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Rule Petition to Amend or Repeal OARs Regarding Tinnitus

Monday, August 10, 2020

​The Health Licensing Office (Office) and the Advisory Council on Hearing Aids (Council) received a rule petition seeking to amend or repeal the administrative rules regarding tinnitus.

The tinnitus rules (OAR) 331-670-0010(11), and 331-670-0020(1)(c) went into effect on July 1, 2018, and provided clarity to licensees regarding their scope of practice, which is set forth in Oregon statute. A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) was created to help licensees understand their role in managing the tinnitus.

Per ORS 183.390: 

If a petition requesting the amendment or repeal of a rule is submitted to an agency under this section, the agency shall invite public comment upon the rule.

This is an invitation to comment on the language of the rule petition as well as the current tinnitus rules. The Office and Council are asking those who respond to include feedback on whether options exist for achieving the rules' substantive goals in a way that reduces the negative impact on business, per ORS 183.390.

Public comment will be taken until 12 p.m. noon on September 10, 2020. Comments must be submitted in writing and can be sent via email to Anne Thompson at:, or sent via postal mail to:

Attn: Anne Thompson
Health Licensing Office
1430 Tandem Ave. NE, Suite 180

Salem, OR 97301-2192

There will not be a public hearing as the Office is closed to the public during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The written comments will be compiled and presented to the Council at their next meeting, which is scheduled for 9 a.m. on October 16, 2020. At this time, the Office does not know if the meeting will be in person or telephonic; it will depend on the pandemic and Governor's guidance at that time.


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