CPOP Curriculum

Program Objectives

Understand basic

  • Personal roles and professional relationships
  • Patient confidentiality
  • Need for physician diagnosis
  • Anatomy and physiology of the ear and vestibular system
  • Types of hearing loss patterns and variations
  • Physics of sound and hearing
  • Causes of hearing loss and audiometric patterns
  • Personal limitations as a technician


  • Documentation of patient case history and exam
    • Review patient history
    • Summary of patient visit
  • Basic examination of the ear
  • Patient instructions/education regarding basic hearing testing
  • Tuning fork tests
  • Pure tone air and bone conduction audiometry with and without masking
  • Speech audiometry with and without masking
  • Tympanometry


  • Existing problems that preclude accurate testing and the need for referral to an otolaryngologist

Develop an awareness of

  • Other hearing tests
    • Otoacoutic emission testing
    • Evoked potential response
    • Electrocochleography (ECoG)
    • Central Auditory Testing
    • Pseudo-hypoacusis testing
  • Hearing aids and devices
  • Types, causes, and purpose of vestibular disorders and tests
  • ENG