Hearing Instrument Fitters and Dispensers Exam Information
Hearing Instrument Fitters & Dispensers Written Exam Information
The written examination is a national exam administered by the International Hearing Society (IHS).
After submitting an application to TDLR for initial licensure or an apprentice permit and meeting all examination eligibility requirements, TDLR will notify IHS of your eligibility to take or retake the written exam. IHS will then notify you by your email address on file of your eligibility to schedule an examination. (Please do not contact IHS directly. If you have any questions regarding your eligibility to take the written exam, please contact TDLR). Applicable fees are paid directly to IHS upon registration for examination. (Licensed Audiologists and audiologist interns are exempt from examination).
IHS will send examination scores to TDLR. TDLR will then enter the scores into our data management system and will forward the examination results to your mailing address on file. (Please do not contact IHS directly. If you have any questions regarding your examination score, please contact TDLR). Please ensure your contact information (address, email, phone) with TDLR is kept current.
Hearing Instrument Fitters & Dispensers Practical Exam Information
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation’s (TDLR’s) mission is to honor the trust of all Texans, safeguard the public, and provide a fair and efficient licensing and regulatory environment at the lowest possible cost. To this end, TDLR has contracted third party vendor, PSI, to develop and administer the practical skills licensing examinations for the Hearing Instrument Fitters & Dispensers Program. For general information about PSI, go to the company’s website at www.psionline.com. For information about the PSI testing program or, if you are eligible, to register, go to www.psiexams.com.
The next practical skills examination is scheduled to be administered on September 23, 2017 at our PSI practical exam sites in Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. The deadline to register is September 15, 2017. Please sign up for email updates to receive important TDLR news and information.
Once you meet all practical examination eligibility requirements, you will receive an eligibility postcard from PSI. The postcard contains instructions for registering and scheduling your practical examination. You should review the Candidate Information Bulletin (CIB) which provides the exam content outline, exam fee payment information, exam site addresses, and detailed information about PSI’s examination administration procedures.
Practical Examinations Candidate Information Bulletin (CIB) - the Candidate Information Bulletin (CIB) is available for download at https://candidate.psiexams.com/bulletin/display_bulletin.jsp?ro=yes&actionname=83&bulletinid=796&bulletinurl=.pdf .
Candidates are required to print and bring the Audiogram (21kb PDF) to their Hearing Instrument Fitter and Dispenser Practical Examination. For the Audiometric portion of the examination, 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 on page 7 of the Candidate Information Bulletin (CIB).
Hearing Instrument Fitters & Dispensers Apprentice Permit Information
If you have passed BOTH the written and the practical examinations, please download and use the HFD002 Apprentice Permit Application Form (PDF). Please submit your completed application with payment to TDLR to obtain your permit. Your permit and all correspondence will be mailed to the current address on file. Please ensure your contact information (address, email, phone) with TDLR is kept current.
Remember, you are not allowed to perform services for which an apprentice permit is required until you have your apprentice permit in hand.
Hearing Instrument Fitters & Dispensers Out-of-State License Information
If you are an individual applying from out-of-state who has been fully licensed in that state for at least three years, please download the HFD004 Hearing Instrument Fitters and Dispensers License Application for Out of State License Holders (PDF). Please submit your completed application with payment to TDLR. Upon approval, you will be emailed instructions to register for the practical examination. When you have passed the exam, you will be issued a license.
Hearing Instrument Fitters & Dispensers Jurisprudence Exam Information
The Texas Hearing Instrument Fitter & Dispenser Jurisprudence Examination content is based on the state and federal laws, rules, and regulations relating to the fitting and dispensing of hearing instruments. Applicants must successfully complete the Jurisprudence Examination and submit a certificate of completion prior to receiving a hearing instrument fitter and dispenser license or an apprentice permit. Applicants do not need to qualify through the department to take the Jurisprudence Examination. Applicable fees are paid directly to the vendor for the jurisprudence examination.
Please note, upon paying the jurisprudence exam registration fee, your exam must be completed within 30 days. After 30 days, your fee and registration will expire and your exam will be invalidated. To take the jurisprudence exam again, you will need to re-register and pay a new fee.
Exam Pass/Fail Rates
Fiscal Year 2017 (September 2016 - August 2017)
|License Type||Pass||Fail||Total||Pass Rate||No Show|
|Practical - Audiometric||41||10||51||80.39%||2|
|Practical - Ear Impression||46||5||51||90.20%||3|