American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Florida 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

  • passed a written and practical exam
  • be of good moral character
  • be 18 years of age or older
  • be a high school graduate or equivalent
  • has met the requirements of a training program

Reciprocity

  • has a valid, current license as a hearing aid specialist or its equivalent from another state and has been actively practicing in such capacity for at least 12 months; or is currently certified by the National Board for Certification in Hearing Instrument Sciences and has been actively practicing for at least 12 months
  • has submitted proof of completion of a two-hour course relating to Florida Laws and Rules taught by an instructor approved by the Board of Hearing Aid Specialists (Board) or its designee
  • has submitted proof of completion of a two-hour course approved by the Board relating to the prevention of medical errors

Interim Practice

Interim practice is not addressed in the law/regulations.

Continuing Education

Each hearing aid specialist must attend a total of 20 credit hours per biennium of Board-approved continuing education. The following must be included within the required 20 hours:

  • two hours HIV/AIDS and other communicable illness (may take up to four hours)
  • two hours relating to hearing aid laws and rules
  • two hour course on preventing medical errors

Two hours of continuing education per year may be granted for attendance at a regularly scheduled Board meeting.

Audiologist Dispensing

Audiologists may dispense under audiology license.

Trial Period

30 days from date of delivery

Mail Order/Internet Sales

It is unlawful for any person to sell or distribute hearing aids through the mail to the ultimate consumer.

Board Oversight

Board of Hearing Aid Specialists

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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