Chaos or order? Some thoughts on the transition to a professional doctorate in audiology Humes and Diefendorf advocate the use of bachelor’s-level “technicians” for audiology. In their argument, they use the parallel of dentistry and optometry, where either hygienists in dentistry or assistants in optometry are employed. The problem with this analogy as it applies to audiology is that there are two groups of ... Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor  |   March 01, 1994
Chaos or order? Some thoughts on the transition to a professional doctorate in audiology
 
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  • James E. Healey
    Sargent Rehabilitation Center Providence, RI
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Letter to the Editor   |   March 01, 1994
Chaos or order? Some thoughts on the transition to a professional doctorate in audiology
American Journal of Audiology, March 1994, Vol. 3, 87. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0301.87a
 
American Journal of Audiology, March 1994, Vol. 3, 87. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0301.87a
Humes and Diefendorf advocate the use of bachelor’s-level “technicians” for audiology. In their argument, they use the parallel of dentistry and optometry, where either hygienists in dentistry or assistants in optometry are employed. The problem with this analogy as it applies to audiology is that there are two groups of individuals who are exempt from our licensure laws who could undermine the standard of care that the public deserves and that we desperately need if our profession is to flourish and prosper.
Physicians are exempt from audiology licensure, as are individuals working under their supervision. My concern is that these technicians entering the market place would be a wonderful source of cheap labor for physicians.
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