American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

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

  • be a citizen of the United States or is lawfully entitled to remain in the United States
  • be over 21 years of age
  • have met educational requirement
    • an associate's degree or higher degree from an accredited college or university in hearing aid technology, audioprosthology, or other curriculum approved by the Board of Hearing Aid Specialists which includes the testing of hearing and the dispensing and modification of hearing aids;
    • a bachelor's degree or higher degree in any field and satisfactory completion of the independent study course of the National Institute for Hearing Instrument Studies; or
    • a master's degree in clinical audiology from an accredited college or university.
  • have met certification requirement
    • be certified by the National Board for Certification in Hearing Instrument Sciences; or
    • obtain a certificate of clinical competence in audiology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
  • have passed a written and practical exam

Reciprocity

Licensing reciprocity is not addressed in the law/regulations.

Interim Practice

  • The Board of Hearing Aid Specialists may issue an apprentice license to an applicant who has met the requirements for licensure but has not taken the examination. All work done by an apprentice must be supervised by a licensed hearing aid specialist.
  • No person may serve as an apprentice to a hearing aid specialist for more than three years without passing the examination

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 obtain a Hearing Aid Specialist license.

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; and
  • 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.

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 five years.

Board Oversight

Board of Hearing Aid Specialists

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

Questions regarding state advocacy issues? Call ASHA at 800-498-2071 and ask for the State Advocacy Team.

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