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Effective January 2014 the International Hearing Society (IHS) has implemented the computer-based written examination in the State of Maryland for eligible candidates that hold a limited license as a hearing aid dispenser who wish to meet the requirements for a full license in hearing aid dispensing.  The computer-based written examination is replacing the paper-based written examination used over the last 15 years.  Successful passing of the written examination is one of the requirements to transfer from a limited license to a full license.

IHS has set the fee of the computer-based examination to be $225.00 – please note that the IHS set this fee and that the limited licensee must pay this fee directly to IHS when they register for the written examination.  If a limited licensee fails the computer-based written examination the limited licensee must re-register for the written examination and pay another examination fee.  The Board fees for application for limited licensure as a hearing aid dispenser will remain unchanged.  Furthermore, pursuant to COMAR 10.41.01.05 all fees paid to the Board are nonrefundable and may not be prorated.

A limited licensee in hearing aid dispensing must be supervised for a minimum of six months prior to taking the written examination.  The limited licensee must submit two documents to the Board prior to taking the computer-based written examination.  First, the limited licensee must submit the Verification of Supervised Practice Form signed by the limited licensee and the supervisor.  Second, the limited license must submit proof of having passed the IHS’ “Distance Learning for Professionals in Hearing Health Sciences” (or an equivalent course approved by the Board).

When the Board has received these two documents the Board will then notify the IHS when a limited licensee is eligible to take the computer-based written examination.  The limited licensee will then receive information from the IHS on how to register to take the computer-based written examination.  It is the limited licensee’s responsibility to register for the computer-based written examination.  The limited licensee is eligible to take the practical examination at any time after submitting the above listed documents.

Once the limited licensee has taken the computer-based written examination the limited licensee’s score report will be forwarded from IHS directly to the Board.  The Board will review the results and determine if the applicant passed or failed the written examination.

If the limited licensee has failed the written examination the Board will issue a notice to the limited licensee regarding the test result.

If the limited licensee has passed the written examination and the limited licensee has passed the practical examination the individual will be notified via mail of the successful passing of the IHS’ written examination along with the full license and related documents.

If the limited licensee has passed the written examination and has not passed or has not taken the practical examination the limited licensee will receive information regarding the next available practical examination.

To better serve limited licensees in hearing aid dispensing and the consumer public the Board will offer the practical examination up to ten (10) times per year.  The practical examination will be offered on the third Thursday of the month excluding the months of August and December.  Written notice must be provided by the limited licensee to the Board at least two weeks prior to the practical examination date to be considered.  The Board reserves the right to cancel a scheduled practical examination.

If you have further questions regarding this e-mail of if you have any questions regarding the requirements for limited licensure in hearing aid dispensing or the requirements to transfer to a full license in hearing aid dispensing please call the Board at 410-764-4725. 

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