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Spotlight on Audiological Society of Australia

Thursday, May 12, 2016 9:54:10 AM Australia/Melbourne

Spotlight on Audiological Society of AustraliaAs an industry, we are very fortunate to be based in a country with so much support and such a positive infrastructure. While there are numerous organizations which help ensure that our services are offered to the masses, one of our most prolific champions is the Audiological Society of Australia.

 

Their mission is clear and simple:  To give value to its members as the peak professional body in audiology by providing education, advocacy, and setting ethical standards of practice, to ensure audiologists are able to deliver the highest standards of hearing health care and are valued by the community for their services.

 

In essence, they are the main body which represents audiologists in every corner of the country. As you may or may not know, in Australia, audiologists are the primary specialists which are responsible for the management of ear disorders which is non-medical.

 

We’ve frequently referenced the worrisome statistics about the increasing rate of hearing impairments and issues, not just in Australia, but around the world. It’s these statistics which inspired the Audiological Society of Australia to form, grow and evolve. There was a study done in 2006 that found that in Australia, one in six had hearing loss. The study estimated that by 2050, in less than 50 years, this number would grow to be one in four. That would mean that 25% of the population would have a hearing impairment. A full quarter. This was not acceptable in the minds of these audiologists. Not only did they care about the health and wellbeing of these Australians, hearing impairment can cause great detriment and come at a great cost to the community at large.

 

The Audiological Society of Australia supports audiologists as they grow in their careers. They want to ensure that as the industry changes, with faster processes and simplified tools, that the audiologists around the country are equipped to be the subject matter experts in their field. The Audiological Society of Australia awards the Certificate of Clinical Practice, or the CCP, to anyone who is interested in pursuing. Within this, and other associated programs, audiologists are taught and trained to both diagnose and treat different conditions like acoustic shock injury, hyperacusis, auditory processing disorder, vertigo and tinnitus. Some of these are very common, and some of these are very rare, but with the assistance of the Audiological Society of Australia, all are possible to treat or prevent.

 

As you can see, the benefits of their support are tenfold. But while they advocate for audiologists around the country, they also hold them to a standard that their patients deserve. The Audiological Society of Australia ensures that every member adheres to a strict Code of Ethics and a Code of Conduct. These cover a myriad of issues and enforce strict penalty if not complied with. When both of these are in effect, the group can ensure that the top notch care that Australia has come to expect, will remain at that caliber for decades to come.

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