N.Y. General Business Law Section 789

As used in this article:


“Account” shall mean the hearing aid dispensing account.


“Audiologist” means an individual who is licensed under article one hundred fifty-nine of the education law to evaluate hearing, and hearing and communication disorders and to engage in those practices defined in Education Law § 8203 (Definition of practice of audiology)section eighty-two hundred three of the education law.


“Board” shall mean the hearing aid dispensing advisory board.


“Business” means any individual, partnership, trust, association, organization or corporation.


“Department” means the department of state.


“Dispensing of hearing aids” means the act of fitting, selecting, selling, renting, adapting or servicing of hearing aids or any other instrument to compensate for impaired hearing; provided that such term shall include testing of hearing, solely for the purpose of fitting, selecting, selling, distribution, renting, adapting or servicing hearing aids or any instrument to compensate for impaired hearing, the making of impressions, castings and shells and appropriate counseling and instructions pertaining to the selection, adaptation and sale or rental of hearing aids and further provided that such term shall include any tasks, procedures, acts, or practices that are necessary (a) for the non-diagnostic testing of hearing solely for the purpose of fitting a hearing aid;


for training in the use of amplification including hearing aids;


for the making of ear molds for hearing aids;


for the fitting, dispensing, and sale of hearing aids; or


for otoscopic observation of solely the ear canal for the purposes of fitting, dispensing or sale of hearing aids; provided, however, that nothing contained in this subdivision shall be deemed to permit the performance of or reference to an otoscopic evaluation for medical diagnosis; and


for those other procedures necessary to determine proper amplification needs and the specific hearing aid which will be of maximum benefit to aid or to compensate for the impaired ear. Testing for the purpose of fitting a hearing aid shall include only such tests meeting standards acceptable to the secretary as needed to verify the optimum fitting characteristics and circuitry of any hearing aids or amplification devices needed and shall not be for the purposes of, make any reference to, or include any medical diagnosis whatsoever. No hearing aid dispenser shall verbally or in writing make a statement or reference to a prospective hearing aid user regarding any medical condition or diagnosis except such communications required pursuant to paragraph (c) of subdivision eight of § 798 (Business practice)section seven hundred ninety-eight of this article. Nothing in this subdivision shall restrict or limit any person licensed under article one hundred fifty-nine of the education law from performing any activity authorized thereunder; provided, however, that every such person shall be registered as a hearing aid dispenser pursuant to the requirements of this article in order to dispense hearing aids.


“Hearing aid” means any wearable instrument or device designed for or offered for the purpose of aiding or compensating for impaired human hearing and any parts, attachments or accessories but excluding batteries and cords or accessories thereto.


“Hearing aid dispenser” means any person twenty-one years of age or older or an audiologist licensed under article one hundred fifty-nine of the education law who is engaged in the dispensing of hearing aids who is registered and dispensing hearing aids in accordance with this article.


“Otolaryngologist” means a physician licensed under article one hundred thirty-one of the education law, who practices that branch of medicine which treats diseases of the ear, nose and throat.


“Secretary” means the secretary of state.


“Sell” or “sale” means any transfer of title or of the right of use by sale, conditional sales contract, lease bailments, including rentals of hearing aids hire-purchase, or any other means; excluding wholesale transactions of dealers and distributors.


“Trainee” means a person twenty-one years of age or older, who upon receiving a temporary certificate of registration, is studying hearing aid dispensing full-time for the purpose of qualifying to sit for the registration examination.

Source: Section 789 — Definitions, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/GBS/789 (updated Sep. 22, 2014; accessed Dec. 2, 2023).

Dec. 2, 2023

Last modified:
Sep. 22, 2014

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