hearing industry patents december 2018

US Ear Device Patents in December 2018

Ear devices, like other wearables, continue to track multifunctionality.  Two cases offer new opportunities for future add-on features and connectivity: Muzik Inc.’s wireless earbuds (Fig 1, USPTO #D835602) are indeed wireless but that’s where their resemblance to earbuds-as-we-know-them ends. Intead, they use the head as shelf space for an onboard power supply and integrated speakers, with plenty of…

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Metaphor Monologues: The Quest for Effective Treatment Options that Won’t Kill Us

The last monologue post, back in October, presented Plan B — palliative pricing in an unbundled traditional dispensing model–as a spring board for treatment, if not cure, of audiology’s “cost disease.” The disease metaphor was coined by famous economist William Baumol to frame the price problem faced by industries/professions where cost of technology decreases over…

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november 2018 patents

US Ear Device Patents in November 2018

Once again, communications giants weigh in on the November patent list, which features wearable audio devices from Google and Samsung (0129635 and 10123137) and audio processing for people with hearing loss by Dolby Labs (#10136240).    Ears, Fingers, Eyes and Toes   Time was, grownups maneuvered through life with ears, eyes, hands and feet. Hands and…

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audiology licensing under attack

Licensing Under Attack: Are We at Risk?

by Harvey Abrams, PhD As if the Costco effect and OTC legislation weren’t causing the audiology community enough tsuris, along comes another threat that’s sure to keep us up at night – deregulating the practice of audiology. In the past 18 months, representatives in 2 states, Iowa and Texas, introduced legislation that would eliminate the…

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