There’s a right to hear or not to hear, but none to deny another’s right to hear

Editors Note: This post was originally posted February 2012. By David H. Kirkwood Two recent posts at Hearing Views addressed basic rights related to hearing health care: the right to have access to hearing care technology and services and the right not to use that access.   “AN ESSENTIAL HEALTH BENEFIT” The February 8 Hearing…

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Phonak Move Has Audiology and Dispensing Community on Edge

If you’re a practicing audiologist or a hearing instrument specialist and haven’t heard the latest news that Phonak will begin distributing hearing aids through Costco beginning in April, then you’ve probably been living under a rock. In response to the latest announcement, Phonak says that Costco serves a different clientele from the average professional office…

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Hearing health gets a star turn in the media: So what if it’s in a farce?

By David H. Kirkwood There are an awful lot of health-related subjects that capture the attention of the news media. Whenever there’s a hint of progress toward curing cancer, losing weight, warding off old age, improving one’s face or figure, or treating anxiety, depression, or pain, you can count on every communications medium out there…

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