American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

New York 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 21 years of age or older
  • be of good moral character
  • received a high school diploma or its equivalent
  • have had two years college accredited coursework or its equivalent
  • have fully completed the required training program
  • have passed a written and practical exam
  • have not had a registration, license or other authorization to dispense hearing aids suspended or revoked
  • have demonstrated the successful completion of post-secondary coursework approved by the secretary in conjunction with the Hearing Aid Dispensing Advisory Board

Reciprocity

The secretary may grant a certificate of registration upon submission of an application and appropriate fees where such application contains satisfactory proof that the applicant holds a valid hearing aid dispenser's license or registration in another state, where the secretary has determined such state has requirements equivalent to or higher than those in this state.

Interim Practice

A temporary certificate of registration will be issued to individuals who prove to the satisfaction of the secretary that he or she will be supervised and trained by one or more registered hearing aid dispensers for a period of 12 months. A temporary certificate of registration may be renewed only once.

Continuing Education

Each hearing aid dispenser shall submit documentation showing successful completion of 20 continuing education credits.

Audiologist Dispensing

Audiologists who sell hearing aids must be registered hearing aid dispensers.

Trial Period

Within 45 days of date of delivery.

Mail Order/Internet Sales

No registered hearing aid dispenser, manufacturer, organization or distributor shall sell or rent a hearing aid to a resident of this state through direct mail order sales.

Board Oversight

Hearing Aid Dispensing Advisory Committee

Resources

For further information on laws and regulations for speech-language pathologists and audiologists, please visit this website:

Hearing Aid Dispensers Practice Act, and 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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