At first glance, there seems to be very little difference between an audiologist and a hearing aid dispenser:

  • They both conduct hearing tests 
  • They both fit hearing aids
  • They both must be licensed in the state where they practice

However, when you take a closer look, the distinctions become more apparent. 

There are extensive differences in the education, clinical expertise and services offered by audiologists and hearing aid dispensers. For example, did you know that audiologists are required to have more than 1,800 hours of clinical training? Did you know they work closely with ENT doctors to help treat tinnitus and balance disorders?

We realize these differences can be confusing. We compiled a comparative chart to help you better understand the important role audiologists play in your care:



Our audiologists are ready to help you

At Raleigh Capitol ENT, we have a talented, dedicated team of audiologists who work closely with patients to help them find solutions and treatment plans to match their individual needs.

If you’d like to know more about hearing loss or audiology, check out some of our other articles:
Six tips for Communicating With the Hard of Hearing 

Three Ways to Know if You Need a Hearing Test 

How Do Hearing Aids Work? 

Raleigh Capitol Ear, Nose, and Throat is the area's premiere physician-owned ENT practice with six convenient locations throughout Wake County. Our board-certified physicians have extensive experience in treating both common and complex cases to help adults and children alike. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact us.


Academy of Doctors of Audiology. “What You Need to Know About Hearing Health and How Your Audiologist Can Help” Online.