The department shall license each applicant who the board certifies:
- Has completed the application form and remitted the required fees
- Submits three letters of good moral character
- Is 18 years of age
- Is a graduate of an accredited high school or its equivalent
- Submits one photograph
- 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
- Has submitted proof of taking a two hour course on the prevention of medical errors
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.
Once the Board determines your eligibility for the examination, you will be e-mailed the International Hearing Society’s (IHS) instructions to apply for the International Licensing Examination for Hearing Healthcare Professionals, which is administered by the International Hearing Society
. As of July 2013 with the administration of the new computer based test, the vendor has increased the examination fee to $225.00.
The International Licensing Examination for Hearing Healthcare Professionals tests competency in ten areas: 1) Observe Proper Sanitary Procedures; 2) Perform Hearing Evaluation; 3) Select Appropriate Amplification for the Patient/Client; 4) Perform Accurate and Safe Earmold Impressions; 5) Fit and Dispense Hearing Instruments; 6) Perform Validation and Verification of Hearing Instrument Fittings; 7) Provide Counseling Regarding Living with Hearing Loss; 8) Provide Aural Rehabilitation; 9) Provide Post-Fitting Patient/Client and Hearing Instrument Care; and 10) Investigate Patient’s/Client’s Perceived Problems with Hearing Instruments and Take Appropriate Action.
If an applicant fails to complete the application within 12 months of its receipt in the Board office, he shall be required to apply as an initial applicant.
Requirements to register in the Hearing Aid Specialist Training Program:
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.
Requirements to qualify as the sponsor of a trainee:
- 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 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.
- 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.
Trainee Registration Fees:
|Unlicensed Activity Fee
Licensure by Exam Fees:
|Initial Application Fee:
|If licensed in the first year of the biennium
|If licensed in the second year of the biennium
|Unlicensed Activity Fee
|If licensed between 9/16 & 2/15
|If licensed between 2/16 & 9/15
(Paid to International Hearing Society once approved)
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.