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Basic Audiometry and Hearing Problems

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Overview

School audiometrists administer tests on students to assess and measure hearing. This online course examines the anatomy and physiology of the auditory mechanism including the nature of the acoustic stimulus, hearing disorders, problems of the hard of hearing, and pure-tone audiometry. The successful completion of the course leads to the Certificate of Registration as a School Audiometrist, granted by the California Department of Health Services. 

Benefits 

  • Meets the requirements to apply for certification as a California School Audiometrist
  • Work independently to complete coursework online
  • Use precision hearing testing equipment & gain knowledge to perform screening and threshold tests
  • Learn to keep accurate records and prepare necessary reports
  • Earn 3-semester units of degree-applicable-level college credit when you successfully complete the course

Outcomes

Management of the Hearing Conservation program is commonly delegated to the school nurse. As a result, many school districts require school nurses to hold a certification as a School Audiometrist. Non-nurse individuals may also seek certification as a School Audiometrist if they plan to seek employment with outside agencies that contract with school districts to administer their Hearing Conservation programs. 

 

Requirements

Technical:

  • Reliable internet access. Virus protection software. Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, or Microsoft Edge. The course does not run well on other web browsers.
  • Microsoft Word. All assignments should be submitted in Microsoft Word
  • A Zoom account. Your CSUSB email comes with one.
  • For practical assignments and Final Exams, the AudSim Flex software will be a requirement. AudSim Flex audiometer simulator software. You can download the AudSim Flex and Adobe Air software here http://audsim.com/bimini/index.shtml  
  • The California School Audiometrist Manual, A.K.A. the SAM, which you can access using the link below. http://cshca.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/audmanschool.pdf
  • The American Academy of Audiology (AAA) Clinical Practice Guidelines for Childhood Hearing Screening, which you can access using the link below. https://www.audiology.org/practice-resources/practice-guidelines-and-standards/

Course expectations

After successful completion of this course, students will have the technical skills required to administer a school hearing screening and threshold testing accurately and efficiently as outlined in the California School Audiometrists Manual. Students will also demonstrate strong grasp anatomy and physiology of the ear, health and environmental factors that may affect the ear and hearing, and the practical and legal requirements for administering a school hearing conservation program in the State of California. https://www.audiology.org/practice-resources/practice-guidelines-and-standards/

Final Exam

  • Online and written

The practical final will be proctored virtually by the instructor utilizing the AudSim software. More information is provided during the first day of class.

Transcript and Certificate of Completion

Audiometrist Certificate 

The Audiometrist Certificate can be obtained by applying to the California Department of Health Services.


Course Offerings

Course Dates

Semester Course Dates Registration Deadline
Spring 2024 January 22 - May 10, 2024 Closed 
Summer 2024 TBD Opens March 2024

Course Fee

$600

*Dates and Fees subject to change


This is an online academic credit course. Once you have been given your password and access to the online course, refunds or transfer of fees are no longer possible. The refund policies for the College of Extended and Global Education can be found on our website at: https://www.csusb.edu/cege/policies. This is a graded academic course, and thus, follows the campus academic calendar dates. Please visit http://bulletin.csusb.edu/calendar/ to view essential deadlines for the term.