Chaos or Order? Some Thoughts on the Transition to a Professional Doctorate in Audiology In the American Journal of Audiology, Humes and Diefendorf recently advocated the use of bachelor’s level “technicians” for the profession of audiology. Their comparison of the use of dental hygienists and optometry assistants is faulty on two counts. First, physicians and traditional hearing aid dispensers are exempt from audiology license. ... Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor  |   November 01, 1993
Chaos or Order? Some Thoughts on the Transition to a Professional Doctorate in Audiology
 
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  • John G. Clark
    Cincinnati, OH
  • June Uyehara-Isono
    Honolulu, HI
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Hearing Disorders / Letters to the Editor
Letter to the Editor   |   November 01, 1993
Chaos or Order? Some Thoughts on the Transition to a Professional Doctorate in Audiology
American Journal of Audiology, November 1993, Vol. 2, 70-a-71. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0203.70b
 
American Journal of Audiology, November 1993, Vol. 2, 70-a-71. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0203.70b
In the American Journal of Audiology, Humes and Diefendorf recently advocated the use of bachelor’s level “technicians” for the profession of audiology. Their comparison of the use of dental hygienists and optometry assistants is faulty on two counts. First, physicians and traditional hearing aid dispensers are exempt from audiology license. Bachelor-level technicians would quickly fill the positions held by many audiologists. Other technicians would soon become independent dispensers providing additional competition for audiology.
Humes and Diefendorf have long had difficulty seeing the advantages of a professional doctorate for audiology. I am surprised they could not foresee the disadvantages of their alternate proposal.
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