Hearing Aid Specialist Salary
Commissions form a big slice (roughly three-fourths) of total compensation for Hearing Aid Specialists. The median income in this area hovers around $39K. It's worth noting that most people in this role find their work both fulfilling and enjoyable. While slightly less than a third report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and just under a half have dental, as well. Hearing Aid Specialists survey participants are largely women, dominating at 68 percent. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Job Description for Hearing Aid Specialist
Hearing aid specialists are also known as hearing instrument specialists or audiologists. Most of the time, hearing aid specialists work at hospitals or medical clinics. They may also have their own practice or partner with other hearing aid specialists.Read More...
They test patients for hearing loss. They fit hearing products and relevant accessories. Some employers require that candidates have at least a master’s degree in audiology. In addition, employers may require that candidates have a hearing aid dispensing license. In order to create the best experience possible for patients, they must be friendly, and they must be good listeners. They must have interpersonal and communications skills. Hearing aid specialists must possess professional demeanors. They must be able to use various instruments to treat patients. They must have the ability to troubleshoot minor problems related to their instruments. They must have computer skills and must be familiar with various software that is used to diagnose hearing loss. They give instructions to clients regarding hearing aid use and various techniques, so that the clients are able to use their hearing aid effectively. Hearing aid specialists may counsel patients on various techniques of how to use their hearing aids.
They must continuously keep their technological skills up to date by attending various workshops and classes at local colleges or universities and reading relevant journals. They may have to travel to attend relevant conferences. They may have to mentor or coach new or more junior hearing aid specialists.
Hearing Aid Specialist Tasks
- Perform an initial exam, evaluate medical records and physician's referral.
- Keep records and documentation of evaluations and sales.
- Explain options, warranties and usage of hearing aid and care.
- Select and fit patient with hearing aid.
- Assess and measure hearing loss of patient.
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Pay by Experience Level for Hearing Aid Specialist
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Hearing Aid Specialists. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $34K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $50K. Hearing Aid Specialists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $57K. Hearing Aid Specialists who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $61K.
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