RE: Punch, J. L., & Jarrett, A. M. (1994). Hearing aid licensing statutes and the audiologist. American Journal of Audiology, 3(1), 43–54 Punch and Jarrett carefully reviewed hearing aid dealer licensing statutes throughout the country, which is of interest to those involved in strengthening audiology licensure in their states. However, their proposal to “improve” hearing aid dealer licensure is not in the best interest of audiologists or of the individuals with hearing ... Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor  |   November 01, 1994
RE: Punch, J. L., & Jarrett, A. M. (1994). Hearing aid licensing statutes and the audiologist. American Journal of Audiology, 3(1), 43–54
 
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  • Arthur Podwall
    Syosset Speech and Hearing Center Syosset, NY
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Letter to the Editor   |   November 01, 1994
RE: Punch, J. L., & Jarrett, A. M. (1994). Hearing aid licensing statutes and the audiologist. American Journal of Audiology, 3(1), 43–54
American Journal of Audiology, November 1994, Vol. 3, 79-80. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0303.79
 
American Journal of Audiology, November 1994, Vol. 3, 79-80. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0303.79
Punch and Jarrett carefully reviewed hearing aid dealer licensing statutes throughout the country, which is of interest to those involved in strengthening audiology licensure in their states. However, their proposal to “improve” hearing aid dealer licensure is not in the best interest of audiologists or of the individuals with hearing loss whom we serve.
Our goal should be the inclusion of hearing aid fitting in our scope of practice in each state licensure law and then to remove exemptions to the law, while holding harmless those non-audiologist dispensers who have already been licensed. No dealer would lose his or her occupation, but new dispensers would need to be audiologists. I do not believe, as do Punch and Jarrett, that “cooperation is in the best interests of the hearing impaired public.”
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