Alabama 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 a minimum of 19 years of age
  • Be of good moral character
  • Have a minimum of a high school diploma or a General Educational Development (GED)
  • Be free of any contagious or infectious disease
  • Be a citizen or have status as a legal alien
  • Completed the International Institute for Hearing Instrument Studies distance learning program
  • Have passed a written, practical and state law exam

Reciprocity

The Board may issue a license to a currently licensed hearing aid specialist, hearing aid dispenser, or hearing aid dealer who is licensed by a state who has requirements equivalent to or greater than Alabama.

Interim Practice

An apprentice permit for a period of one year provided the apprentice has received 80 hours of academic and practical instruction under the direct supervision and immediate physical observation of the person holding a valid, current Alabama hearing instrument dispenser's license. An apprentice permit may be renewed for an additional year, provided that the permit holder has sat and failed the fitter's examination during the first initial permit period.

Continuing Education

Each licensee must complete a minimum of ten (10) hours of approved continuing education each calendar year. Of these hours, two (2) must be in the medical area, two (2) must be in jurisprudence/ethics, and two (2) must be in patient management.

Audiologist Dispensing

Audiologists may dispense under an audiology license.

Trial Period

A hearing aid trial period is not addressed in the law/regulations.

Mail Order/Internet Sales

Mail order dispensing and internet sales are not addressed in the law/regulations.

Board Oversight

Board of Hearing Instrument Dealers

Resources

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

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