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Hearing instrument practitioners

OaSIS code 32109.01

Hearing instrument practitioners perform technical therapy and assessment functions to assist audiologists.

Overview

Also known as

  • Hearing instrument practitioner

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Examine adult clients to assess hearing loss using diagnostic evaluation and electro acoustic testing
  • Recommend and dispense or sell appropriate type of hearing instrument
  • Take earmold impressions for use in the manufacture of hearing devices
  • Fit, adjust and make minor modifications to hearing instruments
  • Educate clients in appropriate use, care and maintenance of hearing instruments
  • Communicate with audiologist or other health care professionals regarding patients' condition
  • Perform follow-up examinations and readjustments.

Additional information

  • In Quebec, hearing instruments practitioners provide services to adults and children.

Similar occupations classified elsewhere

Exclusions:

  • Licensed practical nurses (32101)
  • Paramedical occupations (32102)
  • Medical laboratory assistants and related technical occupations (33101)
  • Medical laboratory technologists (32120)
  • Pharmacy technicians (32124)
  • Other medical technologists and technicians (32129)
  • Other assisting occupations in support of health services (33109)

NOC hierarchy breakdown

NOC version

NOC 2021 Version 1.0

Broad occupational category

3 – Health occupations

TEER

2 – Occupations usually require a college diploma or apprenticeship training of two or more years; or supervisory occupations

Major group

32 – Technical occupations in health

Sub-major group

321 – Technical occupations in health (except practitioners of natural healing)

Minor group

3210 – Technical occupations in therapy and assessment

Unit group

32109 – Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment

Occupational profile

32109.01 – Hearing instrument practitioners

Work characteristics

Work characteristics gathers the various components describing the work environment of each occupation, such as employers, work activities, and the work context. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of complexity (for Work Activities) or other measurement dimensions (for Work Context), and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Work Activities

Proficiency or complexity level
Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
5 - Highest Level
Applying New Knowledge
4 - High Level
Assisting and Caring for Others
4 - High Level
Electronic Maintenance
4 - High Level
Selling or Influencing Others
4 - High Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
3 - Moderate amount of freedom
Work Week Duration
Worked hours in a typical week
2 - Between 35 to 40 hours

Physical Work Environment

Physical Proximity
Physical distance from others
5 - Physically touching or very close

Physical Demands

Sitting
Duration
4 - More than half the time
Standing
Duration
2 - Less than half the time
Bending or Twisting the Body
Duration
1 - Very little time

Interpersonal Relations

Contact with Others
Frequency
5 - Every day, almost continuously
Duration
5 - All the time, or almost all the time
Work with Work Group or Team
Importance
3 - Important
Frequency
4 - Every day, a few times per day

Workplaces/employers

  • Clinics
  • Education institutions
  • Extended care facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Private practices of audiologists
  • Rehabilitation centres

Skills and abilities

This section displays the various competencies required for an occupation. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of proficiency (for Skills and Abilities) or importance (for Personal Attributes) and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Abilities

Proficiency or complexity level
Hearing Sensitivity
4 - High Level
Speech Recognition
4 - High Level
Arm-Hand Steadiness
3 - Moderate Level
Auditory Attention
3 - Moderate Level
Control of Settings
3 - Moderate Level

Skills

Proficiency or complexity level
Critical Thinking
3 - Moderate Level
Decision Making
3 - Moderate Level
Equipment and Tool Selection
3 - Moderate Level
Evaluation
3 - Moderate Level
Instructing
3 - Moderate Level

Personal Attributes

Importance
Attention to Detail
5 - Extremely important
Concern for Others
5 - Extremely important
Adaptability
4 - Highly important
Analytical Thinking
4 - Highly important
Collaboration
4 - Highly important