This programme is ideal for persons who want to work independently as a hearing aid acoustician.
- Modules and Outcomes
- The hearing aid acoustician advanced programme consists of 8 modules:
- Module 1: Ear and hearing
- Learn about the ear and how the ear helps us to hear. Topics to be discussed include the nature of hearing loss, the structure and function of the ear as well as disorders of the ear.
- Module 2: Sound and hearing
- Learn about sound, specifically sound properties (frequency and intensity). Practical application of sound, how we hear sounds and how sound relates to the work of a hearing aid acoustician.
- Module 3: Audiometric tests
- Learn how to perform a basic hearing test. Test procedures to be discussed on a theoretical and practical basis include how to take a case history, otoscopic examination, pure tone and speech audiometry, tympanometry, acoustic-reflex testing and oto-acoustic emissions test.
- Module 4: Hearing instrument selection
- Learn about the physical and electroacoustic characteristics of hearing instruments. Topics to be discussed include types of hearing instruments, components of hearing instruments and signal-processing features like compression, directional microphone technology, frequency compression and other advanced features.
- Module 5: Ear moulds
- Learn about ear moulds and other sound-delivery devices like slim-tube fittings and canal-receiver technology. Topics to be discussed include different types of ear moulds and sound-delivery devices, selection and specifications.
- Module 6: Hearing instrument fitting and verification
- Learn how to fit hearing instruments and assistive listening devices, including verification procedures. Counselling of a patient in terms of the use of hearing instrument and assistive listening devices are included as well.
- Module 7: Technical service and repairs
- Learn how to perform basic troubleshooting and minor repairs of hearing instruments and assistive listening devices.
- Module 8: Patient care and administration
- Learn how to effectively manage services to persons with a hearing loss. Topics to be discussed include record-keeping, the upholding of service-delivery standards and working as part of a team.
- Programme requirements
- All programmes are offered through online blended learning.
- IT requirements
- Computer/laptop with internet access.
- Participant requirements
- English language skills and basic computer literacy.
- Academic requirements
- Theoretical: Understanding of online reading material and the completion of online assessments and examinations.
- Practical: Attend a two-week practical workshop.
- You can only register for the full programme which includes all online learning material and the two-week practical training workshop.
- Advanced programme
Register for the hearing aid acoustician advanced programme (all 8 modules and practical training).Programme cost: $2 500
Registration date: March & September each year
Duration: 12 months
Upon completion of the 8 modules, students will automatically qualify for the one week practical hands on training workshop. Training takes place in Pretoria, South Africa. Costs exclude participants' travel and accommodation. Practical training to be arranged outside of South Africa on an individual basis with additional costs to be covered by the participants.