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Hearing in an Apple World: The Ears Have It

The first MFi Hearing aid post promised  “an Alice in Wonderland hearing device tour of Amazing Apple Applications.”  Before starting today’s tour, let’s check out one invention hanging around outside the Apple gate. The Banana Cellular Phone Cover  (patented 8/08/06), pictured right, is “characterized by elongated curving shape resembling a banana,” according to inventor James Laird Rickard.…

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In Defense of Costco

Am I suggesting that everyone go work for Costco? No, but I think those who do probably deserve more respect than they get.  David Kirkwood The hearing impaired should be offered the widest possible selection of instrumentation and dispensing models.  One size does not fit everyone.   K. Ray Katz  Costco has rapidly emerged as the…

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Regulation of Hearing Aids in the US, Part 5

The FDA Regulation: 1977 Final Rule By 1977, the momentum driving hearing aids into the medical device arena was unstoppable. On Feb. 15, 1977, the FDA published its Final Rule, which made hearing aids restricted devices, promulgated regulations governing professional and patient labeling, and set forth conditions for the sale of hearing aids.1 The detail…

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Taking Hearing Aids Mainstream: Ear-Level Gadgets to Boost Prosperity and Health

 “Dress up and put on diamonds even to answer the phone, as it changes the way you are.”  Mae West Let’s take a break from the hearing aid history series and go check out the future of hearing aids. It’s probably safe to say that all economists agree that technology drives production and prosperity.  In most…

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