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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 is one of the most important membership meetings in recent years. It will cover new state and federal legislation and regulations affecting the daily practice of all licensed hearing aid dispensers in Texas. We urge all members to attend this meeting to learn about the following important issues.

FDA Implementation Of OTC Legislation

Last August, the US Congress passed the Over The Counter Hearing Aid Act which will enable adults with perceived mild-to-moderate hearing loss to access OTC hearing aids without being seen by a hearing healthcare professional. The new legislation requires the FDA to create and regulate a new 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 currently meet. The legislation gives the FDA 3 1/2 years to 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 consumer groups, hearing aid manufacturers, audiologists, licensed hearing aid dispensers, and others. Alissa Parady, Director of Government Affairs for the International Hearing Society, will provide a detailed update on the status and content of these negotiations during this year's 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!

Changes In Dispenser Licensing Act and Rules
Last year, the 85th Texas Legislature passed HB 4007, which made several changes to the dispenser licensing act. The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation is in the process of changing the rules applicable to hearing aid dispensers to comply with the House 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 department's new strategic plan, which TDLR will begin developing later this spring. The plan is used to make improvements in department policy and increase efficiencies in the licensing process.

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 (left) as we recognize the THAA 2018 Dispenser of the Year.