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 13, 2004

ROLL CALL:                         Kathleen Wachtler, Au.D, Chairman

                                                Steven Rademacher

                                                William Cooper, Ph.D.

                                                Kelley Olenick


ALSO PRESENT:                   Rayola Jacobsen, Bureau Chief

                                                Budd Hetrick, Deputy Bureau Chief

                                                Roger Hales, Administrative Attorney

                                                Cherie Simpson, Administrative Assistant II

                                                Janice Wiedrick, Office Specialist II


Chairman Wachtler called the meeting to order at 1:05p.m. 

Mr. Rademacher moved to approve the minutes of October 10, 2003 and November 13, 2003.  Ms. Olenick seconded and the motion carried. 

Ms. Jacobsen presented the Legislative report stating that the Rules have passed.  These included Sound Field Testing, license expiration, clarified the fees and Continuing Education requirements. 

Mr. Hetrick presented the financial report showing a negative cash balance of $17,778.02.  While the Bureau takes regular steps to cut and control operating expenses, legal fees, investigations, and business expenses continue to increase.

The Board is proposing a rule to increase renewal fees to increase revenue, and insure financial solvency. 

Mr. Hetrick presented the investigative report showing that thirteen complaints have been received this year, with four under investigation and eight awaiting Board action. 

For cases HAD-L2-2-2004-5; HAD-L2-2-2004-6; HAD-L2-2-2004-7; HAD-L2-2-2004-8; HAD-L2-2-2004-9; HAD-L2-2-2004-10; HAD-L2-2-2004-11; HAD-L2-2-2004-12, Mr. Rademacher moved to accept the recommendation of the Bureau to close all eight (8) without action.  Dr. Cooper seconded and the motion carried. 

For case HAD P3C-2-2002-8 Ms. Olenick moved to authorize closure without further action.  Mr. Rademacher seconded and the motion carried. 

For case  HAD-P3-2B-00-10   Kelley Olenick moved to authorize a consent order to require the respondent to: read texts on current hearing practices; write a report on hearing testing as it relates to pure tone, air, bone, speech and masking procedures; pay investigative and legal costs; and receive a letter of reprimand.  The report is to be written within six months and must be at least five typewritten 8 ½ by 11 inch pages, double spaced, with 12 point font, and referencing two current sources of information newer than 1999, and said report must be approved by the Board.  Mr. Rademacher seconded and the motion carried. 

Randell Brown, President of the Idaho Hearing Society made remarks. 


Ms. Jacobsen presented 12 responses to the postcard requesting a vote about increasing the renewal fees.  Nine were against the change, two were for the change and one asked questions.  There are 109 current licensed Hearing Aid Dealers and Fitters and the responses equaled 12% of licensees. 

Mr. Hetrick was asked to put the Board Financial Status Report on the website. 


Ms. Olenick moved to propose a rule to increase the renewal fee to $250.00.  Mr. Rademacher seconded and the motion carried. 

A letter will be sent directing all who responded to the postcard to the website for the report. 

Dr. Cooper moved to define “documentation of high school graduation or its equivalent” to include documentation of post-secondary education. Ms. Olenick seconded and the motion carried. 

Dr. Cooper moved to accept the following changes in Rule 200.02 and 200.4: 

1.      Rule 200.02 change regarding law & rule exam & obtaining a seventy (70%) percent score on all sectionss of the examination to pass. 

2.      Rule 200.04 change regarding additional education and a one year waiting period after three failures. 

Mr. Rademacher seconded and the motion carried unanimously. 

Ms. Olenick moved to go into executive session to consider records that are exempt from disclosure as provided in chapter 3, title 9, Idaho Code. Mr. Rademacher seconded and the motion carried. 

Ms. Olenick moved to come out of executive session. Mr. Rademacher seconded and the motion carried. 

Dr. Cooper moved to have the applicant HAD 0-18-03 BDF provide proof within the appropriate deadlines of passing the written portion of the International Hearing Exam (ILE), and then be required to take the practical exam and Idaho Law exam in November 2004.  Mr. Rademacher seconded and the motion carried. 

Ms. Olenick moved to re-instate the temporary permit for HAD-03-12-04 HAL without further action on his part.  Dr. Cooper seconded and the motion carried. 

Mr. Rademacher moved to have the exam moved to November 18th and 19th due to Veteran’s Day.  Ms. Olenick seconded and the motion carried. 

The Board members will develop questions for a new Law exam for review at the November 2004 meeting. 

The Board Business file was cleared with no action taken. 

The Quarterly reports were reviewed. 

The examination materials were reviewed and prepared for May 14, 2004. 

Mr. Rademacher moved that having no further business before them, the meeting adjourn at 4:35p.m.  Ms. Olenick seconded and the motion carried. 

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