Title 5
Businesses and Professions

Chapter 49
Hearing Aid Dealers and Fitters

R.I. Gen. Laws § 5-49-9

§ 5-49-9. Scope of examination.

The qualifying examination provided in § 5-49-7, “license by examination,” shall be designed to demonstrate the applicant’s adequate technical qualifications by:

(1) Testing knowledge in the following areas as they pertain to the fitting and sale of hearing aids:

(i) Basic physics of sound;

(ii) The anatomy and physiology of the ear; and

(iii) The function of hearing aids;

(2) Testing practical proficiency in the following techniques as they pertain to the fitting of hearing aids:

(i) Pure-tone audiometry, including air-conduction testing and bone-conduction testing;

(ii) Live voice or recorded voice-speech audiometry, including speech-reception threshold testing and speech-discrimination testing;

(iii) Masking when indicated;

(iv) Recording and evaluating audiograms and speech audiometry to determine proper selection and adaptation of a hearing aid;

(v) Taking ear mold impressions; and

(3) Testing knowledge of the medical and rehabilitation facilities for children and adults in the area being served.

History of Section.
P.L. 1973, ch. 243, § 1.