hearing aid disruption

A Worldwide Perspective: Evidence for OTC Disruption (or Lack Thereof) Part 4

By Garrett Thompson, AuD The fourth and final panel installment of this series continues to examine why audiologists need not be so fearful about the possibility of a future rife with OTC devices. The data pretty clearly shows that there will be a continued demand from consumers for customized hearing care delivered by audiologists and…

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Evidence for OTC Hearing Aid Disruption (Or Lack Thereof), Part 3

By Garrett Thompson, AuD In Part 2 of this series we examined two studies relating to OTC hearing devices. Today, in Part 3, we will continue to take a hard look at the data associated with OTC devices.   Study #3   Kochkin (2014) conducted a large survey of traditional hearing aid (THA) users and…

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Evidence for OTC Hearing Aid Disruption (Or Lack Thereof), Part 2

By Garrett Thompson, AuD Recall in Part 1 of this series that two underlying fears of many audiologists regarding the creation of a new category of products called OTCs were brought to the surface. Part 2 continues to poke around at the data as it relates to OTC hearing devices.   Study #1   In…

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A Cute Baby Dressed Like a Turtle… And the Evidence for OTC Disruption (Or Lack Thereof), Part 1

This is the second edition of a quarterly column from Dr. Thompson – a newly minted doctor of audiology. The first edition of the Young and the RIC-less can be found here. In this multi-part essay, Garrett tackles many of the hotly contested issues related to over-the-counter hearing products.   By Garrett Thompson, AuD Many…

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