Hearing Instrument Science

Hearing Instrument Science

The OTC Hearing Instrument Science (HIS) program is designed to prepare graduates to practice as Hearing Instrument Specialists in a variety of hearing healthcare settings, including private practice. This a flexible distance learning program with part time and full time enrollment options. We can accommodate local students as well as out of state students. In addition to the AAS-HIS degree, the HIS program now offers a certificate option. The certificate consists of the first six HIS courses and a handful of the general education courses required for the full AAS degree. The certificate is a great option for students looking to become licensed in states that do not require higher education degrees for licensure. More information can be found by looking at the preferred course sequence document below.

This program includes both lecture-based and hands-on coursework, as well as, supervised clinical education experiences. This program prepares graduates to function as a member of the hearing healthcare "team." The "team" includes: Hearing Instrument Specialists, Otologists, Audiologists, and Otolaryngologists. The May 2014 Occupational Employment statistics Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the estimated mean national wage for Hearing Instrument Specialists is $47,820.

National standards and best practice curriculum prepare students to apply for licensure as a Hearing Instrument Specialist in the State of Missouri and other states. Each state has specific guidelines that applicants/students must meet for supervision and licensure.  Faculty can assist all students with the licensure process.  Students who graduate with an AAS-HIS from OTC and attain licensure are immediately eligible to apply and take the National Board Certification Examination from the National Board for Certification in Hearing Instrument Sciences (NBC-HIS).

  • The OTC Hearing Instrument Science program will prepare students to:
    Conduct hearing tests
    Recommend assistive listening devices
    Complete custom ear impressions
    Recommend hearing instrument fittings
    Adjust physical and electroacoustic parameters of hearing instruments
    Counsel patients on outcomes and expectations

All applicants are encouraged to attend a Hearing Instrument Science Informational session to learn what is required prior to and during the application process. Hearing Instrument Science Informational sessions are offered frequently and no appointment is necessary. 

Questions that cannot be answered via the provided links should be directed to the HIS program via 417-447-6644, emailed to hearingprogram@otc.edu or feel free contact the Allied Health office in Lincoln Hall, room 210, at (417) 447-8803.

Hearing Instrument Science - Required Courses

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Hearing Instrument Science Program FAQs

Hearing Instrument Science Program Faculty

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