What is it about?

In this paper we ask whether research related to the professional codes and principles in audiology, from 1980 to 2010, provide relevant information that has kept pace with the increasing challenges of the twenty-first century. We describe the available data in terms of ethical approaches, topics and principles, components of moral behavior and the role of the audiologist. This allowed us to highlight the areas related to the moral codes and principles in audiology that require further investigation.

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Why is it important?

Given the close relationship between clinical and ethical decision making, research facilitating deeper understanding in terms of moral codes and principles and the practical application thereof in everyday life is key for thoughtful therapists who act morally, as a result of problem solving with evidence based insight and reflection.


I believe that as audiologist (and other professionals) we need more than discipline specific knowledge to be successful. We need to develop our character so that we can use our knowledge to benefit ourselves and others. I agree that knowledge is important but the ability to apply that knowledge with integrity is more important. The development of ethical qualities such as integrity, honesty, trust etc is the key to personal, academic, and professional success in life. Insight of how to practically apply principles of ethics will make it easier and more natural to truly provide benefit those around us, and contribute to human society as a whole. Without exploring the different domains of ethics we cannot fully understand it and our ability to practice and apply it becomes limited. Identifying the specific gaps in the literature provide opportunities for valuable and relevant research that can truly make a difference in how we serve our clients and colleagues.

Dr Alida AM Naudé
University of Pretoria

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This page is a summary of: A Systematic Review of Ethics Knowledge in Audiology (1980–2010), American Journal of Audiology, June 2014, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA),
DOI: 10.1044/2014_aja-13-0057.
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