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About the Council for Hearing Instruments Specialists

The Council for Licensing Hearing Instrument Specialists was created in 1995 by an act of the State Legislature. This Council is under the Board of Communication Disorders and Sciences, formerly the Board of Hearing Aid Dispensers (created in 1979). Its mission is to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of Tennesseans by ensuring that all that practice the profession of dispensing and fitting hearing instruments are qualified. The Council, in conjunction with the Board of Communication Disorders and Sciences, interprets the laws, rules, and regulations to determine the appropriate standards of practice in an effort to ensure the highest degree of professional conduct. The Council is authorized to issue a license to qualified applicants who have completed appropriate education and successfully completed required examinations. The Council is also responsible for the investigation of alleged violations of the Practice Act and rules and is responsible for the discipline of licensees who are found guilty of such violations.

 The administrative staff of the Division of Health Related Boards supports the Committee by issuing licenses to those who meet the requirements of the law and rules. Renewal notices are mailed from the Council’s administrative office forty-five (45) days prior to the expiration of the license to the current address on record. Licenses can be renewed on-line one hundred twenty (120) days prior to expiration at  Click on the "License Renewal" link and follow the prompts. Licensees are responsible for renewing their licenses on time and keeping the Council apprised of current information. It is a violation of the law and of the council’s rules to practice on an expired license.

 The five (5) member Council meets throughout the year to conduct administrative business. The meetings are open to the public. All members of the Council are appointed by the Governor and serve five (5) year terms.

Contact the Council for Hearing Instruments Specialists

To contact this board, call (615) 741-5735 local or 1-800-778-4123 nationwide
or write
  665 Mainstream Drive, 2nd Floor
  Nashville, TN  37243


Board Members

Council Member Position Representation Term Expires
Thomas Stewart Chair Dispenser 06-30-2017
Randy Williams Secretary Dispenser 06-30-2016
Dr. Frederick Rayne Member Physician 06-30-2012
Jerry L. Hall Member Hearing Instrument Specialist 06-30-2014
Lordy Dell Smith Consumer member Citizen 06-30-2017

Meeting Schedule

Meeting Schedule

Public Notices will remain online until the minutes are ratified and posted on the Meeting Minutes Tab. Unless otherwise noted, all events take place at 665 Mainstream Drive, MetroCenter.

Council for Hearing Instruments Specialist Meeting Schedule
Date Time Event and Location Public Notice
February 27, 2014 9:00 a.m. Board Meeting
Poplar Room, 665 Mainstream Dr, MetroCenter
Public Notice
June 26, 2014 9:00 a.m. Board Meeting
Poplar Room, 665 Mainstream Dr, MetroCenter
Public Notice
October 23, 2014 9:00 a.m. Board Meeting
Poplar Room, 665 Mainstream Dr, MetroCenter
Public Notice

Meeting Minutes

Meeting Minutes

Copies of all minutes are maintained in the official record section of the administrative office. Please contact the board administrator to make arrangements to review minutes of meetings held prior to 2004.

National Organization

National Organizations of State Boards

Information on the International Hearing Society may be obtained by phone, fax, or writing to:

International Hearing Society
16880 Middlebelt Road
Suite 4
Livonia, MI 48154
Phone: (734) 522-7200
Fax: (734) 522-0200