American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Oregon 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 person 18 years of age or older
  • have graduated from high school or has been awarded a General Educational Development (GED) certificate.
  • have completed the training and has the experience required
  • have passed a written and practical exam

Reciprocity

An applicant must provide documentation, in the form of an Affidavit of Licensure, submitted directly to the agency from the originating state's regulatory office, evidencing that the applicant currently holds or held a hearing aid specialist license within three years immediately prior to the application date and that the licensee has not been subject to disciplinary action involving suspension or revocation, or no action is currently pending against the licensee, and no civil penalties are outstanding against the licensee.

Interim Practice

A temporary license may be issued to an applicant who meets the application requirements except the examination. The temporary license will be issued for a one-year period, expiring on the last day of the month one year from the date of issuance. Attainment of permanent licensure status by satisfactorily passing the examination supersedes the temporary hearing aid specialist license.

An applicant for trainee registration must submit a completed Training Registration Agreement, Declaration of Responsibility. A trainee may deal in hearing aids under the direct supervision of a designated supervisor except that a trainee may not fit or sell hearing aids. The agency will authorize an Oregon licensed hearing aid specialist to act as designated supervisor of a trainee provided the licensee holds a valid license, has been actively practicing for at least three years, and has not had any disciplinary action or civil penalty imposed by the agency.

Continuing Education

All licensees submitting application for renewal must have completed 24 contact hours of approved continuing education during the preceding two years.

Audiologist Dispensing

Audiologists may dispense under an audiology license.

Trial Period

30 days from date of delivery

Mail Order/Internet Sales

It is unlawful for any person to offer for sale or sell a hearing aid in this state by direct mail. However, hearing aids may be delivered by mail if the fitting and sale were completed in this state.

Board Oversight

Advisory Council on Hearing Aids

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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