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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 1, 2011

Hearing aid specialist application deadline set

COLUMBIA, S.C. – People who want to take the qualifying examination for licensure as a hearing aid specialist have until Feb. 14 to submit an application and a $95 fee to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, the agency announced today.

DHEC's Division of Health Licensing will administer the written portion of the examination on March 8. Those who pass the written portion of the examination may be given the practical portion on May 17. Applicants must pass both the written and practical portions to qualify for licensure.

"Anyone, including temporary permit holders or those who previously took the examination and did not pass, may apply to take the examination," said Chris Stephens of DHEC's Division of Health Licensing. "Anyone who fits and sells hearing aids, other than a South Carolina licensed medical doctor or audiologist, must possess a current hearing aid specialist license or temporary permit issued by DHEC."

Those who wish to take the examination should contact Stephens at (803) 545-4228 or via e-mail at: stephecb@dhec.sc.gov. Those wishing to take the examination may also contact Ed Jashinsky at (803) 545-4240 or via e-mail at: jashineh@dhec.sc.gov.

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For more information:
Adam Myrick – (803) 898-3884
E-mail – myrickar@dhec.sc.gov
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