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Annual Convention

THAA 2017 Annual Membership Meeting

Friday, June 23  —  2:00-4:00 pm  —  2 CE Hours
To receive CE credit you must attend the entire meeting.

This year's Annual Membership Meeting will cover several legislative, regulatory, and industry issues that will affect members in their daily dispensing practice. We urge all members to attend this meeting to learn about these important matters.

Changes In Dispenser Licensing Act
Legislation is currently being considered in the 85th Texas Legislature to make changes to the dispenser licensing act (Chapter 402, Texas Occupations Code). Once passed, these changes in dispenser licensing will have to be implemented by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. During this year's annual meeting, TDLR executive director Brian Francis (right) will explain these changes, how the Department intends to implement them, and how they will affect licensees in the future. Mr. Francis will also update attendees on the latest Department information concerning license renewals, public complaints, administration of the state licensing exam, and other important matter concerning dispenser licensing by TDLR.

Results of 85th Texas Legislature
Last year, interim committees in both the Texas House and Senate conducted hearings to determine which occupational licenses issued by the state (including dispensers and audiologists) should be continued, abolished, or moved to the private sector. Soon, legislation is expected to be filed in the current session of the Legislature to address this matter. During this meeting, Rep. Tracy King (left) - former THAA president and licensed dispenser - will update members on the results of this issue and other legislation passed during the session that may impact licensed dispensers from the session.

National Issues Affecting Dispensers

Over the past year, national hearing aid issues have dominated the news. From the FDA's announcement to no longer enforce the medical evaluation requirement to the recommendations of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, national issues are dramatically changing the dispensing profession. Michael Grogan, Government Affairs Manager for the International Hearing Society, will provide the latest information on these other critical issues in Washington and around the nation — including the Warren-Grassley Over-The-Counter Hearing Aid Act that would dramatically ease regulations on the sale of hearing aids over the counter. Michael will also explain the steps to follow to get involved in the new veterans hearing aid legislation — Fit To Serve — recently passed by Congress.

THAA Board Elections
In even years, the membership elects the THAA Board of Directors during the Annual Membership Meeting. Join your fellow members in electing the leaders of your profession for the next two years. Members who would like to serve on the THAA Board of Directors are asked to contact the THAA staff for further information.

Ben NorrisTHAA 2017 Dispenser of the Year Presentation
Each year the association honors one of its members with the coveted THAA Dispenser of the Year award. The award is given to the licensed dispenser who practices the highest standard of ethics when serving the hearing impaired of Texas. Join your fellow dispensers and last year's recipient Gary Haun (left) as we recognize and congratulate the THAA 2017 Dispenser of the Year.