So sorry that I hit a nerve. I decided to post here because, after browsing through the posts, I thought it seemed like a supportive community that would be a helpful resource. It seems I was horribly mistaken.
I am taking an online course, and the professor is perfectly fine with us gathering this information through the internet. Seeing as how I live 2,000 miles away from my professor and most of my fellow classmates, using the Internet as a resource isn’t as big of a sin as you all seem to think. Did you ever consider that maybe there are other assignments over the semester, and over the course of my time in school, that will require me to work one-on-one with patients? ASHA would not certify Audiologists if they do not have sufficient experience in these areas.
Also, it is surprisingly more difficult than you think to get answers in person. I called 25 different speech therapists (including offices and school districts that had several SLPs working for them) last semester to see if I could simply observe them working, and I only found one who was willing/able. There are many rules that prevent students like me from “hanging out in an office”. Why would I wear out my welcome for an assignment that isn’t meant to be done in person for this course?
In addition, when approached on the subject of their hearing aids, many people become sensitive. It is not a subject that is simple to have strangers open up about. That is why forums like this exist - to give people a safer environment to talk about their issues. Apparently this one is for attacking the innocent.
So I’m very sorry that my questions were so offensive to all of you. Perhaps you should wait to judge others until you know the whole story.