American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Oklahoma 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 moral character. A criminal record shall not in itself bar an applicant from licensing, but evidence of such record may be considered along with other information in determining whether or not the applicant is of good moral character.
  • have an education equivalent to a four-year course in an accredited high school
  • have passed a written and practical exam

Reciprocity

Whenever the state Commissioner of Health determines that another state or jurisdiction has requirements equivalent to or higher than those in effect pursuant to these regulations, and that such state or jurisdiction has a program equivalent to or stricter than the program for determining whether applicants pursuant to these regulations are qualified to dispense and fit hearing aids, the Commissioner may issue a license to applicants who hold current, unsuspended, and unrevoked certificates or licenses to fit and sell hearing aids in such other state or jurisdiction.

Interim Practice

An applicant who fulfills the requirements regarding age and character shall be entitled to a temporary hearing aid dealer or fitter permit, which shall entitle the applicant to engage in the fitting and sale of hearing aids for a period not to exceed six months or until the holder has successfully passed the examination required for a license, whichever period is less. A person holding a valid Oklahoma Hearing Aid Dealers' and Fitters' License shall be responsible for the direct supervision and training of such applicant and maintain adequate personal contact. The Commissioner shall not extend a temporary permit more than one time.

Continuing Education

Each applicant for renewal of a hearing aid dealer or fitter license must submit written evidence showing he/she has completed 10 clock hours of continuing education, completed during the previous year and pertaining to the hearing sciences, as approved by the National Institute of Hearing Instruments Studies or an equivalent, or have had the curriculum approved by the Department of Health.

Audiologist Dispensing

Audiologists may dispense under an audiology license.

Trial Period

30 days from date of delivery

Mail Order/Internet Sales

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

Board Oversight

Hearing Aid Advisory Council

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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