Letter to the Editor After reading the article by Humes and Diefendorf, I felt compelled to write and express my opinion on this subject. I think creating the position of a bachelor’s-degree “technician” is not only premature, but could serve to undermine the autonomy of the audiologist. At this time dental hygienists, physical therapists, ... Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor  |   March 01, 1994
Letter to the Editor
 
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  • Robert D. Manning
    Audiology & Associates Lexington, KY
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Letter to the Editor   |   March 01, 1994
Letter to the Editor
American Journal of Audiology, March 1994, Vol. 3, 90-91. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0301.90c
 
American Journal of Audiology, March 1994, Vol. 3, 90-91. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0301.90c
After reading the article by Humes and Diefendorf, I felt compelled to write and express my opinion on this subject. I think creating the position of a bachelor’s-degree “technician” is not only premature, but could serve to undermine the autonomy of the audiologist.
At this time dental hygienists, physical therapists, physician assistants, and nurse anesthetists have the right to work independently and bill third-party payers in some states. What would prevent hearing aid dealers from hiring technicians and competing with audiologists for third-party billing? What would prevent audiology technicians from becoming independent hearing aid dealers and, again, competing with audiologists? (Optometrists were once ophthalmology assistants; now they are doctors.) What would prevent physicians from hiring these technicians as cheap labor and doing away with audiologists in their practice entirely?
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