To Become A Licensed Hearing Instrument Dispenser

The State of Illinois requires the following criteria to be completed to become a licensed hearing instrument dispenser:

  1. Minimum of an Associate’s Degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher education
  2. Completion of 12 semester hours of academic undergraduate work coursework (3 hours of anatomy & physiology of the speech and hearing mechanism; 3 hours of hearing science; 3 hours of introduction to audiology; and 3 hours of aural rehabilitation (or equivalent)*
  3. Successfully pass the Illinois Department of Public Health’s written and practicum exam for hearing instrument dispensers.

* You can complete the 12 semester hour requirement by purchasing and successfully completing the 39-course online program offered by the International Hearing Society.

The International Hearing Society’s Online Program

You can get more information and purchase the Distance Learning Program here:

* Approval through Parkland College is no longer required.  You may contact the Illinois Department of Public Health and provide evidence of successful completion of the Distance Learning Program to them directly.

The State License Exam

The Illinois Department of Public Health conducts both the written and practicum exams for becoming a hearing instrument dispenser. To find out the schedule of times and places of these exams, contact the Department for updated exam fees.

Illinois Department of Public Health
Vision & Hearing
(217) 524-2396

For More Information

Illinois Hearing Society
225 E Cook St
Springfield, IL
(217) 789-6252