Introduction: There is great variation in Audiology service across the globe, resulting in a limited understanding of Audiology education and practice. Global Audiology initiative aims to promote understanding of Audiology education and practice across the globe. The overall purpose of this presentation is to describe the vision, mission, specific goals, working methodology and update about the state of Global audiology initiative.
Method: A comparison of how audiology is practiced in the US and in other countries will be presented, followed by a description of a newly developed ePlatform (www.globalaudiology.org) and Global Audiology initiative.
Results: Global Audiology ePlatform was developed as a way to improve communication between audiologists and those interested in hearing and hearing health world-wide. Five Regional Resource editors have been appointed, each to represent one of five of the United Nations defined regions: America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Oceania. Regional Resource Editors will be responsible for providing detailed information for each key area of his/her area on the website, as well as to identify Sub-regional Resource Editors who will populate the website with key information regarding his/her geographic region. All Global Audiology editors will be clearly listed and volunteer to provide resource information to those who are interested, facilitating the exchange of audiological information world-wide. Comprehensive information about Audiology practice in 10 countries has been conducted. Further work is underway to develop information in over 20 countries across the globe.
Conclusions: Understanding is an important first step in addressing the issues. Global Audiology is the first initiative to provide comprehensive understanding of Audiology profession across the globe and to connect stakeholders in hearing healthcare around the world. It is hoped that this initiative will lead a way in promoting equitable access to healthy hearing by facilitating the development of uniform audiological practice standards.