Have you ever wondered what exactly a hearing aid dispenser does, besides review your hearing tests? If you have been diagnosed with hearing loss, you will want to learn as much as you can about this professional who will be intimately involved in helping you choose the device that allows you to communicate more effectively.
A hearing aid dispenser is a professional who specializes in the selection and fitting of hearing aids. They are required to have completed high school or received an equivalent degree. In addition, they must pass their state’s hearing aid written and practical exam to become licensed by the state.
Some hearing instrument specialists choose to become board certified hearing instrument specialists. This requires them to pass a national exam given by the National Hearing Instrument Society.
Hearing aid dispensers work with patients of all ages, including children and adults. They work in diverse settings like hospitals, schools, clinics, universities and private practices; most can be found in an office that provides hearing aid services to those with sensorineural hearing loss, also known as nerve deafness.
Hearing aid dispensers are trained to interpret hearing assessments and use that information to select the best hearing aid possible for their patients. After trying on and testing out a number of options, the hearing aid model is selected and the hearing instrument specialist can get to work fitting and programing the device to match the individual’s exact degree of hearing loss.
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