Locked Hearing Aid Software — Additional Comments

by Mike Metz A short time ago, I wrote a post regarding lack of access to the software of some hearing aids.  My comments arose from conversations with other dispensing audiologists.  They saw patients that were having problems with hearing aids purchased from large distributors — Big Box stores primarily.  Evidently, patients believed that they were…

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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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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 X

Editor’s Note: Today’s post continues the discussion by Abigail Farmer and Bruno Sarda on the evolution of hearing aid technology.   However laudable the goal of encouraging medical evaluation might be, one result of this lack of insurance/Medicare coverage and access is to resort to other forms of hearing assistance, particularly for those with only…

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

Editor’s Note: Today’s post continues the discussion by Abigail Farmer and Bruno Sarda on the evolution of hearing aid technology.   The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) makes it illegal to discriminate against disabled individuals.1 Under the Act, disabled means that an individual is “substantially impaired with regard to a major life activity, has a record…

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