(225 ILCS 50/3)
(from Ch. 111, par. 7403)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2026)
As used in this Act, except as the context
"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
as an audiologist under the Illinois Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
"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
"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
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
"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
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
(Source: P.A. 98-362, eff. 8-16-13; 98-827, eff. 1-1-15