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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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Boundary Areas Between PSAPs and Hearing Aids, Part 1

This is first in the Device Disruptions series edited by Richard Einhorn. Editor’s Note:  In the 70’s, Mead Killion, PhD, ScD (hon), urged high sound quality for hearing aids when hardly anyone else cared, let alone understood, its crucial importance. He is the inventor of the legendary K-Amp, the Digi-K, the QuickSin, some of the…

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Online Hearing Tests?

This post continues last week’s post about online retailing of hearing devices.  Today’s post analyzes the current set up by United Health Care (UHC) which recently contracted with hi HealthInnovations to deliver devices.  At present a hearing exam can be taken on the website.  This hearing test consists of two tones (high/low) delivered to the right…

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Big Box Going Retail With Hearing “Devices”

Continuing last week’s post about UHC and Big Box stores going straight to retail for hearing healthcare, several topics must be focused on and dealt with soon.  The first, which is the subject of today’s post, is the difference between a hearing aid and a personal sound amplifier product (PSAP).  According to the FDA,  A hearing…

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