Hearing Aid Specialists
SOC: 29-2092.00

Description:

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.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
5,900 employed

Projected (2024):
7,500 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Audiology Assistant
  • Audiology Technician
  • Audioprosthologist
  • Board Certified Hearing Instrument Dispenser
  • Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist
  • Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist/Company President
  • Board Certified in Hearing Instrument Sciences
  • Certified Hearing Instrument Dispenser
  • Hearing Aid Consultant
  • Hearing Aid Dispenser
  • Hearing Aid Fitter
  • Hearing Aid Specialist
  • Hearing Aide Technician
  • Hearing Care Practitioner
  • Hearing Consultant
  • Hearing Health Technician
  • Hearing Healthcare Practitioner
  • Hearing Instrument Specialist
  • Hearing Screener
  • Hearing Specialist
  • National Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist
  • Newborn Hearing Screener
  • Senior Hearing Specialist, Audio Prosthologist


  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

    Education:

    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Select and administer tests to evaluate hearing or related disabilities.
  • Administer basic hearing tests including air conduction, bone conduction, or speech audiometry tests.
  • Train clients to use hearing aids or other augmentative communication devices.
  • Create or modify impressions for earmolds and hearing aid shells.
  • Maintain or repair hearing aids or other communication devices.
  • Demonstrate assistive listening devices (ALDs) to clients.
  • Diagnose and treat hearing or related disabilities under the direction of an audiologist.
  • Perform basic screening procedures such as pure tone screening, otoacoustic screening, immittance screening, and screening of ear canal status using otoscope.
  • Assist audiologists in performing aural procedures such as real ear measurements, speech audiometry, auditory brainstem responses, electronystagmography, and cochlear implant mapping.
  • Read current literature, talk with colleagues, and participate in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in audiology.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Auditory brainstem response screening systems
  • Automatic impedance audiometers
  • Behind-the-ear hearing aids
  • Caloric irrigators
  • Circumaural headphones
  • Color laser printers
  • Desktop computers
  • Diagnostic tuning forks
  • Ear probes
  • Electroacoustic impedance bridges
  • Handheld otoscopes
  • Hearing aid analyzers
  • Hearing aid programming interfaces
  • Hearing aid vacuum systems
  • In-the-canal hearing aids
  • In-the-ear hearing aids
  • Laser measurement systems
  • Mechanical stethoscopes
  • Mini hearing aids
  • Otoacoustic emissions equipment OAE
  • Personal computers
  • Portable auditory screeners
  • Probe microphones
  • Programmable hearing aids
  • Pure tone audiometers
  • Sound booths
  • Speech audiometers
  • Speech mapping systems
  • Tablet computers
  • Two-channel amplifiers
  • Two-channel audiometers
  • Tympanometers
  • Ultrasonic cleaning systems
  • Video-otoscopes
  • Warble tone audiometers
  • Wide range audiometers
  • HIMSA Noah
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • Otometrics OTOsuite Software


  • healthcare practitioners and technical


    industry stats

    SOC: 29-0000

    Total Employed: 8,021,800

    Average Annual Salary: $77,800