Hawaii Licensing Requirements for Hearing Aid Dispensers
The profession of hearing aid dispenser is regulated at the state level and each state maintains its own standards for licensure or registration.
Initial Licensure Requirements
- educational requirement:
- a photostatic or certified copy of a diploma or certificate of graduation from high school;
- a certified photostatic copy of a transcript of high school record;
- in the absence of (a) and (b), a statement from the Department of Education certifying that the equivalent of a high school education has been completed; or
- in lieu of (a), (b), and (c), a photostatic or certified copy of a diploma or certificate of graduation from a college or university accredited by a regional or national accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education.
- have passed a written and practical exam
Whenever the director of the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs determines that another state or jurisdiction has a program with requirements equivalent to or higher than those in effect in the state to fit and sell hearing aids, the director may issue licenses by endorsement to applicants who hold current, unsuspended, and unrevoked certificates or licenses to fit and sell hearing aids in another state or jurisdiction.
A temporary permit to engage in the business of dealing and fitting of hearing aids under the direct supervision of a licensed hearing aid dealer and fitting may be issued to applicants who have met the requirements for licensure but have not yet taken the examination. A temporary permit to qualified applicants shall be good for one year. In the event the holder of a temporary permit has not passed the examination within one year from the date of issuance, the executive secretary may reissue the temporary permit once upon written request and payment of the required fee.
There are no requirements for continuing education in the law/regulations.
Audiologists must obtain a Hearing Aid Dealers and Fitters license in order to dispense.
Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs makes final licensing decisions and takes disciplinary actions against people who violate licensing laws.
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.
The information contained herein was collected and summarized annually. For detailed information on hearing aid dispenser requirements, contact the state board and visit these websites:
Hearing Aid Dealers and Fitters Rules [PDF]
Hearing Aid Dealers and Fitters Law [PDF]
Questions regarding state advocacy issues? Call ASHA at 800-498-2071 and ask for the State Advocacy Team.