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Oct. 12, 2012

Exam revision for hearing aid specialists causes test delay

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Changes have been made to the testing procedures for hearing aid specialists, which have caused a delay in the practical exam in South Carolina, the state's Department of Health and Environmental Control announced today.

"Anyone who has taken and passed the written examination may apply to take the practical examination," said Terry English 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."

According to English, the International Hearing Society (IHS) is in the process of developing the new written examination testing procedure. The new examination is already being utilized and IHS is gathering data and evaluating results. However, the data-gathering process has resulted in significant delays from the Sept. 11, 2012, written examination results. As a consequence, administration of the scheduled Nov. 20 practical exam will be delayed until February 12, 2013.

Those who wish to take the examination should contact English at (803) 545-4458, or via e-mail at


For more information:
Jim Beasley - (803) 898-7769
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