Que PASA? Pan-American Society of Audiology Expands Profession’s Reach Hearing health needs are not limited by national borders. To address concerns in countries south of ours, four audiologists and an otologist established the Pan-American Society of Audiology (PASA) in 1992. The group’s founders represented Argentina, Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, and the United States. Over time, PASA members have conducted ... World Beat
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World Beat  |   September 01, 2005
Que PASA? Pan-American Society of Audiology Expands Profession’s Reach
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  • Sanford E. Gerber, an ASHA Fellow, is past president of PASA and emeritus professor of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Contact him by e-mail at seg49@netzero.com.
    Sanford E. Gerber, an ASHA Fellow, is past president of PASA and emeritus professor of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Contact him by e-mail at seg49@netzero.com.×
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World Beat   |   September 01, 2005
Que PASA? Pan-American Society of Audiology Expands Profession’s Reach
The ASHA Leader, September 2005, Vol. 10, 5-19. doi:10.1044/leader.WB.10122005.5
The ASHA Leader, September 2005, Vol. 10, 5-19. doi:10.1044/leader.WB.10122005.5
Hearing health needs are not limited by national borders. To address concerns in countries south of ours, four audiologists and an otologist established the Pan-American Society of Audiology (PASA) in 1992. The group’s founders represented Argentina, Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, and the United States. Over time, PASA members have conducted their business at meetings in Ecuador, Puerto Rico, the United States, Costa Rica, and Mexico.
Linked by the commitment to hearing health care, audiologists in the Americas also vary widely by country. Degree designations differ, for example, with some Latin American audiologists holding the M.D. degree. PASA also embraces a diverse range of languages. Of the 35 member nations in the Organization of American States, 17 are primarily Spanish-speaking and 14 are mainly English-speaking. The others speak Dutch, French or Portuguese.
PASA was formed to provide professional and scientific information and news about all the Americas to all member countries through the newsletter Que PASA and a biennial Pan-American Congress of Audiology, first held in 2001. Attendance continues to grow at these biennual gatherings-more than 300 audiologists attended the III PanAmerican Congress of Audiology in Guatemala City in November 2004. Planning is now underway for the IV PanAmerican Congress of Audiology, to be held in March 2006 in Mexico City.
The purposes of PASA are to:
  • exchange scientific knowledge and advance education and training about prevention, care, and research in auditory communication throughout the Americas

  • promote the general welfare of persons with impaired hearing of all ages in all American nations

  • conduct further research on all aspects of the problem of hearing loss such as cause and prevention, medical and social treatments, and methods of education and training of hearing-impaired persons

  • develop a better understanding of hearing impairment on the part of the public

  • cooperate with all relevant public, private, and governmental agencies

  • advance the education, training, and recruitment of personnel for work in audiology

  • establish national units of the Society throughout the Americas to advise, assist, guide, and coordinate the activities of the Society

  • serve as a clearinghouse for gathering and disseminating information about hearing impairment and hearing-impaired persons

  • solicit funds for the accomplishment of these purposes

An individual residing in any of the 35 nations of the Americas who upholds the objectives of the society; contributes an annual sum as determined by the membership at a general meeting; and who has an appropriate degree, license, or certificate in their country can be admitted to membership.
PASA welcomes your participation and invites you to visit its Web site for membership applications, general information about the organization and the Mexico 2006 Congress.
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