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Qualification: Hearing aid audiologist / Hearing-aid maker

Hearing aid audiologist / Hearing-aid maker

Qualification Information

Type of qualification

This qualification is a dual vocational education and training (3-year and 3½-year training course). The vocational education and training system is highly significant in Germany. Central importance in this regard is attached to training within the dual system, which facilitates access to many areas of occupational activity for which in other countries training at an institute of higher education is required. The system is described as “dual” because training is conducted at two independent training venues, the company and the vocational school. Training combines the acquisition of theoretical knowledge and practically related competences with company practice. Successful completion of training confers the right directly to exercise the occupation in question as a qualified skilled worker in a state recognised training occupation. It also leads to the subsequent opportunity to access a wide range of upgrading training.

Those completing training hold the professional skills, knowledge and competences (employability skills) necessary for the exercising of a qualified occupational activity. They are in possession of competences for the autonomous planning and processing of professional tasks assigned within a comprehensive area of learning or field of occupational activity which is subject to change.

Description of the qualification (learning outcomes)

Determine and evaluate the individual hearing profile by compiling the medical case history, integrating the current and new findings, as well as determining the hearing needs,
Collect and analyse audiological and otoscopic findings, considering the anatomical and pathological conditions of the patient, the results of the pure-tone and speech audiometry, as well as additional measuring methods,
Advise patients regarding the use of hearing systems, hearing aid systems and special equipment, taking into account individual hearing expectations as well as with regard to hearing training, hearing strategies, tinnitus, implants, paediatric audiology, individual hearing protection and accessories ,
Create three-dimensional images of the outer ear, considering the psychological, anatomical, pathological, acoustic, and cosmetic conditions, and of those relating to hearing system technology ,
Produce otoplastics, customised hearing protection and special otoplastics, considering anatomical, pathological, acoustic, and cosmetic conditions, and those relating to hearing system technology,
Select hearing systems, hearing aid systems, special equipment and accessories ,
Preset and adjust hearing systems, hearing aid systems and special equipment in accordance with the individual hearing profile ,
Fine-tune according to the individual hearing profile, by performing and evaluating comparative adjustment and instructing the patient on use ,
Care of patients and performance of rehabilitation measures, in particular by means of continual audiological aftercare as well as the implementation of hearing aid systems and communication training,
Performance of service and maintenance measures for hearing systems, hearing aid systems, special equipment and accessories, Organise und administer business and account processes

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Chamber of Crafts and Trades

Access requirements: 

There are no formal entry requirements. Compulsory schooling of nine or ten full-time school years have to be completed. The training relationship is constituted via conclusion of a vocational education and training contract with a private sector company or comparable institution.

Ways to acquire: 

Training takes place at a company and at a vocational school. During company-based training, trainees acquire practically related competences within a real working environment. On one or two days a week or during blocks of one to two weeks’ duration, trainees attend vocational school, where general and occupationally related contents of a theoretical nature are imparted in a way that is linked to the practical training provided at the company. Training concludes with a final examination conducted by the examination board of the competent body.

Persons who are able to demonstrate that they have been employed in an occupation or in another relevant training occupation for a period at least one and a half times as long as is prescribed for the period of initial training or who are able to produce certificates or other evidence to prove that they have acquired sufficient employability skills may also be admitted to the final examination (so-called “external examination”).