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Master Craftsman Preparatory Classes

The Academy of Hearing-aid Acoustics offers various classes to prepare fort eh national Master Craftsman exam, targeting Hearing-Aid Acoustic Journeyman or Master Craftsmen of other professions as well as engineers who wish to work in the field of hearing-aid acoustics.
The classes impart all the knowledge and skills, which are legally required (Official Federal Gazette) for the Master Craftsman Exam. The students have the opportunity to practice with the equipment out of class hours and on the weekends.
The Master Craftsman Exams of the examining boards Rheinhessen-Mainz and Halle are held in the premises of the Academy of Hearing-Aid Acoustics with the equipment the students are used to work with. A smooth running of the exams is guaranteed thanks to years of experience.

1.Fulltime Class („Master Craftsman Course of Studies“) Part I-IV
This course extends over an 11-month period at the Academy of Hearing-Aid Acoustics. All parts required for the Master Craftsman Exam are offered as full-time training courses. If the student has already completed part III and IV or wants to do these parts separately, he /she can still pick this full-time course, i.e. it is possible to do certain parts separately. This way, these students will have additional time for individual studying.
We have also integrated the recommended preparation of the European Diploma/Certificate Hearing-Aid Acoustician in this course. In addition to the regular teaching units, the student selects a specific subject from the field of hearing acoustics, does research and writes a final thesis. He then also has to present his thesis in a colloquium and explain it to a committee of experts.

2.Part-time Class in Lübeck on the weekends („MVWK North“) Part I and II
This course is designed for all those who cannot attend a fulltime class, allowing a combination of both, working in a company while preparing for the Master Craftsman Exam on the weekend. In Lübeck we offer 8 weekend modules with 24 teaching units, each from Thursday to Saturday and another 3-week period with 40 teaching units. The entire class up to the Master Craftsman Exam extends over one year. The exam will be taken in the summer.

3.Part-time/Weekend class in Würzburg / Lübeck („MVWK South“) Part I and II / NEW
This is another course for students who cannot attend a fulltime class. It also allows combining the regular work within the company with studies preparing for the Master Craftsman Exam. In Würzburg we offer 8 weekends modules with 24 teaching units – Monday to Saturday and afterwards, two weeks in Lübeck with a total of 60 teaching units. The entire class up to the Master Craftsman Exam extends over a one-year period; the exam will be taken in the fall/winter.

4.Preparation for the European Diploma/Certificate „A.E.A. Hearing Acoustician“
This class is integrated in the full time course (see 1.) and offers the opportunity to prepare for the European market, as this qualification is recognized by our A.E.A. partners (European Association of Hearing-Aid Acousticians). The Academy of Hearing-Aid Acoustic is the only place in Germany, which offers this specific course. The Master Craftsman course of study (see 1.) is conceived as an application-related teaching on a scientific basis, qualifying the participants to work independent and self-employed. The preparation for the European A.E.A. Diploma/Certificate complements the training with a qualified certificate.

5.Part III and IV of the Master Craftsman Exam
This compact course will be held in three blocks, each with 24 teaching units and one week with 48 teaching units in the Academy of Hearing-Aid Acoustics in Lübeck. The exams for these parts will be taken before the exams for part II and I.
The various topics in detail:

Professional Practice Part I
  • Fitting of hearing systems
  • Assessment of hearing profile, agreement on objectives, and selection of suitable hearing aids, Fine-tuning of hearing systems, verification
  • Otoplastic
  • Taking of ear molds and molding blanks, production of otoplastics, error analysis
  • Repair Techniques
  • Measuring of electric characteristics of hearing systems, measuring of acoustic characteristics of hearing systems, production and repairing of hearing systems
  • Profession related fundamentals
  • Basic Information Technology / Informatics / multi media, acoustic measuring technique
  • Complex fitting of hearing-systems
  • Final Project/Thesis
Profession related Theory Part II
  • Profession related fundamentals
  • Mathematics, information technology, IT accessories incl. Multi media, statistics, physics, electro technical/electronics, digital signal processing
  • Acoustics
  • Theory of sound creation and propagation, theory of oscillations and waves, room acoustics, otoplastic acoustics, acoustic measuring technology
  • Medicine and audiology
  • Basics of biology and genetics, anatomy of the ear and the organ of equilibrium, physiology, neurology and pathology of the hearing organ, subjective and objective methods to evaluate hearing-related data
  • Psychology and sociology of hearing-impaired people
  • Basics of psychology and sociology, gerontology and perception psychology
  • Auditive phonetics
  • Basics of linguistics, language, fundamental principles of speech therapy
  • Psycho-acoustic
  • Basics of psychoacoustics, psycho-acoustic measuring methods
  • Fitting of hearing systems
  • Quality guidelines and quality management in hearing-acoustics, assessment of hearing profile 1: communication techniques and how to talk to a customer, assessment of hearing profile 2: Otoscopy, assessment of hearing-profile 3: Sound- and speech audiometric, agreement of objectives, selection of a certain technology and rehabilitations methods, fitting concepts and procedures, structured fine-tuning, evaluation and verification, legislation on medical devices and health-insurance contract law
  • Extended rehabilitation and aftercare
  • Aftercare, accessories, communication training, implantable hearing systems, cochlear implants, tinnitus, taking care of hearing-impaired children
  • Hearing-system technology
  • Signal processing technology, hearing-system product training, standardization and hearing-system measuring techniques
  • Otoplastic
  • Basic chemical principles, material and auxiliary material, process engineering, fitting of otoplastics
  • Noise and noise control
  • Service Marketing
  • Calculation
  • Costing, applications in hearing-aid acoustics
Economics and Law part III
  • Cost accounting
  • Economics
  • Law and Social Welfare
Profession related pedagogy part IV
  • Fields of activity according to new curriculum (analog to regulation on instructor aptitude)