Letter to the Editor Congratulations to Humes and Diefendorf for their treatise. This article represents another attempt to delay and possibly derail our profession’s march toward maturity and independence. It is also another article dealing with the concerns of nonpractitioners while ignoring the real problems faced by clinical audiologists on a daily basis. This ... Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor  |   March 01, 1994
Letter to the Editor
 
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  • David Cieliczka
    Audiology and Hearing Instruments of New Hampshire Concord, NH
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Letter to the Editor   |   March 01, 1994
Letter to the Editor
American Journal of Audiology, March 1994, Vol. 3, 87. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0301.87b
 
American Journal of Audiology, March 1994, Vol. 3, 87. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0301.87b
Congratulations to Humes and Diefendorf for their treatise. This article represents another attempt to delay and possibly derail our profession’s march toward maturity and independence. It is also another article dealing with the concerns of nonpractitioners while ignoring the real problems faced by clinical audiologists on a daily basis.
This article represents a significant danger to me as a practitioner. The authors advocate an academic training program that will flood the market with BA-level technicians—people who will “work for food” for physicians, hearing aid dealers, school systems, and anyone else who needs cheap help. This proposal will certainly keep some audiology programs viable and some academics employed. However, clinical audiology positions will be at risk, and low salaries will go lower. In addition, there is nothing to prevent these BA-level “assistants” from becoming hearing aid dealers and competing directly with all of us who are currently practicing.
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