Hearing Instrument Specialist

A hearing aid is a device designed to improve hearing by making sound audible to a person with hearing loss. Hearing aids are classified as medical devices in most countries, and regulated by the respective regulations. Small audio amplifiers such as PSAPs or other plain sound reinforcing systems cannot be sold as "hearing aids".

Early devices, such as ear trumpets or ear horns, were passive amplification cones designed to gather sound energy and direct it into the ear canal. Modern devices are computerised electroacoustic systems that transform environmental sound to make it audible, according to audiometrical and cognitive rules. Modern devices also utilize sophisticated digital signal processing to try and improve speech intelligibility and comfort for the user. Such signal processing includes feedback management, wide dynamic range compression, directionality, frequency lowering, and noise reduction.

Modern hearing aids require configuration to match the hearing loss, physical features, and lifestyle of the wearer. This process is called "fitting" and is performed by audiologists. The amount of benefit a hearing aid delivers depends in large part on the quality of its fitting. Almost all hearing aids in use in the US are digital hearing aids. Devices similar to hearing aids include the osseointegrated auditory prosthesis (formerly called the bone-anchored hearing aid) and cochlear implant.

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Spokane Falls Community College

Four or more years; Public; $7,684 average out-state tuition; $2,747 average in-state tuition

Ozarks Technical Community College

At least 2 but less than 4 years; Public; $4,752 average out-state tuition; $3,564 average in-state tuition

Bates Technical College

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Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

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Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship

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Brave of Heart Scholarship

New York Life Foundation and Cigna Foundation

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Brave of Heart Scholarship

New York Life Foundation and Cigna Foundation

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October 05, 2022
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Tampax Flow It Forward Scholarship

Procter & Gamble

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Tampax Flow It Forward Scholarship

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Wilma Davis Memorial STEM Scholarship

UNCF, Inc

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Wilma Davis Memorial STEM Scholarship

UNCF, Inc

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Military Spouse Scholarship

Western Governors University

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Military Spouse Scholarship

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Donohue Family SkillPointe Scholarship

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Donohue Family SkillPointe Scholarship

SkillPointe Foundation

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Haffizulla Family Scholarship

American Medical Women's Association Foundation

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Haffizulla Family Scholarship

American Medical Women's Association Foundation

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$2,000

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SkillPointe Monthly Scholarship for Technical and Vocational Training

SkillPointe Foundation

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SkillPointe Monthly Scholarship for Technical and Vocational Training

SkillPointe Foundation

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Dr. Charles Lee, O.D. Memorial Scholarship - Palmdale West Kiwanis Club (Osher)

Antelope Valley College

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Dr. Charles Lee, O.D. Memorial Scholarship - Palmdale West Kiwanis Club (Osher)

Antelope Valley College

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Murse World Scholarship

Murse World, Inc.

$1,000 January 15, 2023 See Details
 

Murse World Scholarship

Murse World, Inc.

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$1,000

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January 15, 2023
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