Hearing Instrument Sciences (HIS)

(HIS) Hearing Instrument Science

Course Information Cr Hrs
HIS-110 Acoustics and Psychoacoustics

This course defines, describes and identifies the physical processes of sound, sound transmission, sound measurement and sound amplification as related to hearing and hearing instruments. Psychoacoustic principles and methods and their applications to the measurement of a variety of auditory phenomena are also presented. 

 Admission to Hearing Instrument Science Program
3-2-2
HIS-120 Anatomy and Physiology of Auditory and Speech Systems

This course provides an understanding of anatomy and physiology of the auditory, vestibular and speech systems.  The role of the auditory system in the reception and perception of sound and the effects of various pathologic conditions on auditory and vestibular function are presented.

 Admission to Hearing Instrument Science Program
3-2-2
HIS-125 Hearing and Auditory Disorders

This course provides a basic understanding of the otologic conditions affecting hearing.  Otologic red flags that require referral to medical physicians and other healthcare specialists are discussed.  Students develop a referral protocol for their patients to speech-language pathologists, audiologists and otolaryngologists.

 Completion of all first semester HIS courses with a "C" or better
3-3-0
HIS-130 Introduction to Audiometry

This course introduces the theory and practice of auditory assessment through the use of patient history information, otoscopy and audiometry.  Calibration requirements and otologic considerations and understanding of infection control are also covered.  

 Admission to Hearing Instrument Science Program
3-2-2
HIS-140 Introduction to Hearing Instrument Components

This course covers the physical and the acoustic characteristics of hearing instruments.  Hearing aid test standards and required measurements of hearing aid performance, types of acoustic couplers and effects of coupler modifications in transferring sound to the human ear are also covered.

 Admission to Hearing Instrument Science Program
3-2-2
HIS-150 Hearing Instrument Fitting Methods

This course presents various formulae and protocols to create more effective treatment outcomes with hearing impaired patients.  Patient post fitting follow-up to increase compliance with treatment recommendations will also be described.

 Completion of all first semester HIS courses with a "C" or better
3-3-0
HIS-160 Hearing Healthcare Legal Responsibilities and Ethics

This course discusses the role and responsibility of each member of the hearing healthcare team. Emphasis is placed on the professional services provided by Licensed Hearing Instrument Dispensers. Other topics include the requirements for state licensure, and opportunities for employment.  Ethical issues and legal responsibilities of the Hearing Instrument Specialist and the agencies and laws concerning the hearing handicapped and the hearing aid industry are presented.

 Completion of all first semester HIS courses with a "C" or better
2-2-0
HIS-170 Clinical Practicum I

This course provides students with an opportunity to observe and gain practical experience in assessment, fitting and troubleshooting in a hearing instrument practitionerís office.  Students perform duties under the supervision of a licensed hearing instrument specialist or other appropriate hearing professional.

 Completion of all first semester HIS courses with a "C" or better
1-0-0-3
HIS-230 Advanced Audiometry

This course continues to develop an understanding of the theory and practice of auditory assessment. Rationales for application of self assessment inventories in hearing healthcare are covered. Students practice and demonstrate competency in masking and gain an understanding of other testing methods used in the hearing healthcare field including tympanometry, otoacoustic emission testing, and other electro-physiological testing.  

 Completion of all previous semester HIS courses with a "C" or better
3-2-2
HIS-240 Compression and Digital Features of Hearing Instruments

This course covers advanced skills necessary to prescribe hearing instrument devices to match individual patient requirements. Concepts that are covered include binaural versus monaural fittings, types of compression and digital algorithms, techniques for troubleshooting hearing aid problems from initial adjustment to amplification through long term care and maintenance.

 Completion of all previous semester HIS courses with a "C" or better
3-2-2
HIS-250 Real Ear Measurements

This course provides a comprehensive review of validation measurements using real ear methodology. This course defines, describes and identifies the functional uses of different types of earmolds, shells and assistive listening devices (ALDs). Students practice taking impressions and modifying earmolds and shells for which they've made impressions. Students demonstrate the correct use of several commonly used ALDs.   Strategies to communicate realistic expectations for amplification are presented. 

 Completion of all previous semester HIS courses with a "C" or better
3-2-2
HIS-260 Hearing Healthcare Management and Marketing

This course presents the skills and competencies necessary for the management of a typical hearing healthcare office's business operations.  Essential elements of an effective marketing campaign for a successful hearing instrument office are discussed. Students practice and demonstrate skills necessary to increase patient compliance with purchase recommendations. 

 Completion of all previous semester HIS courses with a "C" or better
3-3-0
HIS-270 Clinical Practicum II

This course provides students with continuing practice in assessing hearing impaired adults and children along with the selection, fitting and troubleshooting of hearing instruments in a hearing professionalís clinic and office.  Students assume increasing responsibility in the assessment and care of clients under the supervision of a hearing instrument specialist or other hearing professional. 

 Completion of all previous semester HIS courses with a "C" or better
3-0-0-9
HIS-280 Clinical Practicum IIIIn this course students practice all skills associated with the provision of hearing healthcare services from the first patient contact to the final hearing instrument checkup under the supervision of a hearing instrument specialist or other hearing healthcare professional. 

 Completion of all previous semester HIS courses with a "C" or better
3-0-0-9