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Neuroaudiology: An Interview with Frank Musiek

Frank Musiek, PhD, is a renowned audiology researcher, professor, and clinician. His research has contributed to our fundamental understanding of the anatomy, physiology, and neurophysiology of the human auditory system, as well as tests of the auditory brainstem and central auditory pathway, at least three of which are mainstays in today’s clinical test battery.

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A March Sales Surge? An Analysis of Seasonal Fluctuations in Hearing Aid Sales

The past year has been anything but typical. However, if long-term hearing aid sales trends are predictive of future dispensing volume, then the statistics suggest we should—right now in March—be arriving at one of the best times of the year for business. And that means trying to make the most of this period while preparing for the better days to come.

US Hearing Aid Sales Rebound Strongly in Third Quarter 2020

It may not be a miraculous market recovery for the hearing healthcare field, but it’s still very good. Total US hearing aid net unit sales—while still down by -6.2% in the third quarter —made what can be considered a very strong rebound from the -58.6% thumping experienced from April-June (Q2) due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, statistics generated by HIA show that private/commercial sector hearing aid sales actually increased by 0.5% compared to Q3 of last year.

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Outrage or Contrition? How to React to the USPSTF’s Apathy on Hearing Screening by Physicians

As it did 8 years ago, USPSTF has come to the same conclusion that there is not enough evidence to recommend physicians screen for hearing loss in adults age 50 and older without signs or symptoms of hearing loss. How should we react to this? An opinion is offered from Karl Strom, Douglas Beck, David Fabry, Thomas Powers, and Kate Carr.

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Blog: Sound Quality as a Tipping Point for the Younger, Milder Hearing Loss Market

Exceptional sound quality—above all the other “bells and whistles” that the latest generation of hearing aids provide (eg, connectivity, remote fine-tuning, hands-free phone calls, motion-sensors and tap controls, virtual assistants, etc)—may turn out to be THE final hurdle for convincing younger people with milder hearing losses to purchase a hearing aid.

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Coronavirus: The Uber-Disrupter

As this edition of “Hearing Review” was heading to press, the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2 or “COVID-19”) seized the public’s attention and caused widespread anxiety, cancellation of most events including the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) convention, Wall Street to crater, travel restrictions, and grocery stores to run short on (of all things, but perhaps somewhat illustrative of panic) toilet paper.

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