Batter Up! Taking Another Swing at Understanding MarkeTrak IX (MT9)

“Peeling the Onion” is a monthly column by Harvey Abrams, PhD.  For those of you who have been reading my monthly posts, you know that my focus has been on exploring the differences between the medical and rehabilitative models of audiology. I’m devoting this month’s post, however, to something a little different – a response…

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Are Hearing Aids Getting Pricier?

“The hearing aid industry uses every new thing, like digital or a new algorithm, to raise prices.”  CEO of a manufacturer of low-cost, app-smart hearing aids. Really?  Is the hearing aid industry conniving and villainous to consumers?  Do hearing aids really cost $6000/pair? If so, why has that rule of thumb stayed constant for a…

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Back to the Future Part II: New Competitors Bring New Pressures

Back to the Future posts consider hearing healthcare predictions of Lars Kolind (Oticon) in the late 1990s, published in the final chapter{{1}}[[1]]Jerger JJ, Skafte MD, Kolind L. The future of audiology practice management.  Chapter 21. In Hosford-Dunn H, Roeser R, & Valente, M. (2000). Audiology: Practice Management (1st Ed). NY:  Thieme. pp 481-490.[[1]] of Audiology: Practice Management…

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BHI Finds AARP MIAs Alive and Well: Addendum to HearUSA Series, part 16

This just in, as an addendum to this week’s post on AARP-HearUSA! Some of the 6,000,000 AARP members in need of hearing help — previously feared missing — have been found attending the recent AARP convention in Los Angeles. As predicted by HearUSA, they stood in line to have their hearing checked — at least…

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