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PROFESSIONS AND OCCUPATIONS
(225 ILCS 50/) Hearing Instrument Consumer Protection Act.

225 ILCS 50/1

    (225 ILCS 50/1) (from Ch. 111, par. 7401)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 98-827)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2016)
    Sec. 1. Purpose. The purpose of this Act is to protect the hearing-impaired public from incompetent and dishonest dispensers of hearing instruments who could endanger the health, safety and welfare of the People of this State. The Federal Food and Drug Administration has recommended that State legislation is necessary in order to establish standards of competency and to impose stringent penalties for those who violate the public trust in this field of health care.
(Source: P.A. 89-72, eff. 12-31-95.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 98-827)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2016)
    Sec. 1. Purpose. The purpose of this Act is to protect the deaf or hard of hearing public from the practice of dispensing hearing instruments that could endanger the health, safety and welfare of the People of this State. The Federal Food and Drug Administration has recommended that State legislation is necessary in order to establish standards of competency and to impose stringent penalties for those who violate the public trust in this field of health care.
(Source: P.A. 98-827, eff. 1-1-15.)

225 ILCS 50/2

    (225 ILCS 50/2) (from Ch. 111, par. 7402)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2016)
    Sec. 2. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Hearing Instrument Consumer Protection Act.
(Source: P.A. 89-72, eff. 12-31-95.)

225 ILCS 50/3

    (225 ILCS 50/3) (from Ch. 111, par. 7403)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 98-827)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2016)
    Sec. 3. Definitions. As used in this Act, except as the context requires otherwise:
    "Department" means the Department of Public Health.
    "Director" means the Director of the Department of Public Health.
    "License" means a license issued by the State under this Act to a hearing instrument dispenser.
    "Licensed audiologist" means a person licensed as an audiologist under the Illinois Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Practice Act.
    "National Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist" means a person who has had at least 2 years in practice as a licensed hearing instrument dispenser and has been certified after qualification by examination by the National Board for Certification in Hearing Instruments Sciences.
    "Licensed physician" or "physician" means a physician licensed in Illinois to practice medicine in all of its branches.
    "Trainee" means a person who is licensed to perform the functions of a hearing instrument dispenser in accordance with the Department rules and only under the direct supervision of a hearing instrument dispenser or audiologist who is licensed in the State.
    "Board" means the Hearing Instrument Consumer Protection Board.
    "Hearing instrument" or "hearing aid" means any wearable instrument or device designed for or offered for the purpose of aiding or compensating for impaired human hearing and that can provide more than 15 dB full on gain via a 2cc coupler at any single frequency from 200 through 6000 cycles per second, and any parts, attachments, or accessories, including ear molds. "Hearing instrument" or "hearing aid" do not include batteries, cords, or group auditory training devices and any instrument or device used by a public utility in providing telephone or other communication services are excluded.
    "Practice of fitting, dispensing, or servicing of hearing instruments" means the measurement of human hearing with an audiometer, calibrated to the current American National Standard Institute standards, for the purpose of making selections, recommendations, adaptions, services, or sales of hearing instruments including the making of earmolds as a part of the hearing instrument.
    "Sell" or "sale" means any transfer of title or of the right to use by lease, bailment, or any other contract, excluding wholesale transactions with distributors or dealers.
    "Hearing instrument dispenser" means a person who is a hearing care professional that engages in the selling, practice of fitting, selecting, recommending, dispensing, or servicing of hearing instruments or the testing for means of hearing instrument selection or who advertises or displays a sign or represents himself or herself as a person who practices the testing, fitting, selecting, servicing, dispensing, or selling of hearing instruments.
    "Fund" means the Hearing Instrument Dispenser Examining and Disciplinary Fund.
    "Hearing care professional" means a person who is a licensed audiologist, a licensed hearing instrument dispenser, or a licensed physician.
(Source: P.A. 98-362, eff. 8-16-13.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 98-827)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2016)
    Sec. 3. Definitions. As used in this Act, except as the context requires otherwise:
    "Department" means the Department of Public Health.
    "Director" means the Director of the Department of Public Health.
    "License" means a license issued by the State under this Act to a hearing instrument dispenser.
    "Licensed audiologist" means a person licensed as an audiologist under the Illinois Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Practice Act.
    "National Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist" means a person who has had at least 2 years in practice as a licensed hearing instrument dispenser and has been certified after qualification by examination by the National Board for Certification in Hearing Instruments Sciences.
    "Licensed physician" or "physician" means a physician licensed in Illinois to practice medicine in all of its branches pursuant to the Medical Practice Act of 1987.
    "Trainee" means a person who is licensed to perform the functions of a hearing instrument dispenser in accordance with the Department rules and only under the direct supervision of a hearing instrument dispenser or audiologist who is licensed in the State.
    "Board" means the Hearing Instrument Consumer Protection Board.
    "Hearing instrument" or "hearing aid" means any wearable instrument or device designed for or offered for the purpose of aiding or compensating for impaired human hearing and that can provide more than 15 dB full on gain via a 2cc coupler at any single frequency from 200 through 6000 cycles per second, and any parts, attachments, or accessories, including ear molds. "Hearing instrument" or "hearing aid" do not include batteries, cords, or group auditory training devices and any instrument or device used by a public utility in providing telephone or other communication services are excluded.
    "Practice of fitting, dispensing, or servicing of hearing instruments" means the measurement of human hearing with an audiometer, calibrated to the current American National Standard Institute standards, for the purpose of making selections, recommendations, adaptions, services, or sales of hearing instruments including the making of earmolds as a part of the hearing instrument.
    "Sell" or "sale" means any transfer of title or of the right to use by lease, bailment, or any other contract, excluding wholesale transactions with distributors or dealers.
    "Hearing instrument dispenser" means a person who is a hearing care professional that engages in the selling, practice of fitting, selecting, recommending, dispensing, or servicing of hearing instruments or the testing for means of hearing instrument selection or who advertises or displays a sign or represents himself or herself as a person who practices the testing, fitting, selecting, servicing, dispensing, or selling of hearing instruments.
    "Fund" means the Hearing Instrument Dispenser Examining and Disciplinary Fund.
    "Hearing care professional" means a person who is a licensed audiologist, a licensed hearing instrument dispenser, or a licensed physician.
(Source: P.A. 98-362, eff. 8-16-13; 98-827, eff. 1-1-15.)

225 ILCS 50/4

    (225 ILCS 50/4) (from Ch. 111, par. 7404)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2016)
    Sec. 4. Disclosure; waiver; complaints; insurance. The hearing instrument dispenser shall give at no charge to every person fitted and sold a hearing instrument the "User Instructional Brochure", supplied by the hearing instrument manufacturer containing information required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
    Whenever a sale or service of one or more hearing instrument involving $50 or more is made or contracted to be made, whether under a single contract or under multiple contracts, at the time of the transaction, the hearing instrument dispenser shall furnish the consumer with a fully completed receipt or contract pertaining to that transaction, in substantially the same language as that used in the oral presentation to the consumer. The receipt or contract provided to the consumer shall contain the dispenser's name, license number, business address, business phone number, and signature; the name, address, and signature of the hearing instrument consumer; and the name and signature of the purchaser if the consumer and the purchaser are not the same; the hearing instrument manufacturer's name, and the model and serial numbers; the date of purchase; and the charges required to complete the terms of the sale fully and clearly stated. When the hearing instrument is delivered to the consumer or purchaser, the serial number shall be written on the original receipt or contract and a copy shall be given to the consumer or purchaser. If a used hearing instrument is sold, the receipt and the container thereof shall be clearly marked as "used" or "reconditioned", whichever is applicable, with terms of guarantee, if any.
    All hearing instruments offered for sale must be accompanied by a 30-business day return privilege. The receipt or contract provided to the consumer shall state that the consumer has a right to return the hearing instrument for a refund within 30 business days of the date of delivery. If a nonrefundable dispensing fee or restocking fee, or both, will be withheld from the consumer in event of return, the terms must be clearly stated on the receipt or contract provided to the consumer.
    A hearing instrument dispenser shall not sell a hearing instrument unless the prospective user has presented to the hearing instrument dispenser a written statement, signed by a licensed physician, which states that the patient's hearing loss has been medically evaluated and the patient is considered a candidate for a hearing instrument. The medical evaluation must have taken place within the 6 months immediately preceding the date of the sale of the hearing instrument to the prospective hearing instrument user. If the prospective hearing instrument user is 18 years of age or older, the hearing instrument dispenser may afford the prospective user an opportunity to waive the medical evaluation required by this Section, provided that the hearing instrument dispenser:
        (i) Informs the prospective user that the exercise of
    
a waiver is not in the user's best health interest;
        (ii) Does not in any way actively encourage the
    
prospective user to waive the medical evaluation; and
        (iii) Affords the prospective user the option to sign
    
the following statement:
            "I have been advised by .................(hearing
        
instrument dispenser's name) that the Food and Drug Administration has determined that my best interest would be served if I had a medical evaluation by a licensed physician (preferably a physician who specializes in diseases of the ear) before purchasing a hearing instrument. I do not wish a medical evaluation before purchasing a hearing instrument."
    The hearing instrument dispenser or his or her employer shall retain proof of the medical examination or the waiver for at least 3 years from the date of the sale.
    If the parent or guardian of any individual under the age of 18 years is a member of any church or religious denomination, whose tenets and practices include reliance upon spiritual means through prayer alone and objects to medical treatment and so states in writing to the hearing instrument dispenser, such individual shall undergo a hearing examination as provided by this Section but no proof, ruling out any medically treatable problem causing hearing loss, shall be required.
    All persons licensed under this Act shall have conspicuously displayed in their business establishment a sign indicating that formal complaints regarding hearing instrument goods or services may be made to the Department. Such sign shall give the address and telephone number of the Department. All persons purchasing hearing instruments shall be provided with a written statement indicating that formal complaints regarding hearing instrument goods or services may be made to the Department and disclosing the address and telephone number of the Department.
    Any person wishing to make a complaint, against a hearing instrument dispenser under this Act, shall file it with the Department within 3 years from the date of the action upon which the complaint is based. The Department shall investigate all such complaints.
    All persons licensed under this Act shall maintain liability insurance as set forth by rule and shall be responsible for the annual calibration of all audiometers in use by such persons. Such annual calibrations shall be in conformance with the current standards set by American National Standard Institute.
(Source: P.A. 91-932, eff. 1-1-01.)

225 ILCS 50/5

    (225 ILCS 50/5) (from Ch. 111, par. 7405)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2016)
    Sec. 5. License required. No person shall engage in the selling, practice of testing, fitting, selecting, recommending, adapting, dispensing, or servicing hearing instruments or display a sign, advertise, or represent oneself as a person who practices the fitting or selling of hearing instruments unless such person holds a current license issued by the Department as provided in this Act. Such person shall be known as a licensed hearing instrument dispenser. Individuals licensed pursuant to the provisions of Section 8 of this Act shall be deemed qualified to provide tests of human hearing and hearing instrument evaluations for the purpose of dispensing a hearing instrument for which any State agency may contract. The license shall be conspicuously displayed in the place of business. Duplicate licenses shall be issued by the Department to licensees operating more than one office upon the additional payment set forth in this Act.
    Except for violations of the provisions of this Act, or the rules promulgated under it, nothing in this Act shall prohibit a corporation, partnership, trust, association, or other entity from engaging in the business of testing, fitting, servicing, selecting, dispensing, selling, or offering for sale hearing instruments at retail without a license, provided it employs only licensed individuals in the direct testing, fitting, servicing, selecting, offering for sale, or dispensing of such products. Each such corporation, partnership, trust, association, or other entity shall file with the Department, prior to doing business in this State and by July 1 of each calendar year thereafter, on forms prescribed by the Department, a list of all licensed hearing instrument dispensers employed by it and a statement attesting that it complies with this Act and the rules promulgated under it and the regulations of the Federal Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission insofar as they are applicable.
(Source: P.A. 89-72, eff. 12-31-95; 90-655, eff. 7-30-98.)

225 ILCS 50/6

    (225 ILCS 50/6) (from Ch. 111, par. 7406)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 98-827)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2016)
    Sec. 6. Mail order and Internet sales. Nothing in this Act shall prohibit a corporation, partnership, trust, association, or other organization, maintaining an established business address, from engaging in the business of selling or offering for sale hearing instruments at retail by mail or by Internet to persons 18 years of age or older who have not been examined by a licensed physician or tested by a licensed hearing instrument dispenser provided that:
    (a) The organization is registered by the Department prior to engaging in business in this State and has paid the fee set forth in this Act.
    (b) The organization files with the Department, prior to registration and annually thereafter, a Disclosure Statement containing the following:
        (1) the name under which the organization is doing or
    
intends to do business and the name of any affiliated company which the organization recommends or will recommend to persons as a supplier of goods or services or in connection with other business transactions of the organization;
        (2) the organization's principal business address and
    
the name and address of its agent in this State authorized to receive service of process;
        (3) the business form of the organization, whether
    
corporate, partnership, or otherwise and the state or other sovereign power under which the organization is organized;
        (4) the names of the directors or persons performing
    
similar functions and names and addresses of the chief executive officer, and the financial, accounting, sales, and other principal executive officers, if the organization is a corporation, association, or other similar entity; of all general partners, if the organization is a partnership; and of the owner, if the organization is a sole proprietorship, together with a statement of the business background during the past 5 years for each such person;
        (5) a statement as to whether the organization or any
    
person identified in the disclosure statement:
            (i) has during the 5 year period immediately
        
preceding the date of the disclosure statement been convicted of a felony, pleaded nolo contendere to a felony charge, or been held liable in a civil action by final judgment, if such felony or civil action involved fraud, embezzlement, or misappropriation of property, and a description thereof; or
            (ii) is subject to any currently effective
        
injunctive or restrictive order as a result of a proceeding or pending action brought by any government agency or department, and a description thereof; or
            (iii) is a defendant in any pending criminal or
        
material civil action relating to fraud, embezzlement, misappropriation of property or violations of the antitrust or trade regulation laws of the United States or any state, and a description thereof; or
            (iv) has during the 5 year period immediately
        
preceding the date of the disclosure statement had entered against such person or organization a final judgment in any material civil proceeding, and a description thereof; or
            (v) has during the 5 year period immediately
        
preceding the date of the disclosure statement been adjudicated a bankrupt or reorganized due to insolvency or was a principal executive officer or general partner of any company that has been adjudicated a bankrupt or reorganized due to insolvency during such 5 year period, and a description thereof;
        (6) the length of time the organization and any
    
predecessor of the organization has conducted a business dealing with hearing instrument goods or services;
        (7) a financial statement of the organization as of
    
the close of the most recent fiscal year of the organization. If the financial statement is filed later than 120 days following the close of the fiscal year of the organization it must be accompanied by a statement of the organization of any material changes in the financial condition of the organization;
        (8) a general description of the business, including
    
without limitation a description of the goods, training programs, supervision, advertising, promotion and other services provided by the organization;
        (9) a statement of any compensation or other benefit
    
given or promised to a public figure arising, in whole or in part, from (i) the use of the public figure in the name or symbol of the organization or (ii) the endorsement or recommendation of the organization by the public figure in advertisements;
        (10) a statement setting forth such additional
    
information and such comments and explanations relative to the information contained in the disclosure statement as the organization may desire to present.
    (b-5) If a device being sold does not meet the definition of a hearing instrument or hearing device as stated in this Act, the organization shall include a disclaimer in all written or electronic promotions. The disclaimer shall include the following language:
        "This is not a hearing instrument or hearing aid as
    
defined in the Hearing Instrument Consumer Protection Act, but a personal amplifier and not intended to replace a properly fitted and calibrated hearing instrument.".
    (c) The organization files with the Department prior to registration and annually thereafter a statement that it complies with the Act, the rules issued pursuant to it, and the regulations of the Federal Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission insofar as they are applicable.
    (d) The organization files with the Department at the time of registration an irrevocable consent to service of process authorizing the Department and any of its successors to be served any notice, process, or pleading in any action or proceeding against the organization arising out of or in connection with any violation of this Act. Such service shall have the effect of conferring personal jurisdiction over such organization in any court of competent jurisdiction.
    (e) Before dispensing a hearing instrument to a resident of this State, the organization informs the prospective users that they need the following for proper fitting of a hearing instrument:
        (1) the results of an audiogram performed within the
    
past 6 months by a licensed audiologist or a licensed hearing instrument dispenser; and
        (2) an earmold impression obtained from the
    
prospective user and taken by a licensed hearing instrument dispenser.
    (f) The prospective user receives a medical evaluation or the organization affords the prospective user an opportunity to waive the medical evaluation requirement of Section 4 of this Act and the testing requirement of subsection (z) of Section 18, provided that the organization:
        (1) informs the prospective user that the exercise of
    
the waiver is not in the user's best health interest;
        (2) does not in any way actively encourage the
    
prospective user to waive the medical evaluation or test; and
        (3) affords the prospective user the option to sign
    
the following statement:
            "I have been advised by .......... (hearing
        
instrument dispenser's name) that the Food and Drug Administration and the State of Illinois have determined that my best interest would be served if I had a medical evaluation by a licensed physician, preferably a physician who specialized in diseases of the ear, before purchasing a hearing instrument; or a test by a licensed audiologist or licensed hearing instrument dispenser utilizing established procedures and instrumentation in the fitting of hearing instruments. I do not wish either a medical evaluation or test before purchasing a hearing instrument."
    (g) Where a sale, lease, or rental of hearing instruments is sold or contracted to be sold to a consumer by mail order, the consumer may void the contract or sale by notifying the seller within 45 business days following that day on which the hearing instruments were mailed by the seller to the consumer and by returning to the seller in its original condition any hearing instrument delivered to the consumer under the contract or sale. At the time the hearing instrument is mailed, the seller shall furnish the consumer with a fully completed receipt or copy of any contract pertaining to the sale that contains a "Notice of Cancellation" informing the consumer that he or she may cancel the sale at any time within 45 business days and disclosing the date of the mailing and the name, address, and telephone number of the seller. In immediate proximity to the space reserved in the contract for the signature of the consumer, or on the front page of the receipt if a contract is not used, and in bold face type of a minimum size of 10 points, there shall be a statement in substantially the following form:
        "You, the buyer, may cancel this transaction at any
    
time prior to midnight of the 45th business day after the date of this transaction. See the attached notice of cancellation form for an explanation of this right."
    Attached to the receipt or contract shall be a completed form in duplicate, captioned "NOTICE OF CANCELLATION" which shall be easily detachable and which shall contain in at least 10 point bold face type the following information and statements in the same language as that used in the contract:
"NOTICE OF CANCELLATION
enter date of transaction
.........................
(DATE)
               YOU MAY CANCEL THIS TRANSACTION, WITHOUT ANY PENALTY OR OBLIGATION, WITHIN 45 BUSINESS DAYS FROM THE ABOVE DATE.
    IF YOU CANCEL, ANY PROPERTY TRADED IN, ANY PAYMENTS MADE BY YOU UNDER THE CONTRACT OR SALE LESS ANY NONREFUNDABLE RESTOCKING FEE, AND ANY NEGOTIABLE INSTRUMENT EXECUTED BY YOU WILL BE RETURNED WITHIN 10 BUSINESS DAYS FOLLOWING RECEIPT BY THE SELLER OF YOUR CANCELLATION NOTICE AND ALL MERCHANDISE PERTAINING TO THIS TRANSACTION, AND ANY SECURITY INTEREST ARISING OUT OF THE TRANSACTION WILL BE CANCELLED.
    IF YOU CANCEL, YOU MUST RETURN TO THE SELLER, IN SUBSTANTIALLY AS GOOD CONDITION AS WHEN RECEIVED, ANY GOODS DELIVERED TO YOU UNDER THIS CONTRACT OR SALE.
        TO CANCEL THIS TRANSACTION, MAIL OR DELIVER A SIGNED
    
AND DATED COPY OF THIS CANCELLATION NOTICE OR ANY OTHER WRITTEN NOTICE, OR SEND A TELEGRAM, TO (name of seller), AT (address of seller's place of business) AND (seller's telephone number) NO LATER THAN MIDNIGHT OF ...........(date).
        I HEREBY CANCEL THIS TRANSACTION.
(Date)............
..................
(Buyers Signature)"
    The written "Notice of Cancellation" may be sent by the consumer to the seller to cancel the contract. The 45-day period does not commence until the consumer is furnished the Notice of Cancellation and the address and phone number at which such notice to the seller can be given.
    If the conditions of this Section are met, the seller must return to the consumer the amount of any payment made or consideration given under the contract or for the merchandise less a nonrefundable restocking fee.
    It is an unlawful practice for a seller to: (1) hold a consumer responsible for any liability or obligation under any mail order transaction if the consumer claims not to have received the merchandise unless the merchandise was sent by certified mail or other delivery method by which the seller is provided with proof of delivery; (2) fail, before furnishing copies of the "Notice of Cancellation" to the consumer, to complete both copies by entering the name of the seller, the address of the seller's place of business, the seller's telephone number, the date of the mailing, and the date, not earlier than the 45th business day following the date of the mailing, by which the consumer may give notice of cancellation; (3) include in any contract or receipt any confession of judgment or any waiver of any of the rights to which the consumer is entitled under this Section including specifically his right to cancel the sale in accordance with the provisions of this Section; (4) misrepresent in any manner the consumer's right to cancel; (5) use any undue influence, coercion, or any other wilful act or representation to interfere with the consumer's exercise of his rights under this Section; (6) fail or refuse to honor any valid notice of cancellation and return of merchandise by a consumer and, within 10 business days after the receipt of such notice and merchandise pertaining to such transaction, to (i) refund payments made under the contract or sale, (ii) return any goods or property traded in, in substantially as good condition as when received by the person, (iii) cancel and return any negotiable instrument executed by the consumer in connection with the contract or sale and take any action necessary or appropriate to terminate promptly any security interest created in the transaction; (7) negotiate, transfer, sell, or assign any note or other evidence of indebtedness to a finance company or other third party prior to the 50th business day following the day of the mailing; or (8) fail to provide the consumer of a hearing instrument with written information stating the name, address, and telephone number of the Department and informing the consumer that complaints regarding hearing instrument goods or services may be made to the Department.
    (h) The organization employs only licensed hearing instrument dispensers in the dispensing of hearing instruments and files with the Department, by January 1 of each year, a list of all licensed hearing instrument dispensers employed by it.
(Source: P.A. 98-362, eff. 8-16-13.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 98-827)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2016)
    Sec. 6. Mail order and Internet sales. Nothing in this Act shall prohibit a corporation, partnership, trust, association, or other organization, maintaining an established business address, from engaging in the business of selling or offering for sale hearing instruments at retail by mail or by Internet to persons 18 years of age or older who have not been examined by a licensed physician or tested by a licensed hearing instrument dispenser provided that:
    (a) The organization is registered by the Department prior to engaging in business in this State and has paid the fee set forth in this Act.
    (b) The organization files with the Department, prior to registration and annually thereafter, a Disclosure Statement containing the following:
        (1) the name under which the organization is doing or
    
intends to do business and the name of any affiliated company which the organization recommends or will recommend to persons as a supplier of goods or services or in connection with other business transactions of the organization;
        (2) the organization's principal business address and
    
the name and address of its agent in this State authorized to receive service of process;
        (3) the business form of the organization, whether
    
corporate, partnership, or otherwise and the state or other sovereign power under which the organization is organized;
        (4) the names of the directors or persons performing
    
similar functions and names and addresses of the chief executive officer, and the financial, accounting, sales, and other principal executive officers, if the organization is a corporation, association, or other similar entity; of all general partners, if the organization is a partnership; and of the owner, if the organization is a sole proprietorship, together with a statement of the business background during the past 5 years for each such person;
        (5) a statement as to whether the organization or any
    
person identified in the disclosure statement:
            (i) has during the 5 year period immediately
        
preceding the date of the disclosure statement been convicted of a felony, pleaded nolo contendere to a felony charge, or been held liable in a civil action by final judgment, if such felony or civil action involved fraud, embezzlement, or misappropriation of property, and a description thereof; or
            (ii) is subject to any currently effective
        
injunctive or restrictive order as a result of a proceeding or pending action brought by any government agency or department, and a description thereof; or
            (iii) is a defendant in any pending criminal or
        
material civil action relating to fraud, embezzlement, misappropriation of property or violations of the antitrust or trade regulation laws of the United States or any state, and a description thereof; or
            (iv) has during the 5 year period immediately
        
preceding the date of the disclosure statement had entered against such person or organization a final judgment in any material civil proceeding, and a description thereof; or
            (v) has during the 5 year period immediately
        
preceding the date of the disclosure statement been adjudicated a bankrupt or reorganized due to insolvency or was a principal executive officer or general partner of any company that has been adjudicated a bankrupt or reorganized due to insolvency during such 5 year period, and a description thereof;
        (6) the length of time the organization and any
    
predecessor of the organization has conducted a business dealing with hearing instrument goods or services;
        (7) a financial statement of the organization as of
    
the close of the most recent fiscal year of the organization. If the financial statement is filed later than 120 days following the close of the fiscal year of the organization it must be accompanied by a statement of the organization of any material changes in the financial condition of the organization;
        (8) a general description of the business, including
    
without limitation a description of the goods, training programs, supervision, advertising, promotion and other services provided by the organization;
        (9) a statement of any compensation or other benefit
    
given or promised to a public figure arising, in whole or in part, from (i) the use of the public figure in the name or symbol of the organization or (ii) the endorsement or recommendation of the organization by the public figure in advertisements;
        (10) a statement setting forth such additional
    
information and such comments and explanations relative to the information contained in the disclosure statement as the organization may desire to present.
    (b-5) If a device being sold does not meet the definition of a hearing instrument or hearing device as stated in this Act, the organization shall include a disclaimer in all written or electronic promotions. The disclaimer shall include the following language:
        "This is not a hearing instrument or hearing aid as
    
defined in the Hearing Instrument Consumer Protection Act, but a personal amplifier and not intended to replace a properly fitted and calibrated hearing instrument.".
    (c) The organization files with the Department prior to registration and annually thereafter a statement that it complies with the Act, the rules issued pursuant to it, and the regulations of the Federal Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission insofar as they are applicable.
    (d) The organization files with the Department at the time of registration an irrevocable consent to service of process authorizing the Department and any of its successors to be served any notice, process, or pleading in any action or proceeding against the organization arising out of or in connection with any violation of this Act. Such service shall have the effect of conferring personal jurisdiction over such organization in any court of competent jurisdiction.
    (e) Before dispensing a hearing instrument to a resident of this State, the organization informs the prospective users that they need the following for proper fitting of a hearing instrument:
        (1) the results of an audiogram performed within the
    
past 6 months by a licensed audiologist or a licensed hearing instrument dispenser; and
        (2) an earmold impression obtained from the
    
prospective user and taken by a licensed hearing instrument dispenser or licensed audiologist.
    (f) The prospective user receives a medical evaluation or the organization affords the prospective user an opportunity to waive the medical evaluation requirement of Section 4 of this Act and the testing requirement of subsection (z) of Section 18, provided that the organization:
        (1) informs the prospective user that the exercise of
    
the waiver is not in the user's best health interest;
        (2) does not in any way actively encourage the
    
prospective user to waive the medical evaluation or test; and
        (3) affords the prospective user the option to sign
    
the following statement:
            "I have been advised by .......... (hearing
        
instrument dispenser's name) that the Food and Drug Administration and the State of Illinois have determined that my best interest would be served if I had a medical evaluation by a licensed physician, preferably a physician who specialized in diseases of the ear, before purchasing a hearing instrument; or a test by a licensed audiologist or licensed hearing instrument dispenser utilizing established procedures and instrumentation in the fitting of hearing instruments. I do not wish either a medical evaluation or test before purchasing a hearing instrument."
    (g) Where a sale, lease, or rental of hearing instruments is sold or contracted to be sold to a consumer by mail order, the consumer may void the contract or sale by notifying the seller within 45 business days following that day on which the hearing instruments were mailed by the seller to the consumer and by returning to the seller in its original condition any hearing instrument delivered to the consumer under the contract or sale. At the time the hearing instrument is mailed, the seller shall furnish the consumer with a fully completed receipt or copy of any contract pertaining to the sale that contains a "Notice of Cancellation" informing the consumer that he or she may cancel the sale at any time within 45 business days and disclosing the date of the mailing and the name, address, and telephone number of the seller. In immediate proximity to the space reserved in the contract for the signature of the consumer, or on the front page of the receipt if a contract is not used, and in bold face type of a minimum size of 10 points, there shall be a statement in substantially the following form:
        "You, the buyer, may cancel this transaction at any
    
time prior to midnight of the 45th business day after the date of this transaction. See the attached notice of cancellation form for an explanation of this right."
    Attached to the receipt or contract shall be a completed form in duplicate, captioned "NOTICE OF CANCELLATION" which shall be easily detachable and which shall contain in at least 10 point bold face type the following information and statements in the same language as that used in the contract:
"NOTICE OF CANCELLATION
enter date of transaction
.........................
(DATE)
               YOU MAY CANCEL THIS TRANSACTION, WITHOUT ANY PENALTY OR OBLIGATION, WITHIN 45 BUSINESS DAYS FROM THE ABOVE DATE.
    IF YOU CANCEL, ANY PROPERTY TRADED IN, ANY PAYMENTS MADE BY YOU UNDER THE CONTRACT OR SALE LESS ANY NONREFUNDABLE RESTOCKING FEE, AND ANY NEGOTIABLE INSTRUMENT EXECUTED BY YOU WILL BE RETURNED WITHIN 10 BUSINESS DAYS FOLLOWING RECEIPT BY THE SELLER OF YOUR CANCELLATION NOTICE AND ALL MERCHANDISE PERTAINING TO THIS TRANSACTION, AND ANY SECURITY INTEREST ARISING OUT OF THE TRANSACTION WILL BE CANCELLED.
    IF YOU CANCEL, YOU MUST RETURN TO THE SELLER, IN SUBSTANTIALLY AS GOOD CONDITION AS WHEN RECEIVED, ANY GOODS DELIVERED TO YOU UNDER THIS CONTRACT OR SALE.
        TO CANCEL THIS TRANSACTION, MAIL OR DELIVER A SIGNED
    
AND DATED COPY OF THIS CANCELLATION NOTICE OR ANY OTHER WRITTEN NOTICE, OR SEND A TELEGRAM, TO (name of seller), AT (address of seller's place of business) AND (seller's telephone number) NO LATER THAN MIDNIGHT OF ...........(date).
        I HEREBY CANCEL THIS TRANSACTION.
(Date)............
..................
(Buyers Signature)"
    The written "Notice of Cancellation" may be sent by the consumer to the seller to cancel the contract. The 45-day period does not commence until the consumer is furnished the Notice of Cancellation and the address and phone number at which such notice to the seller can be given.
    If the conditions of this Section are met, the seller must return to the consumer the amount of any payment made or consideration given under the contract or for the merchandise less a nonrefundable restocking fee.
    It is an unlawful practice for a seller to: (1) hold a consumer responsible for any liability or obligation under any mail order transaction if the consumer claims not to have received the merchandise unless the merchandise was sent by certified mail or other delivery method by which the seller is provided with proof of delivery; (2) fail, before furnishing copies of the "Notice of Cancellation" to the consumer, to complete both copies by entering the name of the seller, the address of the seller's place of business, the seller's telephone number, the date of the mailing, and the date, not earlier than the 45th business day following the date of the mailing, by which the consumer may give notice of cancellation; (3) include in any contract or receipt any confession of judgment or any waiver of any of the rights to which the consumer is entitled under this Section including specifically his right to cancel the sale in accordance with the provisions of this Section; (4) misrepresent in any manner the consumer's right to cancel; (5) use any undue influence, coercion, or any other wilful act or representation to interfere with the consumer's exercise of his rights under this Section; (6) fail or refuse to honor any valid notice of cancellation and return of merchandise by a consumer and, within 10 business days after the receipt of such notice and merchandise pertaining to such transaction, to (i) refund payments made under the contract or sale, (ii) return any goods or property traded in, in substantially as good condition as when received by the person, (iii) cancel and return any negotiable instrument executed by the consumer in connection with the contract or sale and take any action necessary or appropriate to terminate promptly any security interest created in the transaction; (7) negotiate, transfer, sell, or assign any note or other evidence of indebtedness to a finance company or other third party prior to the 50th business day following the day of the mailing; or (8) fail to provide the consumer of a hearing instrument with written information stating the name, address, and telephone number of the Department and informing the consumer that complaints regarding hearing instrument goods or services may be made to the Department.
    (h) The organization employs only licensed hearing instrument dispensers in the dispensing of hearing instruments and files with the Department, by January 1 of each year, a list of all licensed hearing instrument dispensers employed by it.
(Source: P.A. 98-362, eff. 8-16-13; 98-827, eff. 1-1-15.)

225 ILCS 50/6.1

    (225 ILCS 50/6.1)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 98-827)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2016)
    Sec. 6.1. Reciprocity. The Department shall issue a license to any hearing instrument dispenser who (i) has a valid license as a hearing instrument dispenser, or its equivalent, from another state that has an examination that is comparable to the examination required under this Act or is provided by the International Hearing Society, (ii) has completed the specific academic and training requirements, or their equivalent, under this Act, (iii) has been actively practicing as a hearing instrument dispenser for at least 3 months or is certified by the National Board for Certification in Hearing Instrument Sciences, and (iv) has paid the required fee.
(Source: P.A. 96-683, eff. 1-1-10.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 98-827)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2016)
    Sec. 6.1. Reciprocity. The Department shall issue a license to any hearing instrument dispenser who (i) has been certified by the National Board for Certification in Hearing Instrument Sciences and has been actively practicing for a minimum of 5 years or (ii) has a valid license as a hearing instrument dispenser, or its equivalent, from another state that has an examination that is comparable to the examination required under this Act or is provided by the International Hearing Society, (iii) has completed the specific academic and training requirements, or their equivalent, under this Act, (iv) has been actively practicing as a hearing instrument dispenser for at least 3 months or is certified by the National Board for Certification in Hearing Instrument Sciences, and (v) has paid the required fee.
(Source: P.A. 98-827, eff. 1-1-15.)

225 ILCS 50/7

    (225 ILCS 50/7) (from Ch. 111, par. 7407)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2016)
    Sec. 7. Exemptions.
    (a) The following are exempt from this Act:
        (1) Licensed physicians. This exemption, however,
    
does not apply to a physician's employee or subcontractor who is not a physician.
        (2) Persons who only repair or manufacture hearing
    
instruments and their accessories for wholesale.
    (b) Audiometers used by persons exempt from this Act to dispense hearing instruments must meet the annual calibration requirements and current standards set by the American National Standards Institute.
    (c) Audiologists licensed under the Illinois Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Practice Act are exempt from licensure under this Act, but are otherwise subject to the practices and provisions of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 91-932, eff. 1-1-01.)

225 ILCS 50/8

    (225 ILCS 50/8) (from Ch. 111, par. 7408)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 98-827)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2016)
    Sec. 8. Applicant qualifications; examination.
    (a) In order to protect persons with hearing impairments, the Department shall authorize or shall conduct an appropriate examination for persons who dispense, test, select, recommend, fit, or service hearing instruments. The frequency of holding these examinations shall be determined by the Department by rule. Those who successfully pass such an examination shall be issued a license as a hearing instrument dispenser, which shall be effective for a 2-year period.
    (b) Applicants shall be:
        (1) at least 18 years of age;
        (2) of good moral character;
        (3) a high school graduate or the equivalent;
        (4) free of contagious or infectious disease; and
        (5) a citizen or person who has the status as a legal
    
alien.
    Felony convictions of the applicant and findings against the applicant involving matters set forth in Sections 17 and 18 shall be considered in determining moral character, but such a conviction or finding shall not make an applicant ineligible to register for examination.
    (c) Prior to engaging in the practice of fitting, dispensing, or servicing hearing instruments, an applicant shall demonstrate, by means of written and practical examinations, that such person is qualified to practice the testing, selecting, recommending, fitting, selling, or servicing of hearing instruments as defined in this Act. An applicant who fails to obtain a license within 12 months after passing both the written and practical examinations must take and pass those examinations again in order to be eligible to receive a license.
    The Department shall, by rule, determine the conditions under which an individual is examined.
    (d) Proof of having met the minimum requirements of continuing education as determined by the Board shall be required of all license renewals. Pursuant to rule, the continuing education requirements may, upon petition to the Board, be waived in whole or in part if the hearing instrument dispenser can demonstrate that he or she served in the Coast Guard or Armed Forces, had an extreme hardship, or obtained his or her license by examination or endorsement within the preceding renewal period.
    (e) Persons applying for an initial license must demonstrate having earned, at a minimum, an associate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution of higher education that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and meet the other requirements of this Section. In addition, the applicant must demonstrate the successful completion of 12 semester hours or 18 quarter hours of academic undergraduate course work in an accredited institution consisting of 3 semester hours of anatomy and physiology of the speech and hearing mechanism, 3 semester hours of hearing science, 3 semester hours of introduction to audiology, and 3 semester hours of aural rehabilitation, or the quarter hour equivalent. Persons licensed before January 1, 2003 who have a valid license on that date may have their license renewed without meeting the requirements of this subsection.
(Source: P.A. 96-683, eff. 1-1-10.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 98-827)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2016)
    Sec. 8. Applicant qualifications; examination.
    (a) In order to protect persons who are deaf or hard of hearing, the Department shall authorize or shall conduct an appropriate examination for persons who dispense, test, select, recommend, fit, or service hearing instruments. The frequency of holding these examinations shall be determined by the Department by rule. Those who successfully pass such an examination shall be issued a license as a hearing instrument dispenser, which shall be effective for a 2-year period.
    (b) Applicants shall be:
        (1) at least 18 years of age;
        (2) of good moral character;
        (3) the holder of an associate's degree or the
    
equivalent;
        (4) free of contagious or infectious disease; and
        (5) a citizen or person who has the status as a legal
    
alien.
    Felony convictions of the applicant and findings against the applicant involving matters set forth in Sections 17 and 18 shall be considered in determining moral character, but such a conviction or finding shall not make an applicant ineligible to register for examination.
    (c) Prior to engaging in the practice of fitting, dispensing, or servicing hearing instruments, an applicant shall demonstrate, by means of written and practical examinations, that such person is qualified to practice the testing, selecting, recommending, fitting, selling, or servicing of hearing instruments as defined in this Act. An applicant must obtain a license within 12 months after passing either the written or practical examination, whichever is passed first, or must take and pass those examinations again in order to be eligible to receive a license.
    The Department shall, by rule, determine the conditions under which an individual is examined.
    (d) Proof of having met the minimum requirements of continuing education as determined by the Board shall be required of all license renewals. Pursuant to rule, the continuing education requirements may, upon petition to the Board, be waived in whole or in part if the hearing instrument dispenser can demonstrate that he or she served in the Coast Guard or Armed Forces, had an extreme hardship, or obtained his or her license by examination or endorsement within the preceding renewal period.
    (e) Persons applying for an initial license must demonstrate having earned, at a minimum, an associate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution of higher education that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or that meets the U.S. Department of Education equivalency as determined through a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) member, and meet the other requirements of this Section. In addition, the applicant must demonstrate the successful completion of 12 semester hours or 18 quarter hours of academic undergraduate course work in an accredited institution consisting of 3 semester hours of anatomy and physiology of the speech and hearing mechanism, 3 semester hours of hearing science, 3 semester hours of introduction to audiology, and 3 semester hours of aural rehabilitation, or the quarter hour equivalent. Persons licensed before January 1, 2003 who have a valid license on that date may have their license renewed without meeting the requirements of this subsection.
(Source: P.A. 98-827, eff. 1-1-15.)

225 ILCS 50/9

    (225 ILCS 50/9) (from Ch. 111, par. 7409)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2016)
    Sec. 9. Areas of examination. The examination required by Section 8 shall be set forth by rule and demonstrate the applicant's technical qualifications by:
    (a) Tests of knowledge in the following areas as they pertain to the testing, selecting, recommending, fitting, and selling of hearing instruments:
        (1) characteristics of sound;
        (2) the nature of the ear; and
        (3) the function and maintenance of hearing
    
instruments.
    (b) Practical tests of proficiency in techniques as they pertain to the fitting of hearing instruments shall be prescribed by the Department, set forth by rule, and include candidate qualifications in the following areas:
        (1) pure tone audiometry including air conduction
    
testing and bone conduction testing;
        (2) live voice or recorded voice speech audiometry,
    
including speech reception, threshold testing and speech discrimination testing;
        (3) masking;
        (4) proper selection and adaptation of a hearing
    
instrument;
        (5) Taking earmold impressions;
        (6) Proper maintenance procedures; and
        (7) a general knowledge of the medical and physical
    
contra-indications to the use and fitting of a hearing instrument.
    (c) Knowledge of the general medical and hearing rehabilitation facilities in the area being served.
    (d) Knowledge of the provisions of this Act and the rules promulgated hereunder.
(Source: P.A. 96-683, eff. 1-1-10.)

225 ILCS 50/9.5

    (225 ILCS 50/9.5)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 98-827)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2016)
    Sec. 9.5. Trainees.
    (a) In order to receive a trainee license, a person must apply to the Department and provide acceptable evidence of his or her completion of the required courses pursuant to subsection (e) of Section 8 of this Act, or its equivalent as determined by the Department. A trainee license expires 6 months from the date of issue and is non-renewable.
    (b) A trainee shall perform the functions of a hearing instrument dispenser in accordance with the Department rules and only under the direct supervision of a hearing instrument dispenser or audiologist who is licensed in the State. For the purposes of this Section, "direct supervision" means that the licensed hearing instrument dispenser or audiologist shall give final approval to all work performed by the trainee and shall be physically present anytime the trainee has contact with the client. The licensed hearing instrument dispenser or audiologist is responsible for all of the work that is performed by the trainee.
    (c) The Department may limit the number of trainees that may be under the direct supervision of the same licensed hearing instrument dispenser or licensed audiologist.
    (d) The Department may establish a trainee licensing fee by rule.
(Source: P.A. 96-846, eff. 6-1-10.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 98-827)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2016)
    Sec. 9.5. Trainees.
    (a) In order to receive a trainee license, a person must apply to the Department and provide acceptable evidence of his or her completion of the required courses pursuant to subsection (e) of Section 8 of this Act, or its equivalent as determined by the Department. A trainee license expires 12 months from the date of issue and is non-renewable.
    (b) A trainee shall perform the functions of a hearing instrument dispenser in accordance with the Department rules and only under the direct supervision of a hearing instrument dispenser or audiologist who is licensed in the State. For the purposes of this Section, "direct supervision" means that the licensed hearing instrument dispenser or audiologist shall give final approval to all work performed by the trainee and shall be physically present anytime the trainee has contact with the client. The licensed hearing instrument dispenser or audiologist is responsible for all of the work that is performed by the trainee.
    (c) The Department may limit the number of trainees that may be under the direct supervision of the same licensed hearing instrument dispenser or licensed audiologist.
    (d) The Department may establish a trainee licensing fee by rule.
(Source: P.A. 98-827, eff. 1-1-15.)

225 ILCS 50/11

    (225 ILCS 50/11) (from Ch. 111, par. 7411)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2016)
    Sec. 11. Graduate audiology students. Full-time graduate students enrolled in a program of audiology in an accredited college or university may engage in the dispensing of hearing instruments as a part of an academic program of audiology without a license under the supervision of a licensed audiologist.
    The supervisor and the supervisor's employer shall be jointly and severally liable for any acts of the student relating to the practice of fitting or dispensing hearing instruments as defined in this Act and the rules promulgated hereunder.
(Source: P.A. 96-683, eff. 1-1-10.)

225 ILCS 50/13

    (225 ILCS 50/13) (from Ch. 111, par. 7413)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2016)
    Sec. 13. Expiration and renewal of licenses. The expiration date and renewal period for licenses shall be set by rule.
(Source: P.A. 96-683, eff. 1-1-10.)

225 ILCS 50/14

    (225 ILCS 50/14) (from Ch. 111, par. 7414)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2016)
    Sec. 14. Powers and duties of the Department. The powers and duties of the Department are:
    (a) To issue licenses and to administer examinations to applicants;
    (b) To license persons who are qualified to engage in the testing, recommending, fitting, selling, and dispensing of hearing instruments;
    (c) To provide the equipment and facilities necessary for the examination;
    (d) To issue and to renew licenses;
    (e) To suspend or revoke licenses or to take such other disciplinary action as provided in this Act;
    (f) To consider all recommendations and requests of the Board and to inform it of all actions of the Department insofar as hearing instrument dispensers are concerned, including any instances where the actions of the Department are contrary to the recommendations of the Board;
    (g) To promulgate rules necessary to implement this Act;
    (h) (Blank); and
    (i) To conduct such consumer education programs and awareness programs for persons with a hearing impairment as may be recommended by the Board.
(Source: P.A. 91-932, eff. 1-1-01.)

225 ILCS 50/15

    (225 ILCS 50/15) (from Ch. 111, par. 7415)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2016)
    Sec. 15. Fees.
    (a) The examination and licensure fees paid to the Department are not refundable and shall be set forth by administrative rule.
    (b) The moneys received as fees and fines by the Department under this Act shall be deposited in the Hearing Instrument Dispenser Examining and Disciplinary Fund, which is hereby created as a special fund in the State Treasury, and shall be used only for the administration and enforcement of this Act, including: (1) costs directly related to licensing of persons under this Act; and (2) by the Board in the exercise of its powers and performance of its duties, and such use shall be made by the Department with full consideration of all recommendations of the Board.
    All moneys deposited in the Fund shall be appropriated to the Department for expenses of the Department and the Board in the administration and enforcement of this Act.
    Moneys in the Fund may be invested and reinvested, with all earnings deposited in the Fund and used for the purposes set forth in this Act.
    Upon the completion of any audit of the Department as prescribed by the Illinois State Auditing Act, which audit shall include an audit of the Fund, the Department shall make a copy of the audit open to inspection by any interested person, which copy shall be submitted to the Department by the Auditor General, in addition to the copies of audit reports required to be submitted to other State officers and agencies by Section 3-14 of the Illinois State Auditing Act.
(Source: P.A. 96-683, eff. 1-1-10.)

225 ILCS 50/16

    (225 ILCS 50/16) (from Ch. 111, par. 7416)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 98-827)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2016)
    Sec. 16. Hearing Instrument Consumer Protection Board. There shall be established a Hearing Instrument Consumer Protection Board which shall assist, advise and make recommendations to the Department.
    The Board shall consist of 6 members who shall be residents of Illinois. One shall be a licensed physician who specializes in otology or otolaryngology; one shall be a member of a consumer-oriented organization concerned with the hearing impaired; one shall be from the general public, preferably a senior citizen; 2 shall be licensed hearing instrument dispensers who are National Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialists; and one shall be a licensed audiologist. If a vote of the Board results in a tie, the Director shall cast the deciding vote.
    Members of the Board shall be appointed by the Director after consultation with appropriate professional organizations and consumer groups. The term of office of each shall be 4 years. Before a member's term expires, the Director shall appoint a successor to assume member's duties at the expiration of his or her predecessor's term. A vacancy shall be filled by appointment for the unexpired term. The members shall annually designate one member as chairman. No member of the Board who has served 2 successive, full terms may be reappointed. The Director may remove members for good cause.
    Members of the Board shall receive reimbursement for actual and necessary travel and for other expenses, not to exceed the limit established by the Department.
(Source: P.A. 91-932, eff. 1-1-01; 91-949, eff. 2-9-01.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 98-827)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2016)
    Sec. 16. Hearing Instrument Consumer Protection Board. There shall be established a Hearing Instrument Consumer Protection Board which shall assist, advise and make recommendations to the Department.
    The Board shall consist of 6 members who shall be residents of Illinois. One shall be a licensed physician who specializes in otology or otolaryngology; one shall be a member of a consumer-oriented organization concerned with the deaf or hard of hearing; one shall be from the general public, preferably a senior citizen; 2 shall be licensed hearing instrument dispensers who are National Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialists; and one shall be a licensed audiologist. If a vote of the Board results in a tie, the Director shall cast the deciding vote.
    Members of the Board shall be appointed by the Director after consultation with appropriate professional organizations and consumer groups. The term of office of each shall be 4 years. Before a member's term expires, the Director shall appoint a successor to assume member's duties at the expiration of his or her predecessor's term. A vacancy shall be filled by appointment for the unexpired term. The members shall annually designate one member as chairman. No member of the Board who has served 2 successive, full terms may be reappointed. The Director may remove members for good cause.
    Members of the Board shall receive reimbursement for actual and necessary travel and for other expenses, not to exceed the limit established by the Department.
(Source: P.A. 98-827, eff. 1-1-15.)

225 ILCS 50/17

    (225 ILCS 50/17) (from Ch. 111, par. 7417)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 98-827)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2016)
    Sec. 17. Duties of the Board. The Board shall advise the Department in all matters relating to this Act and shall assist as requested by the Director.
    The Board shall respond to issues and problems relating to the improvement of services to the hearing-impaired and shall make such recommendations as it considers advisable. It shall file an annual report with the Director and shall meet at least twice a year. The Board may meet at any time at the call of the chair.
    The Board shall recommend specialized education programs for persons wishing to become licensed as hearing instrument dispensers and shall, by rule, establish minimum standards of continuing education required for license renewal. No more than 5 hours of continuing education credit per year, however, can be obtained through programs sponsored by hearing instrument manufacturers.
    The Board shall hear charges brought against hearing instrument dispensers and shall recommend disciplinary action to the Director.
    Members of the Board are immune from liability in any action based upon a licensing proceeding or other act performed in good faith as a member of the Board.
(Source: P.A. 93-525, eff. 8-12-03.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 98-827)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2016)
    Sec. 17. Duties of the Board. The Board shall advise the Department in all matters relating to this Act and shall assist as requested by the Director.
    The Board shall respond to issues and problems relating to the improvement of services to the deaf or hard of hearing and shall make such recommendations as it considers advisable. It shall file an annual report with the Director and shall meet at least twice a year. The Board may meet at any time at the call of the chair.
    The Board shall recommend specialized education programs for persons wishing to become licensed as hearing instrument dispensers and shall, by rule, establish minimum standards of continuing education required for license renewal. No more than 5 hours of continuing education credit per year, however, can be obtained through programs sponsored by hearing instrument manufacturers.
    The Board shall hear charges brought by any person against hearing instrument dispensers and shall recommend disciplinary action to the Director.
    Members of the Board are immune from liability in any action based upon a licensing proceeding or other act performed in good faith as a member of the Board.
(Source: P.A. 98-827, eff. 1-1-15.)

225 ILCS 50/18

    (225 ILCS 50/18) (from Ch. 111, par. 7418)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2016)
    Sec. 18. Discipline by the Department. The Department may refuse to issue or renew a license or it may revoke, suspend, place on probation, censure, fine, or reprimand a licensee for any of the following:
        (a) Material misstatement in furnishing information
    
to the Department or to any other State or federal agency.
        (b) Violations of this Act, or the rules promulgated
    
hereunder.
        (c) Conviction of any crime under the laws of the
    
United States or any state or territory thereof which is a felony or misdemeanor, an essential element of dishonesty, or of any crime which is directly related to the practice of the profession.
        (d) Making any misrepresentation for the purpose of
    
obtaining a license or renewing a license, including falsification of the continuing education requirement.
        (e) Professional incompetence.
        (f) Malpractice.
        (g) Aiding or assisting another person in violating
    
any provision of this Act or the rules promulgated hereunder.
        (h) Failing, within 30 days, to provide in writing
    
information in response to a written request made by the Department.
        (i) Engaging in dishonorable, unethical or
    
unprofessional conduct which is likely to deceive, defraud or harm the public.
        (j) Knowingly employing, directly or indirectly, any
    
suspended or unlicensed person to perform any services covered by this Act.
        (k) Habitual intoxication or addiction to the use of
    
drugs.
        (l) Discipline by another state, the District of
    
Columbia, territory, or a foreign nation, if at least one of the grounds for the discipline is the same or substantially equivalent to those set forth herein.
        (m) Directly or indirectly giving to or receiving
    
from any person, firm, corporation, partnership, or association any fee, commission, rebate, or other form of compensation for any service not actually rendered. Nothing in this paragraph (m) affects any bona fide independent contractor or employment arrangements among health care professionals, health facilities, health care providers, or other entities, except as otherwise prohibited by law. Any employment arrangements may include provisions for compensation, health insurance, pension, or other employment benefits for the provision of services within the scope of the licensee's practice under this Act. Nothing in this paragraph (m) shall be construed to require an employment arrangement to receive professional fees for services rendered.
        (n) A finding by the Board that the licensee, after
    
having his or her license placed on probationary status has violated the terms or probation.
        (o) Willfully making or filing false records or
    
reports.
        (p) Willfully failing to report an instance of
    
suspected child abuse or neglect as required by the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act.
        (q) Physical illness, including but not limited to,
    
deterioration through the aging process, or loss of motor skill which results in the inability to practice the profession with reasonable judgement, skill or safety.
        (r) Solicitation of services or products by
    
advertising that is false or misleading. An advertisement is false or misleading if it:
            (1) contains an intentional misrepresentation of
        
fact;
            (2) contains a false statement as to the
        
licensee's professional achievements, education, skills, or qualifications in the hearing instrument dispensing profession;
            (3) makes a partial disclosure of a relevant
        
fact, including:
                (i) the advertisement of a discounted price
            
of an item without identifying in the advertisement or at the location of the item either the specific product being offered at the discounted price or the usual price of the item; and
                (ii) the advertisement of the price of a
            
specifically identified hearing instrument if more than one hearing instrument appears in the same advertisement without an accompanying price;
            (4) contains a representation that a product
        
innovation is new when, in fact, the product was first offered by the manufacturer to the general public in this State not less than 12 months before the date of the advertisement;
            (5) contains any other representation, statement,
        
or claim that is inherently misleading or deceptive; or
            (6) contains information that the licensee
        
manufactures hearing instruments at the licensee's office location unless the following statement includes a statement disclosing that the instruments are manufactured by a specified manufacturer and assembled by the licensee.
        (s) Participating in subterfuge or misrepresentation
    
in the fitting or servicing of a hearing instrument.
        (t) (Blank).
        (u) Representing that the service of a licensed
    
physician or other health professional will be used or made available in the fitting, adjustment, maintenance, or repair of hearing instruments when that is not true, or using the words "doctor", "audiologist", "clinic", "Clinical Audiologist", "Certified Hearing Aid Audiologist", "State Licensed", "State Certified", "Hearing Care Professional", "Licensed Hearing Instrument Dispenser", "Licensed Hearing Aid Dispenser", "Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist", "Hearing Instrument Specialist", "Licensed Audiologist", or any other term, abbreviation or symbol which would give the impression that service is being provided by persons who are licensed or awarded a degree or title, or that the person's service who is holding the license has been recommended by a governmental agency or health provider, when such is not the case.
        (v) Advertising a manufacturer's product or using a
    
manufacturer's name or trademark implying a relationship which does not exist.
        (w) Directly or indirectly giving or offering
    
anything of value to any person who advises another in a professional capacity, as an inducement to influence the purchase of a product sold or offered for sale by a hearing instrument dispenser or influencing persons to refrain from dealing in the products of competitors.
        (x) Conducting business while suffering from a
    
contagious disease.
        (y) Engaging in the fitting or sale of hearing
    
instruments under a name with fraudulent intent.
        (z) Dispensing a hearing instrument to a person who
    
has not been given tests utilizing appropriate established procedures and instrumentation in the fitting of hearing instruments, except where there is the replacement of a hearing instrument, of the same make and model within one year of the dispensing of the original hearing instrument.
        (aa) Unavailability or unwillingness to adequately
    
provide for service or repair of hearing instruments fitted and sold by the dispenser.
        (bb) Violating the regulations of the Federal Food
    
and Drug Administration or the Federal Trade Commission as they affect hearing instruments.
        (cc) Violating any provision of the Consumer Fraud
    
and Deceptive Business Practices Act.
        (dd) Violating the Health Care Worker Self-Referral
    
Act.
    The Department, with the approval of the Board, may impose a fine not to exceed $1,000 plus costs for the first violation and not to exceed $5,000 plus costs for each subsequent violation of this Act, and the rules promulgated hereunder, on any person or entity described in this Act. Such fine may be imposed as an alternative to any other disciplinary measure, except for probation. The imposition by the Department of a fine for any violation does not bar the violation from being alleged in subsequent disciplinary proceedings. Such fines shall be deposited in the Fund.
(Source: P.A. 96-1482, eff. 11-29-10.)

225 ILCS 50/18.5

    (225 ILCS 50/18.5)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2016)
    Sec. 18.5. Suspension of license for failure to pay restitution. The Department, without further process or hearing, shall suspend the license or other authorization to practice of any person issued under this Act who has been certified by court order as not having paid restitution to a person under Section 8A-3.5 of the Illinois Public Aid Code or under Section 17-10.5 or 46-1 of the Criminal Code of 1961 or the Criminal Code of 2012. A person whose license or other authorization to practice is suspended under this Section is prohibited from practicing until the restitution is made in full.
(Source: P.A. 96-1551, eff. 7-1-11; 97-1150, eff. 1-25-13.)

225 ILCS 50/19

    (225 ILCS 50/19) (from Ch. 111, par. 7419)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2016)
    Sec. 19. Injunctions; civil penalties.
    (a) The practice of fitting, dispensing, and servicing hearing instruments by any person not at that time in possession of a valid and current license under this Act is hereby declared to be a Class A misdemeanor. The Director of the Department, through the Attorney General or the State's Attorney of any county, may maintain an action in the name of the people of the State of Illinois and may apply for an injunction in the circuit court to enjoin such person from engaging in such practice. Any person may apply for an injunction in the circuit court to enjoin a person from engaging without a license in practices for which a license is required under this Act. Upon the filing of a verified petition in such court, the court, if satisfied by affidavit or otherwise, that such person has been engaged in such practice without a current license to do so, may enter a temporary restraining order without notice or bond, enjoining the defendant from such further practice. A copy of the verified complaint shall be served upon the defendant and the proceedings shall thereafter be conducted as other civil cases. If it is established that the defendant has been, or is engaged in any unlawful practice, the court may enter an order or judgment perpetually enjoining the defendant from further such practice. In all proceedings hereunder, the court, in its discretion, may apportion the costs among the parties interested in the action, including cost of filing the complaint, service of process, witness fees and expenses, court reporter charges and reasonable attorneys fees. In case of violation of any injunctive order entered pursuant to this Section, the court, may try and punish the offender for contempt of court. Such injunctive proceedings shall be in addition to all penalties and other remedies in this Act. Any such costs that may accrue to the Department shall be placed in the Fund.
    (b) A person who engages in the selling of hearing instruments or the practice of fitting, dispensing, or servicing hearing instruments or displays a sign, advertises, or represents himself or herself as a person who practices the fitting and selling of hearing instruments without being licensed or exempt under this Act shall, in addition to any other penalty provided by law, pay a civil penalty to the Department in an amount not to exceed $5,000 for each offense, as determined by the Department. The civil penalty shall be assessed by the Department after a hearing is held in accordance with the provisions set forth in this Act regarding the provision of a hearing for the discipline of a licensee.
    (c) The Department may investigate any actual, alleged, or suspected unlicensed activity.
    (d) The civil penalty shall be paid within 60 days after the effective date of the order imposing the civil penalty. The order shall constitute a judgment and may be filed and execution had thereon in the same manner as any judgment from any court of record.
(Source: P.A. 89-72, eff. 12-31-95.)

225 ILCS 50/20

    (225 ILCS 50/20) (from Ch. 111, par. 7420)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2016)
    Sec. 20. Inactive status. A hearing instrument dispenser who notifies the Department, on the prescribed forms, may place his or her license on inactive status and shall be exempt from payment of renewal fees until he or she notifies the Department in writing, of the intention to resume the practice of testing, fitting, dispensing, selecting, recommending, and servicing hearing instruments and pays the current renewal fee and demonstrates compliance with any continuing education that may be required. However, if such period of inactive status is more than 2 years, the hearing instrument dispenser shall also provide the Department with sworn evidence certifying to active practice in another jurisdiction that is satisfactory to the Department. If such person has not practiced in any jurisdiction for 2 years or more, he or she shall be required to restore his or her license by retaking and passing the examinations required in Section 8. Any hearing instrument dispenser whose license is on inactive status shall not practice in Illinois.
(Source: P.A. 89-72, eff. 12-31-95.)

225 ILCS 50/21

    (225 ILCS 50/21) (from Ch. 111, par. 7421)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2016)
    Sec. 21. The Department may investigate the actions of any applicant, corporation, partnership, trust, association or other entity, or any person holding or claiming to hold a license. The Department shall, before refusing to issue a license or disciplining a registrant or a corporation, partnership, trust, association or other entity, notify, in writing, at least 10 days prior to the date set for the hearing, the applicant for, or holder of, a license, or corporation, partnership, trust, association or other entity. The notification shall set forth the charges against the person, corporation, partnership, trust, association, or other entity which form the basis for the refusal to issue a license or the disciplinary action taken. If the person, corporation, partnership, trust, association, or other entity desires to contest any Department action under this Section he, she or the corporation, partnership, trust, association, or other entity shall send a written request for a hearing to the Department within 10 days of receipt of notice of the Department's action. If timely requested by the person or the corporation, partnership, trust, association, or other entity, the date of the hearing shall be set by the Department. The hearing shall determine whether the applicant or licensee is entitled to hold such license, and shall afford such person an opportunity to be heard in person or by counsel. A hearing shall also determine whether a corporation, partnership, trust, association, or other entity is subject to disciplinary action, and shall afford such entities an opportunity to be heard by their representative or by counsel. Such written notice may be served by certified or registered mail to the respondent at its last known address. Upon receipt of a request in writing for a hearing, a duly qualified employee of the Department designated in writing by the Director and approved by the Board as a hearing officer shall conduct a hearing to review the decision. Notice of the time and place of the hearing shall be given to the person or corporation, partnership, trust, association, or other entity at least 10 days prior to the date set for the hearing. At the time and place fixed in the notice, the hearing officer shall hear the charges and the parties shall be accorded opportunity to present such statements, testimony and evidence as may be pertinent to the charges or defenses. The hearing officer may continue such hearing from time to time. Pursuant to rule, the Director may conduct informal hearings, and shall so inform the Board. The Director, Board or hearing officer may compel, by subpoena, the attendance and testimony of witnesses and the production of books and papers and may administer oaths.
(Source: P.A. 86-800.)

225 ILCS 50/22

    (225 ILCS 50/22) (from Ch. 111, par. 7422)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2016)
    Sec. 22. Findings and recommendations of the Board. At the conclusion of the hearing, the hearing officer shall make findings of fact in such hearing to the Board. The Board shall review the findings of fact and present to the Director a written report of its finding and recommendation as to whether or not the accused person violated this Act or failed to comply with the conditions required in this Act or any rule promulgated under this Act. The Board shall specify the nature of the violation or failure to comply and shall make its recommendations to the Director.
    The report of findings and recommendation of the Board shall be the basis for the Department's action with respect to licensees or the imposition of any disciplinary action unless the Director determines that the report and recommendation is contrary to the manifest weight of the evidence, in which case the Director may issue an order in contravention of the report and recommendation. The findings are not admissible in evidence against the person in a criminal prosecution brought for the violation of this Act, but the hearing and findings are not a bar to a criminal prosecution brought for violating this Act.
(Source: P.A. 89-72, eff. 12-31-95.)

225 ILCS 50/23

    (225 ILCS 50/23) (from Ch. 111, par. 7423)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2016)
    Sec. 23. The Department, at its expense, shall preserve a record of all proceedings at the formal hearing of any case involving the refusal to issue a license or to discipline a licensee. The notice of hearing, the complaint and all other documents in the nature of pleadings and written motions filed in the proceedings, the transcript of testimony, the report of the Board and the orders of the Department shall be the record of such proceeding.
    In any case involving the refusal to issue a license or to discipline a licensee, a copy of the Board's report shall be served upon the respondent by the Department, as provided in this Act for the service of the notice of hearing. Within 20 days after such service, the respondent may present to the Department a motion in writing for a rehearing, which motion shall specify the particular grounds therefor. If no motion for rehearing is filed, then upon the expiration of the time specified for filing such a motion, or if a motion for rehearing is denied, then upon such denial, the Director may enter an order in accordance with recommendations of the Board. If the respondent orders and pays for a transcript of the record within the time for filing a motion for rehearing, the 20-day period within which such a motion may be filed shall commence upon the delivery of the transcript to the respondent.
    Whenever the Director is satisfied that substantial justice has not been done either in an examination or in the revocation, suspension or refusal to issue a license, the Director may order a re-examination or rehearing.
(Source: P.A. 86-800.)

225 ILCS 50/24

    (225 ILCS 50/24) (from Ch. 111, par. 7424)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2016)
    Sec. 24. If any licensee violates any provision of this Act, the Director may, through the Attorney General, petition, for an order enjoining such violation or for an order enforcing compliance with this Act or any rule issued pursuant hereto. Upon the filing of a verified petition in such court, the court may enter a temporary restraining order, without notice or bond, enjoining such continued violation, and if it is established that such person has violated or is violating the injunctive order, the Court may punish the offender for contempt of court. Proceedings under this Section shall be in addition to all other remedies and penalties.
(Source: P.A. 86-800.)

225 ILCS 50/25

    (225 ILCS 50/25) (from Ch. 111, par. 7425)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2016)
    Sec. 25. Any circuit court may, upon application of the prosecutor or of the applicant or licensee against whom disciplinary proceedings are pending, enter an order requiring the attendance of witnesses and their testimony, and the production of documents, papers, files, books and records in connection with any hearing or investigation. The court may compel obedience to its order by proceedings for contempt.
(Source: P.A. 86-800.)

225 ILCS 50/26

    (225 ILCS 50/26) (from Ch. 111, par. 7426)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2016)
    Sec. 26. Upon the revocation or suspension of any license, the licensee shall forthwith surrender the license to the Department and if such person fails to do so, the Department shall seize such license.
(Source: P.A. 86-800.)

225 ILCS 50/27

    (225 ILCS 50/27) (from Ch. 111, par. 7427)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2016)
    Sec. 27. Restoration of certificate. At any time after the suspension or revocation of any license, the Department may restore it to the accused person, upon the written recommendation of the Board.
(Source: P.A. 86-800.)

225 ILCS 50/27.1

    (225 ILCS 50/27.1) (from Ch. 111, par. 7427.1)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2016)
    Sec. 27.1. Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 21 of this Act, the Director shall have the authority to appoint any attorney duly licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois to serve as hearing officer in any action for refusal to issue or renew a license, or discipline of an applicant or licensee regulated by this Act. The Director shall notify the Board of any such appointment. The hearing officer shall have full authority to conduct the hearing. The hearing officer shall report his findings of fact, conclusions of law and recommendations to the Board and the Director. The Board shall have 60 days from receipt of the report to review the report of the hearing officer and present their findings of fact, conclusions of law and recommendations to the Director. If the Board fails to present its report within the 60-day period, the Director shall issue an order based on the report of the hearing officer. If the Director disagrees in any regard with the report of the Board or hearing officer, he may issue an order in contravention thereof. The Director shall provide a written explanation to the Board on any such deviation, and shall specify with particularity the reasons for such action in the final order. Members of the Board may be present at all formal hearings brought under the provisions of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 86-800.)

225 ILCS 50/28

    (225 ILCS 50/28) (from Ch. 111, par. 7428)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2016)
    Sec. 28. The Department shall not be required to certify any record to the Court or to file any answer in court or otherwise appear in any court in a judicial review proceeding, unless there is filed in the court, with the complaint, a receipt from the Department acknowledging payment of the costs of furnishing and certifying the record, which costs shall be computed at the rate of 20 cents per page of such record. Failure on the part of the plaintiff to file such receipt in court shall be grounds for dismissal of the action.
(Source: P.A. 83-928.)

225 ILCS 50/29

    (225 ILCS 50/29) (from Ch. 111, par. 7429)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2016)
    Sec. 29. An order or a certified copy thereof, over the seal of the Department and purporting to be signed by the Director, shall be prima facie proof:
    (a) That such signature is the signature of the Director;
    (b) That the Director is duly appointed and qualified; and
    (c) That the Board, and the members thereof, are qualified to act.
(Source: P.A. 83-928.)

225 ILCS 50/30

    (225 ILCS 50/30) (from Ch. 111, par. 7430)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2016)
    Sec. 30. The determination by a circuit court that a licensee is subject to involuntary admission or judicial admission, as provided in the "Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code", approved September 5, 1978, as amended, operates as an automatic suspension of his license. Such suspension will end upon a finding by a court that the patient is no longer subject to involuntary admission or judicial admission and the court issues an order so finding and discharging the patient and upon the recommendation of the Board to the Director that the licensee be allowed to resume his practice.
(Source: P.A. 86-800.)

225 ILCS 50/31

    (225 ILCS 50/31) (from Ch. 111, par. 7431)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2016)
    Sec. 31. The provisions of "The Illinois Administrative Procedure Act", approved September 22, 1975, as amended, shall apply to this Act. All final administrative decisions of the Department are subject to judicial review pursuant to the provisions of Article III of the "Code of Civil Procedure", approved August 19, 1981, as amended. Any circuit court, upon the application of the licensee or the Department, may order the attendance of witnesses and the production of relevant records in any Departmental hearing relative to the application for or refusal, recall, suspension or revocation of a license.
(Source: P.A. 98-756, eff. 7-16-14.)

225 ILCS 50/32

    (225 ILCS 50/32) (from Ch. 111, par. 7432)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2016)
    Sec. 32. It is declared to be the public policy of this State, pursuant to paragraphs (h) and (i) of Section 6 of Article VII of the Illinois Constitution of 1970, that any power or function set forth in this Act to be exercised by the State is an exclusive State power or function. Such power or function shall not be exercised concurrently, either directly or indirectly, by any unit of local government, including home rule units, except as otherwise provided in this Act.
(Source: P.A. 83-928.)

225 ILCS 50/32.5

    (225 ILCS 50/32.5)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2016)
    Sec. 32.5. Effect of amendatory Act of 1995. All rights and obligations incurred and any actions commenced under this Act shall not be impaired by the enactment of this amendatory Act of 1995. Rules adopted under this Act, unless clearly inconsistent with the provisions of this amendatory Act of 1995, shall remain in effect until amended or rescinded. All licenses issued under this Act before the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1995 are valid and are subject to the same authority of the Department to revoke or suspend them as are licenses issued after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1995.
(Source: P.A. 89-72, eff. 12-31-95.)

225 ILCS 50/33

    (225 ILCS 50/33) (from Ch. 111, par. 7433)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2016)
    Sec. 33. Violation of Act; unlawful practice. The advertising, offering for sale, sale, or distribution of hearing instrument goods and services to consumers by any person in violation of any of the provisions of this Act is an unlawful practice pursuant to Section 2Z of the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act.
(Source: P.A. 92-16, eff. 6-28-01.)

225 ILCS 50/34

    (225 ILCS 50/34) (from Ch. 111, par. 7434)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2016)
    Sec. 34. All remedies, penalties and authority granted to the Attorney General by the "Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act", approved July 24, 1961, as now or hereafter amended, shall be available to him for the enforcement of this Act, and Sections 3, 4, 5, 6, 6.1, 7 and 10 of that Act are hereby incorporated by reference into this Act. In addition, in any action brought by the Attorney General to enforce this Act, the court may order that persons who incurred actual damages be awarded the amount at which actual damages are assessed.
(Source: P.A. 96-328, eff. 8-11-09.)