3 - published December 1997
First of all I want to wish
you a Merry Christmas and a very prosperous 1998.
In earlier newsletters we have reported
on our efforts to transform the new Statutes and Bylaws of the ISA, accepted
by the General Assembly in Bari, into a shape that was acceptable for a
Swiss lawyer, Geneva in Switzerland being the official seat of the Society.
We are happy to announce that this was finally achieved and the major part
of this somewhat bigger newsletter is dedicated to the publication of these
new Statutes and bylaws. Please, file the Statutes and Bylaws with other
ISA material as the changes will take effect at our next meeting in Buenos
Aires and will affect procedures within the Society.
A consequence of the new Rules is
a change in structure and
functioning of the ISA. This will
have several direct consequences:
of affiliated membership is now open. The
has actively been engaged in exploring the possibilities
a number of organizations in ISA. We have
a number of national and regional Audiology
at least twice (in 1996 and in 1997). The result is
have one affiliated member in 1996, The American
and Hearing Association (ASHA) and three more
from 1997 on, the American Academy of
(AAA), the European Federation of Audiology
(EFAS) and the PanAmerican Society of Audiology
of associated membership is now open. It
that people involved in Audiology, either clinical or
without a University degree, can become member.
has not, yet, been promoted very actively.
be pursued in connection with the affiliated members.
know of someone who would be interested, donít
to apply for associated membership. Now that the
has been created, we have to use the opportunity.
of the General Assembly will change. The
Assembly will change from an Assembly of members
Assembly of representatives. Those members represent
groups like the full members, the associate members
affiliated members and are either voting or
members. The representatives of the full
are elected according to regions: Africa, Asia,
North America, South America and Western Pacific.
on a count of the membership at the end of 1997, the
of voting members and non-voting members will be
4 and 8, for North America 2 and 4 which may
3 and 6 for next year, for Western Pacific 2 and 4, for
America 1 and 2, for Africa 1 and 2 and for Asia 1 and
members will be 1 voting and 1 non-voting
for ASHA, AAA, PASA and EFAS each. We need
of candidates for the full-members representatives as
members will appoint their own representatives.
will change also and will consist, after Buenos
of a president, a past-president, a president-elect (all
2-year term of office, but serving consecutive terms),
and an assistant secretary-general (both
6-year term) and a member at large representing the
members. In view of earlier elections we only need
at large. This implies that no election of Board
will be three standing committees in ISA, the Congress
Committee, the Scientific Committee and the
Committee. Most members of these committees
according to their function as a Board member,
of a congress, an editor-in-chief etc. There are
at large from the General Assembly added to
committees, that have to be elected: 1 for the Congress
Committee and 2 for each of the other
We would appreciate receiving names of
for these functions.
Further changes will be the involvement
in a number of activities
of CIOMS and WHO and Hearing International
and the visibility at
congresses of affiliated members.
For the first time there will be an
ISA lecture at the AAA-meeting
in Los Angeles in April 1998. The
international character of ISA
will be shown by a number of
lectures on European research in
the field of signal processing in
digital hearing aids.
Although there is little space left,
I want to include one
contribution from a member. To
balance with the heavy, legal
material, two reports from the
Guardian Newspaper are
presented, submitted by S.D.G.
Stephens, Cardiff. The other
interesting reports I received
(from Australia, Costa Rica, USA
and Russia) will be published in
the next newsletter.
Man who shouted in his wifeís ear
charged with assault
The Guardian, 24-10-97
A man said to have bawled at his
wife so loudly that she now wears a
hearing aid, appeared in court
yesterday, charged with assault and causing her actual bodily harm.
Peter Pryor denied the charges arising
from a series of incidents in 1995
and 1996 when the couple, who are
now divorced, ran a private nutrition
business at their farmhouse near
Ilfracamble in Devon.
Christine Pryor, aged 54, told Exeter
crown court her 58-year-old
husband suffered from tinnitus
- a ringing in the ears. As their relationship deteriorated the rows got
"I was in the kitchen preparing
a meal and he just came up behind me,
held my arms down by my sides,
put his mouth over my ear and shouted at me", she told the court.
"He had his mouth over my ear. He
went to the right ear first and he said
something to the effect of Iím
going to make you suffer like I do."
"He said it so loud I cannot explain
what it was like. I was petrified. I felt
as if he knew what he was doing
and was purposefully trying to hurt me."
"After that I heard strange noises
in my ear. There were whizzing,
humming and sometimes ringing and
I just could not hear clearly".
Mrs. Pryor was referred to the North
Devon District hospital at
Barnstaple but there was a third
attack, she said, on the night before her
The doctors told her that she also
had tinnitus now, and needed a hearing aid for her right ear and a pulsating
device to mask the noise at night. The case continues.
Man convicted of damaging wifeís
hearing by yelling
The Guardian, 25-10-97
A man who yelled at his wife so
loudly that she now has tinnitus was
convicted yesterday of causing
her actual bodily harm.
Christine Pryor, aged 54, has to
wear a hearing aid and a pulsating device
at night to mask the ringing noise
in her ears, because of three screaming
rows in 1995 and 1996.
Peter Pryor, aged 58, whom she married
in 1961 and with whom she ran a
business until last year, admitted
at Exeter crown court that he had raised
his voice a number of times after
they began divorce proceedings in 1993. But he denied that he had decided
to harm his wife.
Mrs. Pryor told the court that her
husband, who suffers himself from
deafness and tinnitus, had held
her arms down, put his mouth over her
ears and shouted: "Iím going to
make you suffer like I do". She felt as if
he was purposely trying to hurt
Mr. Pryor, of Barnstaple, denied
this incident had happened. "I do not
feel I suffer with my tinnitus.....
I do not wear a hearing aid."
He said he had not known that his
wife had an appointment to see an ear
specialist the day after the third
shouting incident. He said she had had
ear problems for most of their
But consultant John Riddington-Young
said Mrs. Pryorís symptoms were consistent with exposure to one or more
loud noises. Damage was likely to be permanent.
Sentencing was deferred.