Trusted Reviews, November 18, 2022
Discussed the iScience study comparing AirPods Pro to hearing aids, noting AirPods' potential benefit in noisy situations for those with milder or no measurable hearing loss. Shared steps people should take before purchasing any consumer or OTC device for their hearing features.
Loudspeaker Industry Sourcebook, June 2022
The year of 2022 will see proliferation of audio devices that take into account consumers' unique hearing response, and with good reason. For decades, audio companies have played the specsmanship game with increasing precision while ignoring the biggest variable - their customers' hearing ability. This article shares how hearing changes with age, and how hearing personalization helps to deliver the best possible listening experience to a broader population.
Forbes, March 4, 2022
Mark Sparrow picked up my LinkedIn piece of the previous day, saying "The hearing aid market is in something of a state of flux as new legislation on the horizon will enable people to buy devices over the counter that can help them hear more clearly if they experience mild to moderate hearing loss. Here, hearables industry insider, Andrew Bellavia, from Knowles Corp., warns that the legislation for OTC (Over the Counter) hearing devices could soon be out of date."
LinkedIn by the author, March 3, 2022
Original article which resulted in a podcast as well as a Forbes piece by Mark Sparrow.
We have already moved beyond the devices envisioned when OTC was first proposed. The coming ability to load hearing software from a third party into unregulated consumer devices after purchase threatens to render the OTC regulations obsolete even as they are finalized.