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Will Another Year of Disruption Lead to Unity Among Hearing Professionals? Not Likely, But it Should!

By Michael Collins, AuD   My fellow hearing professionals, disruption is at our doorstep. I doubt that most of you would have thought just a few short years ago that our industry would be turned on its head in such a short amount of time by the likes of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS),…

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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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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 XI

Editor’s Note: Today’s post continues the discussion by Abigail Farmer and Bruno Sarda on the evolution of hearing aid technology.   Implications and Policy Recommendations   The hearing aid market as we know it is ripe for disruption. On one hand, hearing aids are expensive. They rely on proprietary technology that does not necessarily “play…

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

Editor’s Note: Today’s post continues a discussion on the evolution of hearing aid technology by Abigail Farmer and Bruno Sarda.  The First Electric Hearing Aids   Electrified hearing devices appeared around 1900, following the inventions some twenty years earlier of carbon microphones by Thomas Edison and the telephone by Alexander Graham Bell. Electrical hearing aids…

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Setting The Terms of Reference For The Brand of Hearing Healthcare, Part 2

Editor’s Note: Today’s post from Geoff Cooling is Part 2 on the Brand of Hearing Healthcare.    Collaboration Across the Profession   In order to change the brand of hearing healthcare, we as a profession internationally need to collaborate. This is something that needs to be done through professional organisations across the world. I have chosen the term…

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