A career in audiology can be incredibly rewarding – Abhishek Mistri initially qualified as an Audiologist and Speech Language Pathologist in India. On moving to the UK, he obtained certification as a Hearing Aid Dispenser (HAD) from the Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC). He’s now part of the team at Specsavers Birkenhead, currently pursuing a Master’s in Audiology at the University of Manchester. He’s on track to graduate this September 2023.
Abhishek’s HAD Journey
“When I first moved to the UK from India, I was not allowed to provide hearing aid dispensing, which was frustrating, even though I am registered with the Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI), because the regulatory bodies are completely different. After successfully studying the necessary professional standards to practice, I was able to register with the HCPC. This made me more eager to complete my master’s degree to become a fully qualified audiologist.
Upon being accredited with HCPC status, Specsavers (Birkenhead) gave me a chance to explore my knowledge and skills as a registered HAD. This journey has provided me with in-depth knowledge of hearing aid technology, fitting techniques, and counselling strategies. I feel equipped to address the needs and preferences of any individual hard of hearing.
My day-to-day activities involve a range of responsibilities, which include assessing and diagnosing hearing loss in individuals of all ages (as a qualified audiologist), conducting comprehensive hearing evaluations, and providing personalised treatment plans. I also specialise in hearing aid fittings, taking ear mould impressions, and any other adjustments, ensuring that clients receive optimal hearing assistance.
Quality hearing care services are an absolute priority. Specsavers invest in advanced technologies and training for its audiologists. The benefits run deeper as the culture and environment within Specsavers is so supportive and collaborative, meaning that professional growth is encouraged – anything to make a positive impact on the lives of customers.
Advice for Future Hearing Aid Dispensers
Never let opportunities for learning pass you by. Pursue professional development relentlessly, establish solid networks, and stay abreast of industry trends. With dedication and enthusiasm, you can count on the Specsavers team to back up your ambitions.
As an audiologist, my favourite part of the job is witnessing the positive impact I can have on my clients’ lives. Seeing the joy and increased quality of life that comes with improved communication is a constant reminder of why I chose this profession.”