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The Importance of an Open Wireless Connectivity Protocol for Hearing Assistance Products

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.   Richard Einhorn.  Based upon an address presented June 30, 2015 at the Committee on Accessible and…

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Winning the War against Hearing Loss, part 4: Hearing Well with a Cell Phone

By: Bob Martin, AuD Miracles happen in our field. Last time I discussed Kim who, thanks to her hearing aids, was able to work in a noisy bar and save her family’s home. This week, I want you to meet David, a real estate agent with severe hearing loss. In the past he could not…

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How to Program Hearing Aids for T-Coil Use

There are many different ways a hard-of-hearing person can use a telephone with their hearing aids. The three most common are: (1) Holding the telephone near the microphone on the hearing aid. (2) Using a telecoil (T-coil), holding the hearing aid against the phone, and (3) Connecting the hearing aid to the telephone by means…

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“Streamers,” Bluetooth, and Pacemaker Compatibility

This week’s post is a followup on an earlier blog post in September concerning “streamers” and Bluetooth connectivity. Siemens has released its EasyTek, and at a recent training session in New Jersey audiologists were told that the device was compatible with pacemakers. However, when looking for written backup on the Internet I found a Norwegian handbook  that advised people to check with…

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Harnessing the Power of Hollywood – Part 2

The Movie Theater business is exactly that….a business.  We go to be entertained but to the owner and employees, it’s a job: a business, a livelihood,  it’s how they pay their bills.  Theater owners face the same challenges that private-practice hearing care providers face, or any business, for that matter. They need to manage the…

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All in the Family

Like all of us, the question of “What do you do?” comes up regularly.  When I say, “I’m an audiologist,”  I often get blank looks.  As all audiologists know, there usually needs to be a tag line.  My tag line generally goes something like this, “I take care of people with hearing loss.”  It’s getting better…I…

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