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what education do i need to become a hearing aid specialist ?

I've had hearing aids of my own but after a while, they start to hurt our ears and would like to create a hearing aid that's custom for every different person for an affordable price that doesn't break the bank. I understand ur ears are very important in life and hearing is one of the most important things you use in your everyday life.

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Bhavna’s Answer

Hello Joshua,

In order to become a Hearing Aid Specialist, you will need to obtain a degree in audiology or audiology technology. Additionally, it is typically required to complete an internship or apprenticeship with an experienced hearing aid specialist or an audiologist. As well, you may want to consider attaining certifications in hearing aid dispensing to demonstrate your expertise in the field. Furthermore, you should complete continuing education to stay up to date on the latest advancements in hearing aids and assistive listening technologies.
you will need to obtain a degree or certification in audiology. This typically involves completing a bachelor's degree, such as a B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders, with a concentration on audiology. You may also need to complete a clinical externship and/or obtain a license or certification in audiology. Alternatively, you could receive a master's degree in audiology (M.S. in Audiology). This program would provide you with specialized knowledge that would prepare you to work with a variety of clients and in different areas, like manufacturing and dispensing hearing aids.
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Ashlynn’s Answer

Hello!

Look into the Audiology field. The major for this field would most likely be Communication Sciences and Disorders. Most Audiologists work with hearing aids, cochlear implants, and other hearing-assisting devices. With a major in Communication Sciences and Disorders and on the career path of Audiology, you could most definitely get into the manufacturing, creating, inventing, etc. of hearing aids/hearing devices! This is also an on-the-rise career path - our country needs more Audiologists!

Good luck to you! I wish for you to reach your dreams and goals successfully!
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Vicki’s Answer

It depends on the level you want to complete. You could go the college route and get degrees in Audiology. Or if you just want to be a dispenser, you just need to be over 18 and pass the hearing aid dispenser license exam. There are classes you could take to help with the hearing aid dispenser exam. You could become an audiology assistant as well.
I wish you luck on whichever path you take.

Vicki recommends the following next steps:

https://www.speechandhearing.ca.gov/applicants/qual_app_had.shtml
https://www.speechandhearing.ca.gov/applicants/app_pack_au.shtml
https://www.speechandhearing.ca.gov/applicants/app_pack_au_aide.shtml
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Christine’s Answer

To become a Hearing Care Provider there are different routes you can pursue.
1: Complete certification as a Hearing Aid Specialist through the International Hearing Society and the apprenticeship program for the State Board of Audiology/Hearing Aid Specialists for where you live (to focus purely on hearing tests and hearing aid fittings)
2: Complete a AuD program at a university and follow the program's steps and your state board's steps to be a licensed Audiologist (a broader focus on clinical skills in neuroscience, vestibular system, auditory processing, intra operative monitoring, pediatric intervention, etc)
3: Complete a training program as an Audio Engineer/Acoustical Engineer/Biomedical Engineering (to focus on hearing aid development and not so much the clinical side of audiology)
4: Complete a formal certification as an Audiology Assistant through Nova Southeastern University or ASHA and work at different clinics before choosing what specialty in higher education you want to pursue
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