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Advanced Diploma in Hearing Instrument Specialist

George Brown College - Waterfront Campus George Brown College - Waterfront Campus, Canada

Intake Sep 2023

Jan 2023, Sep 2022

work permit PG Work Permit

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CAD 18029

Tuition Fee (CAD)

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CAD 110

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36 months


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Program Overview

Hearing Instrument Specialist three-year advanced diploma program will teach you the clinical and people skills you need to work in this field. If you are looking for a career that combines the latest technology and working with people in a health-care environment, consider applying to this program. 

While hearing loss is not exclusive to the elderly, it does often occur as we age. With Canada's population rapidly growing older, the demand for highly qualified hearing instrument specialists who can provide a client-centred approach to better hearing health care will continue to increase in the coming years. If you are looking for an in-demand career that combines technology, with health care and people, consider this program. 

You'll study the hearing instrument sciences to build a strong foundation in the theory and skills related to:

  • Acoustics
  • Audiometric Testing
  • Selection and Fitting of Hearing Aids
  • Hearing aid Technology

You will develop clinical skills to not only test hearing, but to select and fit hearing aids. You will also develop the soft skills you will need to work with a variety of clients, all of whom experiencing some form of hearing loss. Skills like active listening, empathy and effective communication to help you connect with your clients and better understand their unique needs. 

You'll also be encouraged to develop an entrepreneurial mindset through additional courses that address  key contemporary topics, including:

  • Clinic Management
  • Health Promotion
  • Counselling

Program Learning Outcomes

The Graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Administer a battery of hearing tests and analyze the results of these tests based on a thorough knowledge of functional anatomy and within the current scope of practice of a hearing instrument specialist.
  2. Obtain an accurate ear mould impression based on an otoscopic examination.
  3. Advocate and effectively communicate to a diverse audience the psycho-social implications of hearing loss.
  4. Design a hearing health-care plan incorporating health promotion, rehabilitation and appropriate referrals based on comprehensive client history, observation and counselling.
  5. Verify the benefits of the recommended devices, utilizing appropriate technology.
  6. Fit and adjust the hearing devices using available technology and based on client observation, acoustical needs and counselling.
  7. Teach the use and maintenance of hearing aids and/or assistive listening devices to clients and others.
  8. Maintain, repair and modify assistive hearing devices for optimal performance.
  9. Recommend appropriate hearing devices based on a comparison of manufacturers’ specifications and features and compatibility with other assistive listening devices.
  10. Treat, counsel and communicate effectively with all clients, utilizing knowledge of the aging process as required.
  11. Perform all roles and responsibilities as a hearing instrument specialist in accordance with accepted professional, ethical and legislative standards of the health care system.
  12. Determine effective management practices for the operations of a hearing aid dispensary, including but not limited to accounting, health and safety practices, marketing, and business and resource planning.
  13. Research and evaluate current community and government resources, new technologies and medical advances available for the benefit of the client.
  14. Participate collaboratively as an integral member of the interprofessional health-care team.

Additional Information

Program Level UG Certificate / Diploma

College/University Processing Time 30

Program Intensity Full-Time

Work Permit work permit PGWP

General Admission Requirement

    • Minimum Overall Score - 6.0 - With No Band Less Than - 5.5
    • Minimum Overall Score - 80 - With no score less than - 20
  • PTE
    • Minimum Overall Score - 54.0  Minimum Listening - 50.0  Minimum Reading - 50.0  Minimum Writing - 50.0  Minimum Speaking - 50.0  
    • Minimum Overall Score - 105.0  

Academic Requirement

  • Minimum Level of Education Required: To be accepted into this program, applicants must have Grade 12 / High School Diploma or equivalent including the following required course(s):
    • Grade 12 English
    • Grade 12 Math
    • Grade 12 Biology

6 IELTS Score With no band less than 5.5
80 TOEFL Score Minimum Overall Score
54 PTE Score Minimum Overall Score
105 Duolingo Minimum Overall Score
60% CGPA Minimum Overall Score

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Tuition Fee

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Tuition Fee

CAD 110

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12000 Per year

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