Letter to the Editor in response to Humes and Diefendorf's letter Humes and Diefendorf’s letter (defending their article “Chaos or Order”) contained one idea that struck a sore spot. They say, “efforts should be redoubled to have every state in the U.S. require a license for the practice of audiology, with no exceptions, and to have the CCC-A as the requirement ... Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor  |   March 01, 1995
Letter to the Editor in response to Humes and Diefendorf's letter
 
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  • William D. Fitzgibbon
    Saint Joseph's Medical Center Yonkers, NY
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Letter to the Editor   |   March 01, 1995
Letter to the Editor in response to Humes and Diefendorf's letter
American Journal of Audiology, March 1995, Vol. 4, 61. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0401.61a
 
American Journal of Audiology, March 1995, Vol. 4, 61. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0401.61a
Humes and Diefendorf’s letter (defending their article “Chaos or Order”) contained one idea that struck a sore spot. They say, “efforts should be redoubled to have every state in the U.S. require a license for the practice of audiology, with no exceptions, and to have the CCC-A as the requirement for licensure.” Part of this statement is fine, but the other part has a BIG flaw:
  • The CCC-A is awarded by a private organization for the recognition of clinical competence. If states would require the CCC-A, they would also require that you belong to ASHA. Other professionals (MDs, DDSs, DCs, etc.) are not required to belong to a private organization, and neither should we be legally forced to belong (to ASHA). If states choose to use the CCC-A as a guide—that’s fine, but to have it required? No!

  • The possibility exists that the AuD may (note that I said “may,” not “will”) become the mark of clinical excellence, as other professional degrees are at present. I care more that my dentist has a DDS/DMD than whether he belongs to the American Dental Association, and I feel that in time our patients and other professionals will look first at the AuD. To have states require the CCC-A may become redundant and in essence degrading to a professional doctorate-holder. After all, isn’t the goal of the AuD to have them practicing at speed?

  • In my opinion, we should be viewing the AuD as not only an eventual replacement for the master’s degree, but also for the CCC-A. As already said, aren’t these new AuDs supposed to be “at speed” when they graduate?

  • The CFY system we currently use is a misnomer. It should be “CF-9 Months” (or (CF 3/4 Y”). With such vastly different settings for the new graduates, it’s not common that you’ll find a newly C’d professional able to perform adequately all responsibilities within their job descripion—not in nine months!

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