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.
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:
- 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.
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:
- the date the permit expires; or
- 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.
Each license holder must complete 20 hours of continuing education each year.
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.
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.
Hearing Instrument Fitters and Dispensers Advisory Board
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.