(225 ILCS 50/4) (from Ch. 111, par. 7404)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2026)
    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.)