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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Matching Hearing Instrument Specialist Colleges

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

At least 2 but less than 4 years; Public; $9,150 average out-state tuition; $3,732 average in-state tuition

Scholarships for Hearing Instrument Specialist Majors

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Robert and Lucy White Hudgins Memorial Scholarship

Volunteer State Community College

$5,002 January 31, 2021 See Details
 

Robert and Lucy White Hudgins Memorial Scholarship

Volunteer State Community College

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$5,002

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January 31, 2021
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Fund The Future Youth Scholarship

The Renal Medullary Carcinoma Research Foundation

$1,000 March 30, 2021 See Details
 

Fund The Future Youth Scholarship

The Renal Medullary Carcinoma Research Foundation

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$1,000

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March 30, 2021
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George and Emma Raboin Scholarship

M & M Community Foundation

$500 March 31, 2021 See Details
 

George and Emma Raboin Scholarship

M & M Community Foundation

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$500

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March 31, 2021
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MCAT Prep Hub Scholarship

Graduate Programs Foundation

$500 September 30, 2021 See Details
 

MCAT Prep Hub Scholarship

Graduate Programs Foundation

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$500

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September 30, 2021
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Dr. Trevor Mabery Scholarship

Weatherford College

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Dr. Trevor Mabery Scholarship

Weatherford College

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Links, Inc. Scholarship

Howard Community College

Varies January 31, 2021 See Details
 

Links, Inc. Scholarship

Howard Community College

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January 31, 2021
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Northeast Nebraska Public Power District Scholarship

Northeast Community College

Varies March 01, 2021 See Details
 

Northeast Nebraska Public Power District Scholarship

Northeast Community College

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March 01, 2021
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Donald E. Sly, M.D. and Madeline H. Sly Medical Scholarship

Hampton Roads Community Foundation

Varies March 01, 2021 See Details
 

Donald E. Sly, M.D. and Madeline H. Sly Medical Scholarship

Hampton Roads Community Foundation

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March 01, 2021
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Tim Turner Scholarship

Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin

Varies February 15, 2021 See Details
 

Tim Turner Scholarship

Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin

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February 15, 2021
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150th Anniversary Scholarship

Alpha Delta Pi Foundation, Inc.

Varies March 01, 2021 See Details
 

150th Anniversary Scholarship

Alpha Delta Pi Foundation, Inc.

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March 01, 2021
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