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  2:18 pm
Commenter: Christine Eubanks, Ph.D. CCC-A, FAAA VCU Department of Audiology

Audiologist exemption from HAS exam

The majority of hearing aids in the US are dispensed by audiologists.

It is largely audiologists who establish contemporary practice models and standards for evaluating and fitting hearing aids (including those used by Hearing Aid Specialists).  Audiologists’ extensive education and training is in the application of principles and procedures for identification of hearing disorders, as well as their remediation.  The doctorate is the requirement for new graduates, and audiologists are required to obtain 30 hours of continuing education every two years.  Audiologists are highly qualified to dispense hearing aids, and should be exempt from having to travel to Richmond to take additional examinations to obtain a HAS license.

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