Waiting for the Second Shoe (of Three) to Drop

“Peeling the Onion” is a monthly column by Harvey Abrams, PhD.   Before we get started, a disclaimer: This post will name names – hearing aid products, a health insurance company, and hearing health care benefit programs. I have no financial or non-financial interests in any of the products/companies mentioned except as a subscriber to…

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John’s Journey Continues: Taking Action, Part 3

“Peeling the Onion” is a monthly column by Harvey Abrams, PhD. John’s current stop on his patient journey is the action stage – that stage of the journey when John, after contemplation and preparation, initiates change and takes action to resolve his communication problems. Recall that the Transtheoretical (changes of change) Model consists of 6…

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John’s Journey: His PCP’s influence on the hearing aid purchase decision

“Peeling the Onion” is a monthly column by Harvey Abrams, PhD. As John takes action to purchase hearing aids, he is likely to proceed on the perception that hearing aids are medical devices, according to MT9 survey data reported in last week’s post.  Assuming he follows the medical path, he can consult a variety of professionals,…

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John’s Journey Resumes: Taking Action

“Peeling the Onion” is a monthly column by Harvey Abrams, PhD. When we last left John on his Journey toward better hearing (before taking some detours to the CDC and the PCAST), John was engaged in the preparation stage of his journey as defined by the Transtheoretical (stages of change) model of behavior.   Recall…

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So You Want to be a Doctor

“Peeling the Onion” is a monthly column by Harvey Abrams, PhD. We like to think of Audiology as a doctoring profession. Those who practice the profession have the requisite training, license and letters after their names.   Amending a Barrier to Our Doctoring Vision   While we (and our patients) may view ourselves as doctors,…

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