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Economics of Technology-Innovative Hearing Screeners for Adults

by Amyn M Amlani, PhD The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 432 million adults, globally, exhibit “disabled” impaired hearing, where disabled is defined as audiometric thresholds greater than 40 dB in the better ear. An additional estimated 1.1 billion listeners worldwide—ranging in age between 12 and 35 years—are at-risk of demonstrating impaired hearing because…

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US Ear Device Patents for August 2019

Dick Tracy’s uber futuristic two-way wristwatch radio looks quaint today when one considers patent ideas like #D856328 .  Think of all the crimes Mr Tracy could solve as well as solutions for all that ails us if he’d been equipped with an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink-wristwatch-&-earbuds-included-device envisioned by that patent’s equally long title:  “Wearable artificial intelligence (AI) data…

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US ear device patents in July 2019

Got Ear?   The pinna, concha and external meatus are wonderful things for hands-free carry, fitness, entertainment and environment awareness. The cochlea is a wonderous thing for hearing, no matter how you get to it. In distal order of anatomy:  Pinna as carrying case: consider patent #10382851 for an “Ear-wearable wireless communication flashlight,” when hearing…

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The Potential of Design Thinking in Reforming Hearing Healthcare

by Kate Baldocchi, AuD & Amyn M. Amlani, PhD The hearing aid industry has experienced remarkable technological advancements in signal processing capabilities over the past two decades. During this same time, the profession of audiology has increased its efforts to act on the needs of consumers (e.g., patient-centered care), have systems in place (e.g., evidenced-based…

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Ear Device Patents in June 2019

This month’s patent crop once again drives home the impression that hearing aids are only one version of innovative tinkering around the ear. Consider GN Hearing’s interesting patent #10327071, intriguingly entitled “Head-wearable hearing device.” Consider that title: where else but the head would a hearing device go? And why device instead of hearing aid?   …

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