American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Washington 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 passed a written and practical exam
  • completed a minimum of a two-year degree program in hearing instrument fitter/dispenser instruction; or holds a current, unsuspended, unrevoked license from another jurisdiction if the standards for licensing in such other jurisdiction are substantially equivalent to those prevailing in this state; or holds a current, unsuspended, unrevoked license from another jurisdiction, has been actively practicing as a licensed hearing aid fitter/dispenser in another jurisdiction for at least forty-eight of the last sixty months, and submits proof of completion of advance certification from either the International Hearing Society or the National Board for Certification in Hearing Instrument Sciences
  • Completed a minimum of four clock hours of AIDS education and training

Reciprocity

An applicant holding a credential in another state, territory, or the District of Columbia may be credentialed to practice in this state without examination if the Board of Hearing and Speech determines that the other state's credentialing standards are substantially equivalent to the standards in this state.

Temporary Licensure

Temporary licensure is not addressed in the laws/regulations.

Continuing Education

Licensees must complete a minimum of 30 hours of continuing education every three years with at least one hour on infection control.

Audiologist Dispensing

Audiologists may dispense under an audiology license.

Trial Period

30 days from the date of delivery

Mail Order/Internet Sales

It is unlawful to fit or dispense a hearing instrument to a resident of this state if the attempted sale or purchase is offered or made by telephone or mail order and there is no face-to-face contact to test or otherwise determine the needs of the prospective purchaser.

Board Oversight

Board of Hearing and Speech

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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