Hearing Instrument Specialist Program
More years of school. Even more student loan debt. Fear that you will not be able to support your family as you embark on your new career path.
You are not alone in your concerns.
With myHearingU’s online Hearing Aid Specialist training program, you can be finished in as little as 24 weeks, without taking on tens of thousands of dollars in loans, and you will have the ability to work at your own pace from anywhere with an internet connection.
Hearing Instrument Specialist Program Overview
Our Hearing Aid Specialist training program sets you up for a successful career in hearing healthcare.
You will be prepared with the knowledge and skills to successfully pass the state required licensing exams, pursue a career in hearing healthcare, and provide top-notch patient care. You will also be given access to open apprenticeship opportunities across the country to which you can apply.
Skills You Will Learn
Our 100% online program provides you with the knowledge and skills you need to work in this growing field, such as:
- The latest hearing instruments and other assistive devices.
- Conducting patient interviews.
- Testing patients’ hearing health and analyzing the results.
- Diagnosing the degree of hearing loss.
- Creating ear impressions.
- Choosing appropriate hearing instruments for each patient’s needs.
- Fitting, adjusting, and dispensing hearing devices.
- Verifying the fit of the hearing instrument.
- Counseling patients and their families about the use of these devices.
- Providing instruction on their proper care.
- Following up with patients after you have dispensed the device.
Our 24-week, fully online program is a combination of synchronous and asynchronous distance learning. Activities include, but are not limited to lectures, videos/webinars, live virtual sessions, discussion boards, reading assignments, and quizzes.
The program is designed to provide you with the essential classroom foundation of hearing healthcare that can be carried over to the clinic and put into practice with patients.
All required materials will be shipped to and/or provided to the student after tuition is paid. The following are what each student will need for the program:
- DeRuiter, M. & Ramachandran, V. (2017) Basic Audiometry Learning Manual (3rd ed.). Plural Publishing.
- Krumenacker, S. (2019). Hearing Aid Dispensing Training Manual (2nd ed.). Plural Publishing.
- Taylor, B. & Mueller, H.G. (2021). Fitting and Dispensing Hearing Aids (3rd ed.). Plural Publishing.
- Theta Audiology Simulator – Simulation Software
How to Qualify and Apply for the Hearing Aid Specialist Training Program
To qualify for a Hearing Instrument Specialist training program, you need to have a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent.
Tuition and Financial Aid
The total balance of your tuition is due two weeks before your session start date.
Textbooks and supplies are included in the tuition fee. We will send you the full details once you complete our online form.
Licensure exam fees, which vary from state to state. These will be an additional cost once you have completed the program and have registered through your desired state of employment.
FAQS About the Course
Both professionals assess a patient’s hearing health and advise them on hearing aid options.
A Licensed Hearing Aid Specialist focuses on fitting patients with the appropriate amplification. An audiologist performs a wider range of tests and treatments, such as rehabilitation for balance problems and cochlear implants.
Becoming a Hearing Instrument Specialist requires no college education and certification can be obtained within months. Becoming an Audiologist requires a minimum of 4 years of undergraduate study and additional years of schooling to complete a doctoral degree.
The average time it takes to become a Hearing Instrument Specialist is 6-12 months. Or, it could take 2-4 years in a college setting.
There are many benefits to becoming a Hearing Aid Specialist, such as:
- A stable career in a growing industry.
- Potential to have an annual salary of $50,000 or more.
- Minimal to no student loan debt.
- Takes months in most states – not years – to obtain your license.
- Predictable working schedule.
- Making a difference in people’s lives every day.
The stress levels of a Hearing Instrument Specialist are considered below average based on an evaluation of the work complexities, the working environment, and the job environment.
Work-life balance has average flexibility. You can expect a regular schedule.
As a Hearing Instrument Specialist, you will interact with your patients and colleagues as part of a team on a daily basis. You should expect to communicate in person, through email, on the phone, and potentially through telehealth technologies such as video conferencing.
Your patients will have various backgrounds, ages, incomes, and education levels. Your work will require a high degree of accuracy to avoid errors in fitting patients with hearing instruments.
You will mostly work indoors, within an office setting. You may be exposed to diseases and illnesses when treating patients that could require you to wear personal protective equipment (PPE), including gloves, masks, and goggles.
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