American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Arizona 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 of good moral character
  • Have a minimum of a high school diploma or a General Educational Development (GED)
  • Has not had any condition that impairs the ability to dispense hearing aids safely within the past five years
  • Has not had a license suspended or revoked in another state within the past two years
  • Have passed a written and practical test

Reciprocity

The Department of Health Services (Department) may determine whether the content of a hearing aid dispenser examination taken by the applicant in another state is substantially the same as the content of the Department's examination; the applicant's scores on the written and practical portions of a hearing aid dispenser examination taken by the applicant must meet the requirements for passing the Department's hearing aid dispenser examination; and the applicant must meet the requirements for a regular hearing aid dispenser license by reciprocity.

Interim Practice

The Department may issue a temporary license to a person who has not taken the written and practical test, if the applicant also submits the name of and a signed document from a licensed hearing aid dispenser sponsor who agrees to train, supervise, and be responsible for the applicant's hearing aid dispenser practice. The sponsor must provide a minimum of 64 hours per month of onsite training and supervision. The Department shall allow one renewal of a temporary hearing aid dispenser license.

Continuing Education

Each dispenser shall complete 24 units of continuing education within 24 months of the effective date of the regular license.

Audiologist Dispensing

To fit and dispense hearing aids, licensed doctoral-degree audiologists must also pass an exam in jurisprudence and ethics within six months after initial hearing aid dispenser licensure and must not have had a license revoked or suspended by a state within the past two years. To fit and dispense with a master's degree in audiology (before December 31, 2007) one must seek a waiver for the education and clinical rotation requirements and pass an audiology exam unless already practicing audiology and can meet the exam waiver requirements. Individual must also pass the hearing aid dispenser's exam and not have had a licensed revoked/suspended by another state in the past two years.

Trial Period

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

Mail Order/Internet Sales

Mail order dispensing is not addressed by law/regulations.

Board Oversight

Speech & Hearing Professionals Advisory Committee

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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