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]
Hearing Aid Specialists Passing Exam Score Validity
Action 5808
General Information
Action Summary The proposed amendment to the 18 VAC 80-20 is needed to allow applicants more time to pass all sections of the exam. Currently, applicants must pass all portions of the hearing aid specialist exam within nine months, or their passing scores expire and they must retake all portions of the exam. Under the new requirement, passing scores will remain valid for two years, which is consistent with other occupations, including opticians.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [6931]
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
9378 Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 03/07/2022.
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.