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Doneen Hollingsworth, Secretary of Health

South Dakota Board of Hearing Aid Dispensers and Audiologists

Official Board Meeting Minutes
January 17, 2011

Teleconference

Members Present:
Robert Reierson, President
Michael Bartley, Member
Louise French, Secretary/Treasurer
Priscilla Romkema, Lay Member
Michael Colleran, Member

Members Absent:
None

 

Others Present: 
Carol Tellinghuisen, Executive Secretary 
Paula Spargur, Executive Assistant   

 

President Reierson called the meeting to order at 8:39 AM, MT.

 

CORRECTIONS OR ADDITIONS TO THE AGENDA:  There were no corrections or additions to the agenda.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM July 19, 2010:  Bartley moved and Romkema seconded to approve the minutes of the July 19, 2010 meeting. Motion carried by unanimous vote.

FINANCIAL REPORT:  Spargur reported as of December 31, 2010 year to date revenue of $12,471.07; year to date expenses of $10,876.82; and cash on hand of $51,029.69. Colleran moved and French seconded to approve the financial reports.  Motion carried by unanimous vote. 

Sponsor-I Understand page:  The Board reviewed and discussed the revised Sponsor’s Affidavit form which makes the sponsors role and responsibilities clearer.  The Board approved the revisions without objections.  The Board expressed their concern for the number of applicants that are failing the IHS written examination.  Discussion was held if Provisionally Licensed Hearing Aid Dispenser’s were receiving adequate preparation for the exam.  Reierson recommended applicant’s take the National Correspondence course before the exam.   Romkema stated this may cause fewer applicants but a stronger pool of applicants.  The Board office will do research of surrounding states and obtain pass/fail rates if available.  The Board also discussed contracts.  They agreed that defining a trial period would help consumers considerably.

Otoacoustic Emmission Screening Question:  The Board received a letter regarding approval of performing Otoacoustic Emmission Screenings.  The Board agreed they cannot interpret the law and the licensee will need to consult their own legal counsel.

COMPLAINTS INVESTIGATIONS UPDATE:  
#130 - Colleran recommended that complaint #130 be dismissed as complaint was resolved by Consumer Affairs.  French moved and Romkema seconded to dismiss.  Motion carried by roll call vote; Bartley, yes; French, yes; Reierson, yes; Romkema, yes.

#131 - Colleran recommended that complaint #131 be dismissed based on lack of substantive evidence.  Bartley moved and Romkema seconded to dismiss.  Motion carried by roll call vote; Bartley, yes; French, yes; Reierson, yes; Romkema, yes.

#132 - Colleran recommended that complaint #132 be dismissed based on lack of substantive evidence.  Reierson moved and French seconded to dismiss.  Motion carried by roll call vote; Bartley, yes; French, yes; Reierson, yes; Romkema, yes.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:  The Board discussed possible law changes for 2012 legislative session.  The Board office will research surrounding states educational requirements, trial periods and if sponsors are required to sign contracts rather than provisionally licensed dispensers.

SCHEDULE NEXT MEETING:  The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for July 18, 2011 at The Golden Hills Resort in Lead.    

Colleran moved and Romkema seconded to adjourn the meeting. Meeting adjourned at 9:43 AM, MT.