Price Functions in the US Wholesale Hearing Aid Market

This series now steps into the dark and murky realm of manufacturers’ wholesale pricing of product to see how the market has changed since 2013.  The caveats remain the same:   Big assumptions:  Categorical lines separating Economy, Premium, and everything in between are arbitrary to some extent, reflecting the varying family of products, product-specific technology levels,…

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NAS Issues Recommendations: An Entire Industry Changes……… Think Again

“Signal & Noise” is a bimonthly column by Brian Taylor, AuD. A few weeks ago the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) issued their report on the status of hearing health care for adults and their 12 recommendations for improving it. This report was billed as landmark, groundbreaking and a major milestone, and, if it is…

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Barriers in the US Hearing Aid Market, post script

Since its inception, Hearing Economics has toiled persistently, if not rigorously, to infuse basic economic thinking and its lexicon into the audiology world. The goal is to broaden our view, giving us more opportunities to strengthen our grip on our profession. In that spirit, the five-post barriers series fits into the Econ 202 discourse which…

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End of Barriers, Part 4

This is the almost-final Econ 202 post on barriers that exist in the US hearing aid manufacturing and delivery system.1   Parts 1,  2 and 3 addressed regulatory requirements that discourage new entrants; legal and economic definitions of barrier to industry entry/exit; structural and strategic barriers in the hearing aid industry; and specific strategic barriers used by incumbent manufacturers in their…

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US Hearing Device Patents March-April 2016

Some anecdotal observations precede the current hearing aid patent list, some superficial, others not so much. Best Name for a New Entrant:  Brain Basket, LLC (Auditory Comprehension and Audibility Device, #9301066)   Who’s Got the Power   The big developing technology–accounting for over 10% of today’s list–is extended, connected, sustainable, or implantable power solutions. Big…

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