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Code of Practice:

The aim of the association is to promote and maintain the very highest professional and ethical standards of hearing healthcare within the private sector. Each member of the association shall place the welfare of the patient before all other considerations and shall behave in a proper manner towards professional colleagues, and shall not bring them or the Association into disrepute.

AIHHP GUIDELINES

From 1st March 2014 and in line with the above code of practice, AIHHP Executive & Full Members are advised by AIHHP Council to follow the ‘Guidelines’ in the pdf document found here: AIHHP GUIDELINES FINAL Version (8).

Who Can Apply for AIHHP Membership?

Anyone with an interest in audiology, UK hearing care provision or hearing aids can apply to be a Member of AIHHP.

How to become a member

There are three levels of AIHHP membership; Associateship, Full & Executive.

All members have to join AIHHP as an associate member initially.

Executive Members

Executive Members of AIHHP have to meet strict criteria before being accepted for Executive Membership.

  • Executive Members (EM) are required to be owner managers of a full time independent hearing aid practice operating from a permanent base and open daily.
  • Executive Members represent everything from individually owned & managed practices to multi-site businesses with several dispensing hearing aid audiologists.
  • Executive membership is by application and there are strict obligations that are placed on them to ensure the highest standards of professionalism and ethics in hearing healthcare in the UK.
  • Executive members are constantly trying to set themselves apart from other hearing healthcare organisations, seeking to lead the Profession by example.
  • Executive members are not in competition with each other and actively support each other by sharing knowledge, experience and ideas.
  • Executive Members are permitted to use the AIHHP logo in their advertising and marketing – on printed materials or online and are listed on the AIHHP Website.
  • Executive members can also use the following acronym; AIHHP (Executive Member) after their name in correspondence.
  • Executive Members have full voting rights and so have a significant voice in the development of AIHHP as a professional organisation.

Acceptance as an Executive Member is conditional that they meet the entry requirements provided in AIHHP’s code of practice & have the required equipment (see list below).

As of 2015, EM attendance will be required at 3 out of 4 meetings over 2 years: at the Summer business meeting and AGM; or the November conference. (Emergencies excepted where due notice is given to the Chair and/or membership secretary).  However, failure to comply may result in downgrading of membership level by the council.

As an Executive Member, your attendance at each business meeting & Autumn conference will be awarded 2 points for each day attended, giving a maximum potential of 6 points per year.   The minimum number of points required, worked out over a 2 year period to maintain Executive Member status is 10 points.    Members with 100% attendance are awarded a certificate.

The Executive membership fee is £150 + vat per year .

Full Members

This level is for all registered hearing aid dispensing professionals working for an Executive Member.

Full Members are invited to attend the Saturday conference meeting but it is not obligatory.

However, they will be awarded 2 points for each day attended, giving a maximum potential of 10 points per year and members with 100% attendance receive a certificate.

Full Members are permitted to use the AIHHP logo in their advertising and marketing – on printed materials or online. Full members are also permitted to use the acronym: AIHHP (Full Member) after their name in correspondence.

The cost of Full Membership (FM) is £ 100 + vat per year.

Associate Members

Associate membership is open to anyone with an interest in audiology, UK hearing care provision and/or hearing aids. Associate members do not have the same strict obligations placed on them as Executive & Full Members.

  • Associate Members are people that generally share the ideals of the association to promote higher professional standards in provision of audiological services to the client. Associate Members can be employed by a Executive Member or are seeking to become a Executive Member.
  • They frequently attend AIHHP’s educational days and therefore interact directly with exhibitors and speakers.
  • Because Associate Membership is voluntary, they take a keen and active interest in AIHHP’s Education Meetings.

The cost of Associate Membership (AM) is also £ 100 + vat per year.

Honorary Members

Honorary Membership is awarded to individuals for special contribution to the Profession and certain exceptional circumstances where they may not meet the requirements of Executive Membership.

Joining Procedure

  • All members must join AIHHP as an associate member initially
  • AM’s can then put themselves forward for Executive Membership, assuming they have the required standards
  • AM’s initially attend a minimum of one meeting as an associate member
  • At the next conference, which must follow on directly after their 1st conference they will have guest attendance at the Saturday meeting, which is usually only open to Executive and Full Members (eg. attend the Spring 2012 meeting as an AM & your EM upgrade will be reviewed at the Autumn 2012 meeting.)

The Upgrade Process

  • AIHHP Council review upgrade applications at each council conference meeting
  • 2/3 council members will meet with applicant at the conference for an informal chat; these council members will be arranged at the meeting
  • The upgrade decision will be made either at the conference or next council conference call when standards have been met; by blind vote
  • The applicant will be informed by the membership secretary/ announced at the conference EFM meeting depending on when the decision is made

Executive Member Entry Requirements:

  • Must follow standards of conduct, performance and ethics laid down by HPC
  • Main centre must be a full time permanently staffed practice
  • Where hearing tests are carried out noise levels must be in accordance with the appropriate BSA recommendations
  • Use BSA cross infection control procedures
  • Use outcome evaluation procedures either COSI, APHAB or IOI-HA

Executive Member Equipment Requirements:

  • Electronic hearing aid analyser
  • Insertion gain measurement
  • Tympanometer
  • Sound level meter
  • Broadband internet
  • Speech audiometry facilities
  • Video-otoscope
  • Insert Eartones
  • Data protection registration
  • All EM’s must agree to remain independent
  • Professional indemnity insurance
  • Enhanced CRB (for a charge, this can be arranged by AIHHP)

Please email Shona Jackson, membership secretary, for further information or if you would like to join AIHHP: membership@aihhp.org