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Hearing Instrument Specialist

If you want to help people overcome hearing loss and improve quality of life, hearing instrument specialist could be just the profession for you.

In this program, you’ll learn how to test and analyze hearing; educate patients; and prescribe, fit and service hearing aids and instruments. Courses explore physiology and anatomy of the auditory system and provide social and technical training in the field. When you complete the program, you will have met all educational requirements to pursue state licensing as a duly authorized hearing aid/instrument specialist.

This two-year program is designed to prepare hearing instrument specialists for immediate employment in the hearing health care industry. Graduates of the Hearing Instrument Specialist program are equipped for a wide variety of careers in the industry; including:

  • Hearing Aid Specialist 
  • Hearing Aid Dispenser
  • Hearing Aid Fitter
  • Hearing Aid Technician
  • Hearing Aid Consultant
  • Hearing Tester
  • Hearing Aid Clinician
  • Audiology Assistant 
  • ENT Assistant

Upon completion of this program, degree graduates will be prepared to:

  1. Assess the presenting problems and needs of hearing aid patients.
  2. Test and analyze hearing.
  3. Prescribe and analyze hearing aids.
  4. Fit, adjust and service hearing aids.
  5. Educate patients and maintain professional relationships.

Nationally, job placement opportunities for this program’s graduates are excellent. This field lacks a source of formally educated and trained professionals in the field of “hearing instrument specialist technologies”. Currently, only two programs offer a college degree in hearing instrument sciences in the state of Washington. These programs have been developed with the guidance of a cooperative government and industry published skills standards study. This field’s need for our students is considered to be statistically high both in the state of Washington and throughout the nation. The continued growth in an ever-increasing aging population suggests an increasing need for hearing health care professionals well into the future.

You and your advisor will use this program map as a starting point in creating your own personal education plan, customized to your needs. We meet you where you are and help you reach your goals.

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Total Credits: 97

First Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
ENGL& 101
English Composition I
HIS 101
Basic Hearing Instrument Sciences
HIS 104
Hearing Physiology and Anatomy
HIS 106
Healthcare and Business Ethics
Total Credits

Second Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
HIS 123
Basic Audiometrics
HIS 125
Auditory Disorders
HIS 127
Hearing Healthcare Management I
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BUS 123
Practical Business Math Applications
MATH& 107
Math in Society
Total Credits

Third Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
BUS 280
Human Relations in Business
HIS 134
Advanced Audiometrics
HIS 136
Hearing Instrument Technologies
HIS 138
Ear Couplers and Assistive Technologies
Total Credits

Fourth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
HIS 201
Hearing Healthcare Management II
HIS 206
Hearing Instrument Specialist Laboratory I
HIS 250
Perspectives on Disabilities
Total Credits

Fifth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
HIS 210
Clinical Methods I
HIS 213
HIS 215
Hearing Instrument Specialist Laboratory II
Total Credits

Sixth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
HIS 205
Introduction to Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
HIS 222
Clinical Methods II
HIS 266
Cooperative Education Seminar
HIS 267
Cooperative Education Work Experience
Total Credits

You and your advisor will use the Program Map located on this page to create a personal education plan customized to your interests and goals, your start quarter, full- or part-time status, any prior credits you have, and the classes available each quarter.
For an up to date list of all classes that satisfy requirements for your degree/ certificate in iCatalog, click here, then select the specific degree or certificate you are pursuing.

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These dollar amounts reflect the total cost of completing the program. More details
All dollar figures appearing below reflect the total cost of completing the program described by the Typical Student Schedule located on this web page, which are for the current graduation requirements of this program. Exact totals may vary depending on the catalog requirements you are following, if you have transferred in courses, or if you have been granted substitutions.

Tuition, program fees, and course fees are for the current academic year, as approved by the Community Colleges of Spokane Board of Trustees. Tuition and fees are subject to change by the Washington State Legislature and/or the Community Colleges of Spokane Board of Trustees.

Resident tuition is what Washington residents pay. Non-Resident tuition is what out-of-state students pay. International tuition is what out-of-country students pay. For clarification on residency, see Determining your Residency Status.

Avg. Books & Supplies: $942 for an academic year.
The cost for books and course-related material is an estimate based on the Washington Financial Aid Association’s annual student budget. The actual cost of textbooks and course-related supplies can vary widely depending on your program of study and the options you have for obtaining textbooks and other course material.

Program Fees are one-time costs required for the program that are not included in course fees or in tuition. These fees include things like tools, equipment, and uniforms. Only a few programs have program fees.

Max. Course Fees cover the cost of special equipment and materials needed to complete coursework. These fees are not included in tuition. Not all courses have fees and the actual costs that a student pays will vary depending on the courses taken.

Institutional Fees cover a variety of services for students, such as class registration, technology support, health clinic services, bus passes, and more. Most of these fees are instituted after a vote by the student body.

  • Mapuana Carey
    Mapuana Carey
    Program Specialist 2

Pre-requisites: No
Number of students each start: 28
Applications deadline: The eligibility process begins every October. The date the eligibility forms are received by the program, establishes placement and waitlist status.
Notes: This is a low-residency program, meaning: A) Students in the Spokane area complete lab work on the SFCC campus. B) Students not within commuting distance need to find a licensed hearing instrument specialist to supervise their lab activities.
(The lab hours start winter quarter of the first year and continue through the sixth quarter.) 
All students are required to visit campus three times each year - once per quarter for three days. These visits are REQUIRED for practical testing. Distance students are REQUIRED to have a guaranteed mentor in place to secure their seat in the program.

Have a question? Let's hear it.

Chantal Hammers

Program Director

Laura Woods


Māpuana Carey

Pathways Specialist
Building 19, Office 106