Back to the Future, part VIII: Bimodal Is as Bimodal Does

Editor’s note:  This series follows predictions by Lars Kolind[1] in the 1990s.    Today’s post– the grand finale in this series–considers Dr. Kolind’s final prediction of a Brave New World that looks a good deal like a high volume version of the Old World.  We have arrived at this point after posts on Predictions I through VII,…

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Regulation of Hearing Aids in the US, part 7 (the end!)

  Back to the Future:  Current Thinking at the FDA and in the Marketplace The burden of regulation continues to haunt the hearing aid industry and cost consumers.  Notwithstanding the entrenched regulatory mentality described in Parts 5 and 6 of this series, there were two interesting Citizen’s Petitions that were filed with the FDA in…

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Regulation of Hearing Aids, part 4

The evolution of the hearing aid industry sketched out in parts 1-3 of this post series is that of a consumer product.  From hand to horn to telephone-like device, the hearing aid was developed and thought of by manufacturers and consumers alike as an appliance that boosted sound.  In that regard, hearing aids were a closer fit…

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