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2016: Will it be the Year of the Disruption? Gosh, I Hope So.

By Kim Cavitt, AuD So, did my provocative title get you to keep reading?  Please say yes because it is important for readers to learn more about the disruptive forces at play in our industry. Unlike many contributors before me, I see the audiology and hearing aid industry differently.  I do not fear the disruption.…

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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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The PCAST Report and How it Could Harm Patients

Editor’s Note: Today’s post is brought to us by Virginia Ramachandran, AuD, PhD, and Brad Stach, PhD, offering their view of how the recommendations of the PCAST report could actually harm, rather than help, hearing impaired patients.   Audiology Perspective When we think of hearing aid care, we think of our patients–the vast majority of whom are…

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Audiology Colleagues and Friends Mourn Passing of Michael Nehr, PSAP Pioneer

Editor’s Note: In a departure from our regular Hearing Disruptions series, we bring readers a special post today, penned by Barry Freeman, PhD, on the passing of Michael Nehr– a person whose story everyone in the hearing industry should know.   By Barry Freeman, PhD Audiology lost a dear friend and colleague last week with the…

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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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