Hearing aid specialists fit and sell hearing aids to individuals; test auditory system of hearing-impaired individuals, using test equipment and apply standardized evaluation procedures; receive individuals referred by physicians for fitting and purchasing of hearing amplification systems; make earmold impressions as part of the fitting; and, interpret and evaluate auditory test results and confer with hearing-impaired individuals to demonstrate, select, fit, adapt and modify hearing aid systems.
Code Citation IC, Chapter 154A; 645 IAC 121, 122, 123, 124
Who Applies Individuals who wish to provide hearing aid specialist services or start supervised training in Iowa.
When To Apply Persons wishing to become licensed must apply for a temporary permit before starting the required 12-month supervised training period under a licensed hearing aid dispenser. After training, the applicant must pass the exam given by the International Hearing Society. All others (ie. out-of-state applicants) wishing to provide hearing aide services in Iowa must obtain a license before service begins. Applicants holding valid certificates or licenses in a state or jurisdiction that has requirements equivalent to or higher, may be issued an Iowa license.
Initial Requirements Persons wishing to become licensed must apply for a temporary permit before starting the required 12-month supervised training period under a licensed hearing aid dispenser. After training, the applicant must complete the board approved application for Hearing Aid Specialists and pay the application fee. Applicant must pass the International Hearing Society Examination within one year after temporary license is issued, if applicable and must also take and pass an Iowa law examination. A temporary permit is available by completing the appropriate section of the Hearing Aid Specialists application form.
Duration Two years.
Processing Time 30 days after all required materials are on file. Online renewal in real time.
Fee Structure Initial License: https://www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/ACO/chapter/645.5.pdf Renewal: https://www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/ACO/chapter/645.5.pdf
Renewal Requirements http://www.idph.iowa.gov/Licensure/Iowa-Board-of-Hearing-Aid-Dispensers
Exam International Hearing Society exam.
Additional Information Individuals who wish to provide hearing aid dispenser services or start supervised training in Iowa.