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Georgia State Code
Title      43
Chapter      44  
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Title 43, Chapter 44, Section 3 (43-44-3)

As used in this chapter, the term:

(1) "Audiologist" means a person who practices audiology and who presents himself to the public by any title or description of services incorporating the words audiologist, hearing clinician, hearing therapist, or any similar title or description of service.

(2) "Board" means the State Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

(2.1) "Dispensing hearing aids" means providing hearing aids to a consumer by sale, rental, lease, or otherwise, and includes without being limited to conducting testing and other procedures to determine suitability for use of a hearing aid, to determine hearing aid characteristics which properly compensate the hearing condition, to select suitable hearing aids, to fit hearing aids to the subject, and to counsel and instruct in the use thereof.

(2.2) "Hearing aid" means any wearable electronic instrument or device designed for or represented or offered for the purpose of compensating for defective human hearing, including parts, attachments, ear molds, and accessories, except batteries, cords, replacement tubing, and minor service limited to the removal of battery corrosion.

(3) "Person" means a natural person.

(3.1) "Provisional license" means any temporary license issued by the board pursuant to standards and procedures determined by the board or pursuant to paragraph (1) of subsection (c) of Code Section 43-44-8. Except for a provisional license granted pursuant to paragraph (1) of subsection (c) of Code Section 43-44-8, a provisional license shall not be granted for a total period of time to exceed one year.

(4) "Speech-language pathologist" means a person who practices speech-language pathology and who presents himself to the public by any title or description of services incorporating the words speech-language pathologist, speech therapist, speech correctionist, speech clinician, language pathologist, language therapist, logopedist, communicologist, voice therapist, voice pathologist, or any similar title or description of service.

(5) "Speech-language pathology aide" means any person who aids in the providing of those speech-language pathology services authorized by the board, who meets the minimum requirements established by the State Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and who works directly under the supervision of a licensed speech-language pathologist.

(6) "The practice of audiology" means the application of principles, methods, and procedures of identification of hearing loss, measurement, testing, evaluation, case management, prediction, prevention, consultation, counseling, instruction, and research related to hearing, hearing disorders, and auditory and vestibular function and dysfunction; intervention as related to such principles, methods, and procedures; interpretation of the results of such principles, methods, and procedures; the evaluation, recommendations, fitting, and dispensing of hearing aids, auditory trainers, and other assistive devices designed to ameliorate the effects of a hearing disorder; and the planning, directing, conducting, and participating in hearing conservation programs and programs of habilitation, rehabilitation, and intervention for disorders of hearing, auditory function and processing, and vestibular function, including but not limited to auditory training, speechreading, and vestibular rehabilitation, which vestibular function and rehabilitation the audiologist is qualified to perform by virtue of education, training, and experience.

(7) "The practice of speech-language pathology" means the application of principles, methods, and procedures for the measurement, testing, evaluation, prediction, consultation, counseling, instruction, intervention, research, habilitation, or rehabilitation related to the development and disorders of speech or language including but not limited to voice, resonance, fluency, cognition, and swallowing for the purpose of evaluating, preventing, ameliorating, modifying, or otherwise treating such disorders and conditions in individuals or groups of individuals.

Sunday May 24 19:37 EDT


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