Hearing Instrument Specialists are healthcare professionals who evaluate, diagnose, treat, and manage hearing loss and hearing conditions like tinnitus and balance disorders. A hearing instrument specialist holds a minimum of a Master’s degree in Audiology. Professionals seeking education in Audiology who do not currently hold a Master’s degree must now pursue a Doctoral degree in Audiology (Au.D). Hearing instrument specialists must be licensed in the state where they practice, and are regulated by the Division of Consumer Affairs.
A Hearing Instrument Specialist may be awarded the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), otherwise known as the CCC-A. With additional training and expertise, the hearing instrument specialist may receive the honor of Fellow, which is bestowed by the American Academy of Audiology (AAA).

Common services and treatments provided by a hearing instrument specialist include:

  • Diagnostic hearing tests and evaluations
  • Audiologic evaluations
  • Hearing aid fitting and consultation
  • Hearing aid repairs and maintenance
  • Pediatric hearing loss detection and treatment
  • Hearing conservation and protection programs
  • Ear-mold and earplug fitting and consultation
  • Musicians earplugs and monitors
  • Tinnitus treatment programs
  • Dizziness and balance testing and treatment
  • Ear or hearing-related surgical monitoring in hospital settings
  • Hearing rehabilitation and auditory training
  • Assisting in cochlear implant programs
  • Insurance billing for medically necessary diagnostic testing and hearing aids, when patients have policies that cover these benefits