The term “merged board” in this context indicates that the state statute has provisions for the licensing of audiologists and hearing aid dispensers by the same board. In Arizona, California, Delaware, Idaho, Maine, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Washington, and Wisconsin, speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and hearing aid dispensers, are licensed by the same board. (Note:The 2017 amendments to the Idaho Practice Act include the addition of sign language interpreters. Oregon’s 2019 statute includes the addition of music therapists as does 2021 legislation in Maryland. Pennsylvania’s statute has a longstanding provision for credentialing of teachers of the hearing impaired.)
In Colorado, Michigan, New Hampshire, South Dakota, and Vermont, audiologists and SLPs are licensed by separate boards for each profession. Audiologists and hearing aid dispensers are licensed by the same (merged) board in Colorado, New Hampshire, South Dakota, and Vermont.
*Audiologists and hearing aid dispensers licensed by the same board; separate board for licensure of speech-language pathology.