audiology licensing under attack

Licensing Under Attack: Are We at Risk?

by Harvey Abrams, PhD As if the Costco effect and OTC legislation weren’t causing the audiology community enough tsuris, along comes another threat that’s sure to keep us up at night – deregulating the practice of audiology. In the past 18 months, representatives in 2 states, Iowa and Texas, introduced legislation that would eliminate the…

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Strategic Barriers in the Hearing Aid Industry, Part 3

There are no barriers that discourage new entrants to the hearing aid industry (previous post at HHTM). Part 1 of the barrier series itemized regulatory requirements that discourage new entrants; Part 2 distinguished between legal and economic definitions of barrier to industry entry/exit and briefly described some structural and strategic barriers in the hearing aid industry.…

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Barriers? We Don’t Got No Stinking Barriers!

“There are no barriers [that discourage new entrants to the hearing aid industry].  New entrants simply have to comply with regulations intended to safeguard our patients. This excerpt from a recent post on the PCAST report gives pause, prompting switching of hats from Audiologist to Economist. Though Hearing Economics has written on market barriers before,…

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So You Want to be a Doctor

“Peeling the Onion” is a monthly column by Harvey Abrams, PhD. We like to think of Audiology as a doctoring profession. Those who practice the profession have the requisite training, license and letters after their names.   Amending a Barrier to Our Doctoring Vision   While we (and our patients) may view ourselves as doctors,…

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