The Code of Ethics of the American Academy of Audiology specifies professional standards that allow for the proper discharge of audiologists’ responsibilities to those served, and that protect the integrity of the profession. The Code of Ethics consists of two parts. The first part, the Statement of Principles and Rules, presents precepts that members (all categories of members, including Student Members) of the Academy agree to uphold. The second part, the Procedures, provides the process that enables enforcement of the Principles and Rules.

The Ethical Practices Committee (EPC) will periodically review and update the code of ethics to which members are bound and produce advisory opinions clarifying ethics principles and rules. The EPC will formulate, review, update and publicize policies. Changes to the code of ethics, policies and procedures, and other resource material must be approved by the Academy Board of Directors prior to implementation and publication.

The EPC will review public and member complaints alleging unethical behavior by members, adjudicate and determine appropriate disciplinary action. Decisions are subject to appeal to the Board of Directors. The EPC will work to increase member awareness of the American Academy of Audiology’s code of ethics and the practical implication of the code, rules and advisory opinions.

Inquiries and Complaints

Do you have a question about ethics? Want to report an ethics violation? Review the action flowchart for appropriate actions and if necessary contact the Ethical Practices Committee.