Hearing Aid Specialist  What They Do

Just the Facts


Selects and fits hearing aids for customers. Administers and interprets tests of hearing. Assesses hearing instrument efficacy. Takes ear impressions and prepares, designs, and modifies ear molds.

This career is part of the Health Science cluster Therapeutic Services pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Performs basic screening procedures, such as pure tone screening, otoacoustic screening, immittance screening, and screening of ear canal status using otoscope.
  • Administers basic hearing tests including air conduction, bone conduction, or speech audiometry tests.
  • Selects and administers tests to evaluate hearing or related disabilities.
  • Maintains or repairs hearing aids or other communication devices.
  • Trains clients to use hearing aids or other augmentative communication devices.
  • Creates or modifies impressions for earmolds and hearing aid shells.
  • Reads current literature, talks with colleagues, and participates in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in audiology.
  • Demonstrates assistive listening devices (ALDs) to clients.
  • Diagnoses and treats hearing or related disabilities under the direction of an audiologist.
  • Assists audiologists in performing aural procedures, such as real ear measurements, speech audiometry, auditory brainstem responses, electronystagmography, and cochlear implant mapping.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposed to disease and infections more than once a month through work such as patient care, laboratory work, and sanitation control
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Picking out a particular sound in the presence of other sounds
  • Detecting sounds and hearing the differences between sounds of different pitch and loudness
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Audioprosthologist --
  • Board Certified Hearing Instrument Dispenser --
  • Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist --
  • Certified Hearing Instrument Dispenser --
  • Hearing Aid Consultant --
  • Hearing Care Practitioner --
  • Hearing Instrument Specialist --
  • Hearing Specialist --
  • Senior Hearing Specialist, Audio Prosthologist --