About Us

History and Mission

The Kansas Board of Examiners in the Fitting and Dispensing of Hearing Instruments was established in 1968. The mission of the Board is to establish and enforce standards to ensure that the people of Kansas receive competent and ethical hearing aid care.

Exams

Practical exams are also administered to coincide with board meetings. These are held twice per year. Additional board meetings are held virtually, as needed. 

Board Members

The Board is appointed by the Governor and is composed of five members; three licensed hearing instrument dispensers and two who are representatives of the general public. The three hearing instrument dispensers must have been licensed by the State of Kansas for at least five years. The Board also employs one, part-time executive officer. The Board meets twice a year (spring and fall).

Current Members

Dana Jacobson, Au.D.
Associated Audiologists, Senior Audiologist, Fitter and Dispenser of Hearing Instruments

Erica Mears, Au.D.
Midwest Hearing Aids, Clinical Audiologist

Tim Stanton
Hearing Solutions, Owner, Fitter and Dispenser of Hearing Instruments

FAQs

Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and have have graduated from an accredited high school or equivalent. The applicant must have a supervisor (AKA sponsor), pursuant to requirements outlined in K.S.A. 74-5812, pay specified fees ($100 application fee and $100 temporary license fee), and complete the temporary license application.

Pursuant to K.S.A. 74-5814, the board may issue a license to a person who is currently licensed to practice fitting and dispensing of hearing instruments in another jurisdiction if there is both continuous licensure to during the 5 years immediately preceding the application and the absence of disciplinary actions of a serious nature brought by a licensing board or agency of another jurisdiction.

Generally, no. According to K.S.A. 74-8514, those that have obtained a doctoral degree in audiology (from an accredited university) AND are licensed in Kansas as an audiologist are exempt from taking the state written and practical exams.

10 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are required for annual license renewal. The CEUs must be obtained from July 1st to June 30th, annually. All 10 CEUs may be obtained online for the 2022-2023 renewal period (July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023). However, the board has voted to revert back to pre-COVID requirements for the July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024 renewal period. That means that 7 CEUs may be obtained online but 3 CEUs must be obtained in-person!

Click the "Verify License" link in the upper right of the website. Enter the licensee's last name and click the "search" button.

Click the ONLINE PAYMENTS link in the upper right corner of the website. This will redirect you to NIC where you can make payments online. This is now setup where I will be automatically notified when as payment is made. Please do NOT send a check. All payments should be made online.

Thursday, April 13, 2023 and Thursday. October 19, 2023

The next board meeting will be held on Wenesday, May, 10 2023 at 12:00 p.m. on Microsoft TEAMS. Please email Mark Shaver mark.shaver@ks.gov for information regarding this meeting.