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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)

 

Compact Course European Diploma/Certificate "A.E.A. Hearing-Aid Acoustician"

The Academy of Hearing-Aid Acoustics offers a part-time compact course to obtain the European Diploma/Certificate "A.E.A. Hearing-Aid Acoustician".

The member states of the European Association of Hearing-Aid Acousticians, Association Européenne des Audioprothésistes (A.E.A.), wants to achieve a harmonization of training and qualification in the medical profession "Hearing-aid Acoustician" in Europe and have adopted Europe-wide minimum training standards for hearing-aid acousticians. These include criteria, which describe the qualifications required to exercise this profession. This minimum standard was based on the Leonardo da Vinci program, funded by the European Union.

The following documents have to be provided in order to obtain the A.E.A.-Diploma/Certificate:

  • German Journeyman Certificate Hearing-aid Acoustics
  • German Master Craftsman Certificate Hearing-aid Acoustics

The 80 teaching units are divided among the following topics:

  • Basics of Linguistics
  • Basics of Speech Therapy
  • Biology
  • Genetics
  • Gerontology
  • IT Technology, statistics
  • Neurology
  • Perception Psychology

 

After attending the compact course, each students writes a final thesis on a subject from the field of Audology and Hearing Acoustics of his/her choice, yet it must be in relation to a practical work of a hearing-aid acoustician. A fulltime lecturer will be available for telephone, e-mail of personal consultation during the preparation of the thesis. Once the thesis is completed the student will present its work to a colloquium at the Academy and explain it in an expert talk with the advisor and second advisor.


 

Bachelor Course of Studies Hearing Acoustics in Lübeck

In 1999 the first German Hearing Acoustic Diploma course of studies already set the benchmark for the professional qualification of a trade. Developed and implemented in co-operation of the Academy of Hearing-aid Acoustics with the University of Applied Sciences, it was changed into a Hearing Acoustic Bachelor course of studies in the winter term 2004/3005.

The fitting of hearing systems in order to guarantee an optimal rehabilitation of hearing-impaired people is a comprehensive process, which does not only require specific technical knowledge, as for example on digital signal processing, but also considerable medical-audiological and especially psychosocial skills. The Bachelor course of studies Hearing Acoustic in Lübeck embraces the entire spectrum of hearing acoustics and is directed towards interdisciplinary work. It helps close the gap between the technical vocational training to become a hearing-aid acoustician and the theoretical studies at university.

The course of studies is geared towards young people who want to work on a high professional level, use their practical knowledge and take over managerial functions in the field of hearing-aid acoustics. The course of studies combines the vocational training as hearing-aid acoustician with a course of studies at the University of Applied sciences and consequently is very practice-oriented. Content-wise it is based on the three following key points:

  • Technical as well as mathematical-scientific field
  • Hearing acoustic and medical-audiological field
  • Business administration and economics

The interdisciplinary orientation of the Lübeck course of study prepares its students in the best possible way for the challenges they are confronted with in their future fields of activity audiology and hearing acoustics, e.g. in one of the following roles:

  • Head of a hearing-acoustic specialist company
  • Specialist in an audiological center
  • Audiological consultant
  • Specialist in the audiological-technical industry, especially companies producing hearing-systems.

The course of study is very practice oriented. Students work on individual projects in the field of hearing acoustics, focusing on current topics from their professional practice and will also to a 10 week internship either in the industry, a clinic and hearing-acoustic audiological company or a similar institution. Furthermore there we will organize regular field trips, which will give students an additional insight into the various fields of activity in this profession. During the field trips and the internship period they will gather valuable experience and establish contacts. By choosing specific course that will deepen their knowledge in a certain area, students can start to focus on certain topics, which are of personal interest to them and are useful for their future careers. This way, students have a chance to develop a specific profile not only in the technical, medical-audiological but also in the business administrative field.

The Lübeck Hearing-Acoustic course of studies is organized according to international standards and rates he performance of students according to the European Credit System (ECTS), which facilitates the recognition of credits in other European countries. During the internship period or while preparing the final thesis, valuable experience abroad can be gathered. A very notable characteristic of this course of study is that the theoretical part of the Master Craftsman Exam Hearing-Aid Acoustic will be recognized and is compatible with the requirements of the European Diploma/Certificate „Hearing-Aid Acoustician“ of the Association Européenne des Audioprothésistes (A.E.A.).

 

An Overview on the Course of Studies

Length of study: 6 semesters
International certificate: Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
European Point of Student Credits (ECTS): yes
Qualifications required: University of Applied Sciences entrance diploma as well as the Journeyman Certificate in Hearing Acoustics
Recognition of credits for: Master Craftsman Exam as well as A.E.A. Diploma/Certificate
Beginning of term: winter semester
Tuition fees: none

 

Further information and contact persons

Academy of Hearing – Aid Acoustics: Andreas Blöß
Phone: +49 (0)451 50 29-0
e-mail: a.bloess@aha-luebeck.de
web: www.aha-luebeck.de
University of Applied Sciences Lübeck: Prof. Dr. Jürgen Tchorz
Phone: +49 (0)451 300 52-40
e-mail: tchorz@fh-luebeck.de
web: www.fh-lubeck.de

 


 

Trainer/Instructor Meetings

The trainer/instructor meetings are geared towards all employees within a company who are already involved or plan to be involved with the vocational training of apprentices. The meetings will be held annually in different locations. Topics and content of the events are identical.

Topics of the instructor meetings change on an annual basis, yet they always focus on subjects of the Federal Vocational School, the Academy for Hearing-Aid Acoustics as well as questions around the Journeyman Exam. With these meetings we make sure that the employees of the companies are kept up-to-date of changes or reforms in the vocational training.

The events are laid out in a way that there is room for discussion on current issues in their respective companies the instructors wish to discuss.


 

Pediatric Acoustic - Compact Course

The entire development of hearing-impaired children will be influenced by the hearing-system they receive. This complicated process does not only require highly developed professional knowledge, but also calls for specific social skills. In order to meet these challenges, the Academy of Hearing-Aid Acoustics offers an advanced training to become a Pediatric Acoustician.

This compact course targets Hearing-Aid Acousticians with a Journeyman Certificate and 3-years of professional practice or Master Craftsmen Hearing-Aid Acoustics. Our course includes theoretical as well as practical topics. In the theoretical part we focus on medical, pedagogic and audiological knowledge, which is the basis for the necessary interdisciplinary co-operation. Practical skills for the pediatric audiometric and fitting of hearing systems will be taught and practiced in small groups and students will also carry out hearing tests and measuring with/on children.

Topics:

  • General development
  • Hearing and language development
  • Interdisciplinary co-operation
  • Rehabilitation methods
  • Legal Basics
  • Remedial methods
  • Pediatric audiometry
  • Otoplastics for children
  • Counseling of parents
  • Hearing-impaired pedagogy
  • Hearing measurements
  • Specific aspects of the fitting of hearing-systems on children

The content of the Pediatric Acoustic Course at the Academy in Lübeck is continuously updated with new research findings as well as practical experience and is harmonized with the other German speaking countries in their joint quality alliance. Last but not least, our highly qualified and experienced lecturers will ensure that these courses take a responsible approach to all aspects of the very sensitive matter of dispensing hearing systems to children.


 

Tinnitus Basic Seminar with Workshop

The Academy of Hearing-Aid Acoustics offers a three-day workshop on Tinnitus and Hyperacusis.

This workshops targets hearing-aid acousticians, ENT doctors, psychologists and therapists, who want to specialize on Tinnitus treatment. It offers a compact overview on the various aspects of the retraining.

The lectures cover a wide range of related subjects. The topics vary from medical and psychological principles to a practical exchange of experience on various aspects of the rehabilitation. The rehabilitation Tinnitus/Hyperacusis requires interdisciplinary work. This also reflects in the choice of lecturers, which are not only highly qualified on a theoretical level but also have longstanding experience in in- and out-patient Tinnitus treatment.

Overview on the topics of the lectures:

  • Functional and patho-physiological basics
  • Diagnosis and therapy on the basis on the ADANO guidelines
  • Neuro-physiological model
  • Retraining
  • Physiotherapy
  • How to fit Tinnitus hearing systems
  • Communication skills
  • Audiological measurements
  • Use of scaled and non-linear hearing-systems
  • Comparison masking/retraining
  • Use of questionnaires
  • Case studies
  • Practical aspects of retraining
  • Sleep counseling

 

Implant Specialists

Implant specialists are responsible for the optimal care of hearing-impaired persons, who have received a hearing implant. Due to the technical integration of regular and implantable hearing systems, it is in the best interest of hearing impaired people to receive a comprehensive and interdisciplinary after-care. Therefore it is of vital importance to integrate a hearing-aid acoustician in the process of fitting hearing implants.

The professional training of a hearing-aid acoustician includes many aspects of audiology and hearing system technology. A hearing-aid acoustician will offer in depth counseling on rehabilitation methods, chooses suitable hearing systems plus accessories, fits these systems according to the individual and audiological particularities of the hearing-impaired and carries out post-fitting hearing measurements. Consequently hearing-aid acousticians are predestined to be involved in the entire inter-disciplinary process of providing hearing-impaired with implantable hearing systems.

The advanced training of a hearing-aid acoustician to become implant specialist further promotes the integration of the hearing-aid acoustician in the process of implant fitting and aftercare. Only a co-operation of ENT clinics, ENT doctors, health physicists and audiologists, pedagogic institutions, manufacturers and health insurances will guarantee a comprehensive treatment of the patient.

Upon completion of this advanced training course, participants will have acquired the theoretical knowledge and basic practical skills to:

  • Carry out an indication evaluation and do a pre-selection according to audiological criteria
  • Conduct an educational counseling on the various kinds of hearing implants
  • Ensure inter-disciplinary co-operation of ENT clinics, doctors, health physicists, audiologists, pedagogic institutions and manufacturers
  • Offer technical support
  • Work out an individual aftercare concept, which takes the audiological and technical parameters and be part of the implementation of this concept
  • Diagnosing and fixing problems
  • Ensure the hearing-impaired patient is well taken care of in the entire process of dispensing hearing systems with invasive and non-invasive techniques.

Note:
This course does not include the expert course on the fitting of cochlear implants, which is offered individually by each company. The fitting of other implants (Baha, MOI, Retro X) is possible upon completion of the advanced training.


 

Seminars

As national center of excellence for the continued education and advanced training of all hearing-aid acousticians, the Academy of Hearing-Aid Acoustics actively supports the quality and training initiative of the Federal Guild of Hearing-Aid Acousticians, public corporation, by offering expert seminars and inter-branch seminars all over Germany. You will receive more detailed information in time.

There will be seminars with the following topics:

  • Pediatric acoustic advanced training and workshops
  • Tinnitus workshop
  • CI workshop
  • Service marketing
  • Expert for on-the-job safety
  • Security administrator medical devices
  • Structured fitting of hearing systems
  • Tools of quality evaluation

 

Industry-wide vocational training

The industry-wide vocational training complements the practical vocational training in the companies in certain areas, e.g.

  • With continuative and innovative training concepts which are not yet available in all companies
  • By summarizing relevant knowledge and skills in a systematic way, which is necessary due to the increased specific demands in this profession

In this respect the industry-wide vocational training ensures that all apprentices in this profession have the same training background. Experienced Hearing-aid Acoustician Master Craftsmen are responsible for the training.

The industry-wide vocational training courses for all apprentices in this trade take place centrally in Lübeck.


 

Practical training for apprentices (in their 3rd year of vocational training)

This practical training targets all apprentices who wish to deepen their practical skills and get additional help.

The courses will be held before the journeyman exams and are very exam-oriented. They are open to apprentices who have to repeat the exam as well as for other apprentices.

The main topics are:

  • Audiology (theory and practice)
  • Otoplastic (molding, milling)
  • Repair techniques (soldering)
  • Error diagnostic in hearing-aids by means of tapping
  • Measuring box (adjustment/programming of hearing-aids)

 

Additional Training

These refreshment courses target all apprentices, which attend the Federal Vocational School in Lübeck, mainly 2nd and 3rd year trainees.

The courses take place after the classes at the Vocational School for 2x2 hours each.

The main topics are:

Taking of ear molds Objective: Have the ability to take good ear mold while taking into consideration the characteristics of the chosen material and auxiliary material and the tools available.
Milling Objective: Learn how to produce the basic shapes (ring, frame) while taking the functionality into account, i.e. the acoustic seal and the acoustic transfer characteristics. Special emphasis is also placed on design and cosmetics.
Soldering Objective: Learn how to handle the soldering iron properly and to perform soldering repair works on hearing systems and accessories.
Otoplastic check-up Objective: Preparation for the practical part of the journeyman exam part A1 (Production of ear molds) and P1b (working on a molding blank). With this exercise the current proficiency level will be determined in order to assess the training needs for the next months. The participants will be asked to take an ear mold (exam conditions) and work on an otoplastic (milling). The supervising instructors will evaluate the students’ work according to journeyman exam criteria and review their performance with each participant individually.