Hearing Instrument Fitters and Dispensers Advisory Board Meeting Agenda

Wednesday, August 25, 2021, at 10:00 a.m.

Videoconference Meeting

This meeting will take place via videoconference and will be broadcast on TDLR’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/TexasLicensing. The meeting agenda and materials are available on the Department’s webpage at www.tdlr.texas.gov. If you need materials in an alternate format, contact the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation at least 5 working days before the meeting date. Phone: (512) 463-6599, TDD/RELAY TEXAS: 1-800-relay-VV (for voice), 1-800-relay-TX (for TDD).

  1. Call to Order
  2. Roll Call and Certification of Quorum
  3. Training for Advisory Board Members
    1. Open Meetings Act
    2. Administrative Procedure Act
    3. Public Information Act
  4. Approval of minutes – Meeting of August 6, 2021
  5. Public Comment
    Any person wishing to address the Board must submit an Email by following the Public Comment Instructions found on the last page of this agenda or located at www.tdlr.texas.gov. Emails must be submitted to the Board liaison at board.comments@tdlr.texas.gov by 12:00 PM on August 24, 2021. TDLR offices will not be open for public comment.
  6. Staff Reports
    1. Licensing Division
      1. Personnel Update
      2. Statistics
    2. Customer Service Division
      1. Personnel Update
      2. Statistics
    3. Enforcement Division
      1. Personnel Update
      2. Statistics
      3. Case Highlights
    4. Education and Examination Division
      1. Statistics
    5. Regulatory Program Management Division
      1. Personnel Update
      2. Current Projects
      3. Public Outreach
    6. Executive Office
      1. 87th Legislative Session and Bill Implementation Update
      2. Communication Outreach Statistics
  7. Discussion and possible recommendation on the proposed amendments to an existing rule at 16 Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Chapter 112, Subchapter A, §112.2; the proposed new rules at Subchapter N, §112.130 and §112.132; and the proposed repeal of an existing rule at Subchapter P, §112.150, regarding the Hearing Instrument Fitters and Dispensers program. The proposed rules implement the telehealth emergency rules on a permanent basis; implement SB 40, 87th Legislature, Regular Session (2021); and include changes as a result of the four-year rule review related to telehealth. The proposed rules also reorganize the current provisions.
  8. Update on the four-year rule review of the rules at 16 TAC Chapter 112, Hearing Instrument Fitters and Dispensers, and possible next steps.
  9. Education & Examination Workgroup report and possible recommendation regarding:
    1. HB 2059, 86th Legislature, Regular Session (2019) and whether the required human trafficking prevention training may count toward the required continuing education hours for the Hearing Instrument Fitters and Dispensers program.
    2. Updating the format and substance of the jurisprudence test for the Hearing Instrument Fitters and Dispensers program.
  10. Discussion of SB 40, 87th Legislature, Regular Session (2021) and possible assignment to a workgroup to study direct, indirect, and remote supervision of permit holders using telecommunications technology (tele-supervision).
  11. Appointment of workgroup members and possible assignment of tasks.
  12. Recommendations for agenda items for next Board meeting
  13. Discussion of date, time, and location of next Board meeting
  14. Adjournment

The Hearing Instrument Fitters and Dispensers Advisory Board will accept public comment for the August 25, 2021, meeting. 

Written comments must be submitted to Board.Comments@tdlr.texas.gov by no later than 12:00 p.m. on August 24, 2021. Comments will be provided to the Board members for their review prior to the meeting but will not be read aloud during the public meeting. 

If you wish to address the Board during the public meeting, please provide your contact information to Board.Comments@tdlr.texas.gov by 12:00 p.m. on August 24, 2021. During the meeting, you will receive an email with a link to join the meeting. You will be given up to three (3) minutes to speak. The presiding officer may reduce the time provided for public comments based on the number of requests received. Ensure that you have a reliable connection and clear audio. 

**Please email your public comment request to Board.Comments@tdlr.texas.gov. **

DEADLINE FOR PUBLIC COMMENT REQUESTS IS 12:00 PM ON AUGUST 24, 2021.

Email request for Public Comment must include:

  • Agenda Item or Specific Topic
  • Name
  • Telephone number
  • Please indicate whom you are representing. Ex: attorney, yourself or other

Failure to provide the information requested directly above could result in your comment being delayed or taken out of order.