IDAHO SPEECH, HEARING AND COMMUNICATION SERVICES LICENSURE BOARD 


Mission Statement

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

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Licensing Freedom Act

Executive Order 2017-06 required State agencies to submit a report to the Office of the Governor no later than July 1, 2018. The report was to assess whether the licensure requirements are necessary and in the public interest while providing recommendations for improvement, modification or elimination. The Board's report can be found here.

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SCAM ALERT

The Bureau has been made aware of scam artists who may target licensees. If you get a call, e-mail, text or other communication from an individual claiming to represent the Bureau of Occupational Licenses or the Board, here is some information to help you identify whether it is a scam:

The Boards and the Bureau WILL NOT:

• Ask for personal information that does not relate to your license renewal (such as your credit card number or bank account number)
• Demand immediate payment on fines that are not yet due
• Ask for or accept prepaid cards such as Green Dot MoneyPak
• Offer to alter a disciplinary order that has already been entered by the Board
• Ask for or take payments over the phone

The Boards and the Bureau WILL:

• Send renewal notices in the mail
• Take payments on the official website at www.ibol.idaho.gov
• Send inspectors who have a State of Idaho photo ID to establishments

If you ever question whether a communication you received is from the Board or the Bureau, do not provide personal information or payment.  Instead, call the Bureau at (208) 334-3233 for assistance.

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