Hearing Instrument Fitters and Dispensers Advisory Board Meeting

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 10:00 a.m.
North Campus, 1st Floor Public Meeting Room #125E
1106 Clayton Lane, Austin, Texas


If you require auxiliary aids, services or materials in an alternate format contact the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation at least 5 working days prior to the meeting date. Phone: (512) 463-6599, FAX: (512) 475-2874, E-MAIL: Advisory.Boards@tdlr.texas.gov, TDD/RELAY TEXAS: 1-800-relay-VV (for voice), 1-800-relay-TX (for TDD).

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  1. Call to Order
  2. Roll Call, Certification of Quorum, and Introductions
  3. Approval of Minutes – Meeting of July 26, 2017
  4. Public Comment
    **Any person wishing to address the Advisory Board should complete a Public Comment Form and submit it to the Program Specialist**
  5. Staff Reports
    1. Licensing Division
      1. Statistics
    2. General Counsel’s Office
      1. Update on rulemaking petition and Department response regarding 16 Texas Administrative Code §112.97. Sound-Level Measurements - Audiometers and Audiometric Testing
    3. Enforcement Division
      1. Current projects
      2. Statistics on cases, orders, and penalties
    4. Education and Examination Division
      1. Current Projects
      2. Statistics and Trends
    5. Compliance Division
      1. Update and discussion regarding hearing instrument fitters and dispensers program activities
      2. Public Outreach
      3. Medical and Health Professions Section Update
    6. Customer Service Division
      1. Introduction and Overview of the Customer Service Division
      2. Statistics
    7. Executive Office
      1. Recent Developments
  6. Update from workgroups and possible recommendations:
    1. Joint Rules Workgroup – Review and revise joint rules regarding the sale of hearing instruments and regarding the fitting and dispensing of hearing instruments by telepractice with the Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists
  7. Discussion and possible recommendations regarding proposed changes to the rules under 16 Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Chapter 112, by amending existing rules under Subchapter A, §112.2; Subchapter B, §112.10; Subchapter C, §§112.21, 112.22, 112.23, 112.24, and 112.26; Subchapter D, §§112.30, 112.32, and 112.33; Subchapter E, §112.40 and §112.42; Subchapter F, §§112.50, 112.52, and 112.53; Subchapter H, §112.70; Subchapter I, §112.80; Subchapter J, §112.92 and §112.95; Subchapter L, §112.110; Subchapter M, §112.120; and Subchapter N, §112.130; and by repealing existing rules under Subchapter N, §112.133, related to the Hearing Instrument Fitters and Dispensers program.  The proposed rules implement H.B. 4007 and H.B. 1543, 85th Legislature, Regular Session (2017), and make other clean-up changes.  The agenda item includes discussion of an association position paper on temporary training permits and Texas Occupations Code §402.251(b)
  8. Assignment of projects to workgroups:
    1. Standard of Care Workgroup - Review and study of American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards and rules under 16 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 112 regarding audiometric testing and audiometric test rooms
    2. Education and Examination Workgroup - Review and study of proctor requirements under rule 16 TAC §112.25, Examination Proctors
  9. Recommendations for agenda items for next Board meeting
  10. Discussion of date, time, and location of next Board meeting
  11. Adjournment