For my sins I worked for a mobile home company as a district manager for a couple of years. I hadn’t yet worked out how to get back in the hearing aid industry after I moved from the UK.
Anyway, you want to talk about ripping people off. Don’t even get me started. The entire industry is so corrupt, I couldn’t wait to get out of it. Thank goodness I met a kind soul who showed me how to relicense in the US, and go back to something I enjoy.
I know I sound like a broken record, but I really think that the hearing aid industry is pretty reasonable. While I’ve met a few rogue dispensers and incompetent audiologists in my time, by and large I’ve found the people to be caring and considerate.
My only beef with the US industry is the exams are too easy.
When I licensed in the UK, it was a six hour written exam, with no multiple choice anything. Questions would include, “Draw a cross section diagram of the cochlea and label it in Latin.”
A couple of months after the exam, you would do a practical in front of six different people. A medical doctor, an audiologist with a PhD, a surgeon, and I forget who the other three were, but they all specialized in something and were very knowledgeable. They had also marked your paper and could at any random time aurally re-visit what you had messed up in the exam.
After you passed all that you had to practice for 850 hours with a supervisor to ensure you were doing the job properly.
I think that in America there is an issue with idiots working in the hearing aid industry. They can’t program hearing aids properly, and they don’t act in the best interest of the patients. I think that tougher entry requirements might weed such people out.
I’d also like to see a national license that works in every state.
But anyway, enough off topic rant! :rolleyes: