College of DuPage Offers New Hearing Instrument Dispensary Certificate Program
By Brian Kleemann
College of DuPage will be the first institution in Illinois to offer the Hearing Instrument Dispensary certificate as a post-secondary program, providing the necessary training for entry-level positions in the hearing health care field.
Recently approved by the Illinois Community College Board, the program is for students who have completed an associate’s degree and specific coursework in audiology and the hearing sciences. Students earning the Hearing Instrument Dispensary certificate can find work as hearing aid specialists, hearing instrument specialists and hearing aid dispensers.
“It isn’t necessary to become an audiologist in order to perform a variety of tasks, such as fitting a hearing instrument,” said Faye Campagna, Instructor of Speech Pathology. “You need an associate’s degree and the core courses that provide the necessary training for entry-level work.”
The 22 credit-hour certificate consists of seven new courses, including a clinical practicum that prepares students to administer and interpret hearing tests, select and fit hearing aids, adjust physical and electroacoustic parameters of hearing instruments, and recommend assistive listening devices. Graduates will be eligible to take the Illinois Department of Public Health hearing Instrument Dispenser Licensing Written and Practical Exams.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that employment in this profession will increase 25 percent. College of DuPage responded to a lack of formally educated and trained entry-level professionals in this field by creating this certificate, Campagna said.
“College of DuPage is in a prime location in terms of clinical sites and other resources. For example, we can take students to a local manufacturing company and see where and how hearing aids are made,” she said. “Considering our aging population and the increasing need to address hearing loss, the Hearing Instrument Dispensary certificate is an ideal program for students who are interested in the hearing sciences and want to get into the job market relatively quickly.”
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