American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Alaska Licensing Requirements for Hearing Aid Dispensers

The information below is collected from state licensure boards or regulatory agencies responsible for regulating the professions of hearing aid dispensers. The information is reviewed on an annual basis. Please be advised that laws, regulations, and policies may change at any time, so always check with your state for the most up-to-date information.

Initial Licensure

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Have a high school diploma or the equivalent
  • Have a business license
  • Furnish evidence satisfactory to the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development that the applicant has not engaged in conduct that is a ground for imposing disciplinary sanctions
  • Submit with the application a statement disclosing whether the applicant:
    • has, during the five-year period immediately preceding the date of the application been convicted of a felony, or had a final judgment entered against the applicant in a civil action, if the felony or civil action involved fraud, embezzlement, or misappropriation of property
      • is subject to an injunctive order that is currently in effect from a pending proceeding or action brought by a public agency
      • is a defendant in a pending criminal or civil action relating to fraud, embezzlement, misappropriation of property, or the antitrust or trade regulation laws of the United States or a state
      • has, during the five-year period immediately preceding the date of application, been reorganized, had a debt adjustment, or has been adjudicated a bankrupt under bankruptcy proceedings due to insolvency or was a principal executive officer or general partner of a business that has been reorganized, had a debt adjustment, or has been adjudicated a bankrupt due to insolvency during the five-year period
  • File with the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development a surety bond in the amount of $5,000 running to the state and conditioned on the applicant's promise to pay all taxes and contributions due the state and political subdivisions of the state and amounts that may be adjudged against the applicant by reason of negligently or improperly dealing in hearing aids or breaching a contract when dealing in hearing aids

Reciprocity

Licensing reciprocity is not addressed in the law/regulations, however the state has no examination requirement for licensure.

Interim Practice

Interim practice is not addressed in the law/regulations.

Continuing Education

There are no requirements for continuing education in the law/regulations.

Audiologist Dispensing

Audiologists may dispense under an audiology license, but must comply with certain consumer practices.

Trial Period

  • 30 days from date of delivery
  • 60 days from the receipt if a physician or an audiologist advises the person in writing to cancel the sale or lease and specifies in writing the medical or audiological reason for the advice.

Mail Order

If a hearing aid dealer mails a hearing aid to a customer, the dealer must send the hearing aid by certified mail.

Board Oversight

The Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development

Resources

For further information on laws and regulations for speech-language pathologists and audiologists, please visit these websites:

Questions regarding state advocacy issues? Call ASHA at 800-498-2071 and ask for the State Advocacy Team.

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