Iowa 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 practical exam
  • Be free of contagious or infectious disease


The Board may issue a license by endorsement to an applicant who has been licensed as a hearing aid specialist in another jurisdiction, so long as the applicant provides verification of licensure, verification of passing the exam and verification of continuing education.

Interim Practice

A person who has not been licensed as a hearing aid specialist may obtain a temporary permit from the department upon completion of the application accompanied by the written verification of employment from a licensed hearing aid specialist. The department shall issue a temporary permit for one year which shall not be renewed or reissued.

Continuing Education

Each biennium, each person who is licensed to practice as a hearing aid specialist in this state shall be required to complete a minimum of 32 hours of continuing education approved by the board. A minimum of 2 hours shall be in the content areas of Iowa hearing aid specialist law and rules, or ethics.

Audiologist Dispensing

Audiologists who dispense hearing aids must obtain a hearing aid specialist 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 Aid Specialists Board 


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

Hearing Aid Dispenser Practice Act and 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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