Idaho State Board of Hearing Aid Dealers and Fitters
Bureau of Occupational Licenses
1109 Main Street, Suite 220
Boise, Idaho 83702-5642
(208) 334-3233


Minutes of May 8, 2003


ROLL CALL:                          Kathleen Wachtler, Au.D., Chairman

                                             William Cooper, Ph.D.

                                             Kelley Olenick

                                             Steven T. Rademacher


ALSO PRESENT:                   Rayola Jacobsen, Bureau Chief

                                            Budd Hetrick, Deputy Bureau Chief

                                            Roger Hales, Administrative Attorney

                                            Michelle Bissey, Investigator

                                            Janice Wiedrick, Office Specialist


                                            Randell Brown, President of Idaho Hearing Society


 Chairman Wachtler called the meeting to order at 1:15p.m. 

 Ms. Olenick moved to approve the minutes of November 7, 2002.  Mr. Rademacher seconded and the motion carried. 

Dr. Cooper moved to approve the minutes of the February 13, 2003 conference call.  Mr. Rademacher seconded and the motion carried. 


Ms. Jacobsen gave the legislative report that the law concerning the birth date renewal will become effective July 1, 2003. 

The on-line renewal process includes licensees is being audited for CE.  The applicant is notified that they must mail the continuing education list and documentation for the audit. 

Discussion was held on filling the vacancy on the Board.  The “Ear Nose and Throat” position is vacant since Dr. Gasser has moved out of state.  The Board of Medicine should be contacted for nominations, and the Idaho Hearing Society will send out the information in a newsletter asking for nominations. 

Mr. Hetrick presented the investigative report showing that five complaints have been received for 2003, four being open and under investigation.  Three complaints from previous years remain open. 

The financial report shows a negative balance of $13,728.23.  The renewals this year should bring the financial balance up and the new birth date renewals should help to keep the balance more consistent. 

Mr. Hetrick was complimented by the Board on how easy the Bureau and Board web sites were to navigate. 


The Board business file was cleared with no action taken. 

Randell Brown, President of the Idaho Hearing Society, addressed the Board. Mr. Brown indicated that he thinks the Board has moved away from the traditional Hearing Aid Dispenser and would like the Idaho Hearing Society to have more input on any future law and rule changes being contemplated. He said the Society feels that several issues need to be addressed by the Board.  

Mr. Brown declined to provide specific issues and was asked by the Board to put all of the concerns and complaints in a letter, together with possible suggestions to solve the problems, so the Board can review and take necessary action. 


The Board discussed standardizing the education requirement to two years of formal training before the examination.  It was noted that the training program is available in Oregon, and that Washington has passed the law requiring two years of formal training. Oregon is currently working on changing their law. Various other state requirements were discussed.  

The Board noted that, since Idaho is part of the Tri-State organization, Idaho should consider compatible changes.  

The Board members will conduct additional discovery and have further discussion of possible law changes at a conference call scheduled for July 12, 2003, at 9:00a.m. MDST.  

The Board discussed proposing rules limiting the number of times an examination can be taken and the conditions for further retakes.  

The Quarterly Reports were reviewed and changes to the report to comply with the new HIPPA regulations were discussed. Names or addresses should not be on the quarterly reports unless the Bureau maintains a confidentiality agreement.



One file for a temporary permit was reviewed and approved by the Board. 

The examination was set up for the exam to be held on May 9, 2003. 

By consensus the Board terminated files for lack of activity. 

Having no further business before them, the meeting adjourned at 4:00p.m. 

Licenses issued as a result of the May 9, 2003 examination: 

Tracy Lynn Barber             H-1015

Alison Ediger                     H-1018

Travis Rigby                      H-1005


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