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Annual Convention

THAA 2019 Annual Membership Meeting

Friday, June 21  —  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 numerous legislative, regulatory, and industry issues at both the state and national level that affect members in their daily dispensing practice. We urge all members to attend this important meeting to learn about these important issues.

86th Texas Legislature Results
The main focus of this year's Annual Membership Meeting will be on the results of the 86th Texas Legislature, which concludes three weeks prior to the annual convention. During this year's Legislative session, lawmakers will consider several bills that could impact licensed hearing aid dispensers. The Honorable Tracy O. King, Chairman of the House Licensing and Administrative Committee and former president of THAA, will update members on the results of this year's legislative session and the actions that will impact member practices.

FDA Implementation Of OTC Legislation
In August of 2017, 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. Thomas Tedeschi, Aud, Chief Clinical Advisor for Amplifon, will provide a detailed update on the status and content of these negotiations during this year's annual meeting. Don't miss this important presentation that affects your future!

Changes In Dispenser Licensing Act
Legislation will be considered in the 86th 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-invited) 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.

THAA Board Elections
In even years, the membership elects the new 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 are asked to contact the THAA staff for further information.

THAA 2019 Dispenser of the Year
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 to recognize and congratulate the THAA 2015 Dispenser of the Year.