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225 ILCS 50/4
(225 ILCS 50/4)
(from Ch. 111, par. 7404)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2026)
Disclosure; complaints; insurance.
The hearing instrument professional shall give at no charge to every person fitted and sold a hearing aid the "User Instructional Brochure", supplied by the hearing aid manufacturer containing information required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
All hearing instruments or hearing aids must be dispensed or sold in accordance with Food and Drug Administration and Federal Trade Commission regulations governing the dispensing and sale of personal sound amplification products or hearing aids.
A consumer who purchases an over-the-counter hearing aid must be provided a sales receipt at the time of the transaction.
Whenever a sale of one or more prescription hearing aids involving $50 or more is made or contracted to be made, whether under a single contract or under multiple contracts, at the time of the transaction, the hearing instrument professional shall furnish the consumer with a fully completed receipt or contract pertaining to that transaction, in substantially the same language as that used in the oral presentation to the consumer. The receipt or contract provided to the consumer shall contain (i) the hearing instrument professional's name, license number, business address, business phone number, and signature; (ii) the name, address, and signature of the hearing instrument consumer; (iii) the name and signature of the purchaser if the consumer and the purchaser are not the same person; (iv) the hearing aid manufacturer's name, and the model and serial numbers; (v) the date of purchase; and (vi) the charges required to complete the terms of the sale, which must be fully and clearly stated. When the hearing aid is delivered to the consumer or purchaser, the serial number shall be written on the original receipt or contract and a copy shall be given to the consumer or purchaser. If a used hearing instrument is sold, the receipt and the container thereof shall be clearly marked as "used" or "reconditioned", whichever is applicable, with terms of guarantee, if any.
The hearing instrument professional or the professional's employer shall retain proof of the medical examination for at least 3 years from the date of the sale.
All hearing instruments offered for sale must be accompanied by a 30-business day return privilege. The receipt or contract provided to the consumer shall state that the consumer has a right to return the hearing instrument for a refund within 30 business days of the date of delivery. If a nonrefundable dispensing fee or restocking fee, or both, will be withheld from the consumer in event of return, the terms must be clearly stated on the receipt or contract provided to the consumer. For purposes of this paragraph, "business day" means any calendar day except Saturday, Sunday, or a federal holiday.
If the parent or guardian of any individual age 17 or under is a member of any church or religious denomination, whose tenets and practices include reliance upon spiritual means through prayer alone and objects to medical treatment and so states in writing to the hearing instrument professional, such individual shall undergo a hearing examination as provided by this Section but no proof, ruling out any medically treatable problem causing hearing loss, shall be required.
All persons licensed under this Act shall have conspicuously displayed in their business establishment a sign indicating that formal complaints regarding hearing aid goods or services may be made to the Department. Such sign shall give the address and telephone number of the Department. All persons purchasing hearing aids shall be provided with a written statement indicating that formal complaints regarding hearing aid goods or services may be made to the Department and disclosing the address and telephone number of the Department.
Any person wishing to make a complaint against a hearing instrument professional under this Act shall file it with the Department within 3 years from the date of the action upon which the complaint is based. The Department shall investigate all such complaints.
All persons licensed under this Act shall maintain liability insurance as set forth by rule and shall be responsible for the annual calibration of all audiometers in use by such persons. Such annual calibrations shall be in conformance with the current standards set by American National Standard Institute.
(Source: P.A. 103-495, eff. 1-1-24; 103-576, eff. 12-8-23.)