The Cheshire Profession The audiology department of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary recently employed audiometric technicians to operate a sophisticated computer-assisted audiometer under close on-site supervision by senior-level audiologists. A key goal was to reduce time spent by audiologists on relatively simple data-acquisition tasks and to increase time spent on data interpretation ... Viewpoint
Viewpoint  |   November 01, 1993
The Cheshire Profession
 
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  • Aaron Thornton, PhD
    Audiology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, 243 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114-3096
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Viewpoint   |   November 01, 1993
The Cheshire Profession
American Journal of Audiology, November 1993, Vol. 2, 5. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0203.05
 
American Journal of Audiology, November 1993, Vol. 2, 5. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0203.05
The audiology department of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary recently employed audiometric technicians to operate a sophisticated computer-assisted audiometer under close on-site supervision by senior-level audiologists. A key goal was to reduce time spent by audiologists on relatively simple data-acquisition tasks and to increase time spent on data interpretation and case management. As described in an Edge Report elsewhere in this issue, all patients were seen by audiologists, with technicians providing skill-level support in a tightly monitored team framework.
After only 4 months of refinement, the quality control achieved by this audiologist-technician team model was excellent, and the program was well received by physicians. However, we encountered such strong and persistent negative reaction from ASHA and its members that we closed the program. Opposition focused on technicians doing threshold audiometry and audiologists accepting professional responsibility for technicians’ work. Although this was a relatively minor setback for our department, I worry that it signifies a much larger problem for the future of audiology—and audiologists.
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