That Vision Thing

How many readers remember Tom J. Northey, The One That Got Away?  Mr. Northey is a ghost guest contributor this week, not because he’s deceased but because he came to Audiology, he saw the future, and he left for greener pastures. In 2000, he wrote a monumental forecast of our profession, published in audiologyonline.  It probably…

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Markup Is an Abused and Misunderstood Term

Last week’s post concluded that hearing aid markup is “roughly keystone: 2x, not the ‘exorbitant’ 5x or even higher markup claimed on the Internet.”  The conclusion was based on supporting, albeit sparse, data, which is more than can be said for the 5x claim reproduced in Figure 1.  Besides, talking about markup as a multiple is misleading and…

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http://www.gnresound.com/hearing-aids/accessories/unite-phone-clip-plus

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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Present Situation Be Damned, Full Speed Ahead

The Affordable Care Act’s Healthcare was reviewed, state-by-state, last week.  This week brings another table (below) of dubious data collected with sincere effort to try to estimate the ACA’s impact on Audiologists. Requests for updates and corrections last week went unheeded.  Logical explanations, in order of probability, are 1) nobody reads this column except Harvey…

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Econ 202: When Supply Met Demand

We’ve graduated from Econ 101.  It’s time to take on Price Takers — companies that can influence Price to optimize their profits.   That’s going to take a few posts, starting with a rehash of  Econ 101 posts today.  Apologies to those who don’t like going into the weeds, but you really can’t talk about…

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