OTCs: The End is Near

“Peeling the Onion” is a monthly column by Harvey Abrams, PhD. It appears that the creation of an FDA-sanctioned category of over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids is a fait-accompli  (which is a French-Audiology expression meaning “The End is Near”). For those of us who plan to survive this end-time, I wonder if it might be a…

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And Now, The Rest of the Story (with apologies to Paul Harvey)

by Harvey Abrams, PhD. “Peeling the Onion” is a monthly column by Harvey Abrams, PhD.    Disclaimer: I am a paid consultant to the Hearing Industries Association (HIA) and contributed to the post-workshop filing submitted to the FTC on behalf of HIA which I review in this article. However, the opinions expressed here are entirely…

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The Plural of Anecdote is NOT Data

by Harvey Abrams, PhD. “Peeling the Onion” is a monthly column by Harvey Abrams, PhD. I participated in two events this week. One informed the other. The first event was the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Workshop held in Washington DC on April 18th. The other was the March for Science  which, in my current geographical…

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Noise in the Quiet

by Harvey Abrams, PhD. “Peeling the Onion” is a monthly column by Harvey Abrams, PhD. After the manic flurry of activity during the last quarter of 2016, it seems that we’re in a bit of a lull (in the hearing aid world, at least). As a matter of fact, we haven’t even seen the reintroduction…

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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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