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  2:46 pm
Commenter: Abigail Poyser, Au.D., Phonak

Audiologists to be exempt from hearing aid license examination

Doctors of audiology spend 4 years in a rigirous academic program to obtain their degrees. These programs consist of both academic and clinic work, and the resulting degree allows them to identify and treat hearing loss.

Audiologists are already required to be licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The requirements for this licensure encompass any and all requirements for the dispensing license. This results in paying unncessary fees, and also requires a trip to Richmond to take the examination, which can be a burden for those who do not live nearby (or do not have a car, as is common for those of us in Northern Virginia).

The dispensing license should not be required for certified and licensed audiologists, and I fully support the recommendation to remove the dispensing license requirement. Thank you for your consideration.

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