Not all States are Equal When It Comes to Costco and Audiologists

Last post in the Costco series initiated rudimentary analyses of hearing-related market growth in the US by comparing aggregate variables in the top 25 states ranked by Costco presence (“Top” states) versus the lower 25 states (“Bottom” states).  Top states exceeded Bottom states, in adjusted per capita measures (feature image).  Compared to Bottom states, the Top…

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OTCs: The End is Near

“Peeling the Onion” is a monthly column by Harvey Abrams, PhD. It appears that the creation of an FDA-sanctioned category of over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids is a fait-accompli  (which is a French-Audiology expression meaning “The End is Near”). For those of us who plan to survive this end-time, I wonder if it might be a…

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Over the Counter and Through the Woods to FTC’s House We Go

by Harvey Abrams, PhD. “Peeling the Onion” is a monthly column by Harvey Abrams, PhD.   It has NOT been a quiet week in Lake Woebegone. Legislation has been introduced in both the Senate and the House of Representatives to permit over-the-counter (OTC) hearing devices to be sold to the public without any requirement for…

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Noise in the Quiet

by Harvey Abrams, PhD. “Peeling the Onion” is a monthly column by Harvey Abrams, PhD. After the manic flurry of activity during the last quarter of 2016, it seems that we’re in a bit of a lull (in the hearing aid world, at least). As a matter of fact, we haven’t even seen the reintroduction…

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Please, No More Shoes!

by Harvey Abrams, PhD. “Peeling the Onion” is a monthly column by Harvey Abrams, PhD. As we all know by now, the third shoe (or was it a boot) dropped with a loud thud heard ’round the industry. The FDA appears to be investigating the feasibility of creating a new category of basic hearing aids that…

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