A hearing aid technician dispenses hearing aids. It is important to have strong knowledge of the anatomy of the ear, as well as the various hearing aid technologies that are available. Keeping up with new developments within the field is also important. To become a hearing aid assistant, it is usually necessary to have at least an associate’s degree in a related field. Licensing as a hearing aid technician must be acquired for most jobs.
The hearing technician may help to administer hearing tests, in order to determine the severity and type of hearing loss, and what type of hearing aids would best fit the patient. The patient’s desires should also be considered. Strong communication skills are necessary and should be adjusted as necessary, as patients will have varying hearing abilities. The hearing aid technician may work in a clinical environment or even a retail store that dispenses hearing aids.
When tests determine that further, more complex testing must be carried out, the technician should make a referral to an audiologist. In selecting a hearing aid for a client, the technician may also work with the client’s other medical providers, in order to further cater to the client’s needs. Prior to releasing the hearing aid to the patient, tests should be performed to make sure that the hearing aids are performing properly. In some jobs, the hearing aid technician will be expected to have expertise in repairing and troubleshooting hearing aids and the accompanying devices, such as FM and infrared systems and ear molds. The hearing aid technician may work under a hearing aid specialist or another technician who has more experience.
Hearing Aid Technician 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.