The public should be advised that hearing aids sold via the internet through websites such as Craigslist are sold by vendors who are not legally entitled to dispense hearing aids. Wearing hearing aids without a proper assessment, testing, fitting, and verification can be very harmful to you. We understand the temptation to buy low cost products via the internet. However, hearing instrument dispensing has been regulated in British Columbia since 1972 because of the harm caused to the public from inferior products and, most importantly, from unqualified dispensers.
The College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of British Columbia (the "College") is taking steps to address the growth of sales on the internet (see below). In the interim, we are asking the public to be aware of the harm that can arise from purchasing these products from unqualified people. To ensure if a person is legally qualified to dispense hearing aids, please visit the Register and Directory.
Court order executed under section 29 of the Health Professions Act -- practising hearing instrument dispensing in British Columbia without a licence.
The College has taken legal action against Mr. Anthony Wang of 1620 Blue Jay Place, Coquitlam, BC for practising hearing instrument dispensing without a licence. Mr. Wang is not a registrant of the College and therefore cannot dispense hearing aids in BC pursuant to the Health Professions Act (the "Act") and the Speech and Hearing Health Professionals Regulation.
Please see the following Notice for more information.