Hearing Testing and Hearing Aid Fitting Should Be Done by Audiologists Practicing audiologists know that hearing tests and hearing aids are the core activities of the profession of audiology. These activities are our primary professional connection with the public, their physicians, and their insurers. There is no defensible reason why these activities should be performed by anyone without our level ... Viewpoint
Viewpoint  |   March 01, 1995
Hearing Testing and Hearing Aid Fitting Should Be Done by Audiologists
 
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  • Chris Halpin
    Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston
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Hearing Disorders / Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implants & Assistive Technology / Viewpoint
Viewpoint   |   March 01, 1995
Hearing Testing and Hearing Aid Fitting Should Be Done by Audiologists
American Journal of Audiology, March 1995, Vol. 4, 5. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0401.05
 
American Journal of Audiology, March 1995, Vol. 4, 5. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0401.05
Practicing audiologists know that hearing tests and hearing aids are the core activities of the profession of audiology. These activities are our primary professional connection with the public, their physicians, and their insurers. There is no defensible reason why these activities should be performed by anyone without our level of training, especially since market research predicts no adverse effects in price or availability (Kochkin, 1993). We should therefore take the clearcut stance that both activities should be performed by audiologists. As responsible people, we should also take the position that any transition should be accomplished without injustice to established hearing aid dealers. Everyone currently engaged in business should have the right to continue indefinitely without interference, and no business should ever be forced to change hands. As difficult and long-term as this approach may be, it is consonant with the needs and views of practicing audiologists and with the good health of the American public. Therefore, it should be adopted in a straightforward way by the organizations representing the profession of audiology.
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