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US Hearing Device Patents for November-December 2017

HHTM welcomes back Dr. Holly Hosford-Dunn to Hearing Economics this week to bring readers the latest update in her popular patent series that has been tracking patent activity in the hearing industry since 2012   The patent series took a 6 month vacation and resumes today with 73 patents which were awarded in the fourth…

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US Hearing Device Patents for January 2017

US Patent #9544700 by inventors Sunil Puria and Rodney Perkins, was awarded to EarLens Corp. on January 10, 2017.  Coming in at 22 pages and 12 illustrations (c.f., feature image),  “Optically Coupled Active Ossicular Replacement Prosthesis,” is what they call a total package.  Here’s a sample of its contents: A concise anatomy course.   The patent…

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Mucking Around with Hearing Aid Price, Again

by Holly Hosford-Dunn, PhD and Amyn Amlani,PhD   The Pricing series revs up for a multi-year update today, just in time to get in on the PCAST and IOM action of recent days and await signs from the FDA.  In 2013, the announced intent was to “dive down and muck around with Price to test…

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Internet Interventions for Hearing Loss and Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs): There Is a Connection?

Downstream Consequences of Aging is a bi-monthly series written by guest columnist Barbara Weinstein, PhD.   Hearing loss impacts every facet of life and according to recent studies, increases the risk of death.[1] In a recent blog post, Brian Taylor admonished audiologists to embrace innovative hearing care solutions for the growing population of adults with…

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Turning Gaps into Opportunities by Thinking beyond Traditional Hearing Aid Technology, Part 1

“Signal & Noise” is a bimonthly column by Brian Taylor, AuD. Segmentation is a powerful tool to better understand what the marketplace values. Perhaps more importantly, from the perspective of the business manager, segmenting demographic data sheds light on gaps in the market that can be turned into opportunities for those with entrepreneurial spirit. We…

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