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What Makes You Think You Are Special?

Editor’s Note: OK, put on your seat belts and prepare for disruption, or at least one professional’s view of such.    By Geoffrey Cooling I read a recent commentary at the Hearing Review a few weeks ago and frankly it made me giggle a bit. In fact, it made me giggle a lot. In essence, it said that…

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Locked Software — Still More Thoughts

by Mike Metz After a couple of go-rounds on this topic, it lends itself to even more consideration.  What if the manufacturers and the big-box retailers do nothing and continue selling locked hearing aids?  What would be a likely result if all manufacturers unlocked all software?  What would result from actions in the “middle ground”…

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Locked Hearing Aid Software — Additional Comments

by Mike Metz A short time ago, I wrote a post regarding lack of access to the software of some hearing aids.  My comments arose from conversations with other dispensing audiologists.  They saw patients that were having problems with hearing aids purchased from large distributors — Big Box stores primarily.  Evidently, patients believed that they were…

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MR. COSTCO, TEAR DOWN THAT WALL!

by Mike Metz, PhD   Consider the success of the “Big Box” sales of hearing aids. Costco alone has become the second largest dispensing entity of hearing instruments in the US, and just lowered the cost of their premium Kirkland 7.0 instruments.  What do you suppose is their return-for-credit rate?  No matter which of the…

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The Service Component: Should We Really Embrace Industry Disruption?

By Harvey Abrams, PhD In Kim Cavitt’s recent post, she argues that the disruptive forces facing our industry and profession can have the potential to positively impact accessibility to and affordability of hearing healthcare. I hope she’s right. When most of us think about disruptive forces these days, our minds understandably turn to products, specifically…

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Business of Hearing Healthcare: Driving Change in Your Practice Offering

Editor’s Note: Today’s post from Geoff Cooling is Part 2 on how to establish yourself as an authority.    In the last article I spoke about the possible impact on our profession of advancements in hearable technology and the widespread acceptance of those devices in mainstream culture. I was perhaps a bit dour in my…

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