With the baby boomer generation in full swing, it’s no surprise that healthcare needs to be at its very best. Hospitals and specialists are popping up all over the country, offering the very best medical assistance for our senior citizens. Everything from cancer treatment centers to orthopedic centers to, yes, hearing aid centers are blooming and thriving.
But what’s most surprising is that the likes of even Walgreens and CVS are starting to dive into the medical assistance pool, now offering Hearing Aid Assistance programs so that anyone can now pop into their local pharmacy for hearing care.
CVS got into the game back in 2015 and since then has opened about 30 stores all across the United States, specializing in Rexton, Unitron and Bernafon hearing aids. A recent article from hearingtracker.com wrote that now Walgreens is also following suit. They have two locations available in Golden Valley and St. Paul, Minnesota and are now promoting the Starkey hearing aids. It would appear, based on the Walgreens website, that more locations are coming soon.
There really is an urgent need for hearing aid specialists. Not just CVS and Walgreens, but also companies like Costco, Walmart, Sam’s Club and hearing aid retailers are all understaffed and desperately need licensed hearing aid specialists.
Let’s take a look at a few specs:
- It’s been projected that by 2030 there will be over 63 million people 65 years and older suffering from hearing loss.
- One out of three baby boomers will experience some level of hearing loss.
- Baby boomers are living longer, thus they will need more care.
- New demands are being made upon the hearing aid industry as technology continues to evolve.
- Attitudes about hearing impairment are changing every day.
The sheer number of hearing aids being sold has rapidly increased over the years and if the whole baby boomer thing holds true, that number is only going to increase.
So this “coming soon” is a real issue. But a bigger issue is finding specialists to operate these clinics. How do you get trained for something as specific as hearing health care? What are the requirements? Is there a specific exam to become certified in such a field? These are all very specific questions and they can all be answered at one online school.
The Hearing Aid Academy (www.hearingaidacademy.com) was founded in 2007 and has since then helped thousands of people pursue a career as a hearing aid specialist. It is the most complete and advanced online education program for hearing aid specialists ever created. Let’s give you a rundown of what this academy has to offer.
The Hearing Aid Academy is exclusively online, making it incredibly convenient for you. You can work from anywhere; all you need is your computer and an internet connection (which is not hard to find now-a-days). Everything you will need to learn is taught via intensive online training sessions and hands-on practical training lessons. What’s more, you are able to set your own schedule. So if you are a full-time working parent, you will be able to take the classes at your own leisure, making it less stressful for you and your family. The courses are also self-paced, meaning you don’t have to complete one course in a certain amount of time. Again, this makes studying and testing much less stressful.
What’s even better is that each student is paired with an instructor. This instructor will have over thirty years experience in the field and will be very well educated to assist you. They will be able to answer any questions you may have and help you along the way if you get stuck. One on one support is guaranteed at the Hearing Aid Academy.
So what are some of the skills you would be acquiring at the Hearing Aid Academy? What are you going to be learning? What can you expect? Let’s give you a rundown:
- You will learn how to interview the patient.
- You will learn how to test the patient’s hearing.
- You will learn how to analyze those test results.
- You will learn how to diagnose hearing loss.
- You will learn how to select the appropriate hearing instrument (since no one person is the same).
- You will learn how to fit and distribute hearing aids to your patients.
- You will learn how to verify the fitting of the aid for the patient.
- And you will learn how to do proper follow up with the patient
Most students complete their training in about in about three to six months, a mere drop in the bucket compared to other educational programs.
With these skills, you will then be prepared to take the Hearing Instrument Specialist Examination and move into a successful career.
There are many options in this field as well. Obviously, pharmacies like Walgreens and CVS are hard-up for hearing aid specialists, where you would sell and dispense your products. There is the option of opening your own, stand-alone clinic once licensed. The Hearing Aid Academy as formed many connections with companies like Starkey and Miracle Ear, giving you the opportunity to interview for jobs even before you’ve graduated. The Hearing Aid Academy even designed referral processes that will help get you interviews with some of the top leading companies across the country. Obviously, they want you to succeed just as much as you do!
The opportunity to land a high-paying job is great with the Hearing Aid Academy. If you were to land a job with an established clinic in your area, you could average around $40,000 to $60,000 a year, depending on where you reside. As mentioned before, if you were to open your own dispensing clinic, you could rake in as much as $100,000 a year. Or if you were hired by one of the hearing instrument manufactures directly, you could pull in anywhere from $100,000 to $200,000 a year! That’s an incredible career to obtain in as short as six months! With todays economy becoming ever-more expensive, just imagine the life you could live off of $150,000 a year? You wouldn’t have to stress over money, your family would be happier and you would be happier.
Since we’re on the topic of money, how much will the Hearing Academy actually cost? Before we answer that let’s throw a few numbers at you:
- For a public two-year college, tuition costs roughly $3,400.
- For a four year public college, tuition is around $9,400 (in-state students).
- For a four year public college, tuition is around $24,000 (out-of-state students).
- For a private four year college, tuition is around $32,400.
No matter who you are, those numbers are big!
And that’s not even including room and board. The College Board reports the average cost for boarding at a four year public college to be $10,800 and $12,200 for a private college. Of course, this is dependent on what housing and food plans you choose. But wouldn’t you rather work and study from the comfort of your own home?
And then there are books. The College Board reported that the average cost for books at public and private colleges was over $1,200. For most, that’s the cost of your rent!
Education is pricey, there’s no two ways about it. But the Hearing Aid Academy makes it possible to get a fantastic education in a specialized field for a fraction of the cost that a four year college would charge you. The Academy offers your choice of installment planning that is completely tailored to your training. And the cost is as low as $199! Now granted, this does not include some of the textbooks and supplies, but since this is an online academy, many of your books you can download as a PDF for free.
And, like any licensing board, there is a cost for taking the licensure examination. Of course, this will vary from state to state so you may want to do your research on how much it will cost. Generally speaking, it can range anywhere from a few hundred dollars to over a thousand.
But this is your career we’re talking about, right? Of course there is going to be a financial commitment. But it sounds like the financial commitment will come back to you three-fold since there is just a huge demand for licensed hearing aid specialists! It’s really just up to you.
That being said, there are a number of people who have sang their praises about the Hearing Aid Academy, deeming it one of the best out there.
A certain Sean Daniels exclaims, “I recommend getting your education at the Hearing Aid Academy.” After being laid off, a relative suggested the program and now he is happily employed at a two-office Hearing Instrument Dispensing business.
James E. Booth, Jr says, “I wanted to share my excitement and satisfaction and to thank everyone at the Academy for always being there when I needed a helping word or a helping hand.” James just passed his state licensing exam and now works full-time in his own business.
Raymond Prill out of Texas said, “No where else was offering any sort of organized coursework to train for the written and practical exams here in Texas. In six short months I was able to apply myself and graduated in time to pass the Texas ILE written exam and breezed through the practical exam, passing BOTH the first try…If your looking for a new career, look no further.”
And lastly, Svetlana Goldman says, “It was a great experience. I highly recommend them…It’s completely hands on in many different settings. The training really is amazing since it prepares you for your new career.”
It’s not necessarily a career one would think of, right? But clearly, there is a high demand for hearing aid specialists all over the country. With a little time commitment and a little financial commitment, you could study and learn in the comfort of your own home, at your own pace, with supportive experts guiding you through your courses. And in as short as three months, you could pass an exam that will allow you job offers from all over the country.
The Hearing Aid Academy is the place to do this. Who doesn’t want to feel needed, after all? Millions of baby boomers will thank you down the road. All you have to do is request the information from the Hearing Aid Academy’s website and you will be on your way to a very lucrative and satisfying career.