That Vision Thing

How many readers remember Tom J. Northey, The One That Got Away?  Mr. Northey is a ghost guest contributor this week, not because he’s deceased but because he came to Audiology, he saw the future, and he left for greener pastures. In 2000, he wrote a monumental forecast of our profession, published in audiologyonline.  It probably…

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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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Phonak, Costco, LiNX, MFi Hearing Aids: Rumors and Realities

Two long-rumored events became reality in the last week or so, both of which will likely have long-term effects on the practice of dispensing Audiology.  Both have already elicited large short-term effects in the chatter level and hand wringing departments of our profession. Phonak Rumors and Realities   The Rumor Mill Hearing Economics got an…

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Smartphone Control Apps for Hearing Devices: Caveat Emptor

Hearing Economics is pleased to welcome three Guest Contributors from Ear Machine, here to help us navigate the new world of smartphone/hearing apps.   Dianne spent 20 years at the University of Minnesota, teaching and doing research on hearing aids.  She was director of advanced research at a major hearing aid manufacturer, and for the…

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Hearing in an Apple World: The Ears Have It

The first MFi Hearing aid post promised  “an Alice in Wonderland hearing device tour of Amazing Apple Applications.”  Before starting today’s tour, let’s check out one invention hanging around outside the Apple gate. The Banana Cellular Phone Cover  (patented 8/08/06), pictured right, is “characterized by elongated curving shape resembling a banana,” according to inventor James Laird Rickard.…

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