Hearing Instrument Sciences

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Hearing Instrument Sciences

The Hearing Instrument Sciences Program at RCBC strives to provide both an academic and clinical experience that will enable students to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for successful employment within the spectrum of care and licensed scope of practice of a Hearing Aid Dispenser.

The program strives to develop caring and compassionate graduates who will provide hearing healthcare services, ethically, and in accordance with state practice regulations. It is anticipated that graduates would upon successful completion of their degree sit for both the practical and written state licensing exam. A primary function of the program will be to teach the theoretical background and the laboratory skills to prepare graduates for successful passage of their state boards.

Program Goals:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the scope of professional services provided by Licensed Hearing Instrument Dispensers;
  • Establish the best practice of integration of hearing health care team services for optimum patient outcomes;
  • Illustrate an understanding of the physical attributes of sound and their psychological correlates, characteristics of sound transmission and propagation, ear canal and earmold acoustics;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic psychoacoustic methods and their applications in measuring such auditory phenomena as threshold, differential sensitivity, frequency-pitch relationships, intensity-loudness relationships, masking and binaural hearing;
  • Demonstrate sound practice in acquiring and recording patient medical histories, including appropriate areas of inquiry and methods of eliciting information;
  • Exhibit proper techniques for otoscopy (examining the external canal and tympanic membrane of the ear), and for pure tone audiometry including air and bone conduction, masking, and knowledge of calibration and infection control techniques;
  • Display knowledge with the processes of auditory habilitation and rehabilitation and the role of the Hearing Instrument Specialist in this process.

For more information about this program, please contact the Health Sciences Division at (609) 894-9311, ext. 1410.