Hearing, Speech, Music Therapy and Art Therapy Professionals
(1)“Approved college or university” means a college or university offering a graduate program of study in speech-language pathology or audiology, leading to a master’s or doctoral degree, that is fully accredited or conditionally approved by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, or its successor agency, or has been otherwise determined by the State Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology to meet the association standards as incorporated into board rules.
(2)“Audiologist” means a person who practices audiology and who uses publicly any title or description of services incorporating the words “audiologist,” “hearing clinician,” “hearing therapist” or any similar titles or descriptions of service.
(3)“Conditional license” means a license issued to an applicant under ORS 681.325 (Issuance of conditional license).
(4)“Practice audiology” means:
(a)To apply the principles, methods and procedures of measurement, prediction, evaluation, testing, counseling, consultation and instruction that relate to the development and disorders of hearing, vestibular functions and related language and speech disorders to prevent or modify the disorders or to assist individuals in auditory and related skills for communication.
(b)To fit or sell hearing aids.
(5)“Practice speech-language pathology” means to apply the principles, methods and procedures of measurement, prediction, evaluation, testing, counseling, consultation and instruction that relate to the development and disorders of speech, voice, swallowing and related language and hearing disorders to prevent or modify the disorders or to assist individuals in cognition-language and communication skills.
(6)“Speech-language pathologist” means a person who practices speech-language pathology and who uses publicly any title or description of services including but not limited to the words “speech-language pathologist,” “speech correctionist,” “speech therapist,” “speech clinician,” “language pathologist,” “language therapist” or any similar titles or descriptions of services.
(7)“Speech-language pathology assistant” means a person who provides speech-language pathology services under the direction and supervision of a speech-language pathologist licensed under ORS 681.250 (Requirement for license in speech-language pathology or audiology).
(8)“Unethical conduct” means:
(a)Obtaining any fee by fraud or misrepresentation.
(b)Employing directly or indirectly any person who is unlicensed or whose license is suspended to perform any work covered by this chapter.
(c)Using or causing or promoting the use of any advertising matter, promotional literature, testimonial, guarantee, warranty, label, brand, insignia, or any other representation, however disseminated or published, that is misleading, deceiving, improbable or untruthful.
(d)Representing that the services or advice of a person licensed to practice medicine will be used or made available in the practice of speech-language pathology or audiology if that is not true, or using the word “doctor” or “professor” or other like words, abbreviations, or symbols inaccurately.
(e)Permitting a person other than the license or conditional license holder to use the license or conditional license.
(f)Violating the ethical standards of practice adopted by the board under ORS 681.420 (Powers and duties). [Formerly 694.305; 1985 c.64 §3; 1989 c.224 §133; 1989 c.491 §67; 1995 c.280 §1; 2001 c.626 §1; 2005 c.698 §1; 2011 c.133 §11]
Notes of Decisions
This section defines practice of audiology with sufficient specificity, and thus Board of Examiners is not required to make further definition by rule. Scheurer v. Board of Examiners, 31 Or App 935, 571 P2d 1273 (1977)