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Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Advanced Diploma in Hearing Aid Acoustics

Application information

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

First year:

  • 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

Second year:

  • 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.

7. Costs

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
PRETORIA
0028

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
e-mail: maggi.soer@up.ac.za