The Illinois legislature is considering legislation, SB 771, that could limit
the ability of hearing aid specialists to practice in the state.
SB 771 would prohibit the use of "audiology" in all
advertising communications and also incorporate "cerumen removal"
into the audiologist scope of practice.
of these provisions would potentially interfere with the ability of hearing aid
specialists to provide services within their scope of practice.
"Audiology" is too broad of a term to be restricted, and could
potentially interfere with the use of terms such as "audiologic
equipment," "audiologic testing," and
"audioprosthologist." Limited cerumen management is essential to
properly evaluating hearing loss, taking an earmold impression, and properly
fitting a hearing aid.
state elected officials need to hear from YOU to understand the unintended
consequences of this legislation. The Illinois Hearing Society has proposed
compromise legislation that would prohibit anyone who is not an audiologist
from presenting themselves as such while also not interfering with other
professions. The compromise language would also clarify that hearing aid
specialists may perform cerumen management in the course of fitting and
dispensing hearing aids.
You can help! Your voice matters!
out to your Representative and Senator to urge them to oppose SB 771 as it's
currently written by using the action alert below!
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Oppose SB 771
Dear [Decision Maker],
I am writing today to urge you to oppose the passage of SB 771. This legislation, focused on updating the audiology practice act, contains provisions that would interfere with the ability of other professions, namely hearing aid specialists, to provide care within their professional scope.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]