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Dec. 27, 2021

Readers’ Choice 2021: US Hearing Aid Pricing: Part 5 – The Markup Ratio

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Dear Readers: During this holiday season, the editors at Hearing Health & Technology Matters (HHTM) are taking some time off. However, we are not leaving you without anything to read on our blog this week. Instead, we are publishing a special holiday edition filled with what we call our Readers’ Choices. Our Readers’ Choices featured this week are the posts
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Nov. 28, 2021

Ear device patents for October 2021

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No Longer a Joke   Audiologists have long suffered a few standard jokes from patients, first and foremost the old “What” response to queries about hearing difficulty. Running a close second, sadly, is the one where patients ask for a device that will boost sound but  turn off their spouses.  Clinicians largely smile and ignore such standup routines, aiming to
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Oct. 31, 2021

Ear Device Patents for September 2021

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The Sound of Music and Group Dynamics   UT’s patent 1120816 describes a natural ear to aid the “tonally challenged,” who have trouble singing on pitch or “carrying a tune.”  A wearable device (e.g., glasses, BT hearable) emphasizes the fundamental frequency sung versus the intended fundamental so that singers can detect differences and adjust their vocal organs as they sing
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Oct. 24, 2021

Diffusion of Innovations and its Application to Hearing Care: Part 2

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by Amyn Amlani, PhD In Part 1 of this series, the reader was introduced to the theory, Diffusion of Innovations (DOI; Rogers, 1962). DOI attempts to explain (i) how an idea or product or service gains momentum and diffuses (i.e., spreads) through a specific population or social system, and (ii) how categories of people (i.e., Innovators, Early Adopters, Early Majority,
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Oct. 06, 2021

US Ear Device Patents for August 2021

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The device in Figure 1 looks like a BTE with a p-trap attached to a flanged, pre-molded insertable earplug. It could happen, but not as it happens to improve or protect hearing. The device in Figure 1 is one of several systems proposed in Nocira LLC’s patent 11090194 to mitigate Migraine headache. The idea is to create a barrier between
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Sep. 14, 2021

Diffusion of Innovations and its Application to Hearing Care: Part 1

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by Amyn Amlani, PhD In 1962, E.M. Rogers developed a theory on how, why, and at what rate new ideas and technology spread. Specifically, this theory, Diffusion of Innovations (DOI), explained how an idea or product gains momentum and diffuses (i.e., spreads) through a specific population or social system. The principle behind diffusion is that categories of people will progressively
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Aug. 26, 2021

Ear Device Patents for July 2021

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New Ways of Thinking With  OTCs on the near horizon, players of various types and motivations continue to enter the mild to moderate hearing loss landscape. That includes Georgia Tech, with a patent for a hearing aid platform which is Cost effective, such that  low-income individuals in developing countries have access to these important technologies, is customizable based on the
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Aug. 03, 2021

US Ear Device Patents for June 2021

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Successful hearing aid users and their audiologists know that regular follow-up appointments are de rigueur to monitor hearing ability and ear canal health; adjust hearing instruments to match hearing status and wearer needs; and check instrument performance against manufacturer’s specs. That last step is important but routine and a bit boring. It also raises questions, at least in this audiologist’s
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Jul. 21, 2021

Decision Aids: A Mechanism to Advance Patient Care in the Evolving Hearing Care Market

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by Amyn Amlani, PhD Healthcare has moved towards shared decision-making as an engagement strategy that allows providers and patients to work together in determining treatment intervention and management. Decision aids are part of the shared decision-making process that encourages active participation by patients in their healthcare decisions. Over the past few months, readers have been introduced to the application of decision
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Jun. 29, 2021

US Ear Device Patents for May 2021

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The feature image above depicts Facebook’s vision for a tragus conduction Hearable (patent #10999668), the idea being to mechanically vibrate the tragus to produce one or more sound waves that travel down an ear canal of the user’s ear toward an eardrum; the purpose being to generate sounds and allow ambient sounds to reach a user while reducing sound leakage. Nature