http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/markets/8546162/London-Stock-Exchange-approaches-a-pivotal-moment-in-its-history.html

A Siemens Divestment Could Renew Market Competition

Amyn M. Amlani, PhD, is today’s guest blogger at Hearing Economics.  Dr. Amlani’s work is a rare combination of Audiology and Economics which has moved our profession forward and expanded our thinking in recent years.  He first introduced us to the concept of Price Elasticity of Demand back in 2007. Dr. Amlani continues to walk…

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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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Costco and Phonak: Much Ado About Nothing?

Inquiring minds want to know about the imminent Phonak-Costco partnership. HHTM readership soared last week after David Kirkwood  reported corporate confirmation of the deal and Hearing Economics began sorting the deal’s rumors from reality. Elsewhere, web-based professional and social media rapidly filled with Audiologists’ tears of betrayal, stories of heartbreak, fear and growing outrage. Readers will want…

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Who Are We and Why? Hearing Economics Gets all Dark and Existential

Hearing Economics is forever asking Why–usually more than 5 times– especially when it comes to the Why of hearing aid prices.  The Pricing series has asked the Whys of manufacturing costs, retail Price, and wholesale pricing for different dispensing models. The Why of “markup”  shows that net profit–the true markup–is well below $100/hearing aid. That…

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Bundle Bundle Toil and Trouble

The last few posts in the Pricing series measured the spans separating wholesale and retail pricing of hearing aids.  The purpose was not to give away trade secrets; rather to reduce trade secrecy in order to pursue rational explanations of hearing aid pricing.   For that, we need real data rather than shrouded speculation, which…

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