Hearing Aid Specialist Salary
A big portion of take-home pay for Hearing Aid Specialists — a little under three-quarters, in fact — arrives through commissions. This profession's median overall income is approximately $40K. Female Hearing Aid Specialists are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (68 percent) are women. Job satisfaction for Hearing Aid Specialists is high. Although slightly less than a third lack health benefits of any kind, the greater part do enjoy medical insurance, and slightly less than one-half get dental coverage, too. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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
- Select and fit patient with hearing aid.
- Assess and measure hearing loss of patient.
- Explain options, warranties and usage of hearing aid and care.
- Perform an initial exam, evaluate medical records and physician's referral.
- Keep records and documentation of evaluations and sales.
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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.
For many Hearing Aid Specialists, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $35K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $51K. Hearing Aid Specialists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $52K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $60K on average.