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Public Comment Period for Proposed Rule Language Regarding Compliance with COVID-19 Executive Orders

The Health Licensing Office has filed a proposed Oregon Administrative Rule with the Oregon Secretary of State, which has been published in the September 2​020, Oregon Bulletin. The rule clarifies the potential consequences of an authorization holder failing to comply with an Executive Order issued by the Governor or failing to comply with state agency guidance during a declared disaster or emergency.

This proposed rule language will replace temporary rule 331-020-0078, that took effect on May 15, 2020.

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Practitioner information

The following regulated profession is overseen by the Advisory Council on Hearing Aids. Learn more about applying for a license, associated fees, laws, rules and more by following the link below:

Petition to Repeal or Amend OARs

Consumer Information

The following information is provided for consumers or potential consumers of hearing aids.

Find a Licensed Hearing Aid Specialist

Use the public database of the Health Licensing Office (HLO) to find a licensed hearing aid specialist. When you access the database, it will open in a separate browser window. When there, take the following steps:

  • Board: Choose "HAS - Advisory Council on Hearing Aids"
  • License Type: Choose "P - Hearing Aid Specialist, Permanent"
  • Status: Choose "Active - Active"
  • Type in city or postal code information to find a licensed specialist by geographic area.

The database does not currently include business contact information (phone and street address). Until it does, we suggest using a print or online business directory, or conduct a web search with the specialist's name, key words "hearing aids" and the city or zip code you are looking for.

About the Council

The Advisory Council on Hearing Aids oversees the practice of hearing aid specialists in the State of Oregon. Hearing aid specialists recommend, select or adapt hearing aids and may alter, adjust or reconstruct hearing aids specifications for proper functionality, such as taking ear impressions for proper fit. The Council is composed of:

  • One physician licensed in Oregon by the Oregon Medical Board who is certified in otolaryngology (an ear, nose and throat specialist, or ENT).
  • One member who holds a clinical certification in audiology with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is a member in good standing with that association as well as licensed as an audiologist in Oregon by the Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.
  • Four individuals who are licensed by HLO to dispense, or sell, hearing aids under Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) Chapter 694.015 to 694.170.
  • One public member who is a consumer of hearing aids and does not possess the professional qualifications of the other members.

Terms of office are four years with the possibility of being reappointed to a second term, however; members are appointed and serve at the pleasure of the Governor.

Board members

Rod Walker

Rod Walker

Term: 2nd Full
Term end: 12/9/2020
Happy Valley


Rod Walker gradually began losing his hearing in 1999 and by 2001 had in the canal hearing aids in both ears. As his hearing continued to deteriorate, he received his second and third set of hearing aids (both behind the ear) in 2004 and 2008. He began using FM wireless technology and assisted listening devices to further expand his hearing ability. At the encouragement of his audiologist, he was tested for a cochlear implant and qualified in 2009. For the next year he wore one hearing aid and one cochlear implant. In 2010 he qualified for a second cochlear implant and began a new life of significantly improved hearing.

“My audiologists saved my life. They are people I will never forget. They truly cared about me and made a remarkable difference in my hearing journey,” he says. “I want to help all Oregonians have that kind of hearing experience.”

Todd Landsberg

Term: 1st Full
Term end: 5/8/2022
Coos Bay


Dr. Landsberg was appointed to the Advisory Council on Hearing Aids in January 2019. He was diagnosed with hearing loss at age five and has worn hearing aids since then. He graduated from Baylor University in 2000, and went on to receive his doctorate in 2007, from the University of Florida. Dr. Landsberg won the distinguish Oticon Focus on People Award in 2008, and the Bend Lions Club awarded him the Helen Keller Benefactor in 2018. In 2014, Dr. Landsberg started his own clinic, South Coast Hearing Center, in Coos Bay, Oregon. He loves the outdoors, is an avid marathon runner, and has partnered with the Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation to provide hearing services for patients in Bend and Roseburg. His goal is to provide the highest quality of hearing healthcare.
Tiffany Parret

Tiffany Parret

Term: 2nd Full
Term end: 12/31/2020
Clackamas


Tiffany Parret has served the hearing-impaired community of the greater Portland area for more than a decade and has been a hearing aid specialist at Avada of Oregon since 2006. Parret also is a supervisor for hearing aid specialist trainees. Previously, she was Operations Manager at Cascade Hearing Centers from 2002 to 2006. Miss Parret majored in international business at Northeastern University in Boston and in economics at Lewis & Clark College in Portland. She is a member of the Oregon Hearing Society and the International Hearing Society. “I take great pride in staying up on the industry’s current events,” Parret said. “As a member of the Advisory Council on Hearing Aids, I’m allowed the opportunity to take that one step further and be involved in issues affecting the profession and consumers.”

Lorraine Henriques

Term: 1st Full
Term end: 1/27/2024
Portland


I have always been proud to say I was born and raised in New Jersey, the veritable melting pot of the country. I am from a historic town, Basking Ridge, which was as lovely as the name implies, and only one and a half hours from Manhattan.

I left for college in Vermont, and after a year in New Your City working at the World Trade Center for a brokerage company, I moved to Ithaca, NY to be with my fiance/high school sweetheart who was a student at Cornell University. I worked at the School of Vet Medicine in the Diagnostic Lab, and loved spending time on campus, and playing in the beautiful Finger Lakes region and Adirondack Mountains.

I was married and moved back to New Jersey where my husband attended Medical School and I worked in an Analytical Lab attached to a hospital. I was fortunate to work alongside devoted research fellows and began my life-long fascination with the brain.

Later in life, we lived in Maine, spent a year in Belize doing volunteer work, then, after three years living and working in Massachusetts, moved to the rural North Coast of California. My three children, Gabriel, Renee and Victor were educated at home and at a "Home Schooler's school" Mistwood Center for Education, where I taught Cooking and Nutrition, and occasionally, French. I also began a health food business with my good friend Ellen, and we brought our products to market in 1995. We concentrated on health food markets, and had success and learned a lot about running a business and the intricate balancing act of parenting and working. When our three children were teenagers, it was time to focus on helping them acheive their goals so we sold our business.

Our daughter Renee attended Reed College. I'd come up to visit her, then while driving home, I would think "well, someday I will find a way to live in Portland." I began working in outside sales again for a NJ-based company, and my career took off at a breakneck speed, but with an enormous amount of out-of-state travel every month.

My career in outside sales was challenging and I loved it, but knew it was time to take a new direction including one where I came home at night. I found myself fascinated with hearing when I helped my Uncle get a hearing test and hearing aids. I found Avada, and they supervised my training until I took the licensing exam and passed. I worked for other companies after I received my license, but returned in February 2018, when I was alerted of an opening. I love helping people hear better and am passionate about my profession and our role in improving lives through better hearing.

Doug Welsh

Term: 1st Partial
Term end: 9/30/2022
Junction City


​Doug Welsh has been a Hearing Instument Specialist since 2007, while working with World Wide Hearing in Eugene, OR. His territory stretched from Reedsport to Salem with most of his time spent in the greater Eugene area.

While working with World Wide Hearing, he had the opportunity to work at Costco in Salem and Albany, and in November of 2009, made the move to the Eugene Costco location to begin his employment with them.

Doug holds himself to a very high standard and prides himself in learing all the he can about new technology and accessories. There is much going on in the hearing industry at this time and he will continue to give the utmost care to his clients in regards to their health and safety.

In the past Doug has been a member of the Oregon Hearing Society and more recently became a member again. He currently serves the state of Oregon as a Hearing Aid Specialist proctor for the practical examination, and was recently sat on the Hearing Aid advisory committee to assist in rewriting the practical exam.

Doug believes the hearing aid industry is making substantial leaps in helping to change peoples lives by improving what the client is experiencing now and how we can change their lives is very rewarding. He also believes by providing professional and continuing care to clients, Hearing Instrument Specialists can contribute to making their lives and relationships better than their current situation.

"There is much going on in our industry with advancements in Artificial Intelligence and circuit miniaturization technology will be changing quickly. It will be interesting on where its heading."

The Advisory Council on Hearing Aids currently has an opening for a Hearing Aid Specialist. To apply, fill out the Application form.

The Advisory Council on Hearing Aids currently has an opening for a Otolaryngologist. To apply, fill out the Application form.

Board recruitment

Are you interested in serving as a volunteer citizen board member? HLO-regulated boards seek new members as current board member terms expire.

Overview of HLO-regulated professions and boards
Current vacancies and how to apply

Questions?

For licensing qualification questions, contact Qualifications Specialist Sarah Bye at 503-373-1989 or sarah.e.bye@dhsoha.state.or.us.

For policy questions, contact Policy Analyst Anne Thompson at 503-373-1904 or anne.p.thompson@dhsoha.state.or.us.

For board recruitment questions, contact Paige Sims at 503-373-1915 or paige.s.sims@dhsoha.state.or.us.

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