Indiana 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
- be 18 years of age or older
- be a high school graduate (or its equivalent)
- have not been convicted of:
- an act which would constitute a ground for disciplinary sanction; or
- a crime that has a direct bearing on the applicant's ability to practice competently
- have passed a written and practical exam
- held a student hearing aid dealer certificate of registration at the time the applicant applied for a hearing aid dealer certificate of registration
Reciprocity is not addressed in the law/regulations.
Student hearing aid dealer certificates of registration are granted for those who meet the requirements for licensure except for the examination requirement. A student applicant must be employed or directly supervised in the fitting of hearing aids by a registrant holding a valid registration. The student hearing aid dealer certificate of registration shall expire one year from the date of its issuance except that at the discretion of the Committee of Hearing Aid Dealer Examiners. The certificate may be reissued for one additional year only.
In order to renew a hearing aid dealer certificate of registration, a registrant must complete at least 20 hours of credit in continuing education courses.
An audiologist may dispense under an audiology license.
The Committee of Hearing Aid Dealer Examiners consists of five members, all appointed by the governor. Three members must be hearing aid dealers licensed and residing in this state and who have been practicing as hearing aid dealers for at least one year prior to their appointment. One member must be an otolaryngologist in this state, who is a resident of this state and who has been engaged in the practice of otolaryngology for at least one year prior to appointment to the committee. One member must be a resident of this state who is in no way associated with the business of hearing aid dealers, audiology, or speech-language pathology other than as a consumer.
A hearing aid trial period is not addressed in the law/regulations.
Mail Order/Internet Sales
Mail order dispensing is 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 this website:
Committee of Hearing Aid Dealer Examiners Statutes & Rules [PDF]
Questions regarding state advocacy issues? Call ASHA at 800-498-2071 and ask for the State Advocacy Team.