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  9:44 am
Commenter: George R. Cook, AuD, CCC-A Occupational Audiologist

Hearing Aid Dispensing for Audiologist without state examination

I do not believe anything is gained by examining degreed, credentialed, and licensed audiologist. In fact nationwide, there is such a shortage of dispensing audiologist to meet the demand of selling manufacturers' hearing aids that other states (California) have resorted to certifying optometrist and chiropractors as hearing aid dealers. Virginia certainly does not want this. In the public interest, all obstacles for audiologist to dispense hearing aids should be removed. To become an audiologist today, it takes 8 years of higher education. Audiologist must become "Doctor of Audiology, AuD) before they can be certified and licensed.

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