The International Institute for Hearing Instruments Studies (IIHIS) is responsible for the Society's education offerings. IIHIS accredits educational programs for continuing education credit through distance learning, affiliate chapter meetings, manufacturer-sponsored programs and the IHS annual convention. IIHIS is the leading publisher of industry-related textbooks. IIHIS provides the written licensing examination for 38 states and three Canadian provinces.
IIHIS sponsors the American Conference of Audioprosthology (ACA) to provide advanced education to experienced hearing instrument dispensers. ACA course work is offered in segments, covering such topics as hearing science, audiology, rehabilitation and business management. Classes are held at various locations throughout the U.S. There are 182 classroom hours (14 hours for 13 weekends) and 120 hours of practicum. Upon successful completion, students may be eligible to receive 15 semester hours of upper baccalaureate credit.
IHS is the only professional organization representing the interests of today's hearing aid specialist before the federal government. IHS provides input by means of testimony and/or information to Congressional committees, the Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Health and Human Services, members of Congress and other federal regulatory and legislative bodies. IHS devotes tremendous resources to ensuring the continued viability of Hearing Instrument Specialists® in the hearing healthcare delivery system. IHS's Advocacy Alliance funds government relations and regulatory activities.
Look to IHS for general information or specific marketing and advertising tools. IHS promotes members' qualifications and their role in the hearing healthcare delivery system to the media, consumers, legislative and regulatory bodies and other audiences. IHS educates the public on the excellent quality of healthcare available from the hearing instrument dispenser and takes every opportunity to market its members as the consumer's first choice in hearing health services.
The Hearing Aid Helpline processes hundreds of consumer phone calls annually. We also have an online service that includes a referral to a Hearing Instrument Specialist in the consumer's area.
Textbooks and coursework are available for training and/or expanding your hearing health education. Marketing materials including books, videos, advertising and promotional tools are also offered. Take advantage of special discounted rates on registration for the IHS annual convention held each year at premier facilities in popular destinations. As a member of IHS you may also receive a discount through the National Board for Certification in Hearing Instrument Sciences (NBC-HIS). These discounts apply for NBC-HIS application, examination and revalidation fees.