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Hearing Aid Specialists

Also called: Hearing Aid Specialist, Hearing Instrument Dispenser, Hearing Instrument Specialist (HIS), Hearing Specialist

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What they do:
Select and fit hearing aids for customers. Administer and interpret tests of hearing. Assess hearing instrument efficacy. Take ear impressions and prepare, design, and modify ear molds.
On the job, you would:
  • Train clients to use hearing aids or other augmentative communication devices.
  • Counsel patients and families on communication strategies and the effects of hearing loss.
  • Select and administer tests to evaluate hearing or related disabilities.

Knowledge

Business
  • customer service
  • sales and marketing
Health
  • therapy and counseling
  • medicine and dentistry
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
  • product and service development
Arts and Humanities
  • English language

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
Social
  • looking for ways to help people
  • teaching people how to do something
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems
Hearing and Speech
  • speak clearly

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Concern for Others
  • Attention to Detail
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Independence

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software
  • HIMSA Noah
  • Otometrics OTOsuite
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology
Electronic mail software
  • Microsoft Outlook Hot Technology

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
doctoral degree or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$53,420
$29,020
$85,260
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