Texas 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

  • Have attained the age of majority
  • Have graduated from an accredited high school or equivalent
  • Have passed a written and practical exam
  • Have passed a jurisprudence exam

Reciprocity

A person licensed to fit and dispense hearing instruments in another state may apply for a license in this state.

The Department of Licensing and Regulation (Department) shall require an applicant for a license to provide as part of the application:

  • written verification that the applicant is licensed in good standing as a fitter and dispenser of hearing instruments in another state and has held the license for at least three years preceding the date of application;
  • written verification that:

    (a) the requirements to obtain a license to fit and dispense hearing instruments in the state in which the applicant is licensed include passing the International Licensing Examination for Hearing Instrument Dispenser (ILE) written examination; or

    (b) the applicant holds a certification issued by the Board of Certification for Hearing Instrument Sciences (BC-HIS); a written statement from the licensing entity in the state in which the applicant is licensed that details any disciplinary action taken by the entity against the applicant; and
  • a statement of the applicant's criminal history acceptable to the Department.

The Department may deny an application under this section based on the applicant's criminal history or history of disciplinary action.

If the Department approves an application, on the next regularly scheduled examination date the applicant may take the practical section of the examination and a written examination of Texas law administered by the Department.

Interim Practice

The Department shall issue a temporary training permit to a person who has never taken the examination and possesses the qualifications required. An application for a temporary training permit must be accompanied by the affidavit of a person licensed to fit and dispense hearing instruments. A temporary training permit authorizes the permit holder to fit and dispense hearing instruments until the earlier of:

  1. the date the permit expires; or
  2. the date the permit holder passes the examination required for a license under this chapter.

The Department will issue a permit containing the permit holder's name, permit number, and expiration date to an applicant who meets all of the requirements for obtaining an apprentice permit. An apprentice permit is valid for one year during which the permit holder shall work under the supervision of a licensed dispenser. The Department may extend the apprentice permit for an additional period not to exceed one year.

Continuing Education

Each license holder must complete 20 hours of continuing education each year.

Audiologist Dispensing

Audiologists and audiology interns may dispense under an audiology license or audiology intern license but must register with the Hearing Instrument Fitters and Dispensers Advisory Board and comply with the state and FDA guidelines for fitting and dispensing hearing aids.

Trial Period

30 days from date of delivery

Mail Order/Internet Sales

A person may not dispense or fit a hearing instrument on a person who has ordered the hearing instrument or device by mail unless the person dispensing or fitting is a license holder or sell a hearing instrument by mail.

Board Oversight

Hearing Instrument Fitters and Dispensers Advisory Board

Resources

For further information on laws and regulations for speech-language pathologists and audiologists, please visit these websites:

Hearing Aid Dispenser Practice Act

Hearing Aid Dispenser Rules and Regulations

Questions regarding state advocacy issues? Call ASHA at 800-498-2071 and ask for the State Advocacy Team.

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