Hearing Aid Specialists
Also called: Hearing Aid Specialist, Hearing Instrument Dispenser, Hearing Instrument Specialist (HIS), Hearing Specialist
In the Air Force: Audiologist
In the Army: Audiology
In the Navy: Occupational Audiologist
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Hearing aid specialists assist customers with using and learning about hearing aids. For individuals with hearing loss, hearing aids can help them recover the ability to communicate, perform their work or hobbies, and enjoy a variety of life activities. Hearing aid specialists administer hearing tests for customers, and interpret the results. If hearing aids are a suitable option, specialists take ear impressions, and then may design, prepare and fit hearing aids to the patient’s ears. They also adjust the aids to a customer’s needs or preferences and train patients on how to use and care for their new hearing aids. Specialists may also repair the devices when necessary. Typically, hearing aid specialists learn their skills on the job. Licensure may be required.
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.
Engineering and Technology
Arts and Humanities
Hand and Finger Use
Ideas and Logic
Hearing and Speech
People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
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