Board of Examiners for Hearing Instrument Specialists

Columbus Day

Offices will be closed on Columbus Day, Monday, October 13, 2014.

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Notice Requirements for license by examination

346.055. 1. An applicant may obtain a license, provided the applicant:

(1) Is at least eighteen years of age; and

(2) Is of good moral character; and

(3) Successfully passes a qualifying examination as described under sections 346.010 to 346.250; and

(4) (a) Holds an associate's degree or higher, from a state or regionally accredited institution of higher education, in hearing instrument sciences; or

     (b) Holds an associate's level degree or higher, from a state or regionally accredited institution of higher education, and submits proof of completion of the International Hearing Society's Distance Learning for Professionals in Hearing Health Sciences course; or

     (c) Holds a master's or doctoral degree in audiology from a state or regionally accredited institution; or

     (d) Holds a current, unsuspended, unrevoked license from another jurisdiction if the standards for licensing in such other jurisdiction, as determined by the board, are substantially equivalent to or exceed those required in paragraph* (a) or (b) of subdivision (3) of this subsection; or

     (e) Holds a current, unsuspended, unrevoked license from another jurisdiction, has been actively practicing as a licensed hearing aid fitter or dispenser in another jurisdiction for no less than forty-eight of the last seventy-two months, and submits proof of completion of advance certification from either the International Hearing Society or** the National Board for Certification in Hearing Instrument Sciences.


Notice - New Temporary Permit Holder Traning Requirments

Beginning July 2009, "As part of the training of a hearing instrument specialist in training, s/he shall attend classes that would be approved for a licensee to renew his/her license under 20 CSR 2165-2.050
(A) Three (3) hours of such training shall be completed every six (6) months.
(B) A person in training less than six (6) months need not complete such training.
(C) Proof of completion of such training shall be attached to the attestation form completed by the registered supervisor."
Please see section 20 CSR 2165-2.010 regarding Hearing Instrument Specialist in Training (Temporary Permits).

Notice - Purchase Agreement Requirements

The Board continues to review complaints where the purchase agreements do not meet the standards of Section 346.020, RSMo. The Board statutes and rules specifically outline what is required for a licensee to be in compliance with the requirements pertaining to purchase agreements. If a purchase agreement is reviewed and violations are noted, the license of the hearing instrument specialist is subject to discipline. If a licensee is employed by a business or company, the licensee must still ensure that the purchase agreement meets the standards of Section 346.020, RSMo.

The Board suggests that not only should all hearing instrument specialists review Section 346.020 Purchase Agreement Contents but also that all licensees take the time to review 20 CSR 2165-3.030 Medical Clearance and Waivers and the FDA requirements, Section 801.421 Hearing aid devices; conditions for sale. Also, the Board recommends that the warranty dates be included on the purchase agreements. When the practice of fitting hearing instruments is performed, purchase agreements are required and the above statute and rules must be adhered to.