Hearing Views

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Feb. 27, 2018

New Rules: The Blending of Things, Part 2 of 4

Mike Metz
Part 1 of this rant started with a discussion of the licensing wars, the CE wars, and the “turf” wars. Knowing the past sometimes prevents future mistakes. Moving ahead with recollections of those years, consider: The changes in the taxation regulations for hearing aids, The emergence of multiple professional organizations dedicated to audiology, The rising of programs offering clinical audiology
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Feb. 13, 2018

New Rules: Problems of the Past, Part 1 of 4—Legal battles

Mike Metz
Changes of all types during the past 10-15 years should have provided Audiology with some valuable lessons. But the rationale that helped shape things in the past may no longer apply. Old people and ideas may need to move out of the way. Audiologists should consider a “remake” to counter these coming changes. To that end, I offer some history,
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Jan. 23, 2018

New Directions

Mike Metz
We live in exciting times.  Not just considering the politics all around us, but also when considering the changes that will affect what practicing audiologists might do in the future.  If anyone has been watching the legal and ethical entanglements of many professions since Stromberg brought it to the attention of speech pathologists and audiologists in 1990[1], one can only
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Jan. 16, 2018

A Question of Loyalty

Mike Metz
Even though it is a work of fiction, Fredrik Backman, in his recent book Beartown (Artria Books, New York, NY, 2016), considers an interesting concept.   There are few words that are harder to explain than “loyalty.”  It’s always regarded as a positive characteristic, because a lot of people would say that many of the best things people do for
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Jan. 03, 2018

NY Times: Smarter Living

Mike Metz
The New York Times runs an occasional column called “Smarter Living”.  Some of the information you could come across there, should you read it, involves things like “forgiving yourself” by writing yourself a letter, or explaining why people who save or give themselves time are often more satisfied than people who just buy things in order to become “satisfied”.[1] And,
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Dec. 26, 2017

Best of All Time: Rechargeable batteries and hearing aids are a natural fit

Mike Metz
By Gabrielle Filips, AuD, originally published 12/25/2012 Gabrielle Filips, AuD As professionals in the hearing health industry, our main goal is to ensure the best hearing experience possible for hearing aid wearers. That experience  goes beyond the way wearers hear in their surroundings, and extends to how they handle and manage their hearing aids and hearing aid batteries. Currently, the
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Dec. 19, 2017

Best of 2017: A Cage of Monkeys

Mike Metz
Originally published April 18, 2017.  You start with a cage containing four monkeys, and inside the cage you hang a banana on a string, and then you place a set of stairs under the banana. Before long, a monkey will go to the stairs and climb toward the banana. You then spray ALL the monkeys with cold water.  After a while,
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Dec. 12, 2017

Defend Our Audiology Profession

Mike Metz
Editor’s note: Today we bring an opinion piece from Amit Gosalia, AuD, and Judy Huch, AuD, regarding the purpose behind a recent petition being circulated in the audiology community. They share their perspective with us today.   by Amit Gosalia and Judy Huch What started out as an education piece about the importance of keeping over the counter (OTC) hearing
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Dec. 05, 2017

Carhart’s Method

Mike Metz
I visited my favorite car salesman the other day.  His dealership was fixing my recalled Takata airbag.  In the course of our conversation, Tom told me that the large automotive group that owns his dealership has purchased the 6 other dealerships in that auto mall.  They probably won’t rename the mall to reflect the large auto group, but each lot
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Nov. 21, 2017

Selling Your Dream Office or Just the Dream

Mike Metz
Talk to any old time audiologist.  Anyone who joined up early on and fought in the licensing wars, the billing wars, the coding wars, the equipment/new test wars, and so on.  They can tell some interesting stories about those bygone days.   New Time Audiology and Healthcare   Here’s some interesting stories from present days:  Large, famous, private medical office