How Hearing Aid Technology Has Evolved in Society, and Why — Conclusion (Part XII)

Editor’s Note: Today’s post concludes the discussion by Abigail Farmer and Bruno Sarda on the evolution of hearing aid technology.   Finally, we should take a lesson from the War Production Board, who chose to standardize all battery sizes, and create common standards for power and connectivity. By freeing hearing aids—or, as Wayne Staab calls them,…

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How Hearing Aid Technology Has Evolved in Society, and Why — Part V

Editor’s Note: Today’s post continues the discussion by Abigail Farmer and Bruno Sarda on the evolution of hearing aid technology .    A more recent development introduced in 2003, the Receiver-in-Canal (RIC) hearing aid, has proven disruptive to the modern hearing aid market. This innovation has taken Behind-the-Ear (BTE) hearing aids from about 15% market penetration…

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Winning the War Against Hearing Loss, part 7: The Cosmetic Battle

So far in this series, I have discussed Kim, David, Dr. Judy, and Sam. Improvements in hearing aid technology and the skill of their audiologist have helped each of these patients become more productive people. Today we take a look at the miniaturization of electronics and the impact of cosmetic concerns on the field of…

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Small changes to go “Green”

I started to think on Earth Day about what we do for sustainability in our offices. Part of this comes from reading a friend’s book, “Your Mother Called (Mother Earth)…You’d better call her back!” Gina Murphy-Darling is known as “Mrs. Green” here in Tucson and around the country. She has an Internet-based radio show every…

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After 70 years, turning hearing aids off at night is still a hassle

With all the modern inventions that surround us and with all the new ideas that come onto the market everyday, wouldn’t you think that the “Hearing Aid Industry” would have invented some simple way to turn hearing aids on and off at night? Well, no such luck. We still use the 70-year-old idea of opening…

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Helpful Tools, Helpful Suggestions

Let me ask you a question.  As a hearing health care professional, when you send a new CIC (completely-in-the-canal) hearing aid to the factory for repair, do you check it when it comes back? And if you find that it’s ‘dead’, what do you do?  Be careful how you answer; you may be surprised. This…

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