Friday, November 8, 2013

Hearing Aids Dispensers

State-licensed hearing-aid specialists need only a minimum amount of education, but have to pass tests proving their competence to administer hearing exams, fit devices and recognize underlying physical problems. Audiologists must have at least a master's degree, though they generally aren't medical doctors. Many states require that consumers be allowed to return hearing aids within 30 days.

1 comment:

Ellen Nathan said...

Actually this is only true in certain states, Missouri requires a 2 year degree in Hearing Sciences, and there are several states that also require additional education.
Dispenser testing can be simple (written) or comprehensive (written and practicum). California has one of the most difficult testing processes. The reality is that fitting a hearing aid isn't difficult, but you do have to know a lot of information to do it properly. Audiologists are mostly for pathologies of the ear, and rightly so, they have extensive schooling in pathologies of the ear. However, hearing aids are only a small part of the Audiology program, most get only one semester of study in Hearing Aids.