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Will Another Year of Disruption Lead to Unity Among Hearing Professionals? Not Likely, But it Should!

By Michael Collins, AuD   My fellow hearing professionals, disruption is at our doorstep. I doubt that most of you would have thought just a few short years ago that our industry would be turned on its head in such a short amount of time by the likes of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS),…

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Why Advocates Like Me Welcome the New Hearing Aid Ruling

by Katherine Bouton   People with hearing loss got a bit of a break last week when the US Food and Drug Administration announced that it is considering creating a new category of over-the-counter hearing aids. The aim, it said, would be to encourage “new, innovative, lower-cost products to millions of consumers.” Thirty million Americans…

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Market Trends: The Charge of Recharge

By Leendert van der Ent, Audiology Infos The Netherlands   Rechargeable batteries for hearing aids have been around for some time. Until recently they were a footnote in hearing aid history. That is now about to change. Now the milestone of a full day of service-without-recharge can be guaranteed, the market seems on the brink…

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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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