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Subdivision 1.Applicability.

The definitions in this section apply to sections 153A.13 to 153A.18.

Subd. 2.Commissioner.

"Commissioner" means the commissioner of the Department of Health or a designee.

Subd. 3.Hearing instrument.

"Hearing instrument" means an instrument, or any of its parts, worn in the ear canal and designed to or represented as being able to aid or enhance human hearing. "Hearing instrument" includes the instrument's parts, attachments, or accessories, including, but not limited to, ear molds and behind the ear (BTE) devices with or without an ear mold. Batteries and cords are not parts, attachments, or accessories of a hearing instrument. Surgically implanted hearing instruments, and assistive listening devices not worn within the ear canal, are not hearing instruments.

Subd. 4.Hearing instrument dispensing.

"Hearing instrument dispensing" means making ear mold impressions, prescribing, or recommending a hearing instrument, assisting the consumer in instrument selection, selling hearing instruments at retail, or testing human hearing in connection with these activities regardless of whether the person conducting these activities has a monetary interest in the sale of hearing instruments to the consumer.

Subd. 5.Dispenser of hearing instruments.

"Dispenser of hearing instruments" means a natural person who engages in hearing instrument dispensing whether or not certified by the commissioner of health or licensed by an existing health-related board, except that a person described as follows is not a dispenser of hearing instruments:

(1) a student participating in supervised field work that is necessary to meet requirements of an accredited educational program if the student is designated by a title which clearly indicates the student's status as a student trainee; or

(2) a person who helps a dispenser of hearing instruments in an administrative or clerical manner and does not engage in hearing instrument dispensing.

A person who offers to dispense a hearing instrument, or a person who advertises, holds out to the public, or otherwise represents that the person is authorized to dispense hearing instruments must be certified by the commissioner except when the person is an audiologist as defined in section 148.512.

Subd. 6.Advisory council.

"Advisory council" means the Minnesota Hearing Instrument Dispenser Advisory Council, or a committee of it, established under section 153A.20.

Subd. 7.ANSI.

"ANSI" means ANSI S3.6-1989, American National Standard Specification for Audiometers from the American National Standards Institute. This document is available through the Minitex interlibrary loan system.

Subd. 8.Certification number.

"Certification number" means the number assigned to each certification by the commissioner.

Subd. 9.Supervision.

"Supervision" means monitoring activities of, and accepting responsibility for, the hearing instrument dispensing activities of a trainee.

Subd. 10.Direct supervision or directly supervised.

"Direct supervision" or "directly supervised" means the on-site and contemporaneous location of a supervisor and trainee, when the supervisor observes the trainee engaging in hearing instrument dispensing with a consumer.

Subd. 11.Indirect supervision or indirectly supervised.

"Indirect supervision" or "indirectly supervised" means the remote and independent performance of hearing instrument dispensing by a trainee when authorized under section 153A.14, subdivision 4a, paragraph (b).

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