Is becoming a hearing aid specialist right for me?
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How to become a Hearing Aid Specialist
Although hearing aid specialists deal with a medical condition, they are not doctors and do not have a degree in medicine. In many states and provinces, a training or apprenticeship period must be completed before a candidate is eligible to take the licensing examination(s).
The IHS' Distance Learning for Professionals in Hearing Health Sciences course is the premier study program for aspiring hearing healthcare professionals. Some states require or recommend use of this course for licensure as a hearing aid specialist.
Academic training is also available at a few colleges in the U.S. and Canada. Each U.S. state and Canadian province has different rules and regulations for licensing. In most jurisdictions, one or more competency exams are required. Once a student or apprentice has completed all of the qualifications for licensure as determined by their local jurisdiction’s laws and regulations, they may take the examination(s) that ultimately grant their status as a practitioner.