Gapers Block: Another Roadside Attraction Detracts from our Real Challenges

“Signal & Noise” is a bimonthly column by Brian Taylor, AuD. It’s human nature to slow down and gawk at the site of an accident.  Even if it’s for a split second, the site of something unusual diverts our attention from ordinary tasks. Over the past month there has been a lot of opportunities to…

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I’ll Take That Bet and Raise You

Our profession was treated last week to a timely and balanced discussion of unbundling by Robyn Cox PhD.  She is one of audiology’s most reasoned thinkers, test creator extraordinaire, talented researcher, and a nice person to boot.   Dr. Cox addressed concerns being raised in policy-making circles that traditional hearing aid dispensing models are pricing many…

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Where’d Those Numbers Come From? Data for the Pricing Posts

Premium Pricing for major technological innovations raised average prices of hearing aids by about $1000 from 1994 to 2011, as shown in a previous post and reproduced above. The Data   Fig 1 was derived from the numbers contained in Table 1, footnoted to explain origins, derivations, and assumptions.  Nominal average Price (left column of…

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