Nevada 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

  1. Hold an associate's degree or bachelor's degree in hearing instrument sciences or hold:
    • a high school diploma or its equivalent or an associate's degree or bachelor's degree in any field other than hearing instrument sciences, and 
    • successfully complete a training program in hearing instrument sciences as prescribed by regulation of the Board.
  2. Be certified by the National Board for Certification in Hearing Instrument Sciences.
  3. Pass the examination prescribed by the Board.

Reciprocity

The Board may issue a provisional license to engage in the practice of fitting and dispensing hearing aids to a person who:

  1. holds a license to engage in the practice of fitting and dispensing hearing aids in another state, and 
  2. is completing the training required for certification by the National Board for Certification in Hearing Instrument Sciences.

Interim Practice

The Board may issue an apprentice license to an applicant who has not yet completed a program of education or training approved by the Board or passed the examination. An applicant for an apprentice license must provide proof satisfactory to the Board that a sponsor has agreed to assume responsibility for the direct supervision and in-service training of the applicant.

Continuing Education

A licensee shall complete 12 hours of continuing education relating to the fitting of hearing aids each year in a program which has been approved by the Board of Hearing Aid Specialists, National Institute for Hearing Instrument Studies, American Academy of Audiology, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Academy of Dispensing Audiologists or Educational Audiology Association.

Audiologist Dispensing

Audiologists who dispense must request an endorsement of the license to engage in the practice of fitting and dispensing of hearing aids and must pass an examination required for the licensure of hearing aid specialists.

Trial Period

30 days from date of delivery

Mail Order/Internet Sales

A hearing aid specialist may sell hearing aids by catalog or mail if:

  • the hearing aid specialist has received a written statement signed by a physician, an advanced practitioner of nursing, an audiologist, or a hearing aid specialist which verifies that he or she has performed an otoscopic examination of that person and that the results of the examination indicate that the person may benefit from the use of a hearing aid;
  • the hearing aid specialist has received a written statement signed by a physician, audiologist, or a hearing aid specialist which verifies that he or she has performed an audiometric examination of that person and that the results of the examination indicate that the person may benefit from the use of a hearing aid;
  • the hearing aid specialist has received a written statement signed by a hearing aid specialist which verifies that an ear impression has been taken;
  • the person has signed a statement acknowledging that the licensee is selling him or her the hearing aid by catalog or mail based upon the information submitted by the person; and
  • The person has signed a waiver of medical evaluation.

A hearing aid specialist who sells hearing aids by catalog or mail shall maintain a record of each sale of a hearing aid made pursuant to this section for not less than 5 years.

Board Oversight

Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensing Board

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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