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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The Service Component: Should We Really Embrace Industry Disruption?

By Harvey Abrams, PhD In Kim Cavitt’s recent post, she argues that the disruptive forces facing our industry and profession can have the potential to positively impact accessibility to and affordability of hearing healthcare. I hope she’s right. When most of us think about disruptive forces these days, our minds understandably turn to products, specifically…

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The PCAST Report and How it Could Harm Patients — Part 3

Editor’s Note: Today’s post concludes the discussion by Virginia Ramachandran, AuD, PhD, and Brad Stach, PhD, on why they believe the recommendations of the PCAST report could actually harm, rather than help, hearing impaired patients.   PCAST Myth 6: Providing Over-The-Counter Access Will Be Safe for Consumers   The report recommendations were provided for those consumers with “age-related, progressive,…

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The PCAST Report and How it Could Harm Patients — Part 2

Editor’s Note: Today’s post continues a discussion by Virginia Ramachandran, AuD, PhD, and Brad Stach, PhD, offering their view on how the recommendations of the PCAST report could actually harm, rather than help, hearing impaired patients. Consumer Access to Hearing Aids   In 2009, Dr. Christine Cassel, the co-chair of the PCAST Hearing Technologies, co-authored an article in…

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Three Ways to Compel Consumption Shifts in the Hearing Device Market, part 5

The Hearing Disruptions series seeks to cover the rapid changes taking place in hearing healthcare. Today’s post is the final portion on one presentation culled from recent topics presented to the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Committee on Accessible and Affordable Hearing Health Care for Adults.   Informing to Compel Consumption Choices   Holly Hosford-Dunn, Ph.D.  Presented…

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Market Forces Battle Barriers in the Hearing Device Market, Part 4

The Hearing Disruptions series seeks to cover the rapid changes taking place in hearing healthcare. Today’s post is culled from recent topics presented to the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Committee on Accessible and Affordable Hearing Health Care for Adults.   Holly Hosford-Dunn, Ph.D.  Presented at the June 30 IOM meeting regarding hearing aid availability (click here…

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