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Annual Convention

THAA 2018 Annual Membership Meeting

Friday, June 15  —  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 important new state and federal legislation and regulations affecting 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
During last year's session, the 85th Texas Legislature passed HB 4007, which made several changes to the dispenser lciensing act, The Texas Department of Licenisng and regulation is currently in the process of changing the rules applicable to hearing aid diposensers to comply with the Hous bill. 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 TDLR strategic plan for the coming.

FDA Implementation Of Federal
OTC Legislation

Last August, the US Congress paased the Over The Counter Hearing Aid Act which will enable adults with perceived mild-to-moderate hearing loss to accesss OTC hearing aids without being seen by a hearing healthcare professional. The new legislation will require the FDA to create and regulate a category of OTC hearing aids to ensure they meet the same high standards for safety, consumer labeling, and manufacturing protection that all other hearing aids currrently meet. The new legisaltion gives the FDA 3 1/2 yearsto adopt regulations governing this hearing aid category. These new regulations are currently being hotly debated before the FDA by the various state and national organizations representing hearing aid manufacturers, audiologists, and licensed hearing aid dispensers. Alissa Parady, Director of Government Affairs fo the International Hearing Society will provide a detailed update of the status of these negotiation during the annual meeting. THAA Executive Director, Scott Pospisil, will also update members on the association's position and efforts in this proceeding. Don't miss this important presentation that affects your future!

Ben NorrisTHAA 2018 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 recipients April and Jesse Rangel (right) as we recognize and congratulate the THAA 2018 Dispenser of the Year.