Hearing Aid Specialist Training Program


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A person must submit to the Department of Health a non-refundable $100.00 registration fee, a special fee of $5.00 to fund efforts to combat unlicensed activity (for a total of $105.00), 1 (2X2) photograph, and a completed Training Program Registration Application, including a completed Sponsor Registration Form (which is included as part of this application).

A training program shall be a minimum of six months in length and shall be divided into four stages. Following the completion of Stage I, the trainee shall be in training for the dispensing of hearing aids for a minimum of twenty (20) hours each week totaling 480 hours during the six month training period, and shall be under the direct supervision of the sponsor at all times when performing the functions of a hearing aid specialist.

Stage I: During this Stage, the trainee shall complete the International Hearing Society Distance Learning Course and shall submit proof of passing the distance learning course final examination to the Board Office before entering Stage II of the Training Program.

Stage II – 1 month: During this Stage, the trainee may perform audiometric tests, and make ear mold impressions and modifications, but the sponsor or hearing aid specialist designated by the sponsor shall be physically present, in the same room at all times when the trainee is performing these functions. The trainee may not recommend the selection of a hearing aid, dispense a hearing aid, or counsel a client.

Stage III – 2 months: During this Stage the trainee may perform all tasks in Stage II, recommend the selection of a hearing aid, and counsel a client, but the trainee shall be under the direct supervision of the sponsor or hearing aid specialist designated by the sponsor. The trainee may not deliver a hearing aid.

Stage IV – 3 months: During this Stage the trainee may perform all the tasks in Stages II and III and deliver hearing aids, but the sponsor or hearing aid specialist designated by the sponsor shall be physically present in the same room at the time a hearing aid is delivered to the client, and the receipt required by Section 484.051, F.S., must have the signature and license number of the sponsor or hearing aid specialist designated by the sponsor.

Requirements to qualify as the sponsor of a trainee:

  • The prospective sponsor must have possessed an active license and have been actively practicing for at least two (2) consecutive years immediately prior to sponsorship, and must be Board certified by the National Board for Certification in Hearing Instrument Sciences. (NBCHIS), except that audiologists who are also licensed hearing aid specialists licensed under Chapter 484, Part II, F.S., are not required to be NBCHIS certified.
  • The prospective sponsor must not have been disciplined during the past four (4) years, unless the discipline is for a minor violation under Rule 64B6-7.006, F.A.C., a citation, or a letter of concern, and all terms of any final order are satisfied; and
  • A sponsor may not sponsor more than three (3) trainees at any one time.

Applicants applying through the Training Program:

Applicant submits the Training Program Registration Application, along with the $105.00 non-refundable fee (money order or check made payable to the Department of Health), and a passport-style 2×2 recent photograph.

The Trainee will then be issued a Trainee number and will be mailed a letter with the number along with instructions on completing Stage I as well as information on Stages II-IV.

A Training Program is a minimum of six months in length and is divided into four stages:

Stage I (self-paced): The Trainee shall complete the International Hearing Society (IHS) Distance Learning Course, and shall submit to the Board proof of completion of the course before entering Stage II of the Training Program.  Trainee will then be mailed the Training Program Registration letter which will include their six months of training dates along with their tentative exam date.

In Stage II (one month): The Trainee may perform audiometric tests, and make ear mold impressions and modifications, but the sponsor or hearing aid specialist designated by the sponsor shall be physically present, in the same room at all times when the trainee is performing these functions. The trainee may not recommend the selection of a hearing aid, dispense a hearing aid, or counsel a client.

In Stage III (two months):  The trainee may perform all tasks in Stage II, recommend the selection of a hearing aid, and counsel a client, but the trainee shall be under the direct supervision of the sponsor or hearing aid specialist designated by the sponsor. The trainee may not deliver a hearing aid.

In Stage IV (three months):  The trainee may perform all the tasks in Stages II and III and deliver hearing aids, but the sponsor or hearing aid specialist designated by the sponsor shall be physically present in the same room at the time a hearing aid is delivered to the client, and the receipt required by Section 484.051, F.S., must have the signature and license number of the sponsor or hearing aid specialist designated by the sponsor.

Stage I is just completing the International Hearing Society (IHS) Distance Learning Course. Upon successful completion of the course the Trainee is responsible for submitting a copy of the passing letter and/or certificate of completion which can be mailed, emailed, or faxed to the Board Office.

After the Board receives proof of completion of Stage I by the Trainee, the Board will move the Trainee into Stages II-IV of the Training Program.

For Stages II-IV of the Training Program:  The trainee shall be in training for the dispensing of hearing aids for a minimum of twenty (20) hours each week, totaling 480 hours during the six month training period, and shall be under the direct supervision of the sponsor at all times when performing the functions of a hearing aid specialist.

At the conclusion of the six months of training, in the last month of Stage IV, the Trainee will be mailed the Application for Licensure by Examination, along with instructions from the Board.  Trainees are required to take the first available licensure examination.  Immediately following the six months of training the Trainee will apply for and take the computer-based test (CBT) licensure examination through the IHS.

The Trainee submits the Application for Licensure by Examination along with the application fee ($150.00) and required credentials and becomes eligible to sit for the examination. The Board will then submit the Trainees name to the IHS. The IHS will then notify the Trainee via email that they are eligible to sit for the examination and will give them a link to the webassessor website where the Trainee will need to complete their exam registration, pay the IHS exam fee of $225.00, and set their examination date.

The Trainee will then sit for their examination. Once the exam is complete, the Trainee will be notified of their grade within 2-4 weeks and can find their exam results on the Board of Hearing Aid Specialists website.

Upon successful completion of the examination the Trainee will be notified that they are eligible for licensure. The Trainee will submit the Initial Licensure Form along with the correct licensure fee. Once the Board receives the required form and fee, the Trainee will be issued a Hearing Aid Specialists license. The approval letter and license will be mailed within 7-10 business days.

For Trainees who are unsuccessful in their first examination attempt, they will be permitted to continue one time in the Training Program (pending their Sponsors approval) for an additional six months by completing the Training Program Continuation Form and submitting it to the Board Office within 10 days of receiving their grade. During the second Training Program the Trainee remains in Stage IV of the Training Program and can apply to take the examination again as many times as necessary to pass the examination.

At the conclusion of the second Training Program, the Trainee will no longer be allowed to train in the Training Program, but can continue to apply for and take the licensure examination until they are successful.

Requirements to qualify as the sponsor of a trainee:   The prospective sponsor must have possessed an active license and have been actively practicing for at least two (2) consecutive years immediately prior to sponsorship, and must be Board certified by the National Board for Certification in Hearing Instrument Sciences (NBCHIS), except that audiologists who are also licensed hearing aid specialists licensed under Chapter 484, Part II, F.S., are not required to be NBCHIS certified. The prospective sponsor must not have been disciplined during the past four (4) years, unless the discipline is for a minor violation under Rule 64B6-7.006, F.A.C., a citation, or a letter of concern, and all terms of any final order are satisfied; and a sponsor may not sponsor more than three (3) trainees at any one time.

 

Licensure by Exam Fees:

Application Fee$150.00 (non-refundable)
Initial Application Fee:
If licensed in the first year of the biennium$500.00
If licensed in the second year of the biennium$320.00
Unlicensed Activity Fee$5.00
Examination Fee:
(Paid to International Hearing Society once approved)
$225.00

Make checks or money orders payable to the “Department of Health.” Applicants and licensees are responsible for the fees outlined in applicable board or department rule at the time an application is received.

 

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Florida Statutes

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Chapter 484, Part II: Fitting and Dispensing of Hearing Aids
Chapter 456: Health Professions and Occupations: General Provisions
Chapter 120: Administrative Procedure Act

Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.)

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Rules: Chapter 64B6: Board of Hearing Aid Specialists