Letter to the Editor Training audiology technicians as advocated by Humes and Diefendorf would only serve to create unfair competition for those of us in clinical practice. There are already otologists who have their nurses or secretarial help trained to administer puretone testing, for which they bill insurance as “complete audiometry.” Why would these ... Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor  |   March 01, 1994
Letter to the Editor
 
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  • Michael W. Walker
    Hearing Associates Sylvania, OH
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Letter to the Editor   |   March 01, 1994
Letter to the Editor
American Journal of Audiology, March 1994, Vol. 3, 93. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0301.93a
 
American Journal of Audiology, March 1994, Vol. 3, 93. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0301.93a
Training audiology technicians as advocated by Humes and Diefendorf would only serve to create unfair competition for those of us in clinical practice. There are already otologists who have their nurses or secretarial help trained to administer puretone testing, for which they bill insurance as “complete audiometry.” Why would these ENT physicians ever want to hire an audiologist when they can get a technician for $20,000 or less?
Isn’t it about time that audiologists rise in professional stature via something akin to the proposed AuD degree, rather than be eliminated from the work force? I saw the same thing happen at one of the hospitals in Toledo. Nurses with RN degrees lost jobs to LPNs with less training.
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