American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Mississippi 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 an education equivalent to a four-year course in an accredited high school;
  • have passed a written, practical, and state law exam

Reciprocity

An applicant for licensure by reciprocity shall submit to the Department of Health written evidence in form and content satisfactory to the Department:

  • that the applicant is currently licensed as a Hearing Aid Specialist under the laws of another state or the District of Columbia.
  • that the requirements for said license are equivalent to or greater than those required in this state.
  • that said license is in good standing and has not been suspended or revoked.
  • that verification of all licenses that have been issued are on file with the Department of Health.
  • that the state issuing the current license has a current reciprocity agreement on file with the Department of Health.

Interim Practice

A temporary license may be granted to an applicant that meets the requirements for licensure but who has not previously applied to take the approved examination. The temporary license entitles the applicant to practice fitting and dispensing during the minimum 90-day training period.

The first regularly scheduled examination after the training period must be taken by the temporary licensee or the temporary license shall not be renewed, except for good cause shown to the satisfaction of the Department of Health. If a person who holds a temporary license fails to pass the next examination given after the training period, the Department of Health may renew the temporary license for a period ending 30 days after the date of renewal is announced. In no event shall more than one renewal be permitted.

Continuing Education

Twenty contact hours to be accrued during the licensing period (July 1–June 30).

Audiologist Dispensing

Audiologists may dispense under an audiology license.

Trial Period

A hearing aid trial period is not addressed in the law/regulations.

Mail OrderMail Order/Internet Sales

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

Board Oversight

Hearing Aid Specialist Council of Advisors

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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