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 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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Successful Hearing Aid Use, part 9: What if your hearing is very poor?

Most hard-of-hearing people derive substantial benefit from wearing hearing aids. Unfortunately, there are a few hard-of-hearing people who have such severe hearing loss that they cannot use hearing aids successfully. This article is written for these folks. However, before deciding that your hearing is so “bad” that hearing aids can’t help you, be sure you…

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