American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Rhode Island 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 21 years of age
  • be of good moral character
  • have an education equivalent to a four-year course in an accredited high school
  • be free of contagious or infectious disease
  • have passed a written and practical exam

Reciprocity

Whenever the Hearing Aid Dealer and Fitter Board determines that another state or jurisdiction has requirements equivalent to or higher than those in effect in Rhode Island and that such state or jurisdiction has a program equivalent to or stricter than the program for determining whether applicants in Rhode Island are qualified to dispense and fit hearing aids, the Department of Health may issue certificates of endorsement to applicants who hold current, unsuspended, and unrevoked certificates or licenses to fit and sell hearing aids in that other state or jurisdiction.

Interim Practice

An applicant who fulfills the requirements regarding age, character, education, and health may obtain a temporary permit upon application to the Department of Health. A person holding a valid hearing aid dealer's and fitter's license shall be responsible for the supervision and training of that applicant, the documentation of the required supervision and training, and the maintenance of adequate personal contact with the applicant. If an applicant is unable to pass the licensing examination within one year from the date of issuance of the temporary permit, said applicant shall remain as a temporary permit holder and the level of supervision shall continue until such time as the licensing examination is successfully completed, but no later than two years from the date of issuance of the temporary permit.

Continuing Education

There are no requirements for continuing education in the law/regulations.

Audiologist Dispensing

Audiologists may dispense under an audiology license.

Trial Period

30 days from the date of delivery

Mail Order/Internet Sales

Mail order dispensing is not addressed in the law/regulations.

Board Oversight

Hearing Aid Dealer and Fitter 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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