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Market Trends: The Charge of Recharge

By Leendert van der Ent, Audiology Infos The Netherlands   Rechargeable batteries for hearing aids have been around for some time. Until recently they were a footnote in hearing aid history. That is now about to change. Now the milestone of a full day of service-without-recharge can be guaranteed, the market seems on the brink…

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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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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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