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Tribute: Robyn M. Cox, PhD, Audiology Researcher and Co-developer of the APHAB

Dr Cox was known as one of the most brilliant hearing aid researchers of her generation, revolutionizing fitting approaches by creating many of the outcome measures used in assessing hearing aid effectiveness and patient benefit, including coauthoring the widely used Abbreviated Profile of Hearing Aid Benefit (APHAB).

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Tribute: Harold Spar, Hal-Hen and Widex US Co-Founder

Harold “Hal” Spar passed away on Monday, just 3 weeks short of his 96th birthday. Spar, along with his lifelong friend and business partner, Henry Meltsner, founded Hal-Hen in 1946, and then 10 years later established Widex USA in 1956. Beyond the founding these two successful companies, the two men were also instrumental in the independent dispensing movement (ie, the break from single-line dispensing outlets) that swept the United States starting in the late 1950s.

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