The AEA (Association of the European Hearing Aid Professionals) was founded in 1970 and from 2008 it has its headquarters in Brussels.
The AEA is an association of national professional organizations representing hearing aid Professionals from the 13 countries where 20,000 practitioners work in this area of healthcare. It is shortly due to welcome new members, with the objective of associating the 27 member states, thus representing the estimated total of 30,000 European practitioners.
The AEA has unambiguous standpoints for compliance with standards of quality and professional training of its members at European level. A Leonardo da Vinci training project with the European Community was adopted in 1996 E/96/2/1571/PI/II.1.1.1.a/CONT) and renewed in 2009.
Patient safety requires the choice, adaptation and immediate and ongoing inspection of the effectiveness of hearing aids to be made by a qualified hearing aid professional.