Membership Benefits & Services
Your THAA membership includes the latest, most comprehensive benefit package available to licensed hearing aid dispensers in Texas. A state-of-the-art information system, professional representation in government affairs, free online and virtual continuing education, access to a network of industry professionals, public exposure of your practice to the hearing impaired, and professional recognition, are the cornerstones of THAA membership. As a member, you will receive all of the following benefits and services.
Professional & Industry Information - Instantly!
Your membership gives you access to immediate industry, professional, and association information concerning your hearing aid dispensing practice via three e-newsletters - the THAA UPDATE - the THAA Rule Review - and the THAA Owner's Group Update. The THAA UPDATE is an e-newsletter system that keeps you instantly up-to-date on actions affecting the dispensing profession in the Texas Legisalture and the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, Medicaid hearing aid regulations and reimbursement rates, association meetings and functions, THAA Board actions, CE programming, and much more. The THAA Rule Review is a periodic e-newsletter that keeps you up-to-date on TDLR rule changes and reviews specific rules applicable to licensed hearing aid dispensers in Chapter 112 of the Texas Administrative Code. Then, the THAA Owner's Group Update keeps the owner's of the dispensing practice up-to-date on breaking information necessary to properly operate their businesses on a daily basis.
Finally, the THAA web site provides the in-depth information you need to remain knowledgeable about the hearing aid industry and your profession. Four full sections of this web site are devoted to detailed information and analysis about industry issues, TDLR actions, legislation affecting your practice, and the state's Medicaid hearing aid program. In addition, the site provides access to all association information and, of course, free online and virtual continuing education. It's simply the most comprehensive information system of any professional association in the country.
Government Affairs Representation
Your membership dues help pay for professional representation of licensed dispensers before the Texas Legislature, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (Medicaid), and other state agencies that can affect the hearing aid industry and your practice. THAA maintains a full-time staff and lobby team in Austin who monitor and track all legislative and state regulatory proposals affecting your license, and coordinate efforts to advance the profession and protect members in the political arena.
As a member, you have access to this information through this web site and the THAA UPDATE e-newsletter. If there are changes in the law or the rules and regulations that affect the dispensing profession, you will be notified immediately and will have access to complete explanations of these actions and how they affect you.
Virtual and Recorded Continuing Education - All 20 hours - Free-of-Charge!
Your THAA membership includes all 20 hours of continuing education required for license renewal with TDLRl - free of charge. Beginning in 2021, THAA will offer 10 hours of free live, virtual CE programs through its new Virtual CE Conference. These virtual CE programs will be conducted on non-consecutive Saturdays in 2021 - allowing members to obtain their required in-person CE hours without interfering with work. All hours will be approved for license renewal in Texas (TDLR) and for BC-HIS. These virtual programs will be provided on the popular ZOOM video conferencing platform and all 10 hours will be free to THAA members.
Then, the THAA Online Continuing Education section of this site allows you to choose recorded "online" CE courses from a wide range of professional video presentations for another 10 hours - free of charge. All completed courses - virtual and online - are maintained within this web site on Your Personal Tracking Report - a TDLR accepted document you can print at anytime that shows all of the CE hours you have obtained from THAA CE programming during your current licensing period. You no longer have to keep track of any THAA CE certificates. Simple, fast, and free to all THAA members.
One very important reason for joining THAA is to meet other dispensers, manufacturers, and suppliers to build a professional network to support your practice. Networking will teach you more about your profession than any other educational tool available. THAA gives you the opportunity to meet others in the Texas hearing aid industry who can help you in your daily business.
The association's annual convention, trade show, and other membership meetings are specifically designed to get members together to discuss mutual problems and solutions. The industry contacts you make through THAA will prove invaluable to your career as a hearing instrument specialist.
Membership in THAA includes a membership certificate to display in your office - free of charge. The professionally designed certificate verifies you are is a member of the only professional organization solely representing licensed hearing instrument specialists in the State of Texas. In addition, the association honors one of its members each year 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 today and begin enhancing your professional career as a member of the Texas Hearing Aid Association.