State Licensure

The primary purpose of professional regulation is consumer protection, which is performed at the state level through licensure laws. Audiology licensure is now required in all 50 states**. Each state establishes its own licensing Statutes, Rules, and Regulations. Many states still require a separate Hearing Aid Dispenser license for audiologists to dispense hearing aids. ADA encourages its members to advocate for legislative action in those states to include dispensing under the audiologist license and to do away with the unnecessary dual licensure.

The following State Licensure table (below) is provided to assist audiologists in locating state licensing boards and to identify which states require dual licensure. It is always advisable to contact your state's licensure board for current licensure requirements.

Model Licensing Law - Time for Change
There is a major trend for state audiology licenses to update their statutes to recognize and mandate the Au.D. degree as a requirement for all new licensees. State license laws are typically reviewed periodically, and it is essential for audiologists to actively advocate for requiring the Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree as the minimum educational requirement for all first-time licensees. The ADA has developed a model license law to assist with such advocacy:

View Model Licensure Statute

State
Audiology and
HA License Required
Licensure Agency
Audiology
Licensure Agency
Hearing Aids
 Alabama
No
 Alaska
No
 Arizona
No
 Arkansas
No
 California
No
 Colorado
*
 Connecticut
No
 Delaware
No
 District of Columbia
No
 Florida
No
 Georgia
No
 Hawaii
No
 Idaho
No
 Illinois
No
 Indiana
No
 Iowa
*
 Kansas
Yes
 Kentucky
Yes
 Louisiana *
*
 Maine
No
 Maryland
No
 Massachusetts
*
 Michigan
No
 Minnesota *
No
 Mississippi
No
 Missouri
No
 Montana
*
 Nebraska
Yes
 Nevada
No
 New Hampshire
No
 New Jersey
Yes
 New Mexico *
No
 New York
Yes
 North Carolina
*
 North Dakota
Yes
 Ohio
*
 Oklahoma
No
 Oregon
No
 Pennsylvania
No
 Rhode Island
No
 South Carolina
No
 South Dakota
No
 Tennessee
No
 Texas
No
 Utah
No
 Vermont
Yes
 Virginia
Yes
 Washington
No
 West Virginia
No
 Wisconsin
No
 Wyoming
*
* Additional requirements must be met; see your state licensure board