American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

South Carolina 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 twenty-one years of age
  • have an education equivalent to a four-year course in an accredited high school
  • have passed a written and practical exam

Reciprocity

When the State Commission for Hearing Aid Specialists determines that another state or jurisdiction has requirements equivalent to or higher than those in effect pursuant to this chapter and that the state or jurisdiction has a program equivalent to or stricter than the program for determining whether applicants pursuant to this chapter 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 the other state or jurisdiction if the applicant is 21 years of age.

Interim Practice

A person who fulfills the requirements regarding age and education may obtain a temporary permit which entitles the applicant to engage in the fitting and sale of hearing aids for one year. A person holding a valid hearing aid specialist license shall supervise and train the applicant, maintain adequate personal contact, and make quarterly reports to the department about the performance of the person holding the temporary permit.

If a person who holds a temporary permit under this section has not passed the licensing examination successfully within one year from the date of issuance, the temporary permit may be renewed or the applicant may be permitted to reapply at a later date.

Continuing Education

The licensee shall annually submit to the State Commission for Hearing Aid Specialists proof of having participated in a minimum of eight hours of continuing education during the calendar year.

Audiologist Dispensing

Audiologists may dispense under an audiology license.

Trial Period

A hearing aid trial period is not addressed in the law/regulations.

Mail Order/Internet Sales

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

Board Oversight

State Commission for Hearing Aid Specialists

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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