As you know, at the beginning of 2018, Hearing Aid Dealer and Fitter Board combined with the Audiology and Speech Pathology Board to form the Ohio Speech and Hearing Professionals Board. As the board has settled into their new composition, it was found to be necessary to make changes to the licensure law to make harmonizing changes so the board could function more smoothly. A package of changes was recently passed as a part of an unrelated bill, House Bill 42.
Here is a summary of these changes. If you would like more information on any of these changes, please reach out to Alliance representative Amanda Sines at email@example.com.
- Changes your licensing cycle from one year to two years. So your license will be valid for two years in the future. The language specifically says: Each license issued is valid from the date of issuance until the thirty-first day of December of the even-numbered year that follows the date of issuance. A license issued less than one hundred days before the thirty-first day of December of an even-numbered year is valid from the date of issuance until the thirty-first day of December of the even-numbered year that follows the thirty-first day of December immediately after the date of issuance.
- Moves all fees from the law to the rules. We expect the new fees to be lower than the current fees;
- Licensees will be required to complete at least 20 hours of continuing education during each two-year licensing period. Current law requires 10 hours annually.
- Adds language at the request of the International Hearing Society (IHS) to protect their intellectual property as the Board’s testing contractor. Without this language tests could not have been administered and new licenses could not have been issued.
- Conforms disciplinary procedures to other licensed professional’s process.