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On behalf of the Director of the Division of Professions and Occupations, the Colorado Office of Audiology and Hearing Aid Provider Licensure (“Office”) regulates individual licensed audiologists, hearing aid providers, hearing aid associates and hearing aid trainees in the state of Colorado. Office activities include licensing audiologists and hearing aid providers, investigating complaints, and enforcing disciplinary actions against those who violate the Audiologists and Hearing Aid Providers Practice Act and the Director’s Rules and Regulations. The mission of the Office is to maintain the profession’s integrity and protect its consumers. The Office works in conjunction with the National Board for Certification Hearing Instrument Sciences (NBC-HIS), the Colorado Speech Language Hearing Association (CSHA), the Colorado Academy of Audiology (CAA), and the Colorado Hearing Society.
The Division is now called the Division of Professions and Occupations, effective August 8, 2012. To help our consumers and licensees more readily locate and utilize our services, the legislature passed House Bill 12-1055 during the 2012 legislative session. Please note, the Division of Professions and Occupations will still be housed within the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA). Services the Division currently offers will remain the same.
The Audiology/Hearing Aid Provider program is currently experiencing some regulatory changes because House Bill 12-1205 Sunset Continue Audiologist & Hearing Aid Provider did not pass during the 2012 legislative session. House Bill 12-1205 was introduced as a sunset bill for the Office of Audiology and Hearing Aid Provider Licensure. A sunset bill gives regulators, professionals and consumers the opportunity to make changes or additions to a profession’s practice act and sets a date for the next evaluation. Because legislators did not pass the sunset bill the program is placed in a period called “wind-up.” Wind-up allows DORA to continue the program for one year. If no legislation is introduced in the 2013 legislative session to continue the regulation of audiologists and hearing aid providers, the regulation of the professions will end July 1, 2013.
The day-to-day regulatory proceedings for this program will continue as normal at this point. As we work through the process, any and all updates will be made available to you though our website, emails and/or newsletter. Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact our office.
Office of Audiology & Hearing Aid Provider Licensure
Legislation passed during the Legislative Session impacts the Division of Professions and Occupations. The Division is developing an implementation process at this time. Please check back in the near future to learn about any changes to rules, requirements and important deadlines.
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