American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Maine 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
  • Have a high school diploma or its equivalency
  • Have obtained a trainee permit and have received a minimum of 750 hours of training in the practice of dealing in and fitting of hearing aids under the direct supervision of a licensed hearing aid dealer and fitter or licensed audiologist during a period of not fewer than six months nor more than 18 months
  • Have passed a written and practical exam

Reciprocity

The Board of Speech, Audiology and Hearing (Board) may waive the examination and grant licensure to an applicant who presents proof of current licensure in another jurisdiction that maintains professional standards determined by the Board to be substantially equivalent to those set forth in this state, if no cause exists for denial of a license.

Interim Practice

An applicant for a trainee permit must meet the licensure requirements and provide the signature of the licensed hearing aid dealer and fitter or licensed audiologist and who is responsible for the direct supervision of the trainee. A trainee permit is valid for 18 months. The board may approve the renewal of a trainee permit once. An individual holding a trainee permit may not engage in the practice of dealing in or fitting of hearing aids except while under supervision of a licensed hearing aid dealer and fitter or licensed audiologist.

An individual who holds a trainee permit shall notify the Board in writing upon completion of the training and shall sit for the next scheduled licensing examination. If the holder of a trainee permit successfully passes the examination, the Board may issue a license.

If the holder of a trainee permit fails the examination, that individual may retake the examination within one year after completing the training.

Continuing Education

Eight hours of continuing education is required annually.

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 Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology, and Hearing Aid Dealing and Fitting

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

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

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