And They’re Off! US Hearing Aid Device Patent Activity for January-February 2015

Amidst all the crowd-funded Hearable hype, with Nanoplug coming unplugged and others sure to follow, the Big 6 and a few well-seasoned companies and visionaries continue to quietly and efficiently amp up technology for ear-level applications.  Today’s lengthy list of new patents in the last half of this post shows the Big 6 firmly in…

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US Hearing Device Patent Approvals for September and October 2014

The list of US patent approvals in the hearing industry grows longer with each bi-monthly period.  The Big 6 are well represented, but new players continue to enter the arena.  Inventor-owned patents are a rarity these days, accounting for just 10% of all new patents, down from 25% in the past.  In his new book, The…

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Hearing Aid Prices: Peeking in the Closet

Hearing Aid Price is still in the closet, but it’s being outed by professional and public outcry by squeezed Audiologists and consumers.{{1}}[[1]]I don’t know if hearing aid dispensers are feeling squeezed too, but probably.[[1]] If those two groups are outside picketing, who’s in the closet?  Current conventional wisdom points to Machiavellian Manufacturing Monopolists.  Before we…

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Are Hearing Aids Getting Pricier?

“The hearing aid industry uses every new thing, like digital or a new algorithm, to raise prices.”  CEO of a manufacturer of low-cost, app-smart hearing aids. Really?  Is the hearing aid industry conniving and villainous to consumers?  Do hearing aids really cost $6000/pair? If so, why has that rule of thumb stayed constant for a…

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