My Move from a Conventional Hearing Aid Manufacturer to a Consumer Electronics Company

“Signal & Noise” is a bimonthly, or sometimes monthly, column by Brian Taylor, AuD.   Selecting and fitting hearing aids is, and will continue to be for the foreseeable future, the primary tool audiologists and hearing instrument specialists use to address the needs of adults with hearing loss. Today, it is the hearing aid that…

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Signal & Noise: Are We Entering the “Just Good Enough” Era?

Hearing Economics is pleased to announce Brian Taylor as a new columnist.  Dr. Taylor plans to help us get to core concepts in a series of bimonthly discussions entitled “Signal & Noise.”  Today’s post marks his debut column, describing actual data to bear on outcomes from available ear-level amplification technologies.  Welcome, Brian, and thanks for…

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Hearing Aids and Hearables: A Natural Pairing

These are the best of times and the worst of times, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us. (channeling Dickens for Audiologists) Audiologists may agree that we are living in extreme times.  It’s gratifying to practice our profession in the “communication obsessed 2000s” (Ridley, 2010), with ear-level devices at hand as the obvious…

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Hearing Aids, Hearables, Gadgets and Gizmos

The sudden emergence of Hearables as a disruptive wearable technology threatens to relegate hearing aids to the gadget bin.  So goes the view in the popular media.  That view is formed and informed by characteristic rapid change and constant innovation in the consumer electronics industry. But, the popular view is not fully informed. Those used to reviewing…

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Are Hearables the Devices Formerly Known as Hearing Aids?

Last week’s Hearables post highlighted some emerging ear-level devices and left three rhetorical questions dangling: What  groups decide which are medical devices and which are consumer devices? Who gets final say on who sells them and how they are sold? Will hearing aids morph into consumer electronic gadgets? Current thinking on that last question brings…

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