American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Arkansas 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 20 years of age or older
  • has an education equivalent of two or more years of accredited college-level course work from a regionally accredited college or university
  • be of good moral character
  • have passed a written and practical test
  • has met at least one of the following criteria:
    • completed a one-year employment internship during which he or she was under the direct personal and physical supervision of a sponsor who has continuously held in good standing for a period of not less than three years either a valid Arkansas hearing instrument dispenser's license or a valid Arkansas audiology license;
    • holds a National Board for Certification in Hearing Instrument Sciences certificate;
    • be registered as a hearing instrument dispenser in good standing in another state whose licensing requirements meet or exceed the licensing requirements of the state of Arkansas at the time of his or her application;
    • be a graduate of an American Conference of Audioprosthology program; or
    • holds an Associate of Applied Science degree in Hearing Healthcare Practitioner or a similar degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

Reciprocity

One qualification that may be used for licensure is being registered as a hearing instrument dispenser in good standing in another state whose licensing requirements meets or exceed the licensing requirements of the state of Arkansas at the time of his or her application.

Interim Practice

Interim practice is not addressed by law/regulations.

Continuing Education

All applicants seeking renewal of their licenses must show proof of attending during the preceding year a minimum of 12 hours of Arkansas Board of Hearing Instrument Dispensers approved continuing education in the methods and techniques of testing for and fitting hearing instruments, including at least one hour of ethics.

Audiologist Dispensing

Audiologists may dispense hearing aids under an audiology license but must comply with state regulations regarding medical clearance and consumer protection measures.

Trial Period

Trial period is not addressed by law/regulations.

Mail Order/Internet Sales

Mail order dispensing and Internet sales are not addressed by law/regulations.

Board Oversight

Board of Hearing Instrument Dispensers

Resources

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

Hearing Aid Dispenser Practice Act & Rules and Regulations

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

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