Hearing Aid Specialists


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The Department shall license each applicant who the board certifies:

  • Has completed the application form and remitted the required fees
  • Is 18 years of age
  • Is a graduate of an accredited high school or its equivalent
  • Meets either option below:
    • Has met the requirements of the training program; or
    • Has a valid, current license as a hearing aid specialist or its equivalent from another state and has been actively practicing in such capacity for at least 12 months; or is currently certified by the National Board for Certification in Hearing Instrument Sciences and has been actively practicing for at least 12 months.
  • Has passed the licensure examination, which is the International Licensing Examination (ILE) for the Hearing Instrument Dispenser.
  • Has submitted proof of taking a two hour course relating to Florida Laws and Rules

If licensed in another state, territory, or jurisdiction of the United States, must have license verification form sent directly to the board office from that office that issued the license or certification.

If an applicant fails to complete the application within 12 months of its receipt in the Board office, he/she shall be required to re-apply as an initial applicant.

Applicants applying as actively practicing in another state, without National Board Certification:

  1. Applicant submits the Application for Licensure by Examination along with the appropriate licensure fees listed on the application instructions. Applications can be found on the Resources page.
  2. All credentials listed on the application instructions must also be submitted to the Board Office to complete the application.
  3. Documentation to prove ‘actively practicing’ must be submitted with credentials. Applicants must submit 2 contracts per month for 12 of the last 18 months immediately preceding the application.
  4. Board reviews application and credentials and determines eligibility for the licensure examination.
  5. After review, if the application is complete the applicant is notified in writing by the Board Office that they are eligible for the exam and that their name has been submitted to the International Hearing Society (IHS) as an eligible examination candidate.
  6. The IHS will then contact the applicant via email with further information on registration and scheduling their examination.  The IHS examination fee is $225.00 paid directly to the IHS via their website. At this point the candidate schedules their exam date with IHS through their website.
  7. Applicant sits for licensure examination. Applicant will be notified within 2-4 weeks of their pass/fail status.
  8. Passing applicants will be notified of their eligibility for licensure and will be mailed the Initial Licensure Form which they will need to submit to the Board Office along with the licensure fee.  Once the Board Office receives the licensure form and fee the licensee will be issued a license and mailed the approval letter and license within 7-10 business days.
  9. Failing applicants will be notified of their unsuccessful examination attempt and can apply for future examinations with the Board Office.

Applicants applying as actively practicing in another state, with National Board Certification:

  1. Applicant submits the Application for Licensure by Examination along with the appropriate licensure fees listed on the application instructions. Applications can be found on the Resources page.
  2. All credentials listed on the application instructions must also be submitted to the Board Office to complete the application, including the proof that they are Nationally Board Certified (NBC-HIS).
  3. Documentation to prove ‘actively practicing’ must be submitted with credentials. Applicants must submit 2 contracts per month for 12 of the last 18 months immediately preceding the application.
  4. Board reviews application and credentials and issues the Hearing Aid Specialist License; applicants with NBC-HIS certification are exempt from the state licensure examination.

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