Hearing aid practitioners put their skills to work mainly by meeting with individuals suffering from hearing loss and informing them about the devices they need, fitting them with said devices and making all required adjustments and repairs. They provide these services to clients who have received an attestation of their need for a hearing aid, delivered by a physician, speech therapist or audiologist. This program also provides hearing aid practitioners with the knowledge and skills required to manage a business, whether it be their own or someone else’s.
The program aims to prepare individuals to work as hearing aid practitioners who have the skills and knowledge to:
perform all duties related to fitting, adjusting, replacing and selling hearing aids
conduct systematic customer follow-up
perform required management duties
work in close collaboration with physicians, speech therapists and audiologists who provide their clients with an attestation of the need for a hearing aid.
After successfully passing the exams administered by the Ordre des audioprothésistes du Québec, students holding a DEC in this area of specialty are given the right to practise their profession.
Hearing aid practitioners currently work in the private sector and are either self-employed or work with other colleagues. They spend most of their time working at the office. On occasion, they may conduct visits in private homes or in seniors’ residences.
Graduates of this program have all quickly found employment and long-term prospects indicate a diversification of job opportunities.