Hearing Aid Specialist Rules in Progress

The rules writing process is open to the public. The public is welcome to take part in helping us write rules. Rules are also known as regulations, Washington Administrative Code, or WAC. The rule-making process includes public notices and workshops, and usually a public hearing before a rule becomes final.

Current rules in progress

Health equity continuing education for audiologists, hearing aid specialists, speech-language pathologists and speech-language pathologist assistants in WAC 246-828-505 (new) and 246-828-510 (amended).

The Board of Hearing and Speech (board) is proposing new WAC 246-828-505 and amendments to WAC 246-828-510 to establish health equity continuing education (CE) requirements to implement Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5229 (ESSB 5229 chapter 276, Laws 2021). 

The Board of Hearing and Speech is considering amendments to WAC 246-828-510 (continuing education) and creating new sections to chapter 246-828 WAC to adopt the health equity continuing education (CE) model rules, WAC 246-12-800 through 246-12-830, and to consider whether additional CE hours and course topics should be included. 

Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids

The board is considering amending WAC 246-828-100 (Hearing instruments fitting and dispensing – Minimum standards of practice) to be consistent with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized rule regarding the sale of over the counter (OTC) hearing aids. The board may also consider clarifying or technical changes as needed.

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