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Improving Patient Engagement with Hearables and PSAPs

With the FDA expected to publish initial guidelines for Over-the-Counter hearing aids as early as this fall, the time is now for audiologists to formulate their product and service strategies for responding to deregulation. My recommendation–as an expert in business strategy and patient engagement, a hearing health advocate, and a person with hearing loss—is that…

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Navigating the Road Ahead, Part 4: What about “Hearing Triage”?

by Errol Davis Pattern recognition can be used to interpret pure tone test results as an essential aspect of a “smart” hearing health system that can sort basic hearing patterns into traditional audiological groups of routine or complex problems. Our software stemmed from many years of experience in audiology and medical clinics which included working…

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Helping People Recapture Conversations: Lessons from Berth Danermark

by Brian Taylor “Signal & Noise” is a bimonthly column by Brian Taylor, AuD.   About a year ago, I had the privilege of co-authoring a book with Vinaya Manchaiah of Lamar University. We never expected the book, titled The Role of Communication Partners in the Audiological Rehabilitation, to be a big seller (I can…

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The Emerging Effectiveness of Self-Fitting Hearing Aids, Part 2

Self-Fitting Hearing Aids: Are They Effective?   Fortunately, audiologists at the National Acoustic Laboratories (NAL) have been on the forefront of  self-fitting hearing aid (SFHA) research. Since 2001, they have published a series of important papers examining the efficacy of SFHAs, many of which have been published at the open access journal, Trends in Hearing.…

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The Emerging Effectiveness of Self-Fitting Hearing Aids: Is the IKEA-ization of Hearing Aids Good for Patients and Clinicians?

Although the FDA has yet to officially codify the Over-the-Counter (OTC) Hearing Aid Act, signed into law in August 2017, one subcategory of amplification device, self-fitting hearing aids (SFHA), has been sold online by a couple of companies for some time. According to published reports, for an amplification device to be classified as a self-fitting…

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Words Matter: Does Vapid Chatter About Hearing Aids Cause Patient Harm?

by Brian Taylor “Signal & Noise” is a bimonthly column by Brian Taylor, AuD.   Last fall, JAMA published a thought-provoking commentary on the unnecessary harm caused by the words used by physicians.  Known as iatrogenesis, the inadvertent occurrence of a disease or illness caused by a physician or by medical treatment or diagnostic procedure…

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