My suggestion is that the next time your partner tells you that you need to have your hearing checked, bring him/her along to your appointment. Have him be the one with the headsets in the sound booth. Tell the audiologist to take a lunch break and you call the words.
Beginning in 2015, a traditional physical therapy student, for instance, will be in school a total of six or seven years before being eligible to practice. So, does everyone in health care need some form of advanced education?