Hearing Aid Specialist

Prepare for a rewarding career as a hearing aid specialist.

A Hearing Aid Specialist is a healthcare professional who is responsible for assessing hearing and providing services to hard of hearing individuals who can benefit from the use of hearing aids. Instruction includes acoustics, hearing instrument sciences, anatomy and physiology of the human auditory system, pathophysiology of the auditory system, psychological aspects of hearing loss, tests of the hearing organ, making impressions of the ear, business aspects of the hearing industry, overview of related fields and medical implants to improve hearing. Graduates from the Hearing Aid Specialist program will be eligible to sit for the licensing examination in the state of Washington.

General Information

Career Advisor: Jason Carroll
253-680-7002 | jcarroll@batestech.edu

Location: Downtown Campus
Hours: 7:30AM - 3:00PM

Program Length: Six Quarters

  • National Median Salary$52,770
  • National Potential Annual Job Openings700

This information is base on data from April 2020. For updated information, visit careeronestop, a database sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Tuition and Fees

At Bates, our tuition is affordable and there are options to help make it even easier to gain an education. Federal aid is available for many of our students. Scholarships are also available through the Bates Foundation.

See if you qualify for other funding through our special funding programs with the Workforce Education office.

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View the Program of Study

Associate of Applied Science
CIP 51.0918     EPC 687

To apply for a hearing instrument fitter/dispenser license in Washington State, applicants must successfully complete degree requirements from an approved two-year education program. Bates’ Hearing Aid Specialist program is approved by the Washington State Board of Hearing and Speech for students to prepare for careers as hearing instrument fitters/dispensers. Instruction includes professional terminology, anatomy and physiology of the normal ear, common medical disorders that may affect hearing, patient/family education, ethics, basic acoustics, hearing aid electronics and sound processing schemes. In an on-campus hearing instrument study clinic, students perform hearing assessments, assist patients in the selection, procurement and fitting of hearing aids, troubleshoot hearing aid problems and perform minor repairs. Students are also introduced to business aspects of the industry.


  1. Applicants must be fully ready to enter into general education courses. This entry requirement may be satisfied by providing the registrar with official transcripts showing actual completion of general education courses, or by satisfactory completion of placement tests the enable the student to enroll directly into required general education courses.
  2. To meet Washington State residency requirements for program completion, students must be enrolled in the Hearing Aid Specialist career education program at Bates Technical College for their last 1,284 hours of training.


Bates instructors are industry experts who enjoy working with and teaching students.


  • Marci Leong

    253.680.7319 | Email

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