Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
Board for Hearing Aid Specialists and Opticians
Hearing Aid Specialists Regulations [18 VAC 80 ‑ 20]
Amendment to Expand Training Options for Applicants
Action 5709
General Information
Action Summary The Board for Hearing Aid Specialists and Opticians seeks to amend its current Hearing Aid Specialist regulations regarding entry into the profession to ensure that they are as least intrusive and burdensome as possible, while still protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public. The Board will consider creating an additional method of qualifying for the license. It also seeks several revisions to its temporary permit rules to improve the success rate of that training method.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [6712]
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
9240 NOIRA Stage complete. Comment period ended 09/29/2021.
9571 Proposed Stage complete. Comment period ended 11/10/2023.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Kelley Smith  / Executive Director
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 400
Richmond, VA 23233
Email Address:
Phone: (804)367-8590    FAX: (866)245-9693    TDD: ()-

This person is the primary contact for this board.