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What is the difference between an audiologist and a hearing instrument specialist?

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Both are options. A doctor, audiologist, hearing instrument specialist or a technician can be trained to perform a hearing test. Medical interpretations should be left to the doctor. If you have no medical contraindications, you are ready for a hearing instrument. (You may waive your right for a medical evaluation.) Audiologists and hearing instrument specialists are trained in the fitting of hearing instruments; however, audiologists need to have a doctorate of audiology degree to practice audiology. more
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Audiologists have the minimum of a master's degree in hearing sciences. Audiologists are educated in hearing, hearing aids, the balance system and some neurological testing. Hearing instrument specialists act as an apprentice to a professional while taking several courses on hearing loss and hearing instruments through a national board. Hearing instrument specialists test hearing and fit hearing aids. Both have to pass a state examination to be licensed to fit hearing instruments in that state. Audiologists and hearing instrument specialists are trained to fit major manufacturer's hearing instruments and their programming software. more
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Audiologists, Hearing Instrument Specialists and Physicians can all help people deal with hearing loss. Below is a brief description of each profession to assist you in choosing a professional who suits your needs. Audiologists Audiologists have special training in the prevention, diagnosis and non-medical treatment of hearing disorders and may be found in medical centers, hospitals, clinics, private practice and schools. Qualifications include: a master's or doctoral degree from an accredited university, state licensure, completion of a full-time internship and passing a demanding competency examination. These professionals belong to several national organizations guided by a Code of Ethics. Audiologists are designated by signing their degree (MA, MS, PhD, AuD etc.) and CCC-A (Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology) after their name. Audiologists Audiologists provide hearing aid services to adult and pediatric patients with hearing loss. In addition, many audiologists have ... more
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