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Hearing Aid Training Permit: A six (6) month permit to practice under the DIRECT SUPERVISION AND IMMEDIATE OBSERVATION of a licensed Georgia Hearing Aid Dispenser. This permit is renewable every six (6) months. Submit the application, fee and supervising dispensers statement. NOTE: You will NOT be made eligible to register and sit for any of the required exams for full licensure as a Training Permit holder.
Hearing Aid Apprentice Permit: A one (1) year permit that is not renewable; a one time only issuance. Practice once the permit is issued is ONLY under the indirect supervision of a Georgia licensed hearing aid dispenser. The permit will only be issued only after the applicant has taken and passed the Georgia Laws & Rules exam, the Audiogram exam and the Georgia Practical exam. submit an application, the fee and all supporting documents required.
Hearing Aid Dispensers License: Submit a completed
application for licensure by examination,the required fee and all supporting
documents as explained in the Board rules and on the application forms
available on our board's page. When the application is complete, you will be made eligible to sit for the required exams: The Audiogram, Jurisprudence (Laws & Rules) and Practical Exams administered by PSI. The ILE national exam administered by IHS.
If you currently hold a
license in another state or jurisdiction, submit an official verification of
licensure from every state you hold or have held a license to practice in,
active or not. You may use the form in the application, or the submitting licensure entity may use their own forms or documentation. verification of licensure in another state or jurisdiction may also be e-mailed to the Board to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please refer to the current fee schedule available in the "Application/Form Downloads" section to the right.
Please allow five (5) to ten (10) business days for the administrative staff to process and issue approved licenses for passing exam candidates whose application file is otherwise complete.
1. NAME CHANGES:
A request for a name change for Dispensers ONLY must be submitted in writing by fax to 866-888-7127 or by USPS mail service to the Board at 237 Coliseum Drive, Macon, GA 31217-3858, and MUST be accompanied by a copy (no original documents will be returned) of the legal document affecting the name change (i.e. divorce decree, marriage certificate….).
A request for a name change for a Dealership must be submitted in writing for the Board to consider approval of via USPS mail service to the Board at 237 Coliseum Drive, Macon, GA 31217-3858. A letter of explanation of the reason for the name change, a new application, the non-refundable fee and all supporting documents must be submitted to the Board. The dealership may print a copy of the license indicating the new name, or request one from the Board ($25 fee to accompany written request) of the license once approved by the Board. Approval by the Board MUST be granted before any name change is to take place.
2. ADDRESS CHANGES:
The Board will accept MAILING AND PHYSICAL address changes for DISPENSERS ONLY via by USPS mail service to the Board @ 237 Coliseum Drive, Macon, GA 31217-3858, fax to 866-888-7127, or the online address & e-mail updates feature available under the "Online Services" drop down menu.
PHYSICAL ADDRESS CHANGES FOR DEALERSHIPS cannot be completed online or by fax. Any physical address change for a dealership requires the submission of a new application; the non-refundable fee and all supporting documents to the Board, 237 Coliseum Drive, Macon, GA 31217-3858 (refer to rule 276-4-.02 ). A written statement requesting the closure of the prior location is required. A new license will be issued to the new locations dealership once approved by the Board. Online changes to a dealerships physical location address will not be accepted nor recognized by the Board.
Complete the renewal application in the "Application/Form Downloads" section, or request a paper renewal form be mailed to you by calling 478-207-2440. All licenses will expire December 31st of EVERY odd numbered year. See the Fee Schedule on the above referenced website for the current renewal fee.
A Lapsed/Late renewal is available to licensees from January 1st through March 31st of the year following the license expiration date. Through March 31st licensees may renew late, but are NOT TO PRACTICE after January 1st until the license has been renewed. An additional penalty amount is charged for all late renewals (see fee schedule).
After the late renewal period, all non-renewed licenses are administratively lapsed. Once lapsed, the licensee must apply for reinstatement.
A random number of renewing licensees will be selected for a Continuing Education Hours Audit (Dispensers only). Only those Hearing Aid Dispensers randomly selected for Continuing Education audit must submit proof of their continuing education credits. You will receive specific instructions if you are chosen for an audit.
You will need to submit a request in writing for a verification of license along with your $25.00 fee (money order, cashier’s check, certified check). Please indicate the name as it appears on the license, the full license number and the name/address of where you wish the verification to be sent. The processing time is 10-15 days.
All applicants for a Dispensers license are required under Georgia law to complete a fingerprint nationwide background check. The Board utilizes the services of the COGENT company's Applicant Fingerprinting Services, https://www.ga.cogentid.com/index.htm, called "GAP" (Georgia Applicant Processing Service). On the Board's webpage where the applications and other forms are found, there is a list of instructions on how to register and provide the fingerprints for the background check. Failure to provide the background check will delay the processing of your application, possibly even cause the application to be withdrawn.