US Hearing Device Patents May-June 2016

“Space is a scarce resource in a hearing aid.” That simple but powerful observation heralds the purpose of Oticon’s US patent #9338569 (Portable Electronic Device Comprising a Folded Substrate), shown in the title image. That purpose is to cram as much amplification technology as possible into the smallest space. Oticon’s next patented step is to use…

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Mucking Around with Hearing Aid Price, Again

by Holly Hosford-Dunn, PhD and Amyn Amlani,PhD   The Pricing series revs up for a multi-year update today, just in time to get in on the PCAST and IOM action of recent days and await signs from the FDA.  In 2013, the announced intent was to “dive down and muck around with Price to test…

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Tech Giants Eye Hearing Device Industry as Target for Rape and Plunder

The last post described future ear-level devices as conduits for highly personalized, exquisitely targeted, near and far-field individual communication systems that work in real time.  Such a vision combines past and ongoing R&D efforts in Hearables, Hearing Aids, and Augmented Reality (AR).  As the media hypes it, these will not be your grandfather’s hearing aids…

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Double Take: Reinventing Aural Augmented Reality

A previous post floated the idea that ear-level amplification processing, including cochlear implants, represents the first and most advanced wearable Augmented Reality (AR)  available to a widespread consumer market to date.  It also noted that AR is considered an “emerging” field in which many psychoacoustic thoughts and hearing aid components are being rediscovered and rethought by…

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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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