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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3/13/12  2:22 pm
Commenter: Elizabeth Barrows, Maico Audiological Services

Duplication of testing for audiologists

I am training to become a hearing aid dispenser  and audiologiy assistant for our practice.  I am studying exactly what all the audiologists already know.  Audiology requires a professional degree that provides the education, training, and hands-on experience to fit hearing aids, in addition to the testing & diagnosing of hearing problems.  There is absolutely no need for them to cover that ground again to get a dispensing license.  In fact, it was a loss of time and money to our practice when our newest audiologist had to take time off to travel to be tested -- again -- on what she's already been doing for years.  Please take another look at this issue, and do away with the duplication of testing for audiologists.

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