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Survival of the Fittest Audiologists

  Last post introduced readers to Tom Northey and his 2000 forecast of Audiology in the future, which predicted that today’s audiologists would fall into camps of survivors or  scatter to the wind as competitive forces eased out the losers.  Today’s post is for those of us interested in operating in survivor mode. Northey contrasted our…

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US Hearing Device Patent Approvals for May and June 2014

Being an Audiologist wandering through the Wonderful World of Patents is like Alice tumbling down the rabbit hole into Wonderland.  I’m sure it’s better than mushrooms and the supply seems endless. New Patents, Birth Announcements, and Rebirths in WondEAR World   May/June brought a shower of patents having to do with implants, adjustable magnet systems,…

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Developing a Viable Best Practice Model for Online and OTC Hearing Aid Distribution, Part 2

  Ryan Kalef, Guest Editor, brings back Mr. Ideal for a second week of bliss.  Several weeks ago he introduced us to this gentleman — the perfect Audiology patient and wearer of hearing aids.   Last time we saw Mr. Ideal, he sailed through the traditional system of assessment and fitting approach, requiring only  3 hours and 5…

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Developing a Viable Best Practice Model for Online and OTC Hearing Aid Distribution

Hearing Economics  welcomes back Ryan Kalef as Guest Editor for the next few weeks.  His previous posts have given readers the Canadian perspective with An Earful From Canada, Call of the Wild, and Different Views on Selling.  Today he jumps in the bare-knuckled Price ring, joining the Pricing Series to the effort started last week by Terry…

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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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