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Code of Ethics


The code of ethics of the KAA delineated the principles for all KAA members to adhere to and uphold. All individuals associated with the KAA should endeavor to maintain the highest standards of personal and professional values and honestly conduct in accordance with the principles and rules listed as follows.



Members shall fulfill ethical, legal, and professional responsibility.

Rule 1.1 Members shall provide the best possible services to everyone regardless of race, nationality, sex, age, religion, disability, socioeconomic status, and etc.

Rule 1.2 Members shall provide the best solutions and high quality of practices by avoiding professional misconduct ion and incompetency and refraining from unjustifiable and immoral acts, solicitation, or collusions for improper profits or relationships.

Rule 1.3 Members shall seek to enhance and preserve the benefits of individual and community by maximizing the use of multiple resources.

Rule 1.4 Members shall increase public recognition of audiology and its relevant fields.


Members shall maintain honesty, respect, and confidentiality.

Rule 2.1 Members shall provide all the information necessary and essential instructions with the best professional knowledge and integrity.

Rule 2.2 Members shall respect individual autonomy and the rights to make a decision at all levels.

Rule 2.3 Members shall protect individual rights to privacy without revealing any personal information and maintaining confidentiality in compliance with related regulations.


Members shall achieve professional competency and relationship.

Rule 3.1 Members shall represent their professional qualifications with the most advanced knowledge, skill, and practice through continuing education.

Rule 3.2 Members shall be encouraged to maintain an individual’s certification status and comply with relevant regulations or codes in their own field of expertise.

Rule 3.3 Members shall declare professional independence and facilitate collaboration among relevant professionals.


Members shall conduct themselves in a spirit of fairness and justice.

Rule 4.1 Members shall maintain veracity in interpersonal communication with all individuals served.

Rule 4.2 Members shall not misrepresent, exaggerate, or counterfeit their academic backgrounds and work experiences etc.

Rule 4.3 Members shall not deliver false or misleading information of the services and products provided.

Rule 4.4 Members shall not engage in any illegal activity.


- Drafted July 1998

- Amended Sep 1998

- Amended Nov 1999

- Amended Nov 2000

- Amended Nov 2002

- Amended Feb 2003

- Amended Aug 2003

- Amended Feb 2006

- Amended Jan 2007

- Amended May 2010

- Amended Aug 2012

- Amended Nov 2014

- Amended Sep 2015

- Amended Apr 2016

- Amended Sep 2021

Chapter I. General Provisions

Article 1-Title

The name of this corporation shall be the Korean Academy of Audiology. In abbreviated form, the society shall be known as ‘KAA’.

Article 2-Office

The office of the Korean Academy of Audiology shall be in Hallym University, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do, Republic of Korea. If necessary, the office may be relocated to other area in South Korea.

Article 3-Purpose

The purpose of the Korean Academy of Audiology is to improve the quality of research and clinical services in audiology associated with the sciences of hearing, balance, and speech and its related disorders, to facilitate interests in the field of audiology, and to protect rights of our members and people with hearing impairment.

Article 4-Rules

The Korean Academy of Audiology abides by the following rules to accomplish the purpose of this society.

1. Publish the periodic journal “Audiology and Speech Research” and other non-periodic publications
2. Organize conferences and academic symposiums
3. Facilitate national and international academic exchanges in the field of audiology
4. Provide education and training for audiologists, relevant professionals, people with hearing impairment, and their family members
5. Support various activities and programs in accordance with the purpose of the Korean Academy of Audiology.

Chapter II. Membership

Article 5-Composition

The Korean Academy of Audiology shall consist of all five member statues and requirements as follows.

1. Student members:

- A person who has an undergraduate or higher academic degree in Audiology and paid for the annual student membership fees.

2. Regular members:

- A person who is correspond to one or more of the following four conditions and paid for the annual regular membership fees.
① A person who is over full-time instructor in audiology or related fields.
② A person who holds a certificate in audiology in Korea.
③ A person who has obtained a bachelor's degree in audiology.
④ The practitioner and teacher of audiology related fields, a person who has interests in hearing impairment, etc.

3. Lifetime members:

- A person who has paid for the annual lifetime membership fees as a regular member.

4. Institutional • corporate members:

- Institutions as school, library, relevant academy, organization and associated company which have paid for the annual institutional/corporate membership fees.

5. Board members:

- A person who has paid for the annual board membership fees as a director of the KAA.

Article 6-Eligibility

All applicants for membership should submit the completed application form, and membership fees and membership applications are approved by the executive committee at their meetings through a review process.

Article 7-Rights

1. Full members have the rights to speak, vote and be nominated and elected as executive committee members during the general assembly with the membership certified and they have on-line access to the full text of the journal and receive periodic publications of the Korean Academy of Audiology.
2. Associated and student members have the same rights of the full members represented in the Article 7-1, except the rights to vote and to be nominated and elected as executive committee members.
3. The rights of institutional and honorary members shall be defined by executive committee members.

Article 8-Duties

1. Members should comply with the bylaws of the society and decisions approved by the executive committee.
2. Members must pay annual membership fees. No payment of membership fees at least for two consecutive years will result in cancellation of the membership.
3. 3. If any members of the society has been found to have deliberated obstructs the management of the society, impugned the honor of the society, or violated the principles in the code of ethics, the membership will be cancelled or terminated by the review process of executive committees.

Chapter III. Executive Committee

Article 9-Composition

The executive committee shall consist of 30 to 35 members as follows (numbers of committee member):

1. President (1)
2. Vice president (2)
3. Executive members (25 to 30)
4. Auditor (2)

Article 10-Elections

1. The election of president, vice president, and auditor shall be decided by the executive committee through the ballot and shall be approved by the general assembly.
2. The president and vice presidents are responsible for appointing executive committee members from among the full members.
3. The president and vice presidents are responsible for appointing executive directors among the committee members.

Article 11-Duties

1. The president shall serve as a chair of the executive committee and general assembly, represent the society, and be responsible for leading, supervising, and coordinating various activities of the society.
2. The vice presidents serve as assistants to the president. In case of the accident or vacancy occurred to the president, the vice president approved by the board of directors takes over the duties of the president.
3. The auditors are responsible for supervising the financial operations of the society at least once a year and shall report accounting inspection to the general assembly.
4. The executive committee members serve as assistants to the president by managing the society affairs and establishing an affiliated committee if necessary.

Article 12-Term

1. The executive committee members can be appointed for up to two consecutive terms.
2. The president may be re-elected only once if necessary.

Article 13-By-election of executive directors

1. If vacancies occur to one of the executive directors, the by-election shall be conducted by the board of directors among the executive committee members and the term is limited by the remaining period of the predecessor.

Chapter IV. Congresses

Article 14-Hold a regular congress

A regular congress is convened annually according to the request of the president.

Article 15-Hold an irregular congress

An irregular congress is convened occasionally according to the request of the more than one-third full members or the board of directors.

Article 16-Quorum and approval of congresses

1. Each congress shall be attended by more than thirty (30) active members.
2. The resolutions are accepted by obtaining votes of the two-third (2/3) from the members attended. The tie is determined by the chair.

Article 17-Aim of congresses

1. Revision of the bylaws
2. Election of the president, vice presidents, and auditors
3. Planning tasks and budget deliberation
4. Reports for tasks and settlement
5. Approving honorary member
6. Raising important issues by the board of directors

Chapter V. Board of Directors

Article 18-Composition and convening of the board of directors

1. The board of directors comprise of the president, vice presidents, and executive members.
2. The regular meeting is convened once a year to discuss the main issues and operation of the society.
3. The president shall convene the provisional meeting by the requests of one-third (1/3) of the board of directors or the president.

Article 19-Duties

1. A secretary oversees affairs of the society and shall be the secretary of the Board of Directors.
2. A director of finance is in charge of financing of the society and shall draft the budget and the settlement report.
3. A director of research is in charge of planning and implementing the requirements associated with all researches, including studies of the society, conference, research symposium.
4. A director of external relations is in charge of forming cooperation with the relevant domestic authorities.
5. A director of international relations is in charge of forming cooperation with related organizations abroad.
6. A director of public relations is in charge of promoting the society and is responsible for editing the society’s newsletter, shipping publications, and operating the website of the society.
7. A director of editing is in charge of publishing periodic or non periodic journals and is responsible for editing the journal.
8. A director of education is in charge of the education and training programs provided in the society.
9. The number of directors may be adjusted as necessary.

Article 20-Resolutions of the board of directors

1. Issues regarding the project for the society referred to in Article 3
2. Issues regarding completion of the tasks and settlement
3. Issues regarding planning of the tasks and the budget proposal for next year
4. Issues regarding modification of bylaws
5. Issues regarding the composition and management of the fund of the society
6. Issues regarding the join of members
7. Issues regarding the recommendation for honorary members
8. Delegated issues from the general assembly and other details

Article 21-Vacancy of board members

1. If vacancies occur to one of the board members excluding the president, vice presidents, and executive directors, the president shall appoint new board members, but the term is limited by the remaining period of the predecessor.
2. The president, vice presidents, and executive directors shall follow the bylaws referred to in Article 10 and Article 13.

Chapter VI. Finances

Article 22-Finances

The expenses of the society shall be covered by membership fees, revenues generated by the publications and conferences, and profits from subsides and contributions. The society shall have the financial ownership and all financial revenue of the society shall be used only for the expenses and activities in accordance with the purpose of the society.

Article 23-Accounting year

The accounting year of the society shall begin on January 1 as the first year of the presidential term and end on December 31 as the following year of the presidential term.

Chapter VII. Publications

Article 24-Purpose

The society shall publish the periodic and non periodic publications in accordance with the purpose of the society. The editor-in-chief, one of the directors of the board of the society and the executive committee members are responsible for the entire publication process.

Article 25-Periodic publication

The society shall have the ownership of the periodic journal “Audiology and Speech Research” which is the official publication of the society. The published articles with a peer review process shall include relevant information in accordance with the purpose of the society. The editorial members of the Journal shall make a decision to refuse or accept of an article by ensuring the quality of the article aligned with the purpose of the society.

Article 26-Delivery

The society shall have a responsibility to distribute the Journal to the members who maintain membership status with the payment of fees.

Article 27-Non periodic publication

If necessary, the society shall publish non periodic publications including special issues, training materials, lecture notes, and practical guidelines to serve the purpose of the society with the approval of the executive committee.

Chapter VIII. Conference organization

Article 28-General

Regular conferences and seminars of the society shall take place every year. The exact date and place of the conferences shall be decided by the board of directors of the society. The society shall provide occasional workshops and seminars with an approval of the executive committee if necessary.

Article 29-Purpose

The main purpose of the conference is to enhance professional knowledge, learn the most recent technology, encourage participations of the students majoring audiology or related fields, share research topics, and facilitate and strengthen the relationships of the members.

Chapter IX. Supplementary provisions

Article 30-Rules

Other details not explicitly stated in this document are subjected to general custom and practice. Specific rules of parts of the society shall be decided separately by the board of directors as necessary.

Article 31-Date of effect

The bylaw shall be effective from the date of the ratification of the Korean Academy Audiology after approved by the general assembly.