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6 This act amends the Hearing Instrument Specialist Licensing Act. This act modifies the
7 qualifications for licensure, the term and renewal of a license, and provides additional
8 definitions of "unprofessional conduct." This act makes technical amendments. This act has
9 an effective date of July 1, 2002.
10 This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
12 58-46a-302, as last amended by Chapter 28, Laws of Utah 1995
13 58-46a-306, as enacted by Chapter 28, Laws of Utah 1994
14 58-46a-501, as last amended by Chapter 249, Laws of Utah 1998
16 58-46a-302.5, Utah Code Annotated 1953
17 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
18 Section 1. Section 58-46a-302 is amended to read:
19 58-46a-302. Qualifications for licensure.
20 (1) Each applicant for licensure as a hearing instrument specialist shall:
21 (a) submit to the division an application in a form prescribed by the division;
22 (b) pay a fee as determined by the [
23 (c) be of good moral character;
24 (d) (i) have successfully completed [
25 intern within the state [
26 a supervising hearing instrument specialist [
28 58-46a-302.5 or an equivalent as approved by the division; or
29 (ii) demonstrate successful practice for the equivalent of two years of full-time practice
30 as a licensed hearing instrument specialist in another state requiring licensure and practice in
31 conformity with defined lawful and professional standards of practice;
32 (e) have qualified for and currently hold board certification by the National Board for
33 Certification - Hearing Instrument Sciences, or an equivalent certification approved by the division
34 in collaboration with the board;
35 (f) have passed the Utah Law and Rules Examination for Hearing Instrument Specialists;
37 (g) if the applicant holds a hearing instrument intern license, surrender the hearing
38 instrument intern license at the time of licensure as a hearing instrument specialist.
39 (2) Each applicant for licensure as a hearing instrument intern shall:
40 (a) submit to the division an application in a form prescribed by the division;
41 (b) pay a fee as determined by the [
42 (c) be of good moral character;
48 Specialists; and
50 licensed, will practice as a hearing instrument intern only under supervision of a supervising
51 hearing instrument specialist as required under Subsection (1)(d).
52 Section 2. Section 58-46a-302.5 is enacted to read:
53 58-46a-302.5. Supervision requirements -- Hearing instrument interns.
54 (1) (a) A hearing instrument intern shall complete 4,000 supervised hours of practice as
55 a hearing instrument specialist intern.
56 (b) The 4,000 hours required in Subsection (1)(a) shall be under the direct supervision of
57 a licensed hearing instrument specialist, until the intern:
58 (i) receives a passing score on a practical examination demonstrating acceptable skills in
59 the area of hearing testing as approved by the division in collaboration with the board; and
60 (ii) completes the National Institute for Hearing instrument studies education and
61 examination program, or an equivalent college level program as approved by the division in
62 collaboration with the board.
63 (c) Upon satisfaction of the direct supervision requirement of Subsection (1)(b) the intern
65 (i) complete the balance of the 4,000 supervised hours under indirect supervision; and
66 (ii) receive a passing score on the International Licensing Examination of the hearing
67 instrument dispenser or other tests approved by the division.
68 Section 3. Section 58-46a-306 is amended to read:
69 58-46a-306. Holders of license under predecessor law.
70 (1) An individual who has been issued a Utah license as a hearing aid specialist prior to
71 July 1, 1994, under any predecessor licensing act may renew or reinstate that license in accordance
72 with the provisions of Section 58-1-308 , under the classification of hearing instrument specialist
73 without meeting the qualifications for licensure under Subsection 58-46a-302 (1) until September
74 30, 1996. After September 30, 1996, an individual may renew or reinstate a license as a hearing
75 instrument specialist only if the individual meets the qualification for licensure provided in
76 Subsection 58-46a-302 (1).
77 (2) An individual who has been issued a Utah temporary license as a hearing aid specialist
78 under any predecessor licensing act prior to and current as of July 1, 1994, shall be issued a hearing
79 instrument intern license for a term of two years and shall be regulated in accordance with all
80 provisions of this chapter relating to a hearing instrument intern license. After expiration of the
81 license, that individual may not practice as a hearing instrument specialist unless that person
82 qualifies and is licensed as a hearing instrument specialist or exempted from licensure in
83 accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
84 (3) An individual holding a Hearing Instrument Intern License, prior to and current as of
85 July 1, 2002:
86 (a) is subject to the provisions of Sections 58-46a-302 and 58-46a-302.5 ; and
87 (b) will receive full credit for the number of direct and indirect hours of supervision prior
88 to July 1, 2001.
89 Section 4. Section 58-46a-501 is amended to read:
90 58-46a-501. Unprofessional conduct.
91 "Unprofessional conduct" includes:
92 (1) testing the hearing of a patient for any purpose other than to determine whether a
93 hearing loss will be improved by the use of a hearing instrument;
94 (2) failing to make an appropriate referral to a qualified health care provider with respect
95 to a condition detected in a patient examined by a licensee under this chapter if the condition is
96 generally recognized in the profession as one that should be referred;
97 (3) designating a hearing instrument for a patient whose hearing will not be sufficiently
98 improved to justify prescribing and selling of the hearing instrument;
99 (4) making false, misleading, deceptive, fraudulent, or exaggerated claims with respect to
100 practice under this chapter and specifically with respect to the benefits of a hearing instrument or
101 the degree to which a hearing instrument will benefit a patient;
102 (5) failing to exercise caution in providing a patient a prognosis to assure the patient is not
103 led to expect results that cannot be accurately predicted;
104 (6) failing to provide appropriate follow-up care and consultation with respect to a patient
105 to whom a hearing instrument has been prescribed and sold upon being informed by the patient
106 that the hearing instrument does not produce the results represented by the licensee;
107 (7) failing to disclose in writing to the patient the charge for all services and hearing
108 instruments prescribed and sold to a patient prior to providing the services or hearing instrument;
109 (8) failing to refund fees paid by a patient for a hearing instrument and all accessories,
110 upon a determination by the division in collaboration with the board that the patient has not
111 obtained the recovery of hearing represented by the licensee in writing prior to designation and sale
112 of the hearing instrument;
113 (9) paying any professional person any consideration of any kind for referral of a patient;
114 (10) failing, when acting as a supervising hearing instrument specialist, to provide [
115 supervision [
117 (11) engaging in the practice as a hearing instrument intern [
120 instrument specialist [
123 58-46a-302.5 ;
124 (12) failing to describe the circuitry in any advertisement, presentation, purchase, or trial
125 agreement as being either "digital" or "analog"; or other acceptable terms as determined by the
126 division in collaboration with the board;
127 (13) failing to follow the guidelines or policies of the United States Federal Trade
128 Commission in any advertisement;
129 (14) failing to adhere to the rules and regulations prescribed by the United States Food and
130 Drug Administration as they pertain to the hearing instrument specialist;
132 specialist properly calibrated and in good working condition; and
134 or 58-46a-503 .
135 Section 5. Effective date.
136 This act takes effect on July 1, 2002.
Legislative Review Note
as of 1-17-02 3:08 PM
A limited legal review of this legislation raises no obvious constitutional or statutory concerns.
Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel
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