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

 

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