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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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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Unmet Needs of Hearing Loss

Hearing Impairment – Meeting Unmet Needs   This is Part III of a series describing how one of our colleagues ‘Down Under’ has taken an innovative approach to meeting the unmet needs of hearing loss.     A first step/event was to have developed DSP (digital signal processing) hearing aid circuitry based on low current…

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Hearing Loss Amplification Needs

Approaches to Solving Unmet Needs of the Hearing Impaired ‘Down Under’ – Part 2   The hearing aid industry in the US has come under renewed criticism recently for failing to meet the unmet hearing loss amplification needs of all categories of individuals having hearing difficulty issues.  The major issues at stake relate and unmet need of the…

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PSAPs and Hearing Aids: Myths and Expectations, Part 2

In the second, and concluding, part of his remarks to the Institute of Medicine, Mead Killion makes the case for PSAP and for guidelines that encourage their safe and efficacious use. While he cites a study that found that hearing aids and (at least some) PSAPs can deliver roughly the same efficacy, Dr. Killion emphasizes…

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