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Consumers Listen Up Before Purchasing Online Hearing Aids

Today’s post comes from Guest Editor Harvey Abrams, PhD,  back with another compelling read.  He was last heard explaining away the $100 hearing aid myth.  Readers can find his bio at the end of the post. Today’s post picks up the Pricing issue from the service side of the equation:  Not only do products cost more…

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Dark Knights of Monopoly

“None shall pass.”    …   “I’ve had worse.”  Monty Python’s Black Knight The Black Knight’s utterances joust with each other, which makes for a very funny video. His stance–and lack thereof–conjure up images in my mind of the hearing aid industry and Audiologists.  Our Big 6 set formidable entry barriers, determined that none shall…

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IntriCon + HI HealthInnovation: How’s That Workin’ Out?

Are IntriCon (IIN:US) and Hi HealthInnovations still in love? The Brangelina of Audiology is rarely heard from nowadays, after almost two years together.  Hearing Economics’ interest was piqued last week when IntriCon quietly notified the SEC (US SEC Form 8-K Current Report, June 12 2013) of planned lay-offs and global strategic restructuring. The Backstory IntriCon jumped on our screen last year…

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British Columbia: Brent and The Beastie Boys Do Economics

I had the distinct pleasure and honor of speaking to the British Columbia Association of Speech/Language Pathologists & Audiologists (BCASLPA) on October 13, 2012.  Although I cannot say those who attended my session felt as honored, I can say that the small but hardy group stayed with me for a full 5.5 hours while we…

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Are Audiologists the Problem? As Usual, It Depends

“The secret of success is to get up early, work late and strike oil.” John D Rockefeller Recent posts at Hearing Economics have put forth the position that independent hearing healthcare providers — Audiologists and dispensers — are like wheat farmers, in the sense that they are toiling away in fields, under the hot sun,…

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