American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Kentucky 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 a person of good moral character
  • Be 21 years of age or older
  • Have a minimum of a high school diploma or a General Educational Development (GED) certificate
  • Be a citizen of the United States or has status as a legal alien
  • Be free of contagious or infectious disease
  • Have completed the apprenticeship requirements of the formal education
  • Have passed a written and practical exam

Reciprocity

Whenever the Board of Specialists in Hearing Instruments (Board) determines that another state or jurisdiction has requirements equivalent to or higher than those in effect in this state for practice of selling or fitting of hearing instruments, and that such state or jurisdiction has a program equivalent to or stricter than the program for determining whether applicants in this state are qualified to sell or fit hearing instruments, the Board may issue a license to those applicants who hold current, unsuspended, and unrevoked licenses to sell or fit hearing instruments in such other state or jurisdiction upon application and successful completion of examination.

Interim Practice

An apprentice permit shall be issued to applicants who have fulfilled the requirements of licensure except for the apprenticeship and passage of the examination. The apprenticeship period shall be for 12 months as follows:

  1. Stage I: The apprentice shall work for 30 days under the direct control of a sponsor. The apprentice shall not in any way fit or test the client for the purpose of selling hearing instruments.
  2. Stage II: This training stage shall last for 150 days. During this period the apprentice may conduct testing necessary for the proper selection and fitting of a hearing instrument, and make ear impressions. During this period the apprentice shall be under the direct supervision of his sponsor or a licensed specialist in hearing instruments who shall also qualify as a sponsor. During this period the apprentice shall not make delivery or final fitting without direct personal supervision during the actual delivery.
  3. Stage III: This training stage shall last for 180 days. The apprentice may engage in all activities of a licensed person. He shall, however, work under and be responsible to a licensed sponsor for the remainder of the apprentice period.

Continuing Education

Each licensee shall be required to complete a minimum of ten continuing education hours in order to renew his or her license each year.

Audiologist Dispensing

Audiologists who dispense hearing aids must obtain a hearing aid dispensers license.

Trial Period

30 days from date of delivery

Mail Order/Internet Sales

Mail order dispensing and internet sales are not addressed in the law/regulations.

Board Oversight

The Board of Specialists in Hearing Instruments

Resources

For further information on laws and regulations for speech-language pathologists and audiologists, please visit this website:

Hearing Aid Dispenser Practice Act & Rules and Regulations [PDF]

Questions regarding state advocacy issues? Call ASHA at 800-498-2071 and ask for the State Advocacy Team. 

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