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Blog: Gleanings from Bose Leaders about the Bose Hearing Aid

In a conversation with Bose Hearing leaders this week, it became clear that Bose would be borrowing some aspects of their Hearphone technology but not using it as the Bose Hearing Aid. The company views the de novo application as being primarily focused on direct-to-consumer (DTC) distribution, although they do have an interest in the professional channel, and the product is still some ways from becoming available to consumers.

Service-Delivery Considerations of Direct-to-Consumer Devices in the New Age of Rehabilitative Hearing Healthcare

While hearing care professionals might perceive OTC/DTC as a threat or detrimental to their professional autonomy and livelihood, authors Rupa Balachandran and Amyn Amlani show how there are opportunities to meet the demand of listeners with impaired hearing through the provision of revenue-generating professional services. These service opportunities allow for the preservation of the independent practice channel for those practitioners who understand and recognize the economics of the transformed, and continually evolving, US hearing healthcare environment.

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Closing the Open Fitting: An Effective Method to Optimize Speech Understanding

Choosing a closed hearing aid coupling system can positively effect speech understanding in background noise—although, for some patients, at the sacrifice of own-voice sound quality. However, new systems like Signia Own Voice Processing (OVP) are making it possible to “get the best of both worlds.” The mean SNR additional benefit for a closed fitting in this study was 3 dB, and as much as 5 dB for some participants. With as much as 17% improvement in speech understanding for each 1 dB of SNR improvement, this can represent a magnitude sufficient to be able to change a patient’s socialization activities.

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Evaluating Select Personal Sound Amplifiers and a Consumer-Decision Model for OTC Amplification

OTC hearing devices are coming, but how should they function and for whom should they be recommended? Drs Ron Leavitt, Ruth Bentler, and Carol Flexer present six case studies showing that people with true moderate hearing loss may not be well served by what has been characterized as a “consumer-decides” model of care.

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New Self-fitting Hearing Aid Class and Special Controls Described by FDA Letter

The FDA has concluded that the Bose Hearing Aid should be classified as a Class II device under the generic name “self-fitting air-conduction hearing aid,” according to an October 5 letter from the Agency. Accordingly, Bose is free to market the device immediately subject to general provisions and special controls required by FDA. Subsequent applications for a self-fitting hearing aid will need to undergo premarket notification requirements, according to the Agency.

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