Over the Counter and Through the Woods to FTC’s House We Go

by Harvey Abrams, PhD. “Peeling the Onion” is a monthly column by Harvey Abrams, PhD.   It has NOT been a quiet week in Lake Woebegone. Legislation has been introduced in both the Senate and the House of Representatives to permit over-the-counter (OTC) hearing devices to be sold to the public without any requirement for…

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Please, No More Shoes!

by Harvey Abrams, PhD. “Peeling the Onion” is a monthly column by Harvey Abrams, PhD. As we all know by now, the third shoe (or was it a boot) dropped with a loud thud heard ’round the industry. The FDA appears to be investigating the feasibility of creating a new category of basic hearing aids that…

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Best of Hearing Economics 2016, a Year of Surprises

Wouldn’t you know it? Harvey Abram’s Waiting for the Second Shoe (of Three) to Drop from last summer was one of the most-read posts in Hearing Economics in 2016.  Click on the link to read it, now that the FDA has dropped that 3rd shoe.  As a refresher, Dr Abram’s “2nd Shoe” post laid out the territory…

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On-Site Reporting from NAS Public Meeting Last Week

by Barbara Weinstein Downstream Consequences of Aging is a bi-monthly series written by guest columnist Barbara Weinstein, PhD.  Today’s post gives readers a sense of the simultaneous breathless drama and grinding diligence experienced by all participating stakeholders at last week’s pivotal NAS meeting.   The Plenary: Sounds of Silence   At the Dec. 7, 2016 Dissemination…

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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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