Academic Calendar

HAPR – Hearing Aid Practitioner

HAPR 101
Bioacoustics of Human Hearing
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

In this foundational course students learn how a normal auditory system functions, as a basis for working with people with hearing loss. Students learn about the acoustic and psychoacoustic properties of sound and how sound is measured, learn about the anatomy of the entire auditory system from the outer ear to the auditory cortex in the brain, and apply their knowledge of acoustics to the physiology of how sound is processed from entering the outer ear to being perceived as sound. Part-time HAPR students must take HAPR 101 in the student's first fall term in the HAPR program.

HAPR 102
Hearing Testing I
2 Credits          Weekly (2-1-0)

Students experience simulated hearing loss and learn about the need for hearing testing. Students are provided with an overview of the hearing testing process, learn to use basic hearing testing equipment, and learn to use the standard forms that are used for reporting hearing test results. Students also learn about appropriate test environments and infection control measures, and how to maintain and troubleshoot hearing testing equipment. Through hands-on learning and reflective practice, students evaluate testing environments, explore audiometers, apply appropriate infection control measures, and complete calibration and troubleshooting activities. Part-time HAPR students must take HAPR 101 prior to HAPR 102, if HAPR 101 and HAPR 102 are not taken in the same term.

HAPR 103
Hearing Instrument Technology I
4 Credits          Weekly (3-2-0)

Students learn about the basic components and characteristics of hearing aids, earmolds, and assistive devices, how to formally and informally evaluate hearing aid function, and how to care for and maintain hearing aids. Through hands-on learning and reflective practice, students familiarize themselves with hearing aids and earmolds, assess hearing aid function, discuss hearing aid troubleshooting, minor repairs and modifications, make ear impressions, and apply appropriate infection control measures when working with hearing aids and earmolds. Part-time HAPR students must take HAPR 101 prior to HAPR 103, if HAPR 101 and HAPR 103 are not taken in the same term.

HAPR 104
The Aging Client
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

Students explore the psychological, social and physical aspects of normal aging, and how the demographics of an aging population influence and impact society. Personal values and attitudes as well as those evident in government policies, community planning, and the health care delivery system are also examined.

HAPR 105
Customer Relations and Communications
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

This course introduces students to the interpersonal skills required for providing high quality service to adult clients who have hearing loss. Students learn about the communication skills necessary for initiating and maintaining positive relationships, the impact of personality types on interpersonal communication, and management of interpersonal relationships. Students also examine their own communication skills, learn communication concepts, and develop and practice the specific interpersonal communication and customer relations skills required for success as a hearing aid practitioner.

HAPR 108
Business Management
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

Students are introduced to the various management functions required to establish and manage a hearing aid dispensing practice. Students learn how and why small businesses are successful in Canada. Students also conduct market research and develop marketing plans, learn about business operations and costs, and develop business and financial plans.

HAPR 110
Hearing Disorders
2 Credits          Weekly (2-0-0)

Students learn to interpret and classify the results of hearing testing. Students also learn about hearing disorders and medical conditions, and their associated hearing test results. Note: This course is taken concurrently with HAPR 111 (Hearing Testing II).

Prerequisites: HAPR 102 and a minimum grade of C- in HAPR 101.

Co-requisites: HAPR 111.

HAPR 111
Hearing Testing II
4 Credits          Weekly (3-2-0)

Students learn about case history interviews, otoscopic examinations, air and bone conduction pure-tone tests, speech tests, and masking procedures. Students also learn to interpret test results and make recommendations to clients. Through hands-on learning and reflective practice, students complete and record the results of case history interviews, otoscopic examinations, and the basic battery of hearing tests, while using industry-standard infection control measures. Note: This course is taken concurrently with HAPR 110 (Hearing Disorders).

Prerequisites: HAPR 102 and a minimum grade of C- in HAPR 101.

Co-requisites: HAPR 110.

HAPR 112
Professional Responsibilities
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

This course introduces students to the scope of practice for hearing aid practitioners.  Students discuss the psychosocial effects of hearing loss and identify appropriate support services in an interdisciplinary context.  Students explore the personal and business professionalism and ethics required for success as a hearing aid practitioner.

HAPR 114
Professional Practice
4 Credits          Weekly (0-6-1)

In this intensive hands-on course, students integrate knowledge and skills learned in first-year program courses. Students demonstrate an understanding of the various components of hearing testing and the ear mold impression process and apply that understanding through practice, demonstration of skills and reflection.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in HAPR 103, HAPR 105, HAPR 110 and HAPR 111.

HAPR 201
Interviewing and Counselling
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

Students are introduced to interviewing and counseling practices and procedures required for supporting clients in accepting and coping with hearing loss, and adjusting to and using hearing aids successfully.

HAPR 202
Aural Rehabilitation I
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

In this introductory course, students learn about hearing health promotion through aural rehabilitation and the use of a team approach to providing hearing health care services and support to adults with hearing loss.

HAPR 203
Hearing Instrument Technology II
4 Credits          Weekly (3-2-0)

This course focuses on the first stages of hearing aid programming and the verification of hearing aid fittings. In the theory portion of the course, students learn about the basic first stages of hearing aid programming, the verification of hearing aid fittings, including probe microphone measures, current important hearing aid features and hearing aid troubleshooting. Through hands-on learning and reflective practice, students learn to program hearing aids, to first fit, and verify hearing aid fittings using probe microphone measures, while using industry-standard infection control measures.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in HAPR 114.

HAPR 204
Hearing Testing III
2 Credits          Weekly (1-2-0)

In the theory portion of this final hearing testing course, students learn about immittance testing, special tests, test modifications, referral letters to physicians, and review the entire hearing testing process. In the mandatory lab at MacEwan University in Edmonton, students complete immittance testing, practice completing the standard test battery, complete a practical exam consisting of a full hearing test with a client, write referral letters to physicians, and discuss special tests that are not considered part of the standard test battery. Note: This course is taken concurrently with HAPR 211 (Hearing Instrument Technology III).

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in HAPR 114.

Co-requisites: HAPR 211.

HAPR 210
Aural Rehabilitation II
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

In this final aural rehabilitation course, students learn to incorporate aural rehabilitation and communication strategies into practice with individuals and groups, with a specific focus on the older population.

Prerequisites: HAPR 202.

HAPR 211
Hearing Instrument Technology III
4 Credits          Weekly (3-2-0)

In the theory portion of this final hearing instrument technology course, students learn to select and order appropriate hearing aids for adult clients, to support clients when they first receive their hearing aids and on an ongoing basis, and to evaluate the success of hearing aid fittings. In the mandatory lab at MacEwan University in Edmonton, students review the characteristics of current hearing aids and fitting software, learn about specific hearing aids and fitting software used by professionals in hearing aid dispensing clinics, and review procedures that clients and hearing aid practitioners complete in order for clients to obtain and use hearing aids. Note: This course is taken concurrently with HAPR 204 (Hearing Testing III).

Prerequisites: HAPR 203.

Co-requisites: HAPR 204.

HAPR 212
Field Placement
4 Credits          Total (0-0-210)

Students integrate knowledge and skills from all previous program courses as they complete seminar activities and work with clients in hearing aid dispensing clinics, under the direct supervision of experienced hearing aid dispensing professionals.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in HAPR 104, HAPR 108, HAPR 112, HAPR 201, HAPR 204, HAPR 210, and HAPR 211.