NYS Hearing Aid Dispensing Advisory Board

Overview

The Hearing Aid Dispensing Advisory Board advises the Secretary of State with respect to the promulgation of rules and regulations governing the rights of consumers of hearing aids; continuing education; the content, delivery and evaluation of any examination required as a condition of registration; the standards for advertisements; and procedures that could be used to increase public awareness of how to properly purchase, fit, adjust and use a hearing aid as well as the rights of hearing aid purchasers under State law.

The Board also consults with the Secretary of State, the Commissioner of Education and others to determine the proper level and degree of education for a hearing aid dispenser, the type of degree and proper educational institution to offer such education, and other related issues.

Laws, Rules and Regulation

Membership

The Board is composed of thirteen members appointed by the Secretary of State, including one non-audiologist hearing aid dispenser each on the recommendation of the Temporary President of the Senate and the Speaker of the Assembly; one audiologist hearing aid dispenser each on the recommendation of the Temporary President of the Senate and the Speaker of the Assembly; and one otolaryngologist or lay member each on the recommendation of the Minority Leaders in the Senate and Assembly.

Seven members are appointed on the recommendation of the Governor, including two non-audiologist hearing aid dispensers, two audiologist hearing aid dispensers, and three otolaryngologists or lay members. The lay members shall not have derived economic benefit from the business of dispensing hearing aids and shall be knowledgeable about issues related to hearing loss.  At least one lay member shall be an individual representing adults over the age of fifty and at least one shall be a hearing aid user.

Payment

The members of the board shall serve without compensation, however, they shall receive reimbursement for their actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties.

Board Members

 

Member Names & Address

 

Category Appointed By
Sharon A. Gavin
Gavin Audiology and Hearing Aids, PLLC
200 South Broadway
Tarrytown, NY 10591
Audiologist Who Dispenses Hearing Aids Temp. President of the Senate
Vacant Non-Audiologist Hearing Aid Dispenser Governor
Vacant Non-Audiologist Hearing Aid Dispenser Temp. President of the Senate
Eric Freeman
Hearing Health USA
2548 Vestal Parkway East
Vestal, NY 13850
Non-Audiologist Who Dispenses Hearing Aids Speaker of the Assembly
Vacant Audiologist Who Dispenses Hearing Aids Governor
Vacant Public Member Who Represents
Adults over Age Fifty
Governor
Ana Hae-Ok Kim
Columbia University Medical Center
51 W. 51st St Ste. 385
New York, NY 10019
Otolaryngologist Governor
Vacant Otolaryngologist Governor
Jerry Bergman
70 Riverside Drive, #3E
New York, NY 10024
Public Member with knowledge of hearing loss Assembly Minority Leader
Vacant Audiologist Who Dispenses Hearing Aids Governor
Vacant Non-Audiologist Hearing Aid Dispenser Governor
MarieAnn Zumpone-Weibley
1019 Olympia Road
North Bellmore, NY 11710
Audiologist Who Dispenses Hearing Aids Speaker of the Assembly
Vacant Public Member Who Is a Hearing Aid User Senate Minority Leader

Ex-Officio Members

 

Robert J. Rodriguez

Secretary of State

Department of State

99 Washington Avenue

Albany, NY 12231

Statutory Ex-officio 

CHAIR
 

Dr. Betty A. Rosa

Commissioner

NYS Education Department

Education Building, Room 111

89 Washington Avenue

Albany, NY 12234
Statutory Ex-officio   

Mary T. Bassett, MD

Commissioner

NYS Department of Health

Corning Tower

Empire State Plaza

Albany, NY  12237
Statutory Ex-officio   

Letitia James

Attorney General

Office of the Attorney General

120 Broadway, 25th Floor

New York, NY 10271
Statutory Ex-officio   

 6/27/2023

Members without business addresses may be reached through the Department of State.

Upcoming Meetings

Past Meeting Summaries

To view past meeting recordings, visit our YouTube page.

meeting summaries

Public Hearings

PUBLIC NOTICE OF MEETING OF THE NEW YORK STATE HEARING AID DISPENSING ADVISORY BOARD AND PUBLIC HEARING PURSUANT TO PART WW OF CHAPTER 56 OF THE LAWS OF 2022

A public hearing pursuant to Chapter 56 of the Laws of 2022 will be conducted at the June 2, 2022, public meeting of the New York State Hearing Aid Dispensing Advisory Board regarding the proposed resolution authorizing the use of videoconferencing and written procedures governing member and public attendance.  The public has the right to attend the public hearing to submit comments or may submit comments prior to the public hearing.  For more information, please visit the Department of State’s Events page at https://dos.ny.gov/events.

Contact Contact the Division of Licensing Services

Contact

Mailing Information: 
NYS Department of State Division of Licensing Services 
PO Box 22001 
Albany NY 12201-2001 

Please note: If you utilize express services or next day ground services such as UPS, Federal Express, DHL, etc. you should use the physical address of the building. 

Albany Physical Address

Division of Licensing Services 
1 Commerce Plaza 99 Washington Avenue, 6th Floor 
Albany, NY 12231

Phone Information:

General Information (518) 474-4429 
Security Guard and Armored Car Guard Information (518) 474-7569 

Call Center Representatives are available from 8:45am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday except on Legal Holidays.

Deaf, hard of hearing and speech-disabled callers, please use 7-1-1

For all other inquiries, email Licensing Services

Visitor & Customer Service Center Information:

Below is a listing of Licensing Customer Service Centers and the hours of operation. Please monitor this page for updates to office hours, guidelines and or any closures. 

Albany: This office is open for all services.
NYS Department of State Division of Licensing Services 
1 Commerce Plaza 99 Washington Avenue, 6th Floor 
Albany, NY 12231 

Customer Service hours: Monday - Friday 9:00am to 4:30pm
Apostille Service hours: Monday – Friday 9:00am to 4:15pm 


Albany Parking 
Limited on street metered parking is available for 1 Commerce Plaza in Albany. The Office of General Services has various parking lots throughout downtown Albany which have limited visitor parking. To find out more information about the OGS lots, please visit their website.   
 

New York City: This office is open for all services.
NYS Department of State 
Division of Licensing Services 
123 William St. 2nd Fl. New York, NY 10038-3804

Customer Service hours: Monday - Friday 9:00am to 4:30pm
Apostille Service hours: Monday – Friday 9:00am to 4:00pm  
 

Binghamton: Effective July 7, 2023, Licensing Customer Service Center will be closed until further notice. Licensing examinations will continue to be held as scheduled. 
NYS Department of State 
Division of Licensing Services 
State Office Building 
44 Hawley Street, Room 1506 
Binghamton, NY 13901-4455 
(518) 474-4429 
 

Buffalo: Effective November 10, 2022, Licensing Customer Service Center will be closed until further notice. Licensing examinations will continue to be held as scheduled 
NYS Department of State 
Division of Licensing Services 
295 Main Street, 8th Floor, Suite 821 
Buffalo, NY 14203 
(518) 474-4429

 

Hauppauge: Effective June 21, 2023, Licensing Customer Service Center will be closed until further notice. Licensing examinations will continue to be held as scheduled.

NYS Department of State 
Division of Licensing Services 
State Office Building 
250 Veterans Memorial Highway 
Hauppauge, NY 11788-5519 
(518) 474-4429

 

Utica: This office is closed until further notice. Licensing examinations will continue to be held as scheduled

NYS Department of State 
Division of Licensing Services 
State Office Building 
207 Genesee Street Utica, NY 13501-2812 
(518) 474-4429