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]
General Review 2014
Action 4148
General Information
Action Summary The Board for Hearing Aid Specialists and Opticians (the Board) seeks to amend its current regulations to eliminate the examination fee cap in order consider more modernized testing methods. The Board also seeks to ensure its regulations are the least intrusive and burdensome as possible, while still protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public, are clearly written and easily understandable, and are representative of the industry’s current state of affairs.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [003984]
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
6888 NOIRA Stage complete. Comment period ended 05/21/2014.
7102 Proposed Stage complete. Comment period ended 12/18/2015.
7560 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 02/01/2017.
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.