A Bayesian Approach to Cost Effective Hearing Care: What Audiologists Could Learn from Election Gurus

“Signal & Noise” is a bimonthly column by Brian Taylor, AuD.   During the 2008 election, data guru Nate Silver and his website FiveThirtyEight accurately predicted the winner of the presidential election in 49 of 50 states. After tweaking his data analysis methods he did even better in the 2012 presidential race by accurately predicting…

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Living in the Gray Area between Art and Science: Overcoming the Effects of the Whipsaw

“Signal & Noise” is a bimonthly column by Brian Taylor, AuD. Most everyone is interested in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, a big part of which is paying close attention to diet and exercise.  Some, armed with formal academic training, quickly take note of the latest research in these areas.  Social media, cable news and the…

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NAS Issues Recommendations: An Entire Industry Changes……… Think Again

“Signal & Noise” is a bimonthly column by Brian Taylor, AuD. A few weeks ago the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) issued their report on the status of hearing health care for adults and their 12 recommendations for improving it. This report was billed as landmark, groundbreaking and a major milestone, and, if it is…

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Do High Profits Stymie Innovation and Swell Prices? Unsticking Adam Smith’s Hand

“Signal & Noise” is a bimonthly column by Brian Taylor, AuD.   Profits are an essential part of a free enterprise system. They provide employees and their families with an income, give shareholders a return, foster innovation and signal where capital needs to be invested in order to improve or grow a business.   Profit…

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Three Important Perspectives on Why Many Adults Delay Care for Their Hearing Loss, part 2

“Signal & Noise” is a bimonthly column by Brian Taylor, AuD. Identifying and addressing the unmet needs of people with hearing loss means more than reducing costs (the Public Health Perspective) or improving devices (the Biomedical Perspective).  The extent and limits of those approaches were covered in part 1.  Today’s post suggests that we can…

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