Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary Audiology Department Audiology is still in the early stages of evolution and, as with any maturing profession, we can anticipate a trend toward consolidation and specialization of function that only larger organizations can accommodate. Our initial reactions to growth at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (MEEI) were typical, focusing attention upon ... Clinical Focus: Site Visit
Clinical Focus: Site Visit  |   November 01, 1991
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary Audiology Department
 
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  • Aaron R. Thornton
    Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary Department of Otology and Laryngology Harvard Medical School
  • Barbara S. Herrmann
    Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary Department of Otology and Laryngology Harvard Medical School
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Hearing Disorders / Clinical Focus / Site Visit
Clinical Focus: Site Visit   |   November 01, 1991
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary Audiology Department
American Journal of Audiology, November 1991, Vol. 1, 14-18. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0101.14
History: Received July 31, 1991 , Accepted August 20, 1991
 
American Journal of Audiology, November 1991, Vol. 1, 14-18. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0101.14
History: Received July 31, 1991; Accepted August 20, 1991
Audiology is still in the early stages of evolution and, as with any maturing profession, we can anticipate a trend toward consolidation and specialization of function that only larger organizations can accommodate. Our initial reactions to growth at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (MEEI) were typical, focusing attention upon what we perceived to be lost, rather than exploiting what had been gained. But we had to face the fact that you cannot simply scale up an old system. Twenty one-room schools sitting next to each other on a single lot do not realize any of the advantages of an increased enrollment. Thus, we have been working to develop an organization and a system of operation that take advantage of a large census and the increased operational complexity that it can support. For this Site Visit we wish to describe some of the characteristics of a large program and how we are adapting to it.
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