Solon seeks regulation of the practice of audiology

A lawmaker wants the practice of the audiology profession in the country regulated in a bid to enhance the health and general physical well being of the people.

House Bill 6627, principally authored by Rep. Joaquin Carlos Rahman Nava (Lone District, Guimaras) and to be known as the “Philippine Audiology Act of 2012”, seeks to create a Professional Regulatory Board of Audiology under the administrative supervision  and control of Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

Nava said the measure shall develop globally competitive professional audiologists through honest, effective and credible licensure examinations and regulatory measures, programs and activities that foster their professional growth.

The bill defines audiology as a science and art of hearing, whether normal or disordered, as a fundamental component of human communication behavior.

“Audiologists are trained to perform a variety of tests to determine the nature and degree of an individual’s hearing and balance problems. They see people of all ages – babies, children and adults,” Nava said.

Under the measure, the audiology board shall be created and composed of five members who shall be appointed by the President of the Philippines, upon the recommendation of the PRC, from a list of ten nominees submitted by the duly integrated and accredited national organization of audiologists.

The bill imposes a jail term of not more than eight years and a fine of not less than P50,000 but not more than P100,000, or both, at the discretion of the court.

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