President's Newsletter

It is hard to believe we are already half way through the year.  I hope everyone is having great success in your hearing healthcare practices.  There are a few things I would like to share with everyone.  

Dr. David Levy passed away the early part of April.  David was a significant part of the hearing aid/audiology field.  He spent many years and terms on both the Council for Hearing Instrument Specialist and on the board for the TN Hearing Society.  During his 49 years in our industry he had many passions. He loved to mentor anyone looking to get into our field, he's helped many patients with hearing aids, and he also loved helping our state board progress with new legislation.  Thank you David for all of your hard work for us.

As many of you have heard already, we will be partnering with IHS at their 68th Annual Convention in September at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville.  This year we will have one CE hour for TN Statues and Regulations to help satisfy Rule 1370.02-12 on Saturday 2:30pm - 3:30pm.  Immediately after we will hold our annual meeting.

Audiometers and other equipment can be calibrated during the convention.  There will be a registration form available for calibrating your equipment.  I'd like to note that audiometers need to be calibrated each calendar year.  If you had an audiometer calibrated during our last convention in May 2018 and have not done so yet, it is still good as long as it gets calibrated in 2019.  Our state board is looking for the year each audiometer is calibrated. Please visitihsconvention.orgto see the schedule and other information about the conference.

In legislation news, Governor Bill Lee signed House Bill 1023 into law on April 22.  This will help ones with NBC-HIS but do not have two years of college to practice in TN.  Thank you Jackie Miller and our lobbyist Theo Morrison with Morrison Capital Strategies working with our representatives to make this happen.

On May 17th, the state board was called to meeting.  Our staff attorney, Ms.Christy Taylor will no longer our attorney as she has accepted a judgeship. Ms. Ashley Vines, currently a legislative assistant, will assume the duties of Ms. Taylor upon receipt of her law license. As of May 15th, there are 167 active licensees and 16 active apprentices.  Ms. Teddy Willkins recommended deleting 1370-02 .05(h) for medical clearance documentation showing physical fitness before HIS may practice.  The Board approved of this recommendation. The board is also in good financial standing.  

We have booked with MainStay Suites in Pigoen Forge, TN on March 21-22 for the TN Hearing Society Convention 2020.  We are still needing speakers for our 2020 convention. Please let me know if there is anyone and/or any topics you would like to have discussed.

Matthew Kelly