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