audiology practice economics

The Economic Realities of Tomorrow’s Independent Hearing Health Practice: Part 1

by Dave Smirga, MA, and Greg Frazier, PhD, AuD What makes owning and operating an independent hearing health practice financially successful?  The simplistic answer would be “when the practice makes more money than it spends.”  Through the nineties and even through the early 2000’s, the engine that could be relied on to deliver this equation…

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hearing industry patents december 2018

US Ear Device Patents in December 2018

Ear devices, like other wearables, continue to track multifunctionality.  Two cases offer new opportunities for future add-on features and connectivity: Muzik Inc.’s wireless earbuds (Fig 1, USPTO #D835602) are indeed wireless but that’s where their resemblance to earbuds-as-we-know-them ends. Intead, they use the head as shelf space for an onboard power supply and integrated speakers, with plenty of…

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