Hearing Aid Obituary

Note: This Obituary is written somewhat with tongue in cheek, but history tells us to beware of what we do not know or expect. This is the first of a series of posts on “the Hearing Aid Obituary.” The series is a theoretical treatise attempting to project amplification (actually listening) directions moving forward. Obituary Some…

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Receiver, Speaker, Output Transducer, or Driver?

Which is it? Take your pick? This is a question that has been asked of me many times over the years. Is the component that converts the hearing aid amplified signal back to an acoustic signal properly called a receiver, speaker, loudspeaker, output transducer, driver, or even other names (Figure 1)? Or, can each of…

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