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New Studies Show Limitations, Potential Benefits of PSAPs

Two recently published studies from independent hearing aid research labs indicate that some personal sound amplification devices or PSAPs could offer benefit to individuals with milder hearing loss. The first study, published on-line in September in the American Journal of Audiology, was conducted by researchers at the University of Iowa. In the laboratory-based study, they…

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News Roundup for October 25: Trends in Consumer-driven Healthcare that Could Change Audiology

Even though the FDA’s OTC legislation seems to generate many of the industry headlines these days, there are still a lot of notable news items that could have a direct impact on how audiology is practiced over the next generation, so before you settle on your Halloween costume for this year’s big bash, spend a…

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CBS Sunday Morning Turns Up the Volume on Hearing Aids

The evolving hearing aid industry was the subject of a nearly 10-minute in-depth feature on CBS Sunday Morning.  David Pogue, tech critic for Yahoo Finance, talked to several respected industry figures, including Starkey executives Bill Austin and Achin Bhowmik, about recent technological breakthroughs in hearing aids. A substantial portion of the television news magazine piece…

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The 2018 Hearing Professional Dispensing Survey

TUCSON, ARIZONA — Hearing Health & Technology Matters (HHTM), a leading online resource for hearing professionals and consumers with hearing loss, has released the results of their 2018 Hearing Professional Dispensing Survey. The online survey was conducted in May 2018, with the purpose of exploring professional opinion and dispensing patterns in the United States. Approximately 300 audiologists…

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Some Experts Say the OTC Consensus Statement a Rubber Stamp for the Status Quo

Independent scientific research and unbiased, transparent opinion plays a critical role in any credible profession. It is the application of the scientific method in the problem-solving process and the endless striving to understand the truth, that separates, say, the practice of modern medicine from alchemy. At the same time, it is easy to find recent…

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Professional Hearing Organizations Release Consensus Recommendations for OTC Hearing Aid Classification

WASHINGTON, DC — It was announced today that all four of the major US professional hearing healthcare organizations have released a consensus paper for the new over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aid classification , “Regulatory Recommendations for OTC Hearing Aids: Safety and Effectiveness.” The consensus paper, which outlines five evidence-based recommendations related to the safety and effectiveness,…

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Silicon Valley Engineers Making OTC Hearables Next Big Thing

Over the past three years, Hearing News Watch has published several articles on the rise of so-called hearable devices. Combining features of a conventional hearing aid with those of consumer audio products, it seems the hearable category is about to take a big step forward. Fast Company magazine recently reported that Apple, Google and Amazon…

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Hearing Enablement, Teleaudiology and Self-Fitting Hearing Aids: More Patient Choices in Hearing Healthcare

In part 1 of this email exchange between Elaine Saunders and Brian Taylor, Dr. Saunders shared her thoughts on self-fitting hearing aids and how her company, Blamey Saunders Hears, is shaping the future of hearing healthcare. In part 2, they discuss the integration of tele-audiology with traditional face-to-face care, and how the combination of the…

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The Future is Now: A Conversation about Self-Fitting Hearing Aids with Elaine Saunders

In the hearing healthcare field, there is a lot of talk about disruptive innovation, but very few individuals have put disruption into practice. One such person is Elaine Saunders, a renowned hearing scientist, award winning entrepreneur and founder of Blamey Saunders Hears, an Australian company that manufacturers hearing aids sold on-line, directly to consumers Brian…

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