Price Functions in the US Wholesale Hearing Aid Market

This series now steps into the dark and murky realm of manufacturers’ wholesale pricing of product to see how the market has changed since 2013.  The caveats remain the same:   Big assumptions:  Categorical lines separating Economy, Premium, and everything in between are arbitrary to some extent, reflecting the varying family of products, product-specific technology levels,…

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Samsung Comes Calling on the Hearing Device Industry

It makes sense for  companies like Apple and Samsung to gain competitive advantage through optimized supply chains that  “lock up key product and component supplies.” (4/21/15 post) Samsung Electronics agrees, judging by recent developments in its patent activity, infrastructure, component acquisitions, and newly announced products.  Moreover, Samsung Electronics thinks it makes especially good sense to focus on…

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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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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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Brave New World of BLE and MFi Hearing Aids Begins

GN Resound stole the show at the 58th Congress of Hearing Aid Acousticians (EUHA) in Germany last week, with the debut of its “Made for iPhone” MFi hearing aid (scheduled for global release 1st quarter of 2014).  According to a press release covered by the Wall Street Journal and internationally on Oct 16, the LiNX(TM) MFi hearing aid introduces a new…

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