Nationally, job placement opportunities for this profession are excellent. This entry level profession lacks a source of formally educated and trained professionals in the field of hearing instrument specialists. The College of DuPage Hearing Instrument Dispensary Program certificate is designed to meet the standard of competency outlined by the Hearing Instrument Consumer Protection Act. The proposed program offers face-to-face classroom instruction at a modern and progressive academic institution. College of DuPage Health Science programs maintain strong clinical affiliations with healthcare settings across the Chicago metropolitan area. Students accepted into the Hearing Instrument Dispensary program would be placed in a clinical practicum opportunity offering 250 hours of clinical instruction. The continued growth in an ever-increasing aging population suggests an increasing need for hearing health care professionals well into the future.
Development of the HIDP program at College of DuPage was based upon the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook prediction that employment in this profession will increase 25% (much faster than average) from 2012-2022.
Career One Stop identified that national growth of Hearing Aid Specialists will yield approximately 1300 jobs between 2012-2022; suggesting the same growth of 25%.