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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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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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Hearing Education Training

Editor’s Note: Today’s post comes to us from HHTM’s own Editor-In-Chief, Wayne Staab, PhD, discussing an innovative new global eLearning program for the hearing industry. eLearning Program for Hearing Education Training   Hearing education training has come a long way, but not necessarily for those wishing to engage at an entry level.  Degreed programs have been…

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Let There Be MORE Light

  I have headlamps, fiber-optic otoscopes, and light bars in all my treatment rooms. You would think that would be enough light–but it’s not. There are times, say, when I’m at the front desk changing an internal filter on a RIC or doing some other task that requires extra-high visibility. That means I need more…

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