Tuition for the Hearing Specialist Degree


Tuition is based on credit hour. You will need approximately 66 credit hours to graduate. Each credit hour costs $ 364. as of November of 2018.

The cost is approximately $24,000. The curriculum is for two years.

The curriculum includes math, science and classes on audiology, the technology used in hearing aid development and the anatomy of the ear. Alternatively, you could continue your education and become fully licensed as an audiologist after obtaining a master’s or doctorate in audiology.

In states that require you to obtain a license, you’ll also need to spend a requisite number of hours training under the supervision of a licensed practitioner before you can work on your own. Audiologists who work as hearing aid specialists must complete an internship before earning a license, while hearing aid dealers often are required to work for as long as two years before applying for an individual license. Requirements vary by state. Individual state requirements are available through the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.

Once you’ve accomplished the requisites for licensing and have worked two of the previous five years as a full-time dispenser, you can apply for board certification through the National Board for Certification in Hearing Instrument Sciences. Board certification boosts your credibility and assures your clients that you remain up-to-date on the latest hearing aid technology. Obtain a letter from your employer and you can sit for the exam to become board certified.

Hawaii On Line University offers this educational course of instruction with your choice of installment plan tailored for students who seek training to enter the Hearing Health Care field as a Hearing Instrument Specialist.

Full details are given when you call us. Please discuss this with an admissions advisor to review all costs and fee’s associated with this program.

Additional Costs, not in the tuition fee

Text books and supplies for hands-on practice in developing skills necessary for producing impressions for use with hearing instruments are not included in the tuition.

Students can successfully begin the training once they purchase the related and needed material and textbooks.

Some of the video lectures, and the optional text books are preferred references linked to the study plan. The supplies are associated with latter chapters in the training, but should be purchased to keep from delaying your training progress. These costs are not included in your tuition.

When you are learning fitting and testing skills, and when preparing for your state licensing examination, you may want to either buy or rent a calibrated audiometer for practice and for your actual use in your state examination.

The cost and availability for an audiometer vary with location and brand; however, rental is generally low and national third-party rental sources are readily available when the time comes.

Since employers normally provide necessary on-the-job equipment, we suggest the low cost rental option until you know the direction your career is going to take.

Lastly, when you are ready to sit for your state licensure examination, your state will have fees associated with the examinations. The states vary in their fees and charges, ranging from a few hundred dollars, to over a thousand dollars.

Your Decision

Your enrollment decision and the resulting financial responsibility can be considered a personal investment in your future and a promise of lifetime benefits; however, we always recommend that you sit with your family and discuss your future goals, how your dedication to study may impact their lives and activities for a while, and how it may affect your family.

There may be some sacrifices involved. If so, everyone should be on board with your plan for the future and its goals. Please call us if you have concerns and wish to discuss your future.