Affiliated Societies
Humanitarian Audiology

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In April 2003, after meeting over a number of years, a body of audiologists, hearing health care professionals, and students decided to formulate a structure for individuals interested in providing humanitarian audiology services. Within a short time period, a list of purposes were agreed upon.


1.   Provide a flow of information relevant to Audiology Humanitarian Projects (via email, webpage access, in person meetings, etc) ­ between the regions seeking Audiology assistance and the Audiologists planning on traveling to regions in order to efficiently provide services of a philanthropic nature.

2.   Establish a group or name that manufacturers can identify and potentially build a stronger commitment within humanitarian audiology projects.

3.   Provide suggested guidelines to Audiologists who are considering leading projects.

4.   Mentor students and others who are looking for Projects by linking them to established groups that provide philanthropic services abroad.

This body of Humanitarian Audiologists is not considered specific to any country or continent, and likewise, becoming part of this special group of Humanitarian Audiologists is not limited to any nationality or culture.

A special committee chaired by Rev. Garms, Director of CBM (Christoffel
Blinden Mission) from Bensheim, Germany, Foundation of the "World-wide Hearing Care for the Developing World", aims to take positive actions in removing barriers so that all programs are:

Affordable for the economics of the population

Accessible infrastructure and distances in a country

Acceptable to everybody needing services

Appropriate for the culture while still helping the person with her/his problems

Awareness in the community


Committee Chair:
  Jackie L. Clark, PhD

Committee Members:
  Alison Nachman
  Andrew Smith
  Carol Lambert
  Dawn Doig
  Debra Fried
  DeWet Swanepoel
  George Mencher
  Hans Verschuure
  John Martinetti
  Jose J. Barajas de Prat
  Julia Roskamp
  Kathy Ford
  Kristina Corliss
  Maria Angelina Martinez
  Maryrose McInerney
  Patrick Paulsen
  Pedro Berruecos
  Robert Cowan
  Robert Keith
  Robert Margolis
  Sandra Barreto
  Sharon Fujikawa Brooks
  Shilpi Banerjee
  Soami Santiago de Snyder
  Suchitra Prasansuk
  Ted Glattke
  Tom Powers
  Tomi Browne
  Valerie Saul
  Viktor Koci


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Invitation to participate in the development of the WHO Framework of Rehabilitation Services

The International Society of Audiology (ISA), represented by one of its members, Ariane Laplante-Lévesque, attended the World Health Organisation (WHO) Framework of Rehabilitation Services which took place on 29-30 June 2017 at the WHO Headquarters in Geneva. The meeting was part of the initiative WHO Rehabilitation 2030: A Call for Action. Twelve external participants and five WHO participants were present.

The meeting discussed the need or not of a WHO Framework for Rehabilitation (in other words, a tool to describe best practices in rehabilitation services). The two main goals of such a framework would be 1) to push for the inclusion of rehabilitation in Universal Health Coverage in countries and 2) to describe required workforce competencies to plan for human resource needs. In summary, all meeting participants could relate to the importance of these two goals, but had conflicting views on the relative importance of a Framework, especially given that several classifications for rehabilitation services already exist. Most authors of these classifications were present at the meeting. The idea of putting together a congress on rehabilitation workforce planning in around four years was mentioned. Since the meeting, Prof Richard Madden, who works on the International Classification of Health Interventions, has asked ISA for our input on their work, where they classify health interventions according to service provider (where and context) and service delivery (how, target group, service goals, etc). ISA will review audiology-related interventions to be included in this classification.

For more information, please contact Ariane Laplante-Lévesque via email.

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Editor in Chief: Ross J. Roeser PhD

Each issue features original clinical and review articles, Time-saving abstracts that outline the relevance of a study  to your practice, A book review of the latest literature, A preliminary report on a roundbreaking new study and  News and conference information directly from   the British Society of Audiology, the International Society of Audiology,and the Nordic Audiological Society.

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