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Annual Convention

THAA 2020 Annual Membership Meeting

Friday, June 26  —  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 practices and license renewals. We urge all members to attend this important meeting to learn about these important issues

New FDA Rules For Over-The-Counter Hearing Aids
August of this year is the deadline for the FDA to issue its new rules and regulations to implement the Over The Counter Hearing Aid Act passed by Congress in 2017. The new OTC hearing aids will enable adults with perceived mild-to-moderate hearing loss to access OTC hearing aids without having to be seen by a hearing healthcare professional. Under the new rules, the FDA  is required to create and regulate this new category of hearing aids to ensure they meet the same high standards for safety, consumer labeling, and manufacturing protection that traditional hearing aids currently meet. The FDA has missed two announced release dates for the new rules and time running out fast. It is believed the rules will be issued in the next few months, in time to presented and explained at this year's annual membership meeting by IHS President Todd Beyers. Don't miss this in-depth explanation of these new rules and regulations that will impact your practice for years to come.

Wholesale Changes In Dispenser Rules and Regulations
The Hearing Instrument Fitters and Dispensers Advisory Board at the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation has set in motion numerous proposed changes to the rules and regulations governing licensed hearing aid dispensers that are needed to implement several bills passed by the 86th Texas Legislature last year. The propsoed rule changes will likely become effective sometime in early summer around the time of the convnetion.

Most of the rule changes seek to implement the statutory directives contained in House Bills 1899, 2059, 2699, and 2847, which were passed by the Texas legislature last year. These bills deal with several issues affecting the professional licenses administered by TDLR, including automatic license denial and revocation for certain crimes, human trafficking prevention training for license renewal, changing the dispenser licensing exam scoring method, and notice to licensees regarding complaints. Other rule changes affect surety bond filings with license renewas, timing for submitting a temporary or apprentice permit extension, criminal history background check language, and more. Join TDLR Executive Director Biran Francis and other TDLR staff members in a discussion about the new rules and how they will affect your practice.

New "Anti-Human Trafficking Training" Requirement For License Renewal
Beginning Sept. 1, all licensees under TDLR's administration, as a condition for license renewal, will be required to take a training course on "identifying and assisting victims of human trafficking" approved by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. The new requirement is manadted by HB 2509, passed by the Texas Legislature last year. Licensed dispensers applying for license renewal after Sept. 1 will have to show completion of an HHSC approved course before TDLR will renew their license. During this year's Annual Membership Meeting, members will be updated on the status of this requirement and how to obtain this training course for license renewal.

THAA 2020 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 2020 Dispenser of the Year.