A bill was introduced in the New Mexico Legislature that would require hearing aid specialists to inform patients about assistive listening technoogy, even when that technology is not available in the communtiy or is not available in a hearing aid that is appropriate for the patient. This is an unnecessary mandate and hearing aid dispensers should be able to use their professional judgement to determine the best technology options for each consumer and educate them accordingly, as they currently do.
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NM Bill would impose unnecessary mandates on dispensing
Dear [Decision Maker],
The Audiologist and Hearing Aid Seller Ethics Rules, HB 48, was recently introduced in the New Mexico state legislature. It requires the Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensing Practices Board to issue rules requiring audiologists and hearing aid dispensers to inform purchasers about assistive listening technology and design options in hearing aids, such as telecoil and Bluetooth technologies. Hearing aid dispensers should be able to use their professional judgement to determine the best technology options for each consumer and educate them accordingly, as they currently do.
This proposal is problematic because:Each patient's needs are different, and mandating a one-size-fits-all notification requirement may confuse patients and lengthen appointment timesNot all hearing aids have or can include this technologyIn certain areas, especially rural locations, there are very few looped venues, which limits the value of telecoils, and;Consistent with similar requirements set forth in other states, the rules will likely contain requirements such as written consent from the purchaser, and dispensers keeping documents for the life of the warranty, which are burdensome and unnecessary.
I urge you to vote NO on HB 48. This bill is an unnecessary mandate on small business.Thank you for taking my views into consideration.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]