a hearing aid might look.

hand holding 2 hearing aids

Hearing professional showing a patient a range of hearing aid options to best suit their hearing loss.

The Humber Advantage

State-of-the-art Facilities

Our hearing instrument specialist lab boasts state-of-the-art facilities that provide students with a high-quality learning environment. Our well-equipped labs feature leading-edge equipment that allows students to gain practical experience in the field. Students engage in hands-on, simulated real world learning already within their first semester, and scaffolded throughout the program, which ensures that students receive the technical and employability skills they need to succeed in their future careers.

In the third semester of the program, the learning lab serves as our on-site Hearing Instrument Specialist Learning Clinic. Students, who are supervised by professionals within the hearing healthcare field, benefit from the opportunity to fully integrate theory and practice. With immediate, personalized, and constructive feedback within their clinical placements, students will gain comprehensive practical skills and graduate with the confidence needed to succeed in the field. From appointment booking to clinic organization and marketing to patient care, our clinic aims to provide students with a well-rounded experience that can help them thrive in their future careers. All of these features combined make our hearing instrument specialist combined lab and clinic space the perfect place to learn and grow as a professional.

hearing instrument specialist lab booth

hearing instrument specialist lab equipment

hearing instrument specialist lab equipment

hearing instrument specialist lab booth

An Education in High Demand

The Hearing Instrument Specialist diploma program will prepare you well as the need for professionals in this field continues to rise in Canada.


Professional and Community Partnerships

Humber maintains strong partnerships within the community – and is the preferred choice by many agencies and facilities because of the Faculty of Health Sciences & Wellness reputation.

The Humber Experience

The Right Fit

You are collaborative, a problem solver and have a desire to help. You are driven and motivated and have strong interpersonal skills. You have the desire to use your experiences and knowledge to help others.


Your Career

As the aging demographic in Canada continues to expand, there is a high demand for strongly skilled hearing instrument specialists. The job outlook for this profession in Ontario is positive.  

Graduates are prepared for various employment opportunities including clinical, business, manufacturing, marketing and sales, research and development, technical support, plus entrepreneurial endeavours. This industry is dynamic in its movement and opportunities in patient-centered health care as it continues to evolve with the advancement of technology.

Hearing instrument specialists can work in a clinic or hospital setting testing for hearing loss and fitting hearing aids in adults. They can also manage the sales and business side of a company or choose to be an entrepreneur and open their own testing and dispensing clinic. A hearing instrument specialist can work for a hearing aid manufacturer as a sales marketing manager, specialist in product manufacturing, technical support, or research and development of new and upcoming hearing aid technology.

Program Availability

Start dates between Sept 2023 - Aug 2024
START DATE LOCATION STATUS
September 2023 North Open
Start dates between Sept 2023 - Aug 2024
START DATE LOCATION STATUS
September 2023 North Open

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Admissions Questions

General Enquiries

Call 416-675-3111 or email enquiry@humber.ca. If you have already applied, be sure to check your application status on myhumber.ca.

Domestic Applicants Enquiries

Domestic applicants can book a one-on-one advising appointment with an admissions representative.

International Applicants Enquiries

Contact the International Centre for information about full-time programs (including the International Graduate School), how to apply and to follow up on your submitted application.

Program-Specific Questions

Speak to the Program Co-ordinator about the course curriculum, projects and career options.

Shelby Wright, program support officer
416.675.6622 ext. 3374
shelby.wright@humber.ca

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Work with your employer approximately one year before attending Humber.

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If you’re in high school – grade 11 or 12 – you can earn co-op education credits through work placements in some skilled trades.

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How to Apply

Domestic Students

Applications to Humber are made through ontariocolleges.ca. Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program.

To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber’s program pages, search by availability, or ontariocolleges.ca.

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International Students

If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

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Book a virtual appointment with a Student Mobility Advisor learn more about getting Transfer Credit(s) for previous post-secondary experience, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR), and Pathways options.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet all the requirements below in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission. Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Admission selection is based on the following three requirements:

  • Academic

    To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following: 

    • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent 
      • Grade 12 Mathematics (MAP4C, MCT4C, MDM4U, MCB4U, MGA4U, MCV4U or MHF4U) or Grade 11 M or U Mathematics (MCF3M or MCR3U) 
      • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Biology (SBI3C, SBI3U or SBI4U or equivalent) 
      • Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U or equivalent) 
      • One Grade 11 or Grade 12 C, M or U course in addition to those listed above

    or

    or

    Mature Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet all listed course requirements.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or attended postsecondary studies, and will be 21 or older as of the first day of classes. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U/M level or equivalent.

    College Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants must have an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent in the program. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

    University Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

  • English Language Proficiency

    All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

  • International Credit Evaluation

    Canadian citizens or permanent residents with international education are required to provide a WES or ICAS evaluation.

International Academic Equivalency

Admission equivalencies for Humber depend on your country of study. Please enter your location or choose detect my location to see the requirements for your country below.

Post-Admission Requirements

Once you have been accepted, and have confirmed your offer, you may need to complete a further set of requirements related to your program (Post-Admission Requirements).

Placement Requirements

The pre-requisite requirements must be fulfilled before the commencement of your first placement. Participation in placements will not be allowed if not all the pre-requisite requirements are met. Due to the variety of venues and possible changes in legislation, the requirements are subject to change. Please use the following link to find detailed information about your program’s placement pre-requisite requirements.

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Equipment & Device Requirements

Semester 1

Details and Specifications Minimum Specifications Recommended Specifications
Processor Intel i5-8300H (PC)
4-core or higher 64bit (Mac)
Intel i5-8300H (PC)
4-core or higher 64bit (Mac)
OS Windows 10 (PC)
OS 10.15 (Mac)
Windows 10 (PC)
OS 10.15 (Mac)
Memory 8GB of RAM 8GB of RAM
Storage 256GB 256GB
Monitor Laptop Laptop
Other Built-in microphone and webcam, Software: Adobe creative and Microsoft office Suite Built-in microphone and webcam, Software: Adobe creative and Microsoft office Suite

Program-Specific Questions

Speak to the Program Co-ordinator about the course curriculum, projects and career options.

Shelby Wright, program support officer
416.675.6622 ext. 3374
shelby.wright@humber.ca

Fees & Financial Aid

The 2022-2023 fee for two semesters was:

  • domestic: $3,753.24
  • international: $16,394.00

Fees are subject to change.

Fees by Semester

Domestic Fees International Fees

Financial Aid, Scholarships and Bursaries

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Scholarships

Humber Scholarships

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Humber Bursaries

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Indigenous Student Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of bursaries and scholarships for Indigenous students, visit Indigenous Student Awards.

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Humber Pathways include:

  • Opportunities to build on your college education and complete your diploma or degree at Humber.
  • Degree and graduate study opportunities at other institutions in Ontario, Canada and abroad.
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