American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

South Dakota 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 of good moral character
  • be eighteen years of age or older
  • be a high school graduate or the equivalent
  • pass a written and practical exam

Reciprocity

The Board of Hearing Aid Dispensers and Audiologists (Board) may issue a hearing aid dispensing license or audiology license to an applicant holding a valid license from another state in the applicant's respective professional area who:

  • shows proof of current valid professional licensure;
  • holds a license from a state with equivalent licensure standards;
  • is practicing hearing aid dispensing in the state in which the license was issued.

Interim Practice

The Board may issue a provisional hearing aid dispensing license valid until the Board receives the results from the next available administration of the examination, not to exceed a one year period, to provide hearing aid services only to a person who except for taking and passing an examination under this chapter, otherwise qualifies for a hearing aid dispensing license.

If a person who holds a provisional hearing aid dispensing license is unable to be present at the Board-specified examination, the provisional hearing aid dispensing license may not be renewed except for good cause shown to the satisfaction of the Board.

While the provisional hearing aid dispensing license is in effect, the holder may provide hearing aid services only while being trained under the supervision of a licensed hearing aid dispenser or licensed audiologist.

Continuing Education

Hearing aid dispensing licensees in this state shall attend a minimum of at least 12 hours of continuing education each calendar year and submit evidence of such attendance to the Board as a prerequisite to the approval of the annual renewal of their license.

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

Board of Hearing Aid Dispensers and Audiologists

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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