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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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“Streamers,” Bluetooth, and Pacemaker Compatibility

This week’s post is a followup on an earlier blog post in September concerning “streamers” and Bluetooth connectivity. Siemens has released its EasyTek, and at a recent training session in New Jersey audiologists were told that the device was compatible with pacemakers. However, when looking for written backup on the Internet I found a Norwegian handbook  that advised people to check with…

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Checklists help keep practices on course

Airline pilots always use checklists to land and take off. Regardless of how many years of experience they have or how confident they are in their abilities, they still consult checklists to make absolutely certain they do not deviate from their standard routine. In an emergency or other difficult situation, following a checklist helps keep…

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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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How Hearing Aids Are NOT Like Glasses

By: Holly Hosford-Dunn Ph.D. This week is a guest post from the Hearing Economics blog editor. To our HHTM readers, Eyes and ears are linked in our thinking and speaking, as in  “The eyes and ears have it.”  Have what, exactly?   Seeing and hearing are so different, why they are treated like kissing cousins?…

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To help patients communicate better, we need to sharpen our own communication skills

As audiologists and hearing aid specialists, we are all in the communication business. It’s our job to help our patients communicate better. It’s only natural, then, that there will be times and situations in the practice of our profession that we are called upon to make an extra effort to communicate effectively with the people…

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