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(a) A person may make a complaint against a licensee under this act by filing a complaint in writing with the board within one (1) year from the date of the action upon which the complaint is based. If the board determines the charges made are sufficient to warrant a hearing, it shall make an order fixing a time and place for a hearing and require the licensee complained against to appear and show cause why his license should not be suspended or revoked. The order shall include a copy of the complaint and shall be served upon the licensee at least twenty (20) days before the date set for hearing, either personally or by registered mail sent to licensee's last known address. Hearings shall be conducted in accordance with the Wyoming Administrative Procedure Act.
(b) Any person registered under this act may have his license revoked or suspended for a period fixed by the board for any of the following causes:
(i) Conviction of a felony or a misdemeanor that relates to the practice of fitting, dealing or dispensing hearing aids or to the ability to fit, deal or dispense hearing aids;
(ii) Procuring a license by fraud or deceit practiced upon the board;
(iii) Unethical conduct, including:
(A) The obtaining of any fee or the making of any sale by fraud or misrepresentation;
(B) Knowingly employing directly or indirectly any suspended or unregistered person to perform any work covered by this act;
(C) Using, 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, which is misleading, deceptive or untruthful;
(D) Advertising a particular model or type of hearing aid for sale when purchasers or prospective purchasers responding to the advertisement cannot purchase the advertised model or type, where it is established the purpose of the advertisement is to obtain prospects for the sale of a different model or type than that advertised;
(E) Representing that the service or advice of a person licensed to practice medicine shall be used or made available in the selection, fitting, adjustment, maintenance or repair of hearing aids when that is not true, or using the words “doctor”, “clinic”, “clinical audiologist”, “state licensed clinic”, “state registered”, “state certified”, “state approved” or similar term, abbreviations, symbol or wearing any costume when it would falsely give the impression that one is being treated medically, or professionally or that the licensee's service has been recommended by the state;
(F) Permitting another's use of a license;
(G) Advertising a manufacturer's product or using a manufacturer's name or trademark which implies a relationship with the manufacturer that does not exist;
(H) Directly or indirectly giving or offering to give, or permitting or causing to be given money or anything of value to any person who advises another in a professional capacity as an inducement to influence him or have him influence others to purchase or contract to purchase products sold or offered for sale by a hearing aid specialist, or influencing persons to refrain from dealing in the products of competitors.
(iv) Engaging in either the fitting, dispensing or sale of hearing aids under a false name or alias with fraudulent intent;
(v) Selling a hearing aid to a person who has not been given tests utilizing appropriate established procedures and instrumentation in fitting of hearing aids, except in cases of selling replacement hearing aids within one (1) year;
(vi) Gross incompetence or negligence in fitting, dispensing or selling hearing aids;
(vii) Failure to supervise a trainee as required by W.S. 33-35-110(b) or to accept responsibility for the actions of a trainee relating to the fitting and selling of hearing aids; and
(viii) Violating any provision of this act.
(c) Upon receipt from the department of family services of a certified copy of an order from a court to withhold, suspend or otherwise restrict a license issued by the board, the board shall notify the party named in the court order of the withholding, suspension or restriction of the license in accordance with the terms of the court order. No appeal under the Wyoming Administrative Procedure Act shall be allowed for a license withheld, suspended or restricted under this subsection.
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - Wyoming Statutes Title 33. Professions and Occupations § 33-35-115. Complaints; grounds for revocation or suspension of license - last updated December 01, 2021 | https://codes.findlaw.com/wy/title-33-professions-and-occupations/wy-st-sect-33-35-115/
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