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Douglas Wood woodd at DGABBY.MFLDCLIN.EDU
Fri Nov 22 16:17:32 EST 1996

I recently attended a discussion moderated by AFA's founder, Dr. Goldstein. 
He was attempting to explain his position and views with respect to the 
current situation for audiologists & the future. It seems a few of the recent 
postings have been accurate in that the scenario you describe (highly trained 
audiologist vs hearing aid hanger) would not allow for both of them to simply 
"attain" the AuD for the $750.00. Rather, there is a portfolio review of 
education, training, experience, continuing education, etc. that is rather 
involved & not one for which Joe Blow, MS/CCC is ever going to pass muster. 
Yes, there are audiologists practicing in a variety of ways in a multitude of 
settings, not all of which any of us could ever hope to be versed. Yet, the 
AFA set about describing what they feel should be included in an AuD's scope 
of practice, & it is somewhat lengthy. To think that anyone, even well 
trianed, experienced audiologists, will simply complete the forms & get an 
AuD for the asking is absurd. At least according to Goldstein, the review 
process will not be an easy thing for anyone. Deficiencies noted after 
initial review will need be corrected in order to be awarded the AuD. The way 
I understand it, many deficiencies will require attending university based 
courses or attaining substantially greater experience, etc.

My own opinion notwithstanding, it is highly unlikely that there will ever be 
anyone awarded an AuD that is not well trained, nor experienced in all manner 
of audiologic practice; the very nature of the review process would seem to 
preclude the scenario you describe.

Also...We do tend to be a rather judgemental group. When you look at another 
audiologist and see someone who does not do what you do, nor attend the 
continuing ed. YOU think is required, nor contribute in ways that YOU 
recognize--please let's not trip over ourselves in a rush to judgement.
Each of us has unique circumstances, training, family life, work setting, 
professional needs & desires, etc that will necessarily drive the types of 
professional activities we do. I have learned after several years and 
positions that all is not always as it seems. In other words, let's give the 
benefit of the doubt to our collegues out there rather than find ways to 
criticize or belittle them.


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