Audioprosthology refers to the profession of the fitting or a hearing aid, or auditory prosthesis. The American Conference of Audioprosthology (ACA) program was developed in response to the need for advanced training for hearing aid specialists. ACA is a baccalaureate level course specifically designed for hearing instrument dispensers with two or more years of experience.
Experienced professionals in the hearing sciences field have advanced their competency level through this program and feel empowered by the additional expertise they have acquired.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
For a complete course listing, visit the ACA Curriculum page.
Are you working toward a degree? Students that successfully complete the ACA program earn 15 semester hours of credit toward a baccalaureate degree category that can be applied to a variety of undergraduate programs.
The ACA curriculum is periodically reviewed by the American Council on Education (ACE) to ensure the course content continues to meet its high standards. ACE will only evaluate courses of study that are comparable to the learning offered at a college level in terms of course content, learning methods, and assessment procedures. Over 1,500 academic institutions accept the ACE credit recommendations. In our field, Spokane Falls Community College and Arkansas State University-Mountain Home have provided advanced standing for ACA graduates, accepted all ACA credits, and granted an automatic one-third fulfillment toward the requirements for the two-year associate's degree in hearing instrument sciences. The ACE review encompasses all of the subjects covered in the ACA course such as anatomy and physiology of the auditory system, hearing disorders, hearing measurement, physical and psychoacoustics, and basic business practices.
The ACA program also maintains a roster of highly qualified instructors. The ACA faculty consists of individuals with extensive knowledge and experience in the academic and/or business world. It is the faculty’s responsibility to teach courses, evaluate student performance and attainment of learning objectives, make suggestions about additional faculty, periodically review curriculum, and make recommendations for curriculum revisions in light of new knowledge, methodologies, and advancements in hearing aid engineering.