"My degree from the hearing instrument specialist program has allowed me to switch
careers into a challenging new field filled with rewards, both personal and financial.
Becoming a hearing instrument specialist has allowed me to flourish personally while
enriching the lives of others through better hearing."
(Mitch Yarbrough, A.A.S., BC-HIS; Columbia Hearing Centers - Spokane ENT Clinic,
P.S., SFCC Hearing Instrument Specialist Program Graduate)
"The SFCC Hearing Instrument Specialist program has given me a profession. With
this two year degree program I am now earning more than I expected when I left college.
The potential for earning a living, while at the same time helping people get back
part of their life, is all within your grasp. It is a thrill to help someone hear
when he or she thought there was no hope. I am now the manager of a hearing center
and licensed in two states. There is a freedom in knowing that the service you perform
is a real need in people’s lives. There are opportunities within the hearing industry
for self-employment, dispensing for private practice, or with major manufacturers
that have their own stand alone offices. Spokane Falls is a wonderful place to learn
and grow into the professional you want to become."
(Carolyn Lovelace, A.A.S., BC-HIS; Manager, Costco Hearing Aid Center (Nevada),
SFCC Hearing Instrument Specialist Program Graduate)
"The Hearing Instrument Specialist program at Spokane Falls is a state-of-the-art
facility. The education and experience is second to none, even for a practicing
professional as I was when entering the program."
(Todd Betts, A.A.S., BC-HIS; Columbia Hearing Centers - Spokane Ear, Nose
& Throat Clinic, P.S., SFCC Hearing Instrument Specialist Program Graduate)
"Education is the key to success, and receiving my SFCC Hearing Instrument Specialist
degree has enabled my professional success. My V.A. benefits provided the financial
assistance I needed during this critical transition back to school. The SFCC Veterans
office introduced me to the Hearing Instrument Specialist program. It appealed to
me immediately. The exceptional preparation I received resulted in employment even
before I graduated. I’m greatly thankful and fortunate for the support I received."
(Lori Kunicki, A.A.S., BC-HIS; Sears Hearing Centers, SFCC Hearing Instrument
Specialist Program Graduate)
"I highly recommend the Hearing Instrument Specialist program at SFCC. This program
has not only prepared and started me in a great career with high demand, but has
taught me valuable skills that have been very useful in my life."
(Daniel Malmberg, A.A.S.; A-Plus Hearing Aids, SFCC Hearing Instrument Specialist
"Receiving my degree from the Hearing Instrument Specialist program at SFCC has
prepared me for and provided me a great job with opportunities in various office
settings within the hearing instrument field. When someone’s quality of life improves
with hearing instruments, it makes my decision to go into this career very worthwhile."
(Julia Bytnar, A.A.S., BC-HIS; Costco Hearing Aid Center (Washington), SFCC
Hearing Instrument Specialist Program Graduate)
"As a student of the Hearing Instrument Specialist program at SFCC since fall 2004,
I am impressed with their excellent teaching methods and professional guidance.
I am eagerly looking forward to putting all I have learned academically into practice.
After graduation I hope to go back to my own country to set up my own practice to
help the large number of hearing impaired people in Malaysia."
(Lee Chin Chong, 2nd Year International Student – Scheduled to Graduate
June 2006, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
"The Hearing Instrument Specialist program is a wonderful program. I really like
the instructors; they are amazing. The program has taught me a lot about the ear’s
anatomy, diseases of the ear, hearing aid amplification and patient care. As an
international student, the program has been very challenging because English is
my third language, but my instructors are always there helping all the students."
(Abraham Garcia, International Student - Scheduled to Graduate June 2007,
Paraguay, South America)
"Being here in America as an international student at SFCC for almost a year now,
the Hearing Instrument Specialist program has really taught me about the human ear
and the difficulty those with hearing loss must deal with. Our classes are complete
with lab tools and materials which significantly aid our learning much more about
hearing aids. The instructors are really helpful when I am facing a problem. Since
English is my second language learning something new in this professional field
is really a challenge for me. However I am very grateful for the help I receive
from my instructors and classmates; it makes a big difference."
(Lee Li Chong, 1st year International Student – Scheduled to Graduate June
2007, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)