Letter to the Editor Regarding the Humes/Diefendorf article, it is neither appropriate nor insightful to recommend the use of BA-level “technicians” within the practice of audiology. This would serve no purpose other than to challenge the professionalism that we’ve worked many years to achieve, create a cheap and unqualified labor pool, and further blur ... Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor  |   March 01, 1994
Letter to the Editor
 
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  • Karl M. Hoover
    The HEAR Center Seattle, WA
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Letter to the Editor   |   March 01, 1994
Letter to the Editor
American Journal of Audiology, March 1994, Vol. 3, 89. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0301.89b
 
American Journal of Audiology, March 1994, Vol. 3, 89. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0301.89b
Regarding the Humes/Diefendorf article, it is neither appropriate nor insightful to recommend the use of BA-level “technicians” within the practice of audiology. This would serve no purpose other than to challenge the professionalism that we’ve worked many years to achieve, create a cheap and unqualified labor pool, and further blur the distinction between those with appropriate levels of education and those without.
It is my understanding of audiology licensure laws that hearing aid dealers and physicians are exempt from such laws. Such individuals could therefore utilize technicians to their benefit and in direct competition with audiologists.
Without national professional autonomy, such actions will fraction the work of thousands of professionals and many organizations to bring us to the forefront of professionalism.
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