Advanced Diploma in Hearing Aid Acoustics
1. Who should obtain the Diploma?
Anyone with a senior certificate or Grade 12 plus three year post-matric diploma or degree who wishes to receive advanced training in the dispensing of hearing aids.
2. Aims of the Diploma
To equip individuals to:
Select, fit and repair hearing aids;
Take ear mould impressions and manufacture ear moulds;
Conduct pure tone air conduction and bone conduction, as well as speech hearing tests for the purpose of fitting hearing aids;
Evaluate hearing aid fittings by means of measurements in the ear;
Instruct the patient in the use and maintenance of a hearing aid.
3. Course content of the programme
Anatomy and physiology of the ear
Pathology of the ear
Acoustics of speech
Communication and perception of speech
Theoretical underpinnings and application of the basic test battery: Part 1
Theoretical basis and practical application of hearing aids and assistive listening devices: part 1
Hearing health care professions within the health care system
Theoretical underpinnings and application of the basic audiometric test battery: Part 2
Hearing health care in industry
Introduction to the rehabilitation of the hearing impaired
Theoretical basis and practical application of hearing aids and assistive listening devices: Part 2
Business management and marketing
4. Duration of course
Two years part-time. One weeks practical training in the middle of the year and one week at the end of the year at the Department of Communication Pathology.
5. How is the course presented?
This is a correspondence course with a practical component comprising of contact periods during the year. The medium of instruction is English.
6. Closing date for applications
Middle January each year.
For current costs per year contact the program coordinator. Contact details below.
8. Contact persons
Department of Communication Pathology
University of Pretoria
Private bag X20 Hatfield
Secretary: Ms Ria Viljoen
Tel: (012) 420 2491
Fax: (012) 420-3517
Programme coordinator: Dr Maggi Soer
Tel: (012) 420 2304
Fax: (012) 420 3517