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Hearing Aid Specialists

At a Glance

  • Have a high level of social interaction
  • Work closely with patients and healthcare workers
  • Most work full time
  • Receive on-the-job training

Career summary

Hearing aid specialists perform tests to check hearing ability. They set up and maintain hearing aids and listening devices for patients.

Hearing aid specialists perform different tests to evaluate hearing ability. They test for air conduction, bone conduction, and speech audiometry. Sometimes they perform screening procedures such as:

They often assist audiologists with hearing related procedures. Hearing aid specialists check for hearing disabilities and set up hearing aids for patients. They create molds to fit patients ears and help patients learn how to use their hearing aids. Additionally, hearing aid specialists research current technologies by attending conferences and talking with colleagues. 

Related careers

This career is part of the Health Science cluster of careers.

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Job duties

Task list

The following list of tasks is specific to hearing aid specialists.

Common work activities

Hearing aid specialists perform the following tasks. These tasks are common to many careers.

Work requirements

Working conditions

In a typical work setting, hearing aid specialists:

Interpersonal relationships

Physical work conditions

Work performance


Physical demands

Hearing aid specialists frequently:

It is important for hearing aid specialists to be able to:

It is not as important, but still necessary, for hearing aid specialists to be able to:

Skills and abilities

Hearing aid specialists need to:


Reason and problem solve

Manage oneself, people, time, and things

Work with people

Perceive and visualize

Education and training

Educational programs

The programs of study listed below will help you prepare for the occupation or career cluster you are exploring.

Programs of study directly related to this occupation


To work as a hearing aid specialist, you typically need to:

Education after high school

Some hearing aid specialists learn their skills through formal training programs. Professional-technical colleges offer medical assisting programs. A one-year program grants a certificate. Courses include anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, medical law, and ethics. Office courses include typing, recordkeeping, accounting, and insurance processing. You also gain skills in lab techniques and first aid.

On-the-job training

Most hearing aid specialists learn their skills on the job. Through on-the-job training you learn medical terminology, the names of the instruments, how to do daily tasks, how to interact with patients, and other tasks. You also learn how to code both paper and electronic health records and how to record patient information. Training typically lasts several months.

Helpful high school courses

In high school, take classes that prepare you for college. A college preparatory curriculum (external link) may be different from your state's graduation requirements (external link).

You should also consider taking some advanced courses in high school. This includes Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses if they are available in your school. If you do well in these courses, you may receive college credit for them. Advanced courses can also strengthen your college application.

Helpful electives to take in high school that prepare you for this career include:

The courses listed above are meant to help you create your high school plan. If you have not already done so, talk to a school counselor or parent about the courses you are considering taking.

You should also check with a teacher or counselor to see if work-based learning opportunities are available in your school and community. These might include field trips, job shadowing, internships, and actual work experience. The goal of these activities is to help you connect your school experiences with real-life work.

Join some groups, try some hobbies, or volunteer with an organization that interests you. By participating in activities you can have fun, make new friends, and learn about yourself. Maybe one of them will help direct you to a future career. Here are examples of activities and groups (PDF file) that may be available in your high school or community.

Things to know


Hearing aid specialists must be licensed in Washington State. Licensing requirements include:

Cost for the initial application and license is $205. The annual renewal fee is $75. Fees for the International Hearing Society written and practical examinations are paid directly to the testing provider. 

For detailed information on licensing visit the Washington State Department of Health Hearing Aid Specialist website (external link).


Hearing Aid Specialists (SOC 29-2092)

Pay Period
    Vancouver Hourly $12.26 $14.35 $28.25 $35.88 $38.84
Monthly $2,125 $2,487 $4,896 $6,218 $6,731
Yearly $25,494 $29,846 $58,762 $74,648 $80,796
United States Hourly $13.66 $18.45 $25.37 $32.25 $42.59
Monthly $2,367 $3,197 $4,397 $5,589 $7,381
Yearly $28,410 $38,380 $52,770 $67,090 $88,590

Wages vary by employer and area of the country. Wages also vary based on the worker's education and experience.

Benefits vary by employer. Most full-time occupational therapist aides receive benefits. These include paid vacation, sick leave, and health insurance. Many part-time aides do not receive benefits.

Employment and outlook

The table below provides information about the number of workers in this career in various regions. It also provides information about the expected growth rate and future job openings.

Hearing Aid Specialists (SOC 29-2092)

Location Current employment Growth over 10 years Annual openings
Washington 166 7.8% 16.1% 13
    Clark, Cowlitz, and Wahkiakum Counties 11 18.2% 15.2% 1
    Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, and Thurston Counties 18 38.9% 14.1% 3
    Island, San Juan, Skagit, and Whatcom Counties 23 4.3% 14.6% 1
    King County 29 0.0% 19.6% 2
    Pierce County 11 0.0% 15.2% 1
    Snohomish County 16 0.0% 12.4% 1
    Spokane County 10 0.0% 13.9% 1
United States 7,700 16.9% 5.2% 700

National employment

Major employers:

National outlook

Demand for this occupation will be strong due to the increase in the aging population. As people age, there will be an increase in need for hearing aides and hearing aid specialists.

Other resources

International Hearing Society (external link)
National Board for Certification in Hearing Instrument Sciences (external link)
16880 Middlebelt, Suite 4
Livonia, MI 48154


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