auditory fitness

Hearing Fitness-for-Work Protocols

by Mike Metz Compensation for hearing-impaired workers has been sort of on the back burner for many years.  Audiologists are occasionally called upon to measure and compute the hearing disability associated with hearing injuries resulting from workplace noise exposure.  A potentially larger issue of workplace hearing loss involves “fitness for duty” decisions.   Audiologists are…

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What Makes You Think You Are Special?

Editor’s Note: OK, put on your seat belts and prepare for disruption, or at least one professional’s view of such.    By Geoffrey Cooling I read a recent commentary at the Hearing Review a few weeks ago and frankly it made me giggle a bit. In fact, it made me giggle a lot. In essence, it said that…

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Hearing aid market study of Western Europe 2015 vs 2014

Tony Grant-Salmon from the British hearing aid manufacturer’s association has compiled all the available sales figures from Europe for 2015 in this report. 2015 witnessed a 4% increase in sales over the previous year; strong results in The Netherlands, the UK private sector, Italy, France and Switzerland provided the biggest contributions to the increase.  …

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Locked Software — Still More Thoughts

by Mike Metz After a couple of go-rounds on this topic, it lends itself to even more consideration.  What if the manufacturers and the big-box retailers do nothing and continue selling locked hearing aids?  What would be a likely result if all manufacturers unlocked all software?  What would result from actions in the “middle ground”…

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MR. COSTCO, TEAR DOWN THAT WALL!

by Mike Metz, PhD   Consider the success of the “Big Box” sales of hearing aids. Costco alone has become the second largest dispensing entity of hearing instruments in the US, and just lowered the cost of their premium Kirkland 7.0 instruments.  What do you suppose is their return-for-credit rate?  No matter which of the…

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Audiology in Peru is a Process in Development

By Mara Brugés Polo – Editor-in-Chief of Audio Infos Latin America Recent years have seen the country of Peru taking steps towards increasingly better care of its hearing loss patients, with not only the government making an effort, but private firms also launching their ideas to treat hypoacusic cases. Although Peru passed its universal neonatal…

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