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]
Action Amendments to Board for Hearing Aid Specialists Regulations 2012
Comment Period Ended on 3/14/2012
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3/12/12  12:03 pm
Commenter: Kathleen Vivaldi, Au.D.

Licensed Audiologists should not have to take the HAD exam.

An Audiologist, by nature of their extensive study and residency, should not have to take the HAD licensure exam to hold dual certification both as am Audiologist and as a hearing aid dispenser.  It is by the advanced training that the Audiologist has the knowledge and credentials to dispense.  The dual certification adds nothing to the skill set the Audioliogist already posseses and it does not provide any addtional benefit to the population served.

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