Letter to the Editor As a private practitioner, I am most concerned with a recent article by Humes and Diefendorf. I fear their suggestion of using bachelor’s-level “technicians” for audiology will undermine the autonomy of our profession, which we desperately need for our future. Two groups of individuals are exempt from our licensure laws; ... Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor  |   March 01, 1994
Letter to the Editor
 
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  • Mary Anne Larkin
    Advance Hearing Care Mt. Pleasant, SC
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Letter to the Editor   |   March 01, 1994
Letter to the Editor
American Journal of Audiology, March 1994, Vol. 3, 86-87. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0301.86c
 
American Journal of Audiology, March 1994, Vol. 3, 86-87. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0301.86c
As a private practitioner, I am most concerned with a recent article by Humes and Diefendorf. I fear their suggestion of using bachelor’s-level “technicians” for audiology will undermine the autonomy of our profession, which we desperately need for our future.
Two groups of individuals are exempt from our licensure laws; one group is physicians and individuals under their supervision. Once these technicians enter the marketplace, there would be nothing to prevent physicians from using these “assistants” as a source of cheap labor. I used to work as an employee in an ENT office and found, to my dismay, that all the doctors wanted was someone to crank out audiograms. My expertise and quality service given to the patients were not fully appreciated. I strongly believe that if given a choice, more physicians would gladly hire a bachelor-degreed audiologist to save money. This would leave many master’s and PhD audiologists without a job.
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