Evaluating the Performance of a Hearing Aid in the Real-Ear

Years ago, the usual audiometry session consisted of pure-tone threshold testing across frequency (the audiogram) and, for a “comprehensive” examination, it included a test of word intelligibility under quiet conditions. Compared to that period, we now have a plethora of tests to evaluate a person’s auditory status. Diagnostic hearing tests can identify abnormalities anywhere in […]

Hearing Aid Companies

A & M Hearing Ltd. http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepage/amhearing ACTIVE ELECTRONICS, Inc http://www.activeelectronics.com AIM Instrumentation Northwest Inc http://www.home.xl.ca/aim AMERICANEAR http://www.americanear.com AUDIO CONTROLE (Canadian) http://www.audiocontrole.com AVR Communications Ltd http://www.avrsono.com Bell Hearing Instruments http://www.bellhearing.com BELTONE http://www.beltone.com/ BERNAFON-MICO http://www.bernafon-maico.com CLARITY HEARING INSTRUMENTS http://www.midcoast.com/~clarity DANAVOX http://www.danavox.com DECIBEL Instruments, Inc http://www.decibel.com General Hearing Instruments, Inc http://www.generalhearing.com HEARING INNOVATIONS http://www.hearinginnovations.com/ LORI MEDICAL LABORTORIES http://www.lorimedical.com/ MAGNATONE Quality Hearing Instruments http://www.usa.com/maganatone MARCON http://members.aol.com/marconhear MICRO-TECH http://www.hearing-aid.com MIRACLE-EAR http://www.miracle-ear.com OTICON http://www.oticonus.com PHILIPS http://www.nl.hearing.philips.com PHONAK http://www.phonak-us.com/ Phonic Ear Inc http://www.phonicear.com RESOUND http://www.resound.com REXTON http://www.rexton.com […]


CURRICULUM VITAE: LINDA KOZMA-SPYTEK EDUCATION B.S., 1981, Speech and Hearing Science-Education of the Deaf, Washington University, Central Institute for the Deaf, St. Louis, MO M.A., 1989, Communication Sciences, Washington University, Central Institute for the Deaf, St. Louis, MO Graduate Studies in Audiology, 2000-2005, The Graduate School and University Center of The City University of New […]

Why do Hearing Aids Cost So Much?

It’s undeniable that the price of hearing aids is often a source of contention between consumers and their hearing aid providers. Nobody likes to be told that they’re going to have to lay out six or more thousand dollars for anything. But there are also some points that I think we can all agree on. […]

Developments in Tinnitus

The topic of tinnitus often arose during my days as a teacher and clinical audiologist. For the most part, my responses simply regurgitated the conventional wisdom of the time, i.e., that tinnitus was a common problem, of unknown and varied origin, and that there were no sure-fire cures for the condition. Basically, I sloughed the […]


When the topic of assistive listening devices arises, the lowly telecoil hardly enters into the discussion. Yet the ordinary telecoil (the “T”coil) is perhaps the most common and most underestimated assistive listening device available for hearing-impaired individuals today. They are inexpensive, simple to operate (if one knows how), and can be incorporated in body worn, […]

Personal and Social Identity of Hard of Hearing People

In considering the personal and social identity of hard of hearing people, in the very fact that such an issue is framed for discussion, we clearly mean to contrast our situation to that of people who are physiologically deaf, or who consider themselves socially and culturally Deaf in spite of the existence of significant amounts […]

Over-the-Counter (OTC) Hearing Aids

Judging from the most recent edition of Audiology Today (May/June 2004), the issue of OTC hearing aids is still roiling the hearing aid industry, particularly the dispensing community. Its present incarnation began with a feature article in the March 24, 2004 issue of the Wall Street Journal. The article implicates the high cost of hearing […]