Legislation Impacting Audiology and the Provision of Audiological Services: A Review of Legislation Across the United States Purpose The purpose of this review was to investigate the legislation about the provision of audiology services. Specifically, the goal of the review was to investigate the similarities and differences in legislation regarding the identification of, and audiology services provided to, children with hearing loss. Method A systematic ... Review Article
Review Article  |   June 01, 2014
Legislation Impacting Audiology and the Provision of Audiological Services: A Review of Legislation Across the United States
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Jessica J. Messersmith
    University of South Dakota, Vermillion
  • Jill Lockie
    University of South Dakota, Vermillion
  • Lindsey Jorgensen
    University of South Dakota, Vermillion
  • Shana Bauer Vaith
    University of South Dakota, Vermillion
  • Elizabeth Falk
    University of South Dakota, Vermillion
  • Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.
    Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.×
  • Correspondence to Jessica J. Messersmith: Jessica.Messersmith@usd.edu
  • Editor: Larry Humes
    Editor: Larry Humes×
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Review Article   |   June 01, 2014
Legislation Impacting Audiology and the Provision of Audiological Services: A Review of Legislation Across the United States
American Journal of Audiology, June 2014, Vol. 23, 142-150. doi:10.1044/2014_AJA-13-0051
History: Received September 26, 2013 , Revised January 10, 2014 , Accepted February 21, 2014
 
American Journal of Audiology, June 2014, Vol. 23, 142-150. doi:10.1044/2014_AJA-13-0051
History: Received September 26, 2013; Revised January 10, 2014; Accepted February 21, 2014

Purpose The purpose of this review was to investigate the legislation about the provision of audiology services. Specifically, the goal of the review was to investigate the similarities and differences in legislation regarding the identification of, and audiology services provided to, children with hearing loss.

Method A systematic review was conducted to collect state-specific legislation regarding the audiology licensure requirements, requirements about the identification and management of children with hearing loss, and insurance coverage regulations. Compiled data were analyzed for similarities and differences between state regulations and legislature.

Results All states require audiologists to hold licensure; however, many differences exist between the requirements of acquiring and maintaining the license. Some states regulate the identification and management of children with hearing loss, whereas others do not. Additionally, states differ in their regulation of services provided to children with hearing loss, who can provide these services, and what is covered by insurance.

Conclusion It is critical for audiologists to understand the requirements of their state in the provision of audiology services. Specifically, it is important for audiologists to understand how the laws may impact the services they provide to children with hearing loss.

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