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It is important that all individuals in the hearing healthcare profession behave according to standards of professional conduct. Members of IHS are bound by the IHS Code of Ethics as well as their state or provincial codes of ethics or conduct and any employer code of conduct. It is also imperative to follow all applicable laws and rules at local, state/provincial and federal levels, including copyright laws. 

If you see someone cheating and/or stealing, let us know. Email, call 734‑522‑7200, or submit an Anonymous Tip Form

Video Overviews

Watch the following videos to familiarize yourself with appropriate professional conduct and requirements for success with IHS platforms and examinations.

Distance Learning for Professionals in Hearing Health Sciences

ILE Test Prep

International Licensing Examination for Hearing Healthcare Professionals (ILE)


Cheating is unethical and unprofessional.

Examples of Cheating

Include, but are not limited to:

Giving or receiving information about any quiz or examination to another person, beyond that information which is publicly available. This includes Distance Learning for Professionals in Hearing Health Sciences course lesson tests, the Distance Learning course final examination, written licensing exams (the ILE) and practical licensing exams.

Arranging for someone to take a quiz, test, or exam for you, or taking a quiz, test, or exam for someone else.

Utilizing unauthorized aids in the test environment such as:
  • Writing on anything other than the materials provided by the testing center. This includes your hand.
  • Having a phone, textbook, or any other unauthorized materials in the testing center.
Participating in study groups, test prep, or review courses or websites that you know or believe have engaged in unauthorized use of IHS content.

Actively seeking information about the tests and providing information about the tests to someone else is cheating. Don’t ask what someone remembers from an exam, and if someone asks you, don’t answer!

What is NOT considered cheating?

Asking someone about, or referring someone to information which is publicly available. For example:
  • "Which books are recommended to study for the ILE?"
    You can find the list of recommended study materials here and in the Study Guide.

  • "You should make sure you really know all of the Distance Learning course materials before you take the final exam."
    This good advice doesn’t share any specific content from the course, so it’s not cheating.

  • "ILE Test Prep will help you learn more about what’s covered on the exam."
    This accurate statement doesn’t share any of the content included in ILE Test Prep.

Test Misconduct

Conduct that is, or results in, a violation of security or disrupts the administration of an examination is unacceptable and will be deemed Test Misconduct. Test Misconduct is unacceptable regardless of the examination. Actions that can be deemed Test Misconduct include but are not limited to: 

For all examinations:

  • Using inappropriate or unauthorized test aids.
  • Copying answers from another test taker, or attempting to do so.
  • Communicating examination content to any third party.
  • Cheating in any other form, or attempting to do so.
  • Otherwise compromising the security or integrity of the exam.
  • Candidates taking the exam for someone else or having someone else take the exam for them, or attempting to do either.
  • Giving or receiving assistance or attempting to do either – communication in any form is not permitted during the test administration. Discussion or sharing of test content or answers during the test is prohibited. Candidates may not disclose or discuss with anyone, including instructors, information about the items or answers seen in their examination (this includes posting or discussing questions on the internet and social media websites).
  • Reconstructing or attempting to reconstruct exam items during or following the exam using memory of the exam or the memory of others for any reason.
  • Removing or attempting to remove any portion of test content, answers, scratch paper, or notes from the exam administration by any means under any circumstances to any person or entity.
  • Tampering with a computer or attempting to do so.
  • Using study materials that contain or are suspected of containing stolen or illicit exam content.
  • Requesting that another candidate obtain or provide stolen exam content.

For proctored examinations:

  • Failing to follow the proctor’s instructions.
  • Failing to provide acceptable identification.
  • Writing on anything other than the paper provided by the test center staff.
  • Leaving the test center during the test session, including leaving the testing room without permission.
  • Creating a disturbance.


Stealing is both unethical and illegal. 

When you buy the IHS Distance Learning for Professionals in Hearing Health Sciences course, or subscribe to ILE Test Prep, you pay for access to content owned by the International Hearing Society. Reproducing or giving away this content in any way is an infringement upon federal copyright laws and it is illegal.

What's Considered Stealing

Includes, but is not limited to:

Making copies of the Professional Training Textbook or the Professional Training Workbook.

Putting questions from the Distance Learning course or ILE Test Prep online. That includes on custom quiz sites like Quizlet or similar.

Copying Distance Learning course flashcards and sharing them in person or online.

Taking pictures of content and giving or selling it to someone or putting it online.

NOT Stealing

Using your own words to create study materials or flash cards for personal use only.


If you are found to have participated in test misconduct, stolen, or cheated, you could face serious consequences. Violation of these policies and/or failure to comply with the test administration regulations or the test administrator or supervisor’s directions may result in:

  • Disqualification of Examination results
  • Ejection from the testing center
  • Forfeiture of Examination fee(s)
  • A report or complaint being made to your licensing agency
  • Becoming barred from future testing
  • Expulsion from IHS as a member
  • Legal action from IHS


If you see someone engaging in misconduct, the International Hearing Society encourages you to report that behavior to ensure the continued validity and security of the exams and products.

See something? Let us know! Email, call 734-522-7200, or submit an Anonymous Tip Form