Letter to the Editor These last few weeks are the most depressing in my professional life! The New York State Senate and the Assembly are strongly considering granting to hearing aid salespeople the right to practice diagnostic audiology after only 3 months of an “internship.” With no college, they may be given a diagnostic ... Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor  |   November 01, 1995
Letter to the Editor
 
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  • Bill Fitzgibbon
    Yonkers, NY
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Letter to the Editor   |   November 01, 1995
Letter to the Editor
American Journal of Audiology, November 1995, Vol. 4, 89. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0403.89a
 
American Journal of Audiology, November 1995, Vol. 4, 89. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0403.89a
These last few weeks are the most depressing in my professional life! The New York State Senate and the Assembly are strongly considering granting to hearing aid salespeople the right to practice diagnostic audiology after only 3 months of an “internship.” With no college, they may be given a diagnostic right. Angela Loavenbruck and many others, including myself, worked hard to try to curtail this disastrous bill. Unfortunately, the tide appears against us. This bill is opposed by everyone who supports the best interests of the hearing impaired (New York Medical Society, the AARP, the Departments of the Aging and Education, NYSSLHA), but I’ve been told that a large eyeglass manufacturer lobbied heavily for the bill. No doubt they’re considering the sale of hearing aids and want to hire “cheap” help to do it. I’ve also been told that the dealers are beginning to set their sights on the managed-care system.
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