RE: Humes, L., & Diefendorf, A. (1993). Chaos or order? Some thoughts on the transition to a professional doctorate in audiology. American Journal of Audiology, 2(2), 7–16 The recent Humes and Diefendorf article basically calls for “audiologic technicians” to be trained at the bachelor’s level. In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the use of such people would have a devastating effect on private practice audiologists who dispense hearing aids, because hearing aid dealers are not licensed. I am ... Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor  |   March 01, 1994
RE: Humes, L., & Diefendorf, A. (1993). Chaos or order? Some thoughts on the transition to a professional doctorate in audiology. American Journal of Audiology, 2(2), 7–16
 
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  • W. Cary Letien
    Hearing Healthcare Associates Beverly, MA
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Letter to the Editor   |   March 01, 1994
RE: Humes, L., & Diefendorf, A. (1993). Chaos or order? Some thoughts on the transition to a professional doctorate in audiology. American Journal of Audiology, 2(2), 7–16
American Journal of Audiology, March 1994, Vol. 3, 86. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0301.86a
 
American Journal of Audiology, March 1994, Vol. 3, 86. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0301.86a
The recent Humes and Diefendorf article basically calls for “audiologic technicians” to be trained at the bachelor’s level. In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the use of such people would have a devastating effect on private practice audiologists who dispense hearing aids, because hearing aid dealers are not licensed. I am positive that dealers would hire these “technicians” and pass them off as audiologists just to gain credibility. I can just see the advertising and the sales pitch by some hearing aid dealers. “Oh yes, we employ a trained ‘technical audiologist’ to evaluate you before we sell you a hearing aid. You don’t need to see anyone else anymore.”
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