HB 326 Is Now A Law

Maryland Audiologists, Hearing Aid Dispensers and Speech-Language Pathologists Act Revision - HB 326 of 2007 was signed by Governor Martin O’Malley on May 8, 2007.

HB 326 is now law. The legislation revised the Board’s statute to conform to current standards within the professions of audiology, hearing aid dispensing and speech-language pathology.

Effective October 1, 2007 any newly hired personnel who provide speech-language pathology services in the public schools must be licensed as a speech-language pathologist or as a speech-language pathology assistant. The law does not apply to individuals hired prior to October 1, 2007 who have remained in continous service. Students enrolled in graduate programs in speech-language pathology are exempt from the license requirement while obtaining clinical hours as part of an accredited program of study. §2-301.(a)(2)

Effective September 30, 2007 an applicant for a full license as an audiologist will be required to have a doctoral degree. An audiologist who received a license based on a master’s degree prior to September 30, 2007, will qualify for a license to practice in Maryland. § 2-302.(c)(1)(i)

Effective January 1, 2008, an applicant to become a hearing aid dispenser will be required to have a two year degree from an accredited college or university. Hearing Aid Dispensers will also be required to complete the comprehensive coursework on hearing aid dispensing sponsored by the International Hearing Society prior to sitting for the licensing examination. § 2-302.1(a)