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New Audiologist Employment Dilemna

Oregon7 oregon7 at aol.com
Mon Jul 7 10:11:46 EST 1997

Hi all.

  I can now write my name with those little letters after it for the first
time and it is truly exciting!  

  My question is regarding a position I have been offered working for a
hearing aid dispenser.  He offers commission only and after reading over
his price list, it seems rather elevated compared to the offices I had
practicums in during my CFY training.

  Also, he manufactures ost of his own hearing aids, doesn't use Real Ear,
and apparently seems to fit most everyone with an ITC or ITE at
most.....he doesn't have a sound booth but he says he may get one if I
sell enough hearing aids..

  I had not heard of all these ideas during my graduate training and was a
little surprised to see fitting completed without any verification
procedures.  I have observed and assisted in follow up appts. where
patients have been quite unhappy with the aids.

  Perhaps a short course regarding the way hearing aids are peddled in
'real=life'  would have been useful.

  Has any other audiologist encountered this situation and successfully
negotiated a position in these circumstances?   What are the chances that
an audiologist can integrate into this situation?  


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