Yes but with a JD degree you can’t practice law. Can you get an AudD degree without registering for anything (as you can with a PhD in Clinical Psychology)? In psychology, it only becomes an issue when you want to go out into the world and practice the thing.
So very sad (and frankly, kind of an embarrassment to the industry.) It’s like walking into a pharmacy with a prescription and being told they won’t fill it because you didn’t get it from the doctor who owns the pharmacy. Or vice versa, being refused treatment at a doctor’s office because you don’t buy your medication from the pharmacy they own.
I was telling my family doctor about this the other day. It’s a university health clinic, so practically all of her patients are young, and she hasn’t encountered this. She was flabbergasted. “That’s a conflict of interest!” She said that about ten times.
I also think the issue of tampering with another professional’s prescription is largely BS, too. If I move across the country and go to a new doctor, she will of course be cautious regarding any treatment underway. She’ll almost certainly want to get the files sent over from the original doctor, and so on. But she won’t refuse to treat me. Come on.
I had this problem when I moved to the city I live in now. Several clinics flat-out refused to see me. One chain told me their policy is that if you pay $600 up front, they’ll take you on. I was lucky, though – I finally found an audiologist in a suburban clinic who helped me out tremendously. But she wouldn’t take any payment, and couldn’t really, since it was all under the radar. But the whole thing was pretty distressing.