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The Unraveling of Hearing Healthcare Delivery, Part 1

Dr. Jerry Northern is today’s guest editor.  As one of the most active boosters of the Audiology profession, Dr Northern is well suited to take the long view of where we’ve been and where we are headed.   His title says it all.  When he says our survival is at stake, it’s time for everyone…

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Drilling Down into the DNA of Buying Groups

Editor’s Note:  David Smriga is Hearing Economics’ guest contributor this week.  He brings new views and more data to the ongoing discussion of hearing aid buying groups.   As noted, buying groups are not new but they’re getting renewed interest and scrutiny as hearing aid distribution channels continue to change rapidly.      I read…

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Hearing Aid Buying Groups Differ in Their DNA

Dale Thorstad, today’s guest contributor, offers a brief history and overview of buying groups in the hearing aid industry. It’s hard to remember the names of the groups, much less whom they work with and whom they represent.  Buying groups have been around for years, but  they are experiencing revived interest, scrutiny, and hype following…

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Wholesale Hearing Aid Pricing – Is It On the Level?

Today picks up on a series begun in response to a headline-grabbing proclamation by a manufacturing CEO: “‘The hearing aid industry uses every new thing … to raise prices.” To which Hearing Economics posed rhetorical questions and slowly began addressing them:  What is the basis for making such a claim?  Are claims like this true or do…

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One Word: Elasticity

I really like your article and it certainly points out a key problem.  The only leverage the big 6 have is what we gave them. We need to all work together. The internet and baby boomers create an amazing opportunity but business as usual won’t cut it.  –  Private comment from a previous post And…

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