American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Delaware 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

  • met the current standards promulgated by the National Institute for Hearing Instrument Studies or its successor
  • have a high school diploma or its equivalent
  • complete six months of training prior to taking the examination
  • passed a written and practical exam
  • provide notarized signature of Delaware-licensed hearing aid dispenser sponsor providing direct supervision and training of applicant

Reciprocity

The Board of Speech-Language Pathologists, Audiologists and Hearing Aid Dispensers (Board) shall grant a license to an applicant who:

  • presents proof of current licensure in "good standing" in another state, whose standards for licensure are substantially similar to those of Delaware
  • is licensed or registered in a state whose standards are not substantially similar to those of Delaware's, but must have practiced for a minimum of five years after licensure

Interim Practice

The Board may issue a temporary license to dispense hearing aids to an applicant waiting to take the examination for licensure. The notarized application shall be accompanied by a statement from a Delaware-licensed audiologist or hearing aid dispenser who affirms that the licensed audiologist or hearing aid dispenser shall provide direct supervision and training of the applicant during the period of temporary licensure. The temporary license expires at the end of one year from issuance.

Continuing Education

Individuals must obtain a minimum of 30 continuing eduction credits (CEs) each two-year license renewal period.

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 Speech Pathologists, Audiologists and Hearing Aid Dispensers

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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