Hearing-aid acousticians are healthcare professionals who provide and adjust hearing aids for people with issues that affect their ability to hear.
The title of hearing-aid acoustician is bestowed upon members of the Ordre des audioprothésistes du Québec [Order of Quebec Hearing-Aid Acousticians] (OAQ). This order, headquartered in Montréal, is mandated by the Office des professions du Québec [Office of Quebec Professions] which means their members have the exclusive right to hold the the title and practise the profession.
The order was founded in 1973 to meet the needs of the public for safe, regulated hearing-aid acousticians. They are actively involved in the hearing community through their organization of events and conventions for the professionals. They hold an symposium and conference for their members every year. They have seven different committees dedicated to reviewing complaints against their members, improving the discipline, and listening (pun intended) to the needs of the public and professionals.
Potential members of this order require a diplome d’étude collégiale (DEC) [college diploma] from a hearing-aid practitioner program. Additionally, as with all professional orders located in Quebec, applicants must be able to speak French at a professional level of proficiency.
Being mandated by the Office des professions du Québec, the designation gives members the right to practise the discipline and is sure to give applicants entry to a rich and fulfilling career.