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HEALTH LICENSING OFFICE

 

DIVISION 630

CONTINUING EDUCATION

LICENSURE OF HEARING AID SPECIALISTS

331-630-0001

Application Requirements

An individual applying for a license must:

(1) Meet the requirements of OAR 331 division 30.

(2) Submit a completed application form prescribed by the agency, which must contain the information listed in OAR 331-030-0001 and be accompanied by payment of the required application fees.

(3) In addition to requirements listed in subsections (1) and (2) of this rule, an applicant must provide documentation of one of the following pathways:

(a) Licensure Pathway 1 — Qualification through Trainee registration and examination. An applicant must submit:

(A) A copy of the applicant’s high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) certificate;

(B) Evidence that the applicant is 18 years old or older;

(C) Examination fees pursuant to OAR 331-640-0005;

(D) Evidence that the applicant, pursuant to OAR 331-630-0005, has qualified to take and has obtained a passing score on the Advisory Council on Hearing Aids (Council) Examination, the Council’s Oregon Laws Examination and the Council’s Oregon Practical Examination;

(E) Upon passage of all required examinations and before issuance of a license, applicant must pay all license fees.

(b) Licensure Pathway 2 — Qualification through equivalency – American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Certification. Applicant must submit:

(A) A copy of the applicant’s high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) certificate;

(B) Evidence that the applicant is 18 years old or older;

(C) Official documentation of certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association or evidence that the applicant has met the requirements of ORS 694.085;

(D) A passing score on the Council’s Oregon Laws Examination;

(E) Upon passage of all required examinations and before issuance of a license, applicant must pay all license fees.

(c) Licensure Pathway 3 — Qualification through equivalency – Degree equivalent to requirements for certification by National Board for Certification in Hearing Instrument Sciences. Applicant must submit:

(A) A copy of the applicant’s high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) certificate;

(B) Evidence that the applicant is 18 years old or older;

(C) Official transcript from a regionally accredited college or university demonstrating attainment of a degree sufficient to obtain certification by National Board for Certification in Hearing Instrument Sciences;

(D) A passing score on the Council’s Oregon Laws Examination;

(E) Upon passage of all required examinations and before issuance of license, applicant must pay all license fees.

(d) Licensure Pathway 4 — Qualification through equivalency – other state certification. Applicant must submit:

(A) A copy of the applicant’s high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) certificate;

(B) Evidence that the applicant is 18 years old or older;

(C) Official documentation of certification (Affidavit of Licensure) by another state regulatory authority showing that the license was issued by another state or territory of the United States and the licensing requirements are at least equivalent to those in ORS 694.065 and 694.085;

(D) A passing score on the Council’s Oregon Laws Examination;

(E) Upon passage of all required examinations and before issuance of license, applicant must pay all license fees.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 376.615, 694.115, 694.170, 694.185
Stats. Implemented: ORS 694.025, 694.125, 694.185
Hist.: HLA 13-2012, f. 8-16-12, cert. ef. 8-17-12

331-630-0005

Advisory Council on Hearing Aids Licensure Examination Requirements

Before an individual seeking Council licensure can take the qualifying examination that individual must either:

(1) Meet training and experience requirements pursuant to OAR 331-630-0040;

(2) Meet training requirements for licensure as an audiologist;

(3) Meet training requirements for certification of a licensed physician by the American Board of Otolaryngology; or

(4) Meet the requirements for certification by the National Board for Certification in Hearing Instrument Sciences.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 376.615, 694.115, 694.170, 694.185
Stats. Implemented: ORS 694.025, 694.125, 694.185
Hist.: HLA 13-2012, f. 8-16-12, cert. ef. 8-17-12

331-630-0011

Temporary Licenses — Application and Issuance

(1) A temporary license may be issued to an applicant who meets the application requirements of ORS 694.065(2) and OAR 331-630-0001(1), (2) and (3)(a)(A), (B) and (C) following agency receipt of a completed application and evidence of training and the required fee(s).

(2) The temporary license will be issued for a one-year period, expiring on the last day of the month one year from the date of issuance.

(3) A temporary license holder must work under the indirect supervision of a supervisor as defined in OAR 331-620-0005(14). Indirect supervision means that the supervisor is not required to be on the premises with the person holding a temporary license under this rule while the temporary license holder performs procedures.

(4) Attainment of permanent licensure status by satisfactorily passing the examination supersedes the temporary hearing aid specialist license.

(5) A temporary license holder may change their designated supervisor if a new Declaration of Responsibility form is signed by the new supervisor and submitted with the application fee to the agency within five days of separation from the former designated supervisor.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 376.615, 694.115, 694.170, 694.185
Stats. Implemented: ORS 694.025, 694.125, 694.185
Hist.: HLA 13-2012, f. 8-16-12, cert. ef. 8-17-12

331-630-0015

Application for Registration as a Temporary Licensee Supervisor

An individual applying for Temporary Licensee Supervisor registration must:

(1) Meet the requirements of OAR 331 division 30;

(2) Submit a completed application form prescribed by the agency, which must contain the information listed in OAR 331-030-0000 and be accompanied by payment of the required application fees.

(3) In addition to requirements listed in subsection (1) and (2) of this rule, a Temporary Licensee Supervisor must:

(a) Hold a current Oregon hearing aid specialist license with no current or pending disciplinary action, and with no fines, fees, or civil penalties owing to the Agency; and

(b) Have been licensed for at least three years.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 376.615, 694.115, 694.170, 694.185
Stats. Implemented: ORS 694.025, 694.125, 694.185
Hist.: HLA 13-2012, f. 8-16-12, cert. ef. 8-17-12

331-630-0020

Supervision of Temporary Hearing Aid Specialists

(1) An individual acting as a designated supervisor for a temporary licensee must sign and file with the agency a Declaration of Responsibility form prescribed by the agency, before supervising any temporary hearing aid specialist. The form must indicate the name of the supervising hearing aid specialist, place of business, telephone number, current license number, and the name, address, and license number of the temporary hearing aid specialist.

(2) The testing, fitting, or selling of a hearing aid by a temporary hearing aid specialist shall be performed under the authority, control, and indirect supervision of the licensed hearing aid specialist designated as the supervisor.

(3) The designated supervisor must review and approve the temporary hearing aid specialist’s work before ordering the recommended hearing aid(s).

(4) A designated supervisor shall exercise management, guidance, and control over the activities of the temporary hearing aid specialist; and shall exercise professional judgment and be responsible for all matters relative to the fitting and selling of a hearing aid.

(5) Approval of a temporary hearing aid specialist’s work must be documented by the handwritten signature of the designated supervisor, license number, and date of review placed adjacent to the temporary hearing aid specialist’s signature on any audiogram, order form, and office copy of a statement to a prospective hearing aid purchaser as required in ORS 694.036 and 694.042.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 376.615, 694.115, 694.170, 694.185
Stats. Implemented: ORS 694.025, 694.125, 694.185
Hist.: HLA 13-2012, f. 8-16-12, cert. ef. 8-17-12

331-630-0025

Application for Registration as a Trainee

An individual applying for Trainee registration must:

(1) Meet the requirements of OAR 331 division 30;

(2) Submit a completed application form prescribed by the agency, which must contain the information listed in OAR 331-030-0000 and be accompanied by payment of the required application fees.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 376.615, 694.115, 694.170, 694.185
Stats. Implemented: ORS 694.025, 694.125, 694.185
Hist.: HLA 13-2012, f. 8-16-12, cert. ef. 8-17-12

331-630-0030

Trainee Registration

(1) A trainee, registered under ORS 694.065(1) may deal in hearing aids under the direct supervision of a designated supervisor except that a trainee may not fit or sell hearing aids.

(2) The agency will authorize an Oregon licensed hearing aid specialist to act as designated supervisor of a trainee provided the licensee holds a valid license, has been actively practicing for at least three years, and has not had any disciplinary action or civil penalty imposed by the agency.

(3) A licensed hearing aid specialist must not supervise more than four trainees at any one time.

(4) A designated supervisor will not provide training as outlined in OAR 331-630-0040 until a trainee registration agreement and Declaration of Responsibility has been submitted to the agency.

(5) A designated supervisor must notify the agency in writing within five calendar days if the trainee is no longer being supervised and trained, and must provide a Certification of Training form to the agency showing the number of hours of training completed.

(6) A designated supervisor’s authorization may be withdrawn for providing incomplete or inadequate training, falsifying documentation, or allowing the trainee to fit or sell hearing aids.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 376.615, 694.115, 694.170, 694.185
Stats. Implemented: ORS 694.025, 694.125, 694.185
Hist.: HLA 13-2012, f. 8-16-12, cert. ef. 8-17-12

331-630-0035

Application for Registration as a Trainee Supervisor

An individual applying for a Trainee Supervisor registration must:

(1) Meet the requirements of OAR 331 division 30;

(2) Submit a completed application form prescribed by the agency, which must contain the information listed in OAR 331-030-0000 and be accompanied by payment of the required application fees.

(3) In addition to requirements listed in subsection (1) and (2) of this rule, a Trainee Supervisor must:

(a) Hold a current Oregon hearing aid specialist license with no current or pending disciplinary action, and with no fines, fees, or civil penalties owing to the Agency;

(b) Demonstrate completion of the IHS Distance Learning Program for Professionals in Hearing Health Sciences, or demonstrate three or more years National Board Certification; and

(c) Have been a licensed hearing aid specialist for at least four years.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 376.615, 694.115, 694.170, 694.185
Stats. Implemented: ORS 694.025, 694.125, 694.185
Hist.: HLA 13-2012, f. 8-16-12, cert. ef. 8-17-12

331-630-0040

Trainee Program

(1) The Trainee program consists of both practical and theory training.

(2) Practical training consists of 520 hours of training under the direct supervision of a Trainee Supervisor registered pursuant to OAR 331-630-0035 and must include:

(a) 60 hours in audiometric testing;

(b) 60 hours in counseling regarding hearing examination;

(c) 60 hours in hearing aid selection;

(d) 60 hours in ear-mold impressions;

(e) 180 hours in hearing aid fitting and follow-up care;

(f) 60 hours in business practices, including ethics and regulations and sanitation and infection control; and

(g) 40 hours in electives in any of the categories listed in subsections a. through e. above.

(3) Theory training consists of successful completion of the International Hearing Society’s Distance Learning Program for Professionals in Hearing Health Sciences.

(4) Training program materials can be reviewed at www.oregon.gov/OHLA/

(5) Trainees who register and are approved to commence their training program before the effective date of this rule may complete their training under the provisions of the rule that was in place at that time. The trainee must complete the training program within 180 days following the effective date of this rule. A trainee failing to complete the program within 180 days must reapply and, if accepted, must begin the program pursuant to provisions of this rule.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 376.615, 694.115, 694.170, 694.185
Stats. Implemented: ORS 694.025, 694.125, 694.185
Hist.: HLA 13-2012, f. 8-16-12, cert. ef. 8-17-12

331-630-0050

General Examination Information

(1) The board approved examinations for a license include a written examination containing both a national section and a state-specific section, and a practical examination.

(2) To take the examinations, an applicant must meet identification requirements listed under OAR 331-030-0000.

(3) The examination is administered in English only, unless an agency approved testing contractor or vendor provides the examination in languages other than English.

(4) Examination candidates may be electronically monitored during the course of testing.

(5) The Board will establish a maximum time allowance for each section of the examination.

(6) Notes, textbooks, notebooks, electronic equipment or communication devices, such as personal computers, pagers and cellular telephones or any other devices deemed inappropriate by the agency, are prohibited in the examination area.

(7) A candidate may be immediately disqualified before, during, or after the examination for conduct that interferes with the examination or otherwise violates this rule. At the time of disqualification, the examination may be invalidated and examination fees may be forfeited. Disqualifying conduct includes but is not limited to:

(a) Directly or indirectly giving, receiving, soliciting, and attempting to give, receive or solicit aid during the examination process;

(b) Violations of subsection (6) of this rule;

(c) Removing or attempting to remove any examination-related information, notes or materials from the examination site;

(d) Failing to follow directions relative to the conduct of the examination; and

(e) Exhibiting behavior that impedes the normal progress of the examination.

(8) The applicant may be required to reapply, submit additional examination fees, and request in writing to schedule another examination if applicant is disqualified from taking the examination.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 376.615, 694.115, 694.170, 694.185
Stats. Implemented: ORS 694.025, 694.125, 694.185
Hist.: HLA 13-2012, f. 8-16-12, cert. ef. 8-17-12

331-630-0060

Examination Retake

(1) All examination retakes are subject to examination fees and an approved examination schedule set by the agency

(2) If after four attempts, an applicant has not passed the state administered practical examination, the applicant must request permission from the Council to retake the examination again. If the applicant does not pass the examination upon the fifth attempt, the applicant may be required to retake training required under this division.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 376.615, 694.115, 694.170, 694.185
Stats. Implemented: ORS 694.025, 694.125, 694.185
Hist.: HLA 13-2012, f. 8-16-12, cert. ef. 8-17-12

331-630-0070

License Issuance and Renewal

(1) AUTHORIZATION AND RENEWAL: A licensee is subject to the provisions of OAR Chapter 331, division 30 regarding the issuance and renewal of a license, provisions regarding authorization to practice, identification requirements, and requirements for issuance of a duplicate license.

(2) AUTHORIZATION RENEWAL: To avoid delinquency penalties, license renewal must be made prior to the license entering inactive status. The licensee must submit the following:

(a) Renewal application form;

(b) Payment of required renewal fee pursuant to 331-640-0005; and

(c) Documentation of having obtained required annual continuing education under OAR 331-650-0005, on a form prescribed by the agency.

(3) INACTIVE AUTHORIZATION: A license may be inactive for up to three years. When renewing after entering inactive status, the licensee must submit the following:

(a) Renewal application form;

(b) Payment of delinquency and renewal fees pursuant to OAR 331-640-0005;

(c) Documentation of having obtained required annual continuing education under OAR 331-650-0005, on a form prescribed by the agency, whether license has been current or inactive;

(4) EXPIRED AUTHORIZATION: A license that has been inactive for more than three years is expired and the licensee must reapply and meet the requirements listed in OAR 331-630-0001.

(5) A licensee failing to meet continuing education requirements listed under OAR 331-650-0005 must reapply and meet requirements pursuant to OAR 331-630-0001.

(6) A licensee may not practice with an inactive or expired license.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 376.615, 694.115, 694.170, 694.185
Stats. Implemented: ORS 694.025, 694.125, 694.185
Hist.: HLA 13-2012, f. 8-16-12, cert. ef. 8-17-12

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