Anyone who wishes to dispense hearing aids in Delaware, other than Delaware-licensed Audiologists, must obtain a Hearing Aid Dispenser license. The types of Hearing Aid Dispenser licensure in Delaware are:
- Temporary – You must complete a six-month training period under supervision of a Delaware-licensed Hearing Aid Dispenser or Audiologist. To begin your training period, you must apply for a Temporary Hearing Aid Dispenser license. ( Training conducted before you obtain a Temporary license does not count toward your six-month training requirement.) The Temporary license is good for one year. When your supervisor verifies that you have successfully completed the training period, the Board will authorize you to take the national examination during the remaining six-months of the Temporary license.
- Examination – If you have completed your Delaware training period and passed the national examination, you may apply for a permanent Hearing Aid Dispenser license by examination.
- Reciprocity – If you hold a current license in another jurisdiction (state, District of Columbia or U.S. territory), you may apply for a Hearing Aid Dispenser license by reciprocity based on one of the following:
- You have five years experience in the practice of Hearing Aid Dispenser after licensure, OR
- You hold a current license in a jurisdiction whose the licensure requirements are substantially similar to those of Delaware.
If you do not have the required five years of licensure, the Board must determine whether the licensure requirements in any jurisdiction where you hold a current license are substantially similar to those of Delaware.
Requirements for All Applicants
The following requirements apply to all applicants regardless of the type of license applied for:
- Submit completed, signed and notarized Application for Hearing Aid Dispenser Licensure . Even if you hold a Temporary license, you must file an updated application by Examination when you have passed your national examination.
- Enclose fee by check or money order made payable to “State of Delaware.” If you are applying for a Temporary license, enclose the temporary license fee. Otherwise, enclose the processing fee for Hearing Aid Dispenser.
- If you have ever held a license in another jurisdiction, arrange for the Board office to receive verification of licensure from each jurisdiction where you have held a license, sent directly from the jurisdiction to the Board office. These verifications are required even if you submitted verifications in connection with an earlier application.
- Complete the Criminal History Record Check Authorization form to request State of Delaware and Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal background checks. Follow the instructions on the form to arrange to be fingerprinted.
- If you have never been issued a U.S. Social Security Number (SSN), submit a Request for Exemption from Social Security Number Requirement.
Additional Requirements for Applicants for Temporary Licensure
If you are applying for a Temporary license, the following items are required in addition to the items in the Requirements for All Applicants section above .
- Arrange for the Board office to receive either
- an official transcript, sent directly from your high school to the Board office, showing that you have a high school diploma, or
- copy of your GED.
- Arrange for the Board office to receive a completed Statement of Supervising Sponsor form signed by the person who will sponsor and supervise you while you are practicing under the Temporary license. If your supervisor changes, the new supervisor must submit a new form.
- Arrange for the Board office to receive a completed Training Plan form signed both by you and your supervisor.
- Your supervisor must be a Delaware-licensed Hearing Aid Dispenser or Audiologist.
- Do not begin your training period until your Temporary license is issued .
- If your supervisor changes, the new supervisor must submit a new form.
When you complete the six-month training period, arrange for the Board office to receive a Supervisory Report form completed and signed by your supervisor to verify that you successfully completed your training. When the Board office receives the verification, the Board office will send you instructions on registering to take the Prometric examination . When you have registered, Prometric will send you an admission letter and examination appointment. You have six months to pass the examination.
If you need more time, you must submit a request for extension at least 60 days before your Temporary license expires. The Board must approve any extension of the temporary license.
Additional Requirements for Applicants by Examination
If you are applying for a permanent Hearing Aid Dispenser license by Examination, the following are required in addition to the documentation in the Requirements for All Applicants section above.
- Arrange for the Board office to receive an official score report showing that you passed the Hearing Aid Dispenser national examination, sent directly from the testing service to the Board office. If Delaware approved you to take the exam, Prometric will automatically send your score report to the Board office within ten business days.
- If you did not previously submit a transcript in connection with an application for a Delaware Temporary license, arrange for the Board office to receive either
- an official transcript from your high school, sent directly from the school to the Board office, or
- copy of your GED.
Additional Requirements for Applicants by Reciprocity
If you are applying for a permanent Hearing Aid Dispenser license by Reciprocity, what you need to submit in addition to the documentation in the Requirements for All Applicants section above depends on whether or not you have five years experience after licensure.
have five years experience
Arrange for the Board office to receive a notarized statement from your employer(s) during the five year period, sent directly from each employer to the Board office. The statement should include sufficient detail (names, dates) to establish that you have the required five years of practice. For periods of self-employment, submit tax form Schedule Cs.
do not have five years experience
Submit copies of the licensing law and rules and regulations of each jurisdiction where you hold a current license. The Board will review the requirements of the jurisdictions to determine if any of them has requirements substantially similar to those of Delaware.