Letter to the Editor As an audiology practitioner, I was confused by the reasoning expressed by Humes and Diefendorf advocating the use of individuals with bachelor’s degrees in audiology as technicians. At a time when we are learning so much more about the response of the human ear and we are provided with more ... Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor  |   March 01, 1994
Letter to the Editor
 
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  • Peggy L. Sheets
    Nashua, NH
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Hearing Disorders / Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implants & Assistive Technology / Professional Issues & Training / Letters to the Editor
Letter to the Editor   |   March 01, 1994
Letter to the Editor
American Journal of Audiology, March 1994, Vol. 3, 87-88. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0301.87c
 
American Journal of Audiology, March 1994, Vol. 3, 87-88. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0301.87c
As an audiology practitioner, I was confused by the reasoning expressed by Humes and Diefendorf advocating the use of individuals with bachelor’s degrees in audiology as technicians.
At a time when we are learning so much more about the response of the human ear and we are provided with more sophisticated test procedures and hearing devices, it would seem that the call for higher education, such as the AuD, would be the logical progression. Indeed, audiologists surveyed in the past have indicated overwhelming support for a clinical doctorate: the AuD.
Instead, Humes and Diefendorf suggest reducing educational requirements to allow those with bachelor’s degrees to enter the market. This would result in an inundation of audiology technicians who would directly compete with those of us currently practicing with master’s degrees. Some argued against the AuD, indicating a fear that employers would perceive a need to pay “doctors of audiology” higher salaries, leading them to hire less-educated persons for managerial positions. We should seek little comfort from the thought of bachelor’s-level technicians entering the job market who will likely be hired for much lower wages.
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