Hearing Healthcare Professionals identify, treat and prevent hearing loss. They have undertaken specialist training, education and work in a variety of settings; including clinics, hospitals, educational institutions, speech and hearing centres and private practices. In order to dispense hearing aids in the UK, all Hearing Aid Dispensers and Audiologists must be registered by law with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC). You can find out if your local hearing healthcare professional is registered by visiting www.hcpc.co.uk. This ensures that you are protected and that registered health and care professionals meet the national standards expected. In the UK, the minimum qualification to dispense digital hearing aids is a Foundation Degree in Hearing Aid Technology.