To Be or Not To Be An Audiologist On November 14, 1990, my wife Harriet and I became the grandparents of Joshua Franklin Alexander Williams IV, dubbed “Alex” by Patti and Josh (the III), his parents; little Alex will no doubt be known some day as “Alexander the Great.” While I’m waiting for that day, I’ve been wondering ... Viewpoint
Viewpoint  |   November 01, 1991
To Be or Not To Be An Audiologist
 
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  • Charles I. Berlin
    Professor of Otorhinolaryngology and Biocommunications LSU Medical School Director, Kresge Hearing Research Lab of the South, New Orleans, LA
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Viewpoint   |   November 01, 1991
To Be or Not To Be An Audiologist
American Journal of Audiology, November 1991, Vol. 1, 5. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0101.05
 
American Journal of Audiology, November 1991, Vol. 1, 5. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0101.05
On November 14, 1990, my wife Harriet and I became the grandparents of Joshua Franklin Alexander Williams IV, dubbed “Alex” by Patti and Josh (the III), his parents; little Alex will no doubt be known some day as “Alexander the Great.” While I’m waiting for that day, I’ve been wondering how my wife and I, or Alex’s parents, might feel if Alex decided he wanted to be an audiologist like his grandma or grandpa, or how Harriet and I would feel right now if any of our four wonderful children told us they wanted to be audiologists.
Let me clarify the nature of these ruminations. There is no suggestion here to control or manipulate the life-decisions of our progeny; what is being raised is a gut-level question of how we truly and deeply feel about our profession and its ability to serve our patients. (I hope ASHA’s word-police forgive me; I’ll never be comfortable calling them “clients,” nor, for that matter, calling cycles per second “Hertz,” nor PB-Max “word discrimination scores.”)
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