ISA Supports - World Health Organization - Safe Listening Initiative

WHO estimates that 1.1 billion young people1 worldwide are at risk of hearing loss due to unsafe listening practices ( The current trend of regularly listening to music at high volume and for long duration poses a serious threat to one’s hearing.

As an official collaborating partner of the WHO, the International Society of Audiology (ISA), is supporting the WHO’s efforts to reduce the risk of hearing loss posed by unsafe listening behaviour. In the 2018 stakeholder meeting, held on 7 – 8 February 2018 in Geneva, Prof De Wet Swanepoel represented ISA and its affiliate societies as president of the society.

WHO first launched the Make Listening Safe initiative in 2015. The specific objectives of this initiative are to: 1. regulate exposure to loud sounds through personal audio systems; 2. change listening behaviours among the target population; and 3. limit sound exposure in recreational settings.

The consultation is meant to drive this initiative further by reviewing the progress till now, addressing key issues and planning next steps. The key objectives are to:

  • Share the progress made in the different areas of work
  • Review and refine the proposed standards for safe listening devices
  • Determine dissemination strategy for standards and safe listening messages
  • Finalize the research protocol
  • Outline process for development of a regulatory framework for control recreational sound exposure.

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World Health Organization

Dear colleagues and friends, 

I am pleased to share with you the NVI Year in Review 2017, offering select highlights of the work of WHO's Department for the Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention (NVI). 

I warmly thank you, our partners, for working with us and for sharing our vision of enabling people to live healthier, more productive lives.

We look forward to our continued engagement in the year ahead.

Kind regards,

Etienne Krug


The International Society of Audiology (ISA) is pleased to offer a small number of student scholarships to the 34th World Congress of Audiology, to be held from October 27 to 31, 2018 in Cape Town. Please read the following instructions carefully to ensure that your application adheres to the eligibility criteria and selection procedures.

The scholarships, in the amount of U.S. $1,500 are sponsored by the ISA. The scholarship is to help students to cover the costs of:

  • Student registration fees for the WCA (all scholars must register for the Congress.)
  • Transportation/airfare to the Congress venue.
  • Accommodation during the Congress.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. You must be a full time student in an institution of higher learning taking courses in audiology and preferably working towards a degree in audiology or hearing science. Graduates who will be completing their degree in [current year] may also apply; and
  2. You must be a current Student Member of the International Society of Audiology.
  3. The applicant should have the paper accepted by the WCA for presentation. If the student has more than one paper accepted by the WCA, s/he should submit only one paper for consideration.
  4. The research should represent the applicants’ own work and has not been presented or published elsewhere.


  1. A brief profile (photo, name, date of birth, brief biography and description of the current research project) for display in the Congress program and/or the ISA website.
  2. An abstract and a 2 to 3 page description of the research project the applicant wants to submit for inclusion in the WCA Scientific Program. The research topic may be either in the field of clinical audiology or in basic audiological science. The description should clearly outline:
    1. The challenge/problem being addressed by the project;
    2. The hypotheses and/or aim of the project;
    3. The methodology that was employed;
    4. The results that have been/will be obtained;
    5. The discussion of the results; and
    6. The conclusions drawn from the project, and its significance to audiology.
  3. A letter of recommendation from the research supervisor/advisor.
  4. A short (maximum 100 words) statement of why the student believes that attendance of the WCA would be important.
  5. A letter of confirmation that the abstract has been accepted by the Scientific Committee of WCA, as soon as available.
  6. The Selection Committee of the International Society of Audiology will judge the applications and determine the final winners of the scholarships. An effort will be made to select scholars representing the worldwide character of the Society.


  1. The selected scholars will only be able to receive the scholarship after presenting their papers at the Congress.
  2. The applicant will personally present the accepted paper at the WCA.
  3. ISA student scholars are expected to be actively engaged in furthering audiological research and services locally and internationally.


Kurt Stephan, PhD,
Professor Department for Hearing,
Speech and Voice Disorders Medical University of Innsbruck Anichstr.

DEADLINES: For Submission: May 15, 2018. Response: June 15, 2018 Registration for WCA: July 15, 2018