Hearing Instrument Fitters and Dispensers
Important information for healthcare facilities seeking to use out-of-state healthcare providers to assist with Hurricane Harvey disaster response:
On September 3, in accordance with Sections 418.016 and 418.171 of the Texas Government Code, Governor Greg Abbott temporarily suspended all necessary statutes and rules to allow a healthcare professional licensed and in good standing in another state to practice in various facilities in Texas to assist with disaster response operations for Hurricane Harvey.
The suspension allows a healthcare provider who holds a license, certificate, or other permit issued by another state jurisdiction satisfying qualifications for professional, mechanical, or other skills to render aid in this state to meet an emergency or disaster.
This suspension is in effect until terminated by the Office of the Governor or until the Hurricane Harvey disaster declaration is lifted or expires.
For the healthcare provider types listed below, a healthcare facility must submit to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) by email each out-of-state provider’s name, license type, state of licensure, and license identification number to: Harvey@tdlr.texas.gov
TDLR licenses the following healthcare providers:
- Athletic Trainers
- Dyslexia Therapists and Practitioners
- Hearing Instrument Fitters and Dispensers
- Orthotists and Prosthetists
- Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists
If you have questions or need assistance, please call (800) 803-9202 between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. CDT or email Harvey@tdlr.texas.gov.
Important notice regarding examinations
AUGUST 28, 2017
Due to severe weather, several PSI examination centers in Texas are temporarily closed. If your scheduled examination is postponed due to the closure of an examination center, PSI will attempt to contact you to reschedule it. You may also check the status of your scheduled examination by calling 800-733-9267. For more information, please visit the PSI web site.
Military Service Members, Veterans, and Spouses - For more information about obtaining a TDLR license or renewing a TDLR license that expired while serving on active duty, please go to the Military Outreach home page.
Sign up to receive Hearing Instrument Fitters and Dispensers e-mail updates - You will receive notices about rules, the law, fees, examination requirements, meetings and more. E-mail updates are the best way for you to stay informed.
The Hearing Instrument Fitters and Dispensers Advisory Board met July 26 in Austin. The agenda and the staff report are online. The meeting was archived and is available on TDLR's YouTube channel.
Notice of Vacancies on Hearing Instrument Fitters and Dispensers Advisory Board
TDLR announces three vacancies on the Hearing Instrument Fitters and Dispensers Advisory Board (Board) established by Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 402. The purpose of the Hearing Instrument Fitters and Dispensers Advisory Board is to provide advice and recommendations to the Department on technical matters relevant to the administration of this chapter. This announcement is for a physician specializing in the practice of otolaryngology and two public members.
The Board consists of the following nine members appointed by the presiding officer of the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation (Commission), with the approval of the Commission:
(1) six members licensed under this chapter who have been engaged in fitting and dispensing hearing instruments for at least five years preceding appointment, not more than one of whom may be licensed under Chapter 401;
(2) one member who is actively practicing as a physician licensed by the Texas Medical Board and who:
(A) has been a resident of this state for at least two years preceding appointment;
(B) is a citizen of the United States; and
(C) specializes in the practice of otolaryngology; and
(3) two members of the public.
Members serve staggered six-year terms. The terms of three members expire on February 1 of each odd-numbered year
Issued in Austin, Texas on October 19, 2016.
Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
Health Professions Transition FAQs
1. When did the transfer happen?
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) assumed all activities relating to the Athletic Trainers program - including licenses and renewals, customer service and enforcement - on October 3, 2016.
2. Now that the transfer is complete, will I need to get a new license issued by TDLR?
No. The license you have now - issued by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) - remains valid until its expiration date. When you renew, you will receive a TDLR license.
3. Have the rules changed?
Yes, TDLR adopted rules for all of the transferred programs. Most of the newly adopted rules are very similar, but some changes have been made. The TDLR health profession rules became effective on October 1, 2016. View the rule changes and links to the TDLR rules
4. I was fingerprinted for my DSHS license. Do I have to be fingerprinted again?
No, you do not need to be fingerprinted again.
5. How do I stay informed about changes impacting me?
You have several options to stay connected:
- Email updates - Sign up for email updates to receive notices about rules, the law, fees, examination requirements, meetings and more. Email updates are the best way for you to stay informed.
- Meetings - TDLR’s advisory board and Commission meetings are available to watch online live or later at your convenience.
- Facebook and Twitter - TDLR has a Facebook page and Twitter account dedicated to TDLR Health Professions.
6. Why were licensing programs transferred from DSHS to TDLR?
The transfer is the result of a change to Texas law. In 2015, the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 202, which transferred several licensing programs from the DSHS to TDLR.
On October 14, 2015, the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation voted unanimously to appoint six members to the Hearing Instrument Fitters and Dispensers Advisory Board:
- Hearing Instrument Fitter/Dispenser: Jackie Cooper, Spring, Texas. Term expires 2/1/2017.
- Hearing Instrument Fitter/Dispenser: Richard Davila, II, Lubbock, Texas. Term expires 2/1/2019.
- Hearing Instrument Fitter/Dispenser: Gary Haun, San Angelo, Texas. Term expires 2/1/2017.
- Hearing Instrument Fitter/Dispenser: Benjamin Norris (Presiding Officer), Elm Mott, Texas. Term expires 2/1/2021.
- Hearing Instrument Fitter/Dispenser: Jesus Rangel, Longview, Texas. Term expires 2/1/2021.
- Hearing Instrument Fitter/Dispenser: Amy Trost, Seguin, Texas. Term expires 2/1/2019.
One licensed physician position and two public member positions are vacant at this time. If you are interested in serving in the licensed physician position (note requirements) or in a public member position of the Advisory Board, please apply online.