The PCAST Report and How it Could Harm Patients — Part 2

Editor’s Note: Today’s post continues a discussion by Virginia Ramachandran, AuD, PhD, and Brad Stach, PhD, offering their view on how the recommendations of the PCAST report could actually harm, rather than help, hearing impaired patients. Consumer Access to Hearing Aids   In 2009, Dr. Christine Cassel, the co-chair of the PCAST Hearing Technologies, co-authored an article in…

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Hearing Aid Acoustician Programme: Eduplex Institute – Part 2

Editor’s Note: In last week’s post, we introduced the Eduplex Training Institute (ETI) as an education training provider offering courses related to hearing and being available to individuals anywhere in the world through a unique global eLearning approach. Hearing Aid Acoustician Programme Description   The Eduplex Training Institute recognizes that travel to existing, and often distant, educational sites is typically not practical…

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Hearing Education Training

Editor’s Note: Today’s post comes to us from HHTM’s own Editor-In-Chief, Wayne Staab, PhD, discussing an innovative new global eLearning program for the hearing industry. eLearning Program for Hearing Education Training   Hearing education training has come a long way, but not necessarily for those wishing to engage at an entry level.  Degreed programs have been…

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Multichannel Hearing Aid Pricing, part 2

Pricing hearing aids by the number of channels is a common but flawed strategy, based on the erroneous assumption that increasing the number of channels will consistently provide listeners with improved aided performance. Speech-recognition performance does not always improve as a function of number of channels, as discussed in part 1.  In part 2  Amyn Amlani,…

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Multichannel Hearing Aid Pricing: A Technology-Based Facade

The defensibility of tiered pricing linked to number of hearing aid channels is scrutinized in a two-part post series by Amyn Amlani, PhD.       Manufacturers engineer contemporary hearing aids with different levels of technology. The basis for the differing technology levels is based primarily on the number of channels (i.e., a range of…

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Audiologists: Don’t Shoot the PCAST Messenger

Editor’s note:  As public policy recommendations continue to fan the flames of hearing healthcare disruption, stakeholders of all persuasions enter the fray and take positions.  In today’s post, Michael Metz, PhD (a self-confessed contrarian) suggests that hearing healthcare providers should look to errors and excesses of our profession when assigning blame, rather than shooting the…

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