American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Minnesota 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 21 years of age or older
  • have passed a written and practical exam

Reciprocity

A person who has dispensed hearing instruments in another jurisdiction may dispense hearing instruments as a trainee under indirect supervision if the person: satisfies the provisions of hearing aid dispenser; submits a signed and dated affidavit stating that the applicant is not the subject of a disciplinary action or past disciplinary action in this or another jurisdiction and provides a copy of a current credential as a hearing instrument dispenser held in the District of Columbia or a state or territory of the United States.

Interim Practice

A person who is not certified may dispense hearing instruments as a trainee for a period not to exceed 12 months if the person:

  1. submits an application;
  2. is under the supervision of a certified dispenser;
  3. meets all requirements for certification except passage of the examination;
  4. uses the title "dispenser trainee" in contacts with the patients, clients, or consumers.

Continuing Education

Each certified dispenser must submit with the application for renewal of certification evidence of completion of ten course hours of continuing education earned within the 12 month period of November 1 to October 31, between the effective and expiration dates of certification. Continuing education courses must be directly related to hearing instrument dispensing and approved by the International Hearing Society, ASHA, or the American Academy of Audiology.

Audiologist Dispensing

  • All audiologists are exempt from taking the written Hearing Instrument Dealers examination.
  • All applicants for audiology licensure must achieve a passing score on the practical Hearing Instrument Dealers examination.

Trial Period

45 days from the date of delivery

Mail Order/Internet Sales

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

Board Oversight

Hearing Instrument Dispenser Advisory Council

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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