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AFA's Au.D.

mikey gandalf at infi.net
Fri Nov 8 01:51:59 EST 1996

I am interested more in your legal status than your doctoral status. Do you
have a degree and license as an attorney? I read your opinions about what
you think is illegal, but I see no licensure or degreed legal status noted
in your letter. I think before I listen to a letter from someone who uses
all capital letters to say that something is illegal, that he ought to
confirm his own licensure as an expert in the law.

Michael Ridenhour

dybala at utdallas.edu wrote in article <55tvpi$q6 at utdallas.edu>...
> I have to state my opinion on this on because I have gotten heat
> on this before from comments I have sent to letters to the editor
> in the Hearing Journal.
> 1)  If you get your "aud" from AFA you cannot, CANNOT, call yourself
> a doctor.  To call yourself a doctor without an earned degree from
> an accredited university or a stste lic board is ILLEGAL.
> The professions of law and optometry head thier doctorates entitled
> through universities (law) and through state boards (optom.).
> This argument is one that AFA has misused over and over again.
> 2) I have made this point about the illegality of the AFA's "aud"
> (note the small a and d) and I have been repremanded and told
> it 
> can be used legally as follows.  Your credentails would be
> John Doe MS AuD.
> You would introduce yourself as, "Hi, I'm John Doe the audiologist"
> NOT AS A DOCTOR.  (That would be illegal)  The AFA "aud" would be
> a designator that says I am credentialed as an audiologist. (which is 
> what I thought the CCC/A and my state licence was for!)
> The audiology doctor who cannot day he/she is a doctor.
> Talk about confusing!
> So the patient asks John Doe, "What does AuD stand for?"
> John says, "Audiology Doctor"
> Patient, "Oh, so you  are a doctor!"
> John, "No I am an audiologist with a credential that is the AuD"
> Patient, "and AuD stands for?"
> John, "Audiology Doctor"
> Patient, "and you are not a doctor"
> John, "right!"
> Talk about confusing, it sound like "who's on first!"
> So AFA give you a credential that you cannot use the title of!
> Not worth $800 bucks to me!
> 3) Most if not all the audiologists I have ever met have been
> honest people.  But, if one person misuses this designator
> our credibility could be shot!!
> Imagine the headlines "Profession Advocates FALSE DOCTORAL DEGREE, 
> practicioner is sued for misrepresentation of credintials, blames
> professional organization!"
> I do not agree with this method,
> I do not think it is good for the profession
> Paul Dybala
> dybala at utdallas.edu

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