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The Code of Ethics specifies professional standards that allow for hearing instrument specialist responsibilities to those served, and that protect the integrity of the profession. The Statement of Principles and Rules, presents precepts that members of the Society agree to uphold.


PRINCIPLE 1: Members shall provide professional services and conduct research with honesty and compassion, and shall respect the dignity, worth, and rights of those served. Rule 1a: Individuals shall not limit the delivery of professional services on any basis that is unjustifiable or irrelevant to the need for the potential benefit from such services. Rule 1b: Individuals shall not provide services except in a professional relationship, and shall not discriminate in the provision of services to individuals on the basis of sex, race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or general health.

PRINCIPLE 2: Members shall maintain high standards of professional competence in rendering services. Rule 2a: Members shall provide only those professional services for which they are qualified by education and experience. Rule 2b: Individuals shall use available resources, including referrals to other specialists, and shall not accept benefits or items of personal value for receiving or making referrals. Rule 2c: Individuals shall exercise all reasonable precautions to avoid injury to persons in the delivery of professional services or execution of research. Rule 2d: Individuals shall provide appropriate supervision and assume full responsibility for services delegated to supportive personnel. Individuals shall not delegate any service requiring professional competence to unqualified persons. Rule 2e: Individual shall not permit personnel to engage in any practice that is a violation of the Code of Ethics. Rule 2f: Individuals shall maintain professional competence, including participation in continuing education.

PRINCIPLE 3: Members shall maintain confidentiality of the information and records of those receiving services or involved in research. Rule 3a: Individuals shall not reveal to unauthorized persons any professional or personal information obtained from the person served professionally, unless required by law.

PRINCIPLE 4: Members shall provide only services and products that are in the best interest of those served. Rule 4a: Individuals shall not exploit persons in the delivery of professional services. Rule 4b: Individuals shall not charge for services not rendered. Rule 4c: Individuals shall not participate in activities that constitute a conflict of professional interest. Rule 4d: Individuals using investigational procedures with patients, or prospectively collecting research data, shall first obtain full informed consent from the patient or guardian.

PRINCIPLE 5: Members shall provide accurate information about the nature and management of communicative disorders and about the services and products offered. Rule 5a: Individuals shall provide persons served with the information a reasonable person would want to know about the nature and possible effects of services rendered, or products provided or research being conducted. Rule 5b: Individuals may make a statement of prognosis, but shall not guarantee results, mislead, or misinform persons served or studied. Rule 5c: Individuals shall conduct and report product-related research only according to accepted standards of research practice. Rule 5d: Individuals shall not carry out teaching or research activities in a manner that constitutes an invasion of privacy, or that fails to inform persons fully about the nature and possible effects of these activities, affording all persons informed free choice or participation. Rule 5e: Individuals shall maintain documentation of professional services rendered.

PRINCIPLE 6: Members shall comply with the ethical standards of the Society with regard to public statements or publication. Rule 6a: Individuals shall not misrepresent their educational degrees, training, credentials, or competence. Only degrees earned from regionally accredited institutions in which training was obtained in dispensing hearing instruments, or a directly related discipline, may be sued in public statements concerning professional services. Rule 6b: Individuals’ public statements about professional services, products, or research results shall not contain representations or claims that are false, misleading, or deceptive.

PRINCIPLE 7: Members shall honor their responsibilities to the public and to professional colleagues. Rule 7a: Individuals shall not use professional or commercial affiliations in any way that would limit services to or mislead patients or colleagues. Rule 7b: Individuals shall inform colleagues and the public in a manner consistent with the highest professional standards about products and services they have developed or research they have conducted.

PRINCIPLE 8: Members shall uphold the dignity of the profession and freely accept the Society’s self-imposed standards. Rule 8a: Individuals shall not violate these Principles and Rules, nor attempt to circumvent them. Rule 8b: Individuals shall not engage in dishonesty or illegal conduct that adversely reflects on the profession. Rule 8c: Individuals shall inform the Board when there are reasons to believe that a member of the Society may have violated the Code of Ethics. Rule 8d: Individuals shall cooperate with the Ethical Practices Committee in any matter related to the Code of Ethics.

September 6, 2006

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