American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Connecticut 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 Requirements

  • have a high school graduate or a high school equivalency examination
  • have completed an approved education/training in hearing aid fitting and dispensing
  • have passed a written, oral and practical examination

Reciprocity

The department may issue a license to an applicant who holds a current, unsuspended and unrevoked certificates or licenses to fit and sell hearing aids in such other state or jurisdiction as long as that state or jurisdiction has requirements equivalent to or higher than those established in Connecticut.

Interim Practice

A temporary permittee may engage in hearing aid dispensing activities only under the supervision of a Connecticut-licensed hearing aid dealer. A temporary permittee shall apply for and take the licensure examination no later than 12 months following issuance of the temporary permit, and, if unsuccessful on such examination, shall take each subsequent licensure examination scheduled during the effective period of his temporary permit. A temporary permittee who fails to take an examination or who fails an examination shall, for a period of four weeks from the date of receipt of failing examination results by the temporary permittee or from the date of an examination not taken, engage in hearing aid dispensing activities only in the presence and under the training of a licensed hearing aid dealer.

Continuing Education

Beginning October 1, 2014, a licensee applying for license renewal must earn not less than 16 hours of continuing education within the preceding 24-month period.

Audiologist Dispensing

Audiologists may dispense under an audiology license.

Board Composition

The Department of Public Health makes final licensing decisions and takes disciplinary actions against people who violate licensing laws.

Trial Period

30 days from date of delivery

Mail Order/Internet Sales

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

Regulatory Oversight

Department of Public Health [PDF]

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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