International Hearing Society

The Oregon Hearing Society is an official chapter of the International Hearing Society (IHS) and supports and contributes to its mission and purpose. We strongly encourage you to join and support your National association, IHS!

What is the International Hearing Society?
The International Hearing Society (IHS), formerly the National Hearing Aid Society, is the non-profit, professional association that represents Hearing Instrument Specialists® in the United States, Canada and several other countries. Fifty-four state and provincial chapters are affiliated with the Society. Founded in 1951, the Society continues to recognize the need for promoting and maintaining the highest possible standards for its members in the best interest of the consumer.

As the membership organization for thousands of independent specialists, IHS conducts programs in competency accreditation, education and training and promotes specialty-level certification for its members.

IHS Purposes

  • To promote the welfare, in so far as hearing is concerned, of the hearing impaired.
  • To coordinate, promote and advance the program of the society, and others, in similar work.
  • To provide a unified voice within and for those actively and principally engaged in the practice of the testing of human hearing and the selection, fitting, and dispensing of hearing instruments.
  • To provide communications among the professionals involved in hearing health care.
  • To improve the methods of selling, fitting, and using hearing aids and to improve the effectiveness of such instruments.
  • To establish standards of education, equipment and techniques in the fitting of hearing aids.
  • To examine and pass upon the qualifications of all persons who wish to have their competency in the field of fitting hearing aids recognized by IHS.
  • To sponsor and enforce among its members a code of ethical practices.
  • To cooperate with the medical profession and all other ethical professional groups engaged in aural rehabilitation.
  • Program of public education as to the benefits of hearing aids.

Major Programs

  • Cooperation with other professional groups in aural rehabilitation.
  • Cooperation with government officials and agencies concerned with hearing health care.
  • Support and encouragement of public education and hearing health care.
  • Sponsorship of a consumer protection program.
  • Support and promotion of IHS member certification through the independent National Board for Certification in Hearing Instrument Sciences (NBC-HIS).
  • Accreditation of technical educational programs in hearing instrument sciences.
  • Documentation of the hearing aid specialists’ qualifications.
  • Sponsorship and support of educational programs about hearing health care.
  • Enforcement of a code of ethics.
  • Publication of information about hearing health care.
  • Public relations and public information programs.
  • Publication of The Hearing Professional, (formerly Audecibel), the official journal of the International Hearing Society, to bring technical data and general information to those concerned with the hearing impaired.

IHS 2005 Officers
Harlan Cato, BC-HIS, President
Larry Farris, BC-HIS, ACA, Secretary
James Ogurek, BC-HIS, Treasurer

IHS Pacific Territory Governor
Jay McSpaden, PhD, BC-HIS, CCCA
Alaska – California – Washington
Nevada – Idaho - Hawaii – Oregon

International Hearing Society
16880 Middlebelt Rd., Suite 4
Livonia, MI 48154
Telephone (734) 522-7200
Tollfree: (800) 521-5247
Fax (734) 522-0200