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

Editor’s Note: Today’s post continues a discussion on the evolution of hearing aid technology by Abigail Farmer and Bruno Sarda.  The First Electric Hearing Aids   Electrified hearing devices appeared around 1900, following the inventions some twenty years earlier of carbon microphones by Thomas Edison and the telephone by Alexander Graham Bell. Electrical hearing aids…

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

Editor’s Note: Today’s post continues a discussion on the evolution of hearing aid technology by Abigail Farmer and Bruno Sarda.    Going Beyond Human Abilities   The second thread in the pursuit of human enhancement does not focus on meeting existing societal expectations of what “normal” function is, but rather on exceeding the norm, and…

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

Editor’s Note:  Hearing Health and Technology Matters is pleased to bring our readers a series of posts utilizing a multidimensional approach to How Hearing Aid Technology Has Evolved in Society, and Why. This is a unique perspective from that traditionally presented, coming from individuals having no previous contact with the hearing aid industry, audiology, or having…

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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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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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