To apply for a Hearing Instrument Fitter and Dispenser License in Texas, you must first have completed an apprenticeship under the supervision of a licensed individual.
You must also have completed 20 hours of classroom continuing education in approved subject matter during the one year apprentice permit timeframe.
- Hearing Instrument Fitter and Dispenser Application Fees – $205
A hearing instrument fitter and dispenser license is valid for two years from the date of issuance and may be renewed every two years.
The written test is the International Licensing Examination for Hearing Instrument Dispensers test administered by the International Hearing Society (IHS). The IHS will contact eligible candidates by email with instructions to schedule your test. Please ensure TDLR has your current email address on file.
To be eligible to take the written test, you must either hold a current temporary training permit, or apply as an out-of-state license holder.
TDLR will approve temporary training permit holders to take the written test once the direct supervised practicum has been completed and the Temporary Training Permit Supervised Practicum Affidavit (PDF) has been approved by the department.
If you have any questions regarding your eligibility to take the written test, please contact TDLR — do not contact IHS. Applicable fees are paid directly to IHS upon registration for taking the test.
TDLR has contracted a third-party vendor, PSI, to develop and administer the Hearing Instrument Fitters and Dispensers Practical State Licensing Examination, which are the two practical skills licensing tests for the Hearing Instrument Fitters and Dispensers Program. For information about the PSI testing program or, if you are eligible, to register, go to www.psiexams.com.
To be eligible to take the practical test, you must either hold a current temporary training permit, or apply as an out-of-state license holder.
TDLR will approve temporary training permit holders to take the practical test once the direct supervised practicum has been completed and the Temporary Training Permit Supervised Practicum Affidavit (PDF) has been approved by the department.
Once your qualifications have been reviewed, and you have been found to meet the eligibility requirements, you will receive an eligibility email notice from PSI. The email includes instructions for registering and scheduling your practical test.
Candidates are required to print and bring the Audiogram to their Hearing Instrument Fitter and Dispenser Practical Test.
For the Audiometric portion, candidates are additionally required to bring a model of their choice who is at least 18 years of age and to print and bring the Release of Liability & Indemnity Agreement in the Candidate Information Bulletin.
The applicant must pass the written test and the practical test.
Test results will be sent to your mailing address on file, when they become available. Please ensure that your contact information is kept current.
If you do not pass an test, you may retake the failed test for as long as your temporary training permit or out-of-state license remains valid. There is no limit to the number of times you may re-take a test, but a new test fee will be required each time you take the test.