What is a Provincially Registered Audiologist or Hearing Aid Practitioner (HIP)?
A provincially registered audiologist or hearing aid practitioner meets the high standards of professional competency established by the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of British Columbia. The College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of BC serves and protects the people of British Columbia by establishing and enforcing standards of practice that govern the professions of audiology, hearing instrument dispensing, and speech-language pathology. The college ensures each regulated professional satisfies minimum requirements in academic background, clinical practicums, and continuing education/competencies. Additionally, the college validates that each applicant is not an impostor, is qualified to practice, is entitled to work in Canada, and maintains adequate professional liability insurance.
British Columbia Registered audiologists possess an advanced (post-bachelor) degree from a university while hearing instrument practitioners have a 2-3 year college diploma. Both audiologists and hearing aid practitioners receive extensive training in the testing and fitting of hearing aids as well as in counselling and supporting patients. Audiologists have a wider scope of practice with the ability to perform specialized types of hearing tests. Additionally, audiologists test and fit infants.
Health regulation in British Columbia means you can trust your health care professional. Working with a provincially registered audiologist or hearing aid practitioner ensures that your treatment is competent and ethical. When it comes to your hearing health, be comforted by working with a registered practitioner.