American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Montana 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
  • have an education equivalent to a 4-year course in an accredited high school or holds a current license as an audiologist
  • be free of contagious or infectious disease

Reciprocity

When the Board of Hearing Aid Dispensers (Board) determines that another state or jurisdiction has requirements equivalent to or higher than those in effect in Montana for the practice of dispensing, fitting, and selling hearing aids and that the state or jurisdiction has a program equivalent to or stricter than the program for determining whether applicants under this chapter are qualified to sell, dispense, and fit hearing aids, the Board may authorize the Department of Labor and Industry to issue a license to applicants who hold current, unsuspended, and unrevoked licenses to fit, dispense, and sell hearing aids in the other state or jurisdiction.

Interim Practice

An applicant who has not previously applied to take a practical examination may apply to the Board for a trainee license to engage in a training period during which the applicant shall work under the direct supervision of the sponsoring licensed hearing aid dispenser.

The trainee license terminates one year after issuance or after the trainee passes the practical examination, whichever occurs first. Upon completion of 1,000 hours of supervised training, the trainee is eligible to take the practical examination. A trainee who does not complete 1,000 hours of supervised training before the trainee license terminates may be issued a second trainee license.

A trainee who fails the practical examination may continue to practice under direct supervision until the trainee license terminates. A second trainee license may not be issued. Termination of the trainee license and cessation of the authority to practice do not preclude a person from retaking the practical examination.

Continuing Education

Licensees are required to complete 10 clock hours of continuing education each renewal period and must attest to their compliance on renewal applications.

Audiologist Dispensing

Audiologists may dispense under 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 Hearing Aid Dispensers

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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