Hearing Health Professionals

Hearing Health Professionals 

There are many professions that work in the field of hearing care. The table below provides an overview of various hearing specialists and doctors that work in the UK.

Hearing specialists – non-medical

NameOverviewFind out more
AudiologistThe name given to a wide range of non-medical health care professionals that specialise in hearing. This can include hearing aid dispensers, clinical scientists, hearing therapists, hearing and balance professionals and others. There is no statutory register for audiologists. Audiologists might choose voluntary registration with the RCCP, the Academy for Health Care Science or both.

Association of Independent Hearing Healthcare Professionals


British Academy of Audiology


British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists


British Society of Audiology

Hearing Aid Dispenser (HAD)The name given to hearing specialists that are regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). This is a protected title and can only be used by professionals registered with the HCPC. They might also be referred to as an audiologist. They can work independently in the NHS and private sector.
Clinical Scientist Some clinical scientists specialise in audiology. This is a protected title and can only be used by professionals registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. They might also be referred to as an audiologist.

Hearing specialists – medical

NameOverviewFind out more
Audiovestibular PhysicianMedical doctors. Audiovestibular medicine is a medical specialty concerned with the diagnosis and management of hearing and balance disorders in adults and children. British Association of Audiovestibular Physicians
ENT doctor and otologist Medical doctors. They can diagnose and treat diseases of the ear, as well as perform surgeryENT UK


British Society of Otology
PediatricianMedical doctors. Some pediatricians have a special interest in children’s hearing. The British Association of Pediatricians in Audiology

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