American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

West 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

  • intends to maintain a permanent office or place of business in this state or that the applicant has at the time of application a permanent office or place of business in another state within a reasonable commuting distance from this state
  • be a person of good moral character and that he has never been convicted of nor is presently under indictment for a crime involving moral turpitude
  • be eighteen years of age or older
  • have an education equivalent to a four-year course in an accredited high school
  • be free of chronic infectious or contagious diseases
  • have passed a written and practical exam

Reciprocity

Whenever the Board of Hearing Aid Dealers determines that another state or jurisdiction has requirements for the licensing of persons to engage in the practice of dealing in or fitting of hearing aids, which requirements meet the minimum requirements and standards set forth in this state, the Board may, in the manner prescribed by its rules and regulations, issue a license without the examination, to any person holding a license in such other state or jurisdiction, upon application, providing such prospective licensee meets all of the requirements set forth in this state.

Interim Practice

A person who meets all of the qualifications and requirements may obtain a temporary trainee permit to engage in the practice of dealing in or fitting of hearing aids for a period of one year under the supervision and control of a licensee, such licensee to be responsible for the supervision, training and control of such trainee.

If a person holding a temporary trainee permit has not successfully passed the licensing examination within one year from the date of issuance of such permit, the permit may be renewed or reissued under such conditions as the Board of Hearing Aid Dealers may require in its rules and regulations for an additional one-year period. No such temporary trainee permit shall be reissued, renewed, or extended more than once.

Continuing Education

Each applicant for renewal of license shall present to the Board of Hearing Aid Dealers evidence of continuing study and education of not less than 20 hours in a course of study approved by the Board.

Audiologist Dispensing

Audiologists may dispense under an audiology license.

Trial Period

30 days from date of delivery

Mail Order/Internet Sales

Advertising for the mail order sale of hearing aids in any advertising medium or sell hearing aids by mail to any person other than distributors or dealers is prohibited.

Board Oversight

Board of Hearing Aid Dealers & Fitters

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 [PDF]

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

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