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Career Profile: Hearing Aid Specialists

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.

Salary and Outlook

According to the US Department of Labor, there are 8,000 people employed as hearing aid specialists in the United States. The median annual salary is $52,600. Entry level employees earn approximately $29,960 per year and senior employees earn approximately $81,170 per year.

Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.

Job Duties

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

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Job Outlook


Total Current Jobs:
8,000
Annual Openings:
700
Increase in Openings by 2030:
11%
Annual Salary Range:
$29,960 - $81,170
Education Requirements:
High school diploma