Types of activities in the Audiologist's Assistant Program can be found below.
Courses are sequential - you can complete each module at a time.
Within each module, there are specific instructions.
Web Learning Module Slide Shows
The course has PowerPoint presentations that accompany audio / visual slide shows.
The course is self-paced. These slide shows are typically brief, so that the student can fit the learning within "down time" in a work day, if desired. Those who have more time to devote at one sitting simply click on to the next learning activity in succession.
Some modules have informal self tests, such as this one on setting up a patient for ABR testing.
There are self tests that can be retaken as many times as desired. The self tests do not count towards the course grade. There are also graded unit tests, which can be taken only once. A sample of a portion of a self-quiz is shown below.
There are unit tests for each module (diagnostic and amplification). The tests are open-book since they administered on one's computer; however, the tests are time limited so that there would not be enough time for the student just to look up the information. The student has to understand the material to pass the test in the time provided. These unit tests can not be retaken.
The tests and the assignments together earn the student the points towards course completion.
Purchase of the assistant's diagnostic testing module includes limited-time use of AuDStudent.com's audiometer simulator. Using this computer program allows the student to learn the principals of pure-tone air-conduction testing before working with actual patients. For more information on the simulator, see AuDStudent.
By special arrangement with the company, the simulator version does not teach the student masking, only unmasked pure-tone air-conduction testing, as bone-conduction and masking are not within the scope of practice taught in this program.
The intent of this training is to permit the Assistant to test patients who return for hearing retesting as a part of their hearing aid service. Testing for amplification purposes is typically not covered by insurance; therefore, the audiologist may decide it is appropriate to have the assistant conduct this type of routine, non-diagnostic testing. The Assistant is trained to recognize significant changes in hearing so that the audiologist can be alerted to those cases, and so that the Audiologist can make the decision on whether additional testing is needed to manage the patient's care.
The student is given assignments that are completed under the supervision of the licensed audiologist who is sponsoring the assistant. For example, after learning about hearing aid warranty and repair, the audiologist is asked to explain office procedures to the assistant and show him or her how to process repair orders.