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AG warns York, Adams Co. residents about illegal hearing aid fitter

Updated: Friday, March 21 2014, 06:01 PM CDT
Written by: Rachel Snody (RSnody@local21news.com)

Attorney General Kathleen Kane is warning residents in Adams and York Counties, about an illegal hearing aid fitter.

According to Kane, Timothy John Rooney Jr., is no longer permitted to do business in Pennsylvania. Officials say Rooney may be continuing to operate in PA.

Rooney has operated under the name American Hearing Aid Centers Inc. and American Hearing Centers Inc.  He has had offices located at 380 Lincoln Highway East and 2230 Oxford Road in New Oxford, Adams County, and in Grandview Plaza, Suite E, 1446 Baltimore St., Hanover, York County, a press release said.

Rooney's registration with the Department of Health, was suspended on Aug. 21, 2013 for a period of five years, and was later revoked, the Attorney General's office said.

A press release said his license was revoked due to unsatisfactory conduct while engaging in the business.

The Attorney General's Office says it has since received reports that Rooney has been posing as a registered hearing aid fitter, despite his revocation.

Consumers are asked to contact the Attorney General's Office if they are approached by Rooney.

Complaints can be filed with the Health Care Section by calling 1-877-888-4877 or online at www.attorneygeneral.gov.


The Office of Attorney General offers the following tips for consumers looking to purchase hearing aids:
•    Unless you have scheduled an appointment, hearing aid professionals typically will not come to your home.
•    Ask for identification and to see a current registration ? you can contact the Department of Health at 717-783-8078 to verify that hearing aid fitter or dealer is currently registered.
•    Be wary of a request to meet at an office outside normal business hours, or an office that appears to be closed for business.
•    Before purchasing a hearing aid, you must be given a complete hearing test, and the opportunity to see a medical doctor about your hearing loss or to decline your right to do so in writing.
•    When you purchase a hearing aid, you must receive a written disclosure agreement with all fees itemized, a receipt and a 30-day guarantee.
•    Be wary of any hearing aid fitter selling used or "demonstration model" aids.
•    If you are not receiving hearing aids you ordered or that were sent for repair, you can contact the hearing aid manufacturer directly.
AG warns York, Adams Co. residents about illegal hearing aid fitter


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