The Academy endorses, supports, and urges members to abide by the published Ethics in Audiology (2012), Chapter 4, section on “Relationships with Hearing Instrument Manufacturers, Convention Parties and Dinners.”
Social aspects of the AudiologyNOW! convention and like conferences are meant to facilitate discussion among members and serve professional interest. Sponsored activities, such as after-hours dinners or parties, can create educational and networking opportunities, but should be experienced with no overt or covert feelings of obligation. Conflicts of interest are defined as “incentives that cause, or can appear to cause, a loss of independent judgment, a loss of impartiality, or a loss of objectivity.” Sponsored events that are private or “invitation only” should be avoided. Events that are open to all attendees, held in typical convention locations and which are not extravagant, would be acceptable to attend.