The Hearing Aid Expert Audiologist, Dealer, or Otolaryngologist? Viewpoint
Viewpoint  |   October 01, 1998
The Hearing Aid Expert
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Robert G. Turner
    Louisiana State University Medical Center New Orleans, LA
    Department of Communication Disorders, LSUMC, Box G6-2, 1900 Gravier Street, New Orleans, LA 70112
  • Corresponding author: e-mail: rturne@lsumc.edu
Article Information
Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implants & Assistive Technology / Viewpoints
Viewpoint   |   October 01, 1998
The Hearing Aid Expert
American Journal of Audiology, October 1998, Vol. 7, 5-20. doi:10.1044/1059-0889(1998/016)
History: Received March 20, 1997 , Accepted February 23, 1998
 
American Journal of Audiology, October 1998, Vol. 7, 5-20. doi:10.1044/1059-0889(1998/016)
History: Received March 20, 1997; Accepted February 23, 1998

Based on available data, audiologists have, by far, the best overall dispensing credentials and, in fact, the best credentials in each area evaluated. Unfortunately, the available data are somewhat limited. Although the data indicate that audiologists are the superior dispenser, that is, the hearing aid expert, the data are not sufficient to conclusively prove that point. What we can state with confidence is that there is no basis in the data to recommend the dealer or the otolaryngologist over the audiologist. If a governmental agency or an insurer is going to restrict dispensing, then, based on current credentials, audiologists should always be one of the groups permitted to dispense.

Acknowledgment
The author would like to thank Laurel Christensen and the reviewers for their helpful comments on the paper.
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