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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Catalyst $100K Healthcare Scholarship

Catalyst Scholars

$100,000 Varies See Details
 

Catalyst $100K Healthcare Scholarship

Catalyst Scholars

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$100,000

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Robert and Lucy White Hudgins Memorial Scholarship

Volunteer State Community College

$5,002 November 01, 2021 See Details
 

Robert and Lucy White Hudgins Memorial Scholarship

Volunteer State Community College

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$5,002

deadline

November 01, 2021
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NHCA Student Research Award

National Hearing Conservation Association

$1,500 October 15, 2021 See Details
 

NHCA Student Research Award

National Hearing Conservation Association

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$1,500

deadline

October 15, 2021
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Dr. Charles Lee, O.D. Memorial Scholarship - Palmdale West Kiwanis Club (Osher)

Antelope Valley College

Up to $1,000 Varies See Details
 

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

Antelope Valley College

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Up to $1,000

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AAHD Frederick J. Krause Scholarship

American Association on Health and Disability

Up to $1,000 March 01, 2022 See Details
 

AAHD Frederick J. Krause Scholarship

American Association on Health and Disability

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Up to $1,000

deadline

March 01, 2022
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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

deadline

September 30, 2021
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Dr. Trevor Mabery Scholarship

Weatherford College

Varies Varies See Details
 

Dr. Trevor Mabery Scholarship

Weatherford College

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Sarah Gobert Scholarship

Dubois County Community Foundation

$1,000 October 01, 2021 See Details
 

Sarah Gobert Scholarship

Dubois County Community Foundation

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$1,000

deadline

October 01, 2021
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Denise Davis-Thompson Scholarship

Dubois County Community Foundation

$1,000 October 01, 2021 See Details
 

Denise Davis-Thompson Scholarship

Dubois County Community Foundation

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$1,000

deadline

October 01, 2021
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Ahlswell - Lincoln Scholarship

Lincoln Community Foundation

Varies March 15, 2022 See Details
 

Ahlswell - Lincoln Scholarship

Lincoln Community Foundation

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March 15, 2022
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