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Hearing Aid Specialists
SOC Code: 29-2092.00

Select and fit hearing aids for customers. Administer and interpret tests of hearing. Assess hearing instrument efficacy. Take ear impressions and prepare, design, and modify ear molds.

Sample of reported job titles: Audioprosthologist; Board Certified Hearing Instrument Dispenser; Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist; Certified Hearing Instrument Dispenser; Hearing Aid Consultant; Hearing Aid Specialist; Hearing Care Practitioner; Hearing Instrument Specialist; Hearing Specialist; Senior Hearing Specialist, Audio Prosthologist

Tasks

  • Perform basic screening procedures, such as pure tone screening, otoacoustic screening, immittance screening, and screening of ear canal status using otoscope.
  • Administer basic hearing tests including air conduction, bone conduction, or speech audiometry tests.
  • Select and administer tests to evaluate hearing or related disabilities.
  • Maintain or repair hearing aids or other communication devices.
  • Train clients to use hearing aids or other augmentative communication devices.
  • Create or modify impressions for earmolds and hearing aid shells.
  • Read current literature, talk with colleagues, and participate in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in audiology.
  • Demonstrate assistive listening devices (ALDs) to clients.
  • Diagnose and treat hearing or related disabilities under the direction of an audiologist.
  • Assist audiologists in performing aural procedures, such as real ear measurements, speech audiometry, auditory brainstem responses, electronystagmography, and cochlear implant mapping.

Technology Skills

  • Electronic mail software - Microsoft Outlook
  • Medical software - HIMSA Noah; Otometrics OTOsuite
  • Office suite software - Microsoft Office
  • Presentation software - Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel
  • Word processing software - Microsoft Word

Tools Used

  • Amplifiers - Two-channel amplifiers
  • Audiometers or accessories - Automatic impedance audiometers; Two-channel audiometers; Warble tone audiometers; Wide range audiometers (see all 6 examples)
  • Audiometric booths or acoustic hearing test chambers - Sound booths
  • Auditory function screening units - Caloric irrigators; Otoacoustic emissions equipment OAE; Portable auditory screeners; Probe microphones (see all 5 examples)
  • Aural probes - Ear probes; Electroacoustic impedance bridges
  • Desktop computers
  • Electroencephalograph EEG or accessories - Auditory brainstem response screening systems
  • Headphones - Circumaural headphones
  • Hearing aid analyzers or test systems - Hearing aid analyzers
  • Hearing aids for the physically challenged - Behind-the-ear hearing aids; In-the-ear hearing aids; Mini hearing aids; Programmable hearing aids (see all 5 examples)
  • Laser measuring systems - Laser measurement systems
  • Laser printers - Color laser printers
  • Medical acoustic stethoscope or accessory - Mechanical stethoscopes
  • Medical suction cannulas or tubes or accessories - Hearing aid vacuum systems
  • Medical tuning forks - Diagnostic tuning forks
  • Ophthalmoscopes or otoscopes or scope sets - Handheld otoscopes; Video-otoscopes
  • Personal computers
  • Programmable Logic Controller Programming Device - Hearing aid programming interfaces
  • Tablet computers
  • Tympanometers or accessories - Tympanometers
  • Ultrasonic cleaning equipment - Ultrasonic cleaning systems

Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Sales and Marketing - Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Skills

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Abilities

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Hearing Sensitivity - The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Auditory Attention - The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Flexibility of Closure - The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Visualization - The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
  • Perceptual Speed - The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.

Interests

  • Interest code: SIR
    • Social - Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
    • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
    • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

Work Context

  • Contact With Others - 91% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Deal With External Customers - 88% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 91% responded “Every day.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 87% responded “Every day.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 89% responded “Every day.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions
  • Telephone
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 81% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Physical Proximity
  • Level of Competition - 12% responded “Moderately competitive.”
  • Electronic Mail - 12% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results
  • Consequence of Error
  • Spend Time Sitting
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 16% responded “Very important.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 11% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People
  • Coordinate or Lead Others
  • Letters and Memos

Work Styles

  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.

Work Values

  • Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
  • Working Conditions - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
  • Achievement - Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $26.38 hourly, $54,860 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 7,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Much faster than average (15% or higher)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 600

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