IDAHO SPEECH AND HEARING SERVICES LICENSURE BOARD 


Mission Statement

To help protect the public health, safety and welfare through the licensure and regulation of those who provide speech and hearing services in Idaho.



Welcome to the Board's webpage! Information and announcements will be posted here. Please click the links on the left for specific areas of interest.


Click the Calendar link on the left for scheduled Board meetings and agendas.

NOTE: The Board’s calendar is updated as additional meetings are scheduled. Meetings are scheduled based on having completed applications to review. The Board recommends not waiting to send in your application, but getting it and any other supplemental documents to the Bureau as soon as possible.

Hearing Aid Dealer and Fitters  Applicants: You are required to take and pass both a theory and practical examination. The International Licensing Examination (ILE) for Hearing Healthcare Professionals theory exam is a computer based examination.  Once you have applied to the Board and been approved for examination, the International Hearing Society (IHS) will send instructions to you on how to register and pay for this examination.  There is a $225 fee for this examination, which is payable directly to the testing company. After passing the ILE, you will receive instructions from the Board on taking the practical exam.  If you have any questions, please contact the Board at SHS@ibol.idaho.gov.

"Practice of audiology" means to apply the principles, methods and procedures of measurement, evaluation, testing, counseling, consultation and instruction that relate to the development and disorders of hearing, vestibular functions and related language and speech disorders to prevent, modify or rehabilitate the disorders or to assist individuals in auditory and related skills for communication, and may include intraoperative monitoring and the fitting, adjustment, programming, selling and dispensing of hearing aids and assistive devices.

"Practice of fitting and dealing in hearing aids" means the selection, adaptation, dispensing, fitting or sale of hearing aids, and includes the testing of hearing by means of an audiometer, or by any other device designed specifically for these purposes. The practice also includes the making of impressions for earmolds.

"Practice of speech-language pathology" means the application of principles, methods and procedures of measurement, evaluation, testing, counseling, rehabilitation, screening, consultation and instruction that relate to the development and disorders of human communication including, but not limited to, speech (articulation, fluency, voice, accent reduction) and language, swallowing, cognitive communication disorders, augmentative and alternative communication systems and related hearing disorders.

Audiologists, hearing aid dealers and fitters, and speech-language pathologists are regulated in Idaho and are required to be licensed.


Please contact the Board if you have questions via phone at (208) 334-3233 or via E-mail at shs@ibol.idaho.gov