Higher Certificate in Science in Hearing Aid Audiology

Higher Certificate in Science Hearing Aid Audiology

Course Overview

  • 2

    Years P/T

  • 6


Why take this course?

The primary aim of the two-year work-based part-time Level 6 Higher Certificate in Science (Hearing Aid Audiology) programme at AIT is to provide the requisite training to meet the statutory requirements of being able to practice as a Hearing Aid Audiologist, trained to deal with the assessment and rehabilitation associated with the provision of hearing aids for adults.

What will I experience?

You will experience modules and practice in areas such as

Learning and Development for Higher Education in Hearing Aid Audiology

Anatomy and Physiology

Audiological Instrumentation

Preparation for Work Based Clinical Practice

Introduction to Hearing Aids

Pathophysiology of Hearing and Balance

Acoustics and Sound Perception

Clinical Skills

Auditory Assessment

What opportunities might it lead to?

Hearing Aid Audiologists/Dispensers assess hearing and provide interventions namely in the form of hearing aids. In Ireland there is a growing demand for both Hearing Aid Audiologists/Dispensers and Audiologists. In recent years, the demand for Hearing Aid Audiologists/Dispensers in the private sector has vastly increased with companies and stores populating the High Street. Hearing Aid Audiologists/Audiologists working in the private sector in the Republic of Ireland can register with the Irish Society of Hearing Aids Audiologists (ISHAA). It is envisaged that learners from the Higher Certificate in Science (Hearing Aid Audiology) programme at AIT upon graduation can apply to become members of ISHAA. Those learners who successfully graduated from the first cohort with a Higher Certificate in Science (Hearing Aid Audiology) in October 2015 are all full members of ISHAA.

Additional Information

Delivered with 4 weeks attendance in Athlone IT over the 2 years and blended / eLearning throughout the academic years.


Ms Caroline McLoughlin Phone 0906468131 or

Email admissions@ait.ie

Assessment Information

The programme is provided via a blended learning mode over two years. The majority of modules will be delivered through distance learning. In addition, there will also be residential block visits to the Institute; In total there will be seven weeks of attendance at the Institute over the two years duration of the programme (Table 1), where learners will participate in lectures, workshops, practicals and seminars. The next intake commences in September 2017 with the 1st residential week at the Institute where a full induction of the structure of the programme will be given by the academic staff teaching on the programme as well as an introduction to all the support staff from Student Services, the AIT Library etc.

Course Details

Course Fees:
5,500 euro per annum (2017 intake)
Course Duration:
2 Years P/T
Course Commencement Date:


Course Award:
Higher Certificate in Science
Course NFQ Level:
Level 6
Dept of Nursing & Healthcare
Minimum Entry Requirements:

The programme is for persons employed or aiming to be employed in the Hearing Aid Audiology Industry. Access is through direct admissions for suitably qualified candidates and the candidate must have a suitable Practice Tutor in place prior to commencement of the programme.

Course Prospectus




The Irish Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists


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