To Be or Not To Be An Audiologist Last issue I posed the question, “Would you want your children or grandchildren to become audiologists? Is ours a dying profession, as some have suggested, or a growing one?” I have been surprised at the number of psychologists and nurses and physicians who have chosen to enter audiology. But I ... Viewpoint
Viewpoint  |   March 01, 1992
To Be or Not To Be An Audiologist
 
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  • Charles I. Berlin
    LSU Medical School, Department of Otolaryngology, Kresge Hearing Research Lab of the South, New Orleans, LA
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Viewpoint   |   March 01, 1992
To Be or Not To Be An Audiologist
American Journal of Audiology, March 1992, Vol. 1, 5-6. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0102.05
 
American Journal of Audiology, March 1992, Vol. 1, 5-6. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0102.05
Last issue I posed the question, “Would you want your children or grandchildren to become audiologists? Is ours a dying profession, as some have suggested, or a growing one?”
I have been surprised at the number of psychologists and nurses and physicians who have chosen to enter audiology. But I know of many more audiologists who have successfully switched to medical careers for what they rightfully perceived, at the time, would be greater scope of service, financial rewards, public prestige, and a concomitant increase in self-esteem.
Fortunately, the words “wealthy” and “audiologist” are no longer contradictions in terms; neither are they scornfully nor critically presented when in juxtaposition. But what would help public prestige and (possibly) concomitant self-esteem? Why not a doctorate, a professional doctorate like the AuD? Again, this is not to say one’s self-esteem needs to derive from professional titles or degrees, but it saves lots of time and explanation and is a lot easier than explaining to the patient … “Well, I would have a doctorate but I didn’t think I really needed it to be a good audiologist, and besides, the professors didn’t like me and besides I thought doing a thesis was a waste of time and anyway why should you do what people tell you to do … I’d rather be original … and besides I was a victim of prejudice, they didn’t like my attitude and I didn’t have much respect for them.” Quite a mouthful, when finishing the requirements for an AuD would eliminate the need for any explanations.
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