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) 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.

The following steps apply to individuals who do not possess any prior experience as a Hearing Aid Specialist or who have not practiced as a Hearing Aid Specialist in another state for the past 12 of 18 months:

  1. Apply for Training Program Registration. Applicant submits the Training Program Registration Application, along with the appropriate fees listed on the application instructions. Please ensure that all fields are completed as instructed.
  2. Submit Sponsor Registration From. The Sponsor Registration Form is to be signed and completed by the Sponsor and Designee (if applicable).
  3. Submit proof of Sponsor’s National Board for Certification in Hearing Instrument Sciences (NBC-HIS) certification. If selected Sponsor is licensed as a Hearing Aid Specialist in Florida, proof of current NBC-HIS is required. Note: If selected Sponsor is licensed as an audiologist and is also licensed as a Hearing Aid Specialist in Florida, proof of current NBC-HIS certification is not required.
  4. After the above information has been received and verified by the Board Office, the applicant will be issued a Trainee number and may begin in Stage I of the Training Program. Stage I only consists of completing the International Hearing Society Distance Learning Course; a trainee is not permitted to work during this stage.
  5. Complete Distance Learning course. Once the course has been completed, please submit the completion letter or certificate to the Board Office. After this document has been received and verified by the Board Office, you will receive correspondence from the Board Office. Please note that Stage II does not begin until a trainee receives correspondence from the Board Office outlining the trainee’s dates of training/work for Stages II through IV.

The Training Program is a minimum of six months in length and is divided into four stages pursuant to Rule 64B6-8.003, F.A.C.:

(a) Stage I During this Stage, the trainee shall complete the International Hearing Society Home Study Course and shall submit proof of passing the home study course final examination. If the trainee passes the home study course final examination but fails the licensure examination, he or she will not have to repeat the home study course prior to the next available licensure examination.

(b) 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.

(c) 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.

(d) 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.

NOTE: Please refer to Rule 64B6-8.003, F.A.C. for more information regarding the Training Program.

For Trainees who are unsuccessful in their first examination attempt, they will be allowed a continuance in the Training Program (pending their Sponsor’s 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 exam results. During the second Training Program the Trainee will remain 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. However, the individual can continue to apply for and take the licensure examination as many times as necessary to pass the examination.

Please see webpage on application by examination or re-examination for more information regarding those processes.

 

Application Fee$105.00 (non-refundable)

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