As used in sections 346.010 to 346.250, except as the context may require otherwise, the following terms mean:

(1) “Audiologist”, a clinical audiologist licensed pursuant to chapter 345;

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Terms Used In Missouri Laws 346.010

  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • following: when used by way of reference to any section of the statutes, mean the section next preceding or next following that in which the reference is made, unless some other section is expressly designated in the reference. See Missouri Laws 1.020
  • Lease: A contract transferring the use of property or occupancy of land, space, structures, or equipment in consideration of a payment (e.g., rent). Source: OCC
  • Partnership: A voluntary contract between two or more persons to pool some or all of their assets into a business, with the agreement that there will be a proportional sharing of profits and losses.
  • person: may extend and be applied to bodies politic and corporate, and to partnerships and other unincorporated associations. See Missouri Laws 1.020
  • State: when applied to any of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the territories, and the words "United States" includes such district and territories. See Missouri Laws 1.020

(2) “Board”, the Missouri board of examiners for hearing instrument specialists, which is established in section 346.120;

(3) “Department”, the department of commerce and insurance;

(4) “Division”, the division of professional registration;

(5) “Hearing instrument” or “hearing aid”, any wearable instrument or device designed for or offered for the purpose of aiding or compensating for impaired human hearing and that can provide more than fifteen decibel full-on gain via a two cc coupler at any single frequency from two hundred through six thousand cycles per second, and any parts, attachments, or accessories, including earmold, but excluding batteries, cords, receivers and repairs;

(6) “Hearing instrument specialist” or “specialist”, a person licensed by the state pursuant to sections 346.010 to 346.250 who is authorized to engage in the practice of fitting hearing instruments;

(7) “Hearing instrument specialist in-training”, a person who holds a temporary permit issued by the division to fit hearing instruments under the supervision of a hearing instrument specialist;

(8) “License”, a license issued by the state under sections 346.010 to 346.250 to hearing instrument specialists;

(9) “Otolaryngologist”, a person licensed to practice medicine and surgery in the state of Missouri pursuant to chapter 334 and who spends the majority of the person’s practice seeing patients with ear, nose, and throat diseases;

(10) “Person”, an individual, corporation, partnership, joint venture, association, trust or any other legal entity;

(11) “Practice of fitting hearing instruments”, the selection, adaptation, and sale of hearing instruments, including the testing and evaluation of hearing by means of an audiometer and the making of impressions for earmolds;

(12) “Registration of supervision”, the process of obtaining a certificate of authority issued by the division to a hearing instrument specialist that enables the specialist to supervise one or more hearing instrument specialists in-training, as defined by division rules;

(13) “Sell or sale”, any transfer of title or of the right to use by lease, bailment, or any other contract, excluding wholesale transactions with distributors or dealers;

(14) “Supervised training”, the program of education and experience, as defined by division rule, required to be followed by each hearing instrument specialist in-training;

(15) “Supervisor”, a hearing instrument specialist who has filed a registration of supervision with the board and has received from the division a certificate of authority;

(16) “Temporary permit”, a permit issued by the division while the applicant is in training to become a licensed hearing instrument specialist.