By Susan Pilch This article is a part of the July/August, Volume 35, Number 4, Audiology Today issue. Former Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis (1916–1939) once described individual states as “laboratories of democracy” because they can test and experiment with innovative policy ideas. This then allows other states and the federal government to observe these new approaches in action and assess whether they can be expanded upon. One state “experiment” that is growing in popularity is the idea of interstate licensure compacts for health-care professions to address gaps in patient access to care as well as enhance licensure portability for providers. Other examples of state “experiments” pertinent to audiology include varying approaches to changes in federal law/regulations (U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] Over-the-Counter [OTC] Hearing Aid Final Rule) as well as support personnel. This content is an exclusive benefit for American Academy of Audiology members. If you're a member, log in and you'll get immediate access. Member Login If you're not yet a member, you'll be interested to know that joining not only gives you access to top-notch resources like this one, but also invitations to member-only events, inclusion in the member directory, participation in professional forums, and access to patient resources, tools, and continuing education. Join today!