American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Georgia 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 at least 18 years of age
  • be of good moral character
  • passed a written and practical exam

Reciprocity

A nonresident dispenser's license may be issued to an applicant who holds a current unsuspended, unrevoked license to practice the dispensing of hearing aids in another state or jurisdiction upon payment of the fee provided for a dispenser's license and upon presentation of satisfactory evidence to the Board of Hearing Aid Dealers and Dispensers that such other state or jurisdiction has requirements equivalent to or higher than those in effect in this state for the practice of dispensing hearing aids, provided that such state or jurisdiction has a program equivalent to or stricter than that required by this state for determining the qualifications of applicants for a dispenser's license and that such state or jurisdiction has a provision for reciprocity and has entered into a reciprocal agreement with the Board of Hearing Aid Dealers and Dispensers.

Interim Practice

Apprentice Dispenser's Permit Requires:

  • A statement of supervision provided by a licensed dispenser;
  • A statement made by the supervising dealer that the applicant is capable of making the tests and applying the techniques required to dispense hearing aids;
  • Proof of age; and
  • Passage of the practical portion of the examination.

Apprentice dispensers' permits are limited to one year in duration and shall not be renewed.

Training Permit Requires:

  • A statement of supervision provided by a licensed dispenser;
  • Proof of age.

The permit authorizes the person to dispense hearing aids only under direct supervision and immediate observation of the licensed dispenser who shall be responsible for the trainee. Training permits should be for a duration of six months and may be renewed as often as necessary for additional six-month time periods so long as the requirements for issuance of permits are met for each renewal.

Continuing Education

As a prerequisite for the renewal of a dispenser's license, the dispenser must provide proof to the Board of Hearing Aid Dealers and Dispensers that the dispenser has successfully completed 14 hours of continuing education in a program approved by the Board.

Audiologist Dispensing

Audiologists may dispense under 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 Hearing Aid Dealers and 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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