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Are Audiologists Ethnocentric?

shona mcintosh shonamac at intecc.co.uk
Sun Jul 27 10:10:53 EST 1997

Genxman777 wrote:
> The question of this post is directed to working audiologists with a
> Master's level
> education. Most Master level Audiologists are members of the majority
> group-
> Anglo Saxon, Northern or Western European, monolingual English speakers
> with a Judeo-Christian background. What is their opinion of Audiologists
> who
> do not share this background? Would they consider hiring someone who does
> not
> share this ethnic background? I would guess most would hire someone
> "like themselves".
> What of patients and their care? As the milennium approaches- the
> population
> becomes more diverse, yet it appears audiologists remain conservative in
> their
> hiring of minority audiology staff. Is this in the patients best interest?
> Why is the audiology community as a whole so rigid on this issue? Do they
> see minority personnel as a "threat" to the status quo? Why is ethnicity
> and ethnic background so integral in considerations for employment. Should
> not
> the qualifications of the job candidate be more important than ethnicity?
> In a limited job market like clinical audiology- I guess the majority
> community
> reverts to judging persons on stereotypes rather than facts. Are Speech
> Pathologists similar to Audiologists on this issue? I would like to hear
> your comments on this topic
I disagree I am an audiologist who has worked with lots of audiologist
of different cultures and have never had any problems.

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