N.J. Admin. Code § 13:44C-7.1 - Scope of practice-audiology
(a) The practice of audiology includes the following functions related to hearing, its disorders, and related communication impairments:
1. Providing screening, identification, assessment, diagnosis, treatment, intervention (that is, prevention, restoration, amelioration, compensation), consultation, counseling, and follow-up services for disorders of the peripheral, vestibular and central auditory systems, and other neural systems;
2. Supervision and conduct of newborn hearing screening programs;
3. Measurement and interpretation of sensory and motor evoked potentials, electronystagmography, and other electrodiagnostic tests for purposes of neurophysiologic intraoperative monitoring and cranial nerve assessment;
4. Provision of hearing care by selecting, evaluating, fitting, facilitating, dispensing and adjusting prosthetic devices for hearing loss (that is, FM assistive listening devices), except for the fitting and dispensing of hearing aids unless licensed by the Hearing Aid Dispensers Examining Committee;
5. Assessment of candidacy of persons with hearing loss for cochlear implants and provision of fitting, programming, and audiological rehabilitation to optimize device use;
6. Provision of audiological rehabilitation including speech-reading, communication management, language development, auditory skill development, and counseling for psychosocial adjustment to hearing loss for persons with hearing loss and their families and caregivers; case management and service as a liaison between the consumer, family, and agencies in order to monitor audiologic status and management and to make recommendations about educational and vocational programming;
7. Consultation with educators as members of interdisciplinary teams about communication management, educational implications of communication disorders, educational programming, classroom acoustics, and large-area amplification systems for children with hearing loss; consultation about accessibility for persons with hearing loss in public and private buildings, programs, and services;
8. Prevention of hearing loss and conservation of hearing function by designing, implementing and coordinating occupational, school, and community hearing conservation and identification programs;
9. Screening of speech-language, use of sign language, and other factors affecting communication function for the purposes of an audiological evaluation and/or initial identification of individuals with other communication disorders;
10. Assessment and nonmedical management of tinnitus using biofeedback, masking, education, and counseling; and
11. Dispensing and fitting of hearing aids.
See: 30 N.J.R. 1195(a), 30 N.J.R. 2634(a).
Former N.J.A.C. 13:44C-7.1, Business interest of unlicensed persons, was recodified to N.J.A.C. 13:44C-7.3.
Amended by R.2010 d.081, effective
See: 41 N.J.R. 2082(a), 42 N.J.R. 1053(b).
In the introductory paragraph of (a), deleted ", but is not restricted to," following "includes" and inserted "related to hearing, its disorders and related communication impairments".
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