American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Nebraska 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 21 years of age
  • be of good moral character
  • have an education equivalent to a four-year course in an accredited high school
  • be free of contagious or infectious disease
  • have passed a written and practical examination

Reciprocity

An applicant for a license to practice as a hearing aid instrument dispenser and fitter on the basis of a license in another jurisdiction must:

  • provide documentation that the standards regulating the practice of hearing aid instrument dispensing and fitting in the other jurisdiction are equivalent to those maintained in Nebraska;
  • provide documentation that his/her license was based on a written examination equivalent to the Nebraska examination, the grades given at the examination, and the date the license was issued;
  • provide documentation that s/he is free of contagious or infectious disease; and
  • have attained 21 years of age.

Interim Practice

The Department of Health and Human Services, with the recommendation of the Board of Hearing Aid Instrument Dispensers and Fitters, shall issue a temporary license to any person who has met the requirements for licensure as a hearing instrument specialist except for passage of the examination. The temporary license shall be issued for a period of one year. A person holding a valid license as a hearing instrument specialist shall be responsible for the supervision and training of such applicant and shall maintain adequate personal contact with him or her. If a person who holds a temporary license has not successfully passed the licensing examination within 12 months of the date of issuance of the temporary license, the temporary license may be renewed or reissued for a 12 month period. In no case may a temporary license be renewed or reissued more than once. A renewal or reissuance may take place any time after the expiration of the first 12 month period.

Continuing Education

A licensee must complete 24 hours of approved continuing education during the preceding 24 month period.

Audiologist Dispensing

Audiologists who dispense hearing aids must obtain a Hearing Aid Instrument Dispensers and Fitters license, however the exam is waived for audiologists.

Trial Period

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

Mail Order/Internet Sales

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

Board Oversight

Board of Hearing Aid Instrument Dispensers and Fitters

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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