Hearing Instrument Science

Hearing Instrument Science

Application deadline - November 1st (next class scheduled to begin January 2015)

The OTC Hearing Instrument Science program is designed to prepare graduates to practice as Hearing Instrument Specialists in a variety of hearing healthcare settings, including private practice. This is a limited and selective admission program. This program includes didactic and laboratory 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 Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the national average annual wage for Hearing Instrument Specialists is $41,430.

National standards and best practice curriculum prepare students to apply for licensure as a Hearing Instrument Specialist in the State of Missouri and surrounding states. Each state has specific guidelines that applicants must meet, and faculty assist all students with the licensure process.  Students who graduate with an AAS-HIS are 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

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 emailed to royere@otc.edu or contact the Allied Health office in Lincoln Hall, room 210, on the OTC campus, (417) 447-8803, 447-8954 and 447-8804.

FREE - OTC Hearing Screenings available for any member of the community, OTC staff, faculty or students!

The OTC Hearing Clinic will be open on Tuesdays from 9:00a to 3:00p and Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:00a to 4:30p.

To make an appointment please call 417-447-7688. If you get our voicemail, please leave your name and number and we will return your call within three business days.

Hearing Instrument Science - Required Courses

Admission Information

UPDATE 10/2014 - Bennett & Wonderlic exams are NO LONGER required for admission to the HIS program!

Estimated Program Costs

Hearing Instrument Science Program FAQs

Hearing Instrument Science Program Faculty

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