Take Action Now to Oppose a Bill to Prohibit Hearing Aid Specialists from Engaging in Cerumen and Tinnitus Management!
The Delaware legislature is considering a bill, HB 171, that
would have several negative effects for patients and providers in the state.
The bill would completely bar hearing aid specialists from engaging in cerumen
management and tinnitus management. The proposed legislation would also allow
for the hearing aid specialists seat on the board to be filled by an
audiologist, removing the profession’s voice and perspective from the board.
As you know, some degree of cerumen management is essential to properly evaluating
a patient and successfully fitting hearing aids. Likewise, amplification is
often an effective tool in managing tinnitus and activating the tinnitus masker
integrated into many hearing aids is well within the training and scope of
practice of hearing aid specialists.
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Oppose HB 171
Dear [Decision Maker],
I am writing to ask you to oppose HB 171. This bill would make it harder for people with hearing loss in Delaware to receive care by prohibiting hearing aid specialists from performing any degree of cerumen (ear wax) management and tinnitus management. The bill would also significantly restrict the voice of the hearing aid specialist in licensing issues.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]