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You DO have a certain amount of power when you’re an audiologist. You work with all these cool instruments that take a good deal of training to master, and you're the one: The one doc who folks have come to in their time of need (and possibly fear) to hopefully get solid treatment from you—treatment that works and treatment that will change their lives for the good. And the one thing about audiology as opposed to other medical professions such as, say an oncologist or a psychologist or therapist who has to tell a parent that their kid has autism or schizophrenia, is that your normal daily experiences will consist of making people's hearing or balance better. Of course you may have to impart bad news occasionally, such as to a parent to tell them—gently—that their baby is, yes, profoundly deaf but is not—at this time—a candidate for what everyone had been telling them would fix it: A cochlear implant.

But mostly you'll be able to wield your (earned) power to help people hear again, hear better, and regain their balance.