American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

New Hampshire 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
  • be of good professional character
  • have an associate's degree in any field; have earned 60 credits toward a baccalaureate in any field; or have earned board certification by the National Board for Certification in Hearing Instrument Sciences
  • have passed a training course no longer than 24 months approved by the National Institute of Hearing Instrument Studies (NIHIS), with home study acceptable, or a training program supervised by a licensed audiologist or registered hearing aid dealer with a minimum of two years experience
  • have passed a written and practical exam

Reciprocity

Applicants who are board certified by the National Institute of Hearing Instrument Studies and have completed and passed the National Institute of Hearing Instrument Studies examination in another state are exempt from examination but must submit application and fees.

Interim Practice

Temporary licensure is not addressed in the law/regulations.

Continuing Education

Eight credit hours are required annually.

Audiologist Dispensing

An audiologist must register as a hearing aid dealer.

Trial Period

Within 30 days from date of delivery

Mail Order/Internet Sales

No person shall conduct or operate a business outside of the state for the sale at retail of hearing aids to individuals within the state unless such business is registered with a permit issued by the Board of Hearing Care Providers.

  • The Board of Hearing Care Providers shall issue a permit to such out-of-state business if the business discloses and provides proof:
    • that the business is in compliance with all applicable laws and rules in the state in which the business is located;
    • of the operating locations and the names and titles of all principal corporate officers;
    • that the business complies with all lawful directions and requests for information from the Board of Hearing Care Providers of all states in which it conducts business; and
    • that the business agrees in writing to comply with all New Hampshire laws and rules relating to the sale or dispensing of hearing aids.

Board Oversight

Board of Hearing Care Providers [PDF]

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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