American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Vermont 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 old
  • have passed a written examination
  • not be guilty of unprofessional conduct

Reciprocity

The Director of Professional Regulation may waive the examination requirement if the applicant is a hearing aid dispenser regulated under the laws of another state, who is in good standing to dispense hearing aids in that state and who was licensed by examination and the examination currently used is equivalent to Vermont's, including the criteria for passing.

Interim Practice

A temporary license may be issued to a person who applies for the first time to practice as a hearing aid dispenser, is employed by a licensed hearing aid dispenser and has attained the age of majority.

A temporary license allows a person to practice as a hearing aid dispenser while directly supervised by a hearing aid dispenser licensed until he or she takes the next examination provided by the director and a determination is made of his or her qualifications to practice in this state. The supervising hearing aid dispenser shall personally observe the temporary licensee while conducting and interpreting hearing tests and making earmolds or impressions, for a period of two months following issuance of a license or until the license expires, whichever occurs first.

Temporary licenses shall remain in force no longer than 60 days following examination and shall not be extended except for good and exceptional cause shown by the applicant. Not more than one temporary license may be issued to the same person. No extension shall be granted to an applicant who fails the examination.

Continuing Education

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

Audiologist Dispensing

Audiologists may dispense under an audiology license.

Trial Period

45 days from date of delivery

Mail OrderMail Order/Internet Sales

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

Board Oversight

Committee for Hearing Aid Dispensers

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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