Why Become a Member?


BSHAA is the professional body for independent audiologists.

  • We believe in delivering the highest level of care
  • We are passionate about supporting our members to achieve this
  • We are the voice of our community and will always be an advocate for the future of our profession.

What does BSHAA do for you?

Being part of the largest group of professionals in private hearing care in the UK delivers a huge number of benefits. Established 66 years ago, we have over 1,600 members in the UK and around the world - join your professional body and a well-respected community of hearing care professionals.
1. Use the letters MSHAA after your name, and FSHAA if you become a Fellow - the highest level of BSHAA membership.
2. Display the BSHAA logo in your business advertising, a sure way of letting customers know about your commitment to the highest professional values.
3. Membership of our Customer Care Scheme - invaluable support if things go wrong.
4. Feature in our Find An Audiologist tool - a searchable map for members of the public to find their nearest BSHAA member.
5. Receive four copies every year of BSHAA People, our 44-page magazine for members, packed with the latest news, research and developments.
6. Use your online CPD Diary, an easy way to record your continuous professional development.
7. Access our conferences and professional development days (not run by manufacturers).
8. FREE professional development webinars.
9. Access to BSHAA guidance documents and learning materials online.
10. Access to BSHAA email helplines on career, education, technical, business start up and more. 
11. Discounts & offers on high street & supermarket shopping, motoring, days out & more through Wider Wallet.

Membership categories


Any person who has an interest in audiology may become an Associate Member of BSHAA.  Those who have completed an unapproved course of training to act as a hearing care assistant to a Fellow or Qualified Member of the Society may also enrol as an Associate of the Society. An Associate Member has voting rights.

Associate Hearing Care Assistant

A person who has successfully completed a BSHAA approved Hearing Care Assistant course may apply to become an Associate Hearing Care Assistant member. An Associate HCA has voting rights.

Associate Student Hearing Care Assistant

Whilst in training on the approved course the student may enrol as an Associate Student HCA.  An Associate Student HCA will not be a full member of the Society and will not be entitled to vote.

Associate Student

A person studying for a BSc, MSc Degree or a Foundation Degree in Audiology or closely related subject may enrol as an Associate Student of the Society.  An Associate Student, who wishes to apply for Qualified Membership status on graduation, may do so online via the Society’s website or in writing to the Secretary. An Associate Student will not be a full member of the Society and will not be entitled to vote.

Qualified Member

A person who is on the HCPC Register as a Hearing Aid Dispenser, or has graduated with a BSc Degree, MSc Degree, or an approved Foundation Degree in Audiology or equivalent at a British University or passed the Irish Diploma of Audiology may enrol as a Qualified Member. Qualified Members or Fellows of the Society. A Qualified Member has voting rights.   A Qualified Member becomes a Fellow of BSHAA in accordance with the rules which are currently under review.