A Lingering “Conflict of Interest”

  About twenty-five years ago, audiologists began to seriously question the issues which may constitute a professional “conflict of interest”.  Over the past two decades, many examples of blatant Conflict of Interest (COI) have been exposed, discussed, and for the most part, remedied. The field has improved remarkably—as it had to do. But there remains…

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Discussion on A Gold Standard

The  June 13, 2017 post entitled “A Gold Standard” elicited a nice response from Mark Ashmore: (His) Comment: Quite clearly Pure Tone Audiometry does not deserve to be referred to as “Gold Standard”. It is flawed as a result of outdated calibration methods, outdated hardware, poor execution and over reliance on the test by too…

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A Gold Standard

For any audiologist who watched the FTC hearings on April 15th, you will recall the mention of audiology’s “gold standard” a number of times by the members of the first on-stage panel.  For those who didn’t watch, some on the panel seemed to imply that pure tone thresholds are the gold standard for hearing.  …

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