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Sept 2022 - Aug 2023
Program Code: HI211 Credential: Diploma Program Length: 4 semesters
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Program Overview

Hearing instrument specialists (HIS) 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 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 unpaid 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.

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 to engage in all employment opportunities available for a hearing instrument specialist including clinical work, technical support, marketing and sales, research and development, and entrepreneurial endeavours. 

Hearing instrument specialists work in a variety of settings. In private clinics or large chains that sell hearing aids, they can be clinicians testing for hearing loss and dispensing hearing aids. They can also be managers responsible for the business side of the organization. A hearing instrument specialist can also work for a hearing aid manufacturer as a sales manager, specialist in product manufacturing or as technical support. They can also work for hearing aid manufacturers on research, development and marketing for new hearing aid technology. Another setting includes being a specialist in a hospital, dispensing and fitting hearing aids for adults prescribed by another health-care professional. A hearing instrument specialist might  also choose to be an entrepreneur and open their own testing and dispensing clinic.  

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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 3 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.

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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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Fees

The 2022-2023 fee for two semesters is:

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

Fees are subject to change.

Fees by Semester

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Scholarships

Humber Scholarships

Find out more about scholarships and bursaries that you may be eligible for, visit Student Scholarships. International students can visit International Student Scholarships.

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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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  • 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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