Dispensing Audiologists—They Once Walked a Lonely Road

Oct 10, 1994 | Patient FittingsPeople | Reprinted with permission

History and People | October 1994 Hearing Review archives

By Marjorie D. Skafte

Article summary: Fifty years ago, audiologists who heeded an inner call to help people with hearing loss through personal hands-on marketing of hearing aids were labeled as “unethical” audiologists. They became pioneers in the field of dispensing audiology. Here are the personal stories of four masters degree audiologists who were among the very first to venture into dispensing hearing aids: Jim Curran, John Schuneman, Mel Sorkowitz, and Otis Whitcomb.

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Citation for this article: Skafte M. Dispensing audiologists–They once walked a lonely road. Hearing Review. 1994[Oct];1(10):22-24.

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About the author

Marjorie D. Skafte

Marjorie D. Skafte was the longtime editor and publisher of Hearing Instruments magazine and publisher emeritus and a founding editor of The Hearing Review.