An Audiologist and a Hearing Instrument Specialist (HIS) are both competent health professionals when seeking treatment for hearing loss.
An Audiologist is trained to complete a thorough audiometric assessment for all populations, including infants and those who can not respond to the typical hearing test. They can diagnose, treat and monitor disorders of the hearing and balance system.
Hearing Instrument Specialists are trained to work with adult clients to recommend and fit hearing aids. They are trained to complete thorough audiometric assessments, recommend appropriate hearing aids and/or assistive listening devices for purchase. Hearing Instrument Specialists provide ongoing counseling and support to clients for their hearing and communication needs.
Both Audiologists and Hearing Instrument Specialists are required to complete continuing education courses on a regular basis. Audiologists are health professionals regulated by The College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO). Hearing instrument Specialists are health professionals regulated by the Association of Hearing Instrument Practitioners (AHIP).