American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Virginia 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 18 years of age
  • have completed high school or a high school equivalency course
  • have training and experience that covers subjects as they pertain to hearing aid fitting and the sale of hearing aids, accessories and services
  • have provided verification of completion of training and experience
  • have not been convicted or found guilty of any crime directly related to the practice of fitting and dealing in hearing aids, regardless of the manner of adjudication
  • be in good standing as a licensed hearing aid specialist in every jurisdiction where licensed
  • have disclosed his physical address
  • a nonresident applicant for a license has filed and maintained with the department an irrevocable consent for the department to serve as service agent for all actions filed in any court in Virginia

Reciprocity

Every applicant for Virginia licensure through reciprocity who is currently licensed as a hearing aid specialist in good standing in another jurisdiction shall provide information upon application establishing that the requirements and standards under which the license was issued are substantially equivalent to and not conflicting with the provisions of this chapter.

Interim Practice

Any individual may apply for a temporary permit, which is to be used solely for the purpose of gaining the training and experience required to become a licensed hearing aid specialist in Virginia. The licensed sponsor shall be identified on the application for a temporary permit.

A temporary permit shall be issued for a period of 12 months and may be extended once for not longer than six months. After a period of 18 months an extension is no longer possible and the former temporary permit holder shall sit for the examination. The Board for Hearing Aid Specialists and Opticians (Board) may, at its discretion, extend the temporary permit for a temporary permit holder who suffers serious personal illness or injury, or death in his immediate family, or obligation of military service or service in the Peace Corps, or for other good cause of similar magnitude approved by the Board. Documentation of these circumstances must be received by the Board no later than 12 months after the date of the expiration of the temporary permit or within six months of the completion of military or Peace Corps service, whichever is later.

Continuing Education

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

Audiologist Dispensing

Audiologists who dispense hearing aids must obtain a hearing aid dispenser 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

Board for Hearing Aid Specialists and Opticians

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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