American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Wisconsin 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 18 years of age or older
  • does not have an arrest or conviction record
  • have an education equivalent to a four-year course in an accredited high school
  • have passed a written and practical exam

Reciprocity

Whenever the Hearing and Speech Examining Board determines that another state or jurisdiction has requirements equivalent to or higher than those in effect in the state for the practice of fitting and selling hearing aids, and that such state or jurisdiction has a program equivalent to or stricter than the program for determining whether applicants in this state are qualified to fit and sell hearing aids, the Department of Safety and Professional Services may issue a license by reciprocity to applicants who hold valid licenses to deal in or fit hearing aids in such other state or jurisdiction.

Interim Practice

An applicant, who fulfills the requirements regarding age, character, and high school education may obtain a trainee permit to practice fitting of hearing aids for a period of one year. A person holding a valid hearing instrument specialist license or a valid license to practice audiology issued shall be responsible for the direct supervision and training of the applicant and shall be liable for all negligent acts and omissions of the trainee in the fitting of hearing aids.

A trainee permit may be renewed or re-granted once if the trainee shows that he or she had sufficient cause for being unable to complete the requirements for permanent licensure.

Continuing Education

A licensee shall submit with the renewal application proof that he or she completed, within the two years immediately preceding the date of his or her application, 20 hours of continuing education programs with at least two hours relating to ethics.

Audiologist Dispensing

Audiologists may dispense under an audiology license.

Trial Period

A hearing aid trial period is not addressed in the law/regulations.

Mail Order/Internet Sales

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

Board Oversight

Hearing and Speech Examining Board

Resources

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

Hearing Aid Dispenser Practice Act & Rules and Regulations [PDF]

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

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