American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Maryland 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 of good moral character
  • Be a graduate of an accreditated two-year postsecondary program with a diploma or degree; and prior to taking the state licensing examination, provide proof of successful completion of the International Hearing Society Curriculum entitled "Distance Learning For Professionals in Hearing Health Sciences" or an equivalent course approved by the Board of Audiologists, Hearing Aid Dispensers & Speech-Language Pathologists (Board)
  • Obtain six months training under the supervision of a licensed hearing aid dispenser or licensed audiologist prior to taking the examination given by the Board
  • Have passed a written and practical exam
  • Demonstrate oral competency

Reciprocity

The Board shall waive the examination requirements for an applicant for a license to practice hearing aid dispensing who is licensed to practice hearing aid dispensing in another state if they otherwise meet the state requirements.

Interim Practice

The Board shall issue a limited license to practice hearing aid dispensing to an individual who is waiting to take a licensing examination. While a limited license to practice hearing aid dispensing is in effect, it authorizes the holder to practice hearing aid dispensing only while being trained under the supervision of a licensed hearing aid dispenser or a licensed audiologist.

A limited license to practice hearing aid dispensing expires on the first anniversary of its effective date. The Board may renew once for an additional one-year term the limited license to practice hearing aid dispensing to an individual who:

    (i) Takes but fails to pass the examination; or

    (ii) Does not take the examination for a reason that the Board finds adequate to excuse the failure to take the examination

The total amount of time during which an individual may practice hearing aid dispensing under a limited license or licenses may not be more than two years. If a limited licensee fails to receive a full license within two years after the initial limited license was issued, the individual shall wait a minimum of one year before the individual may apply for another license.

Continuing Education

A licensee applying for renewal of a license shall have successfully completed, within the two-year licensing period, a total of 30 hours of Board-approved continuing education programs.

Audiologist Dispensing

Audiologists may dispense under an audiology 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

Board of Audiologists, Hearing Aid Dispensers & Speech-Language Pathologists

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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