74 episodes

Frequent updates on the developing worlds of hearables, hearing aids, consumer audio and voice technology.

Guests of the show include experts with backgrounds in audiology, consumer technology, audio, voice tech, biometric monitoring, and more.

The goal of Future Ear Radio is to connect the trends converging around our ears. (FuturEar)

Future Ear Radio Dave Kemp

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Frequent updates on the developing worlds of hearables, hearing aids, consumer audio and voice technology.

Guests of the show include experts with backgrounds in audiology, consumer technology, audio, voice tech, biometric monitoring, and more.

The goal of Future Ear Radio is to connect the trends converging around our ears. (FuturEar)

    074 - Geoff Cooling & Kim Cavitt, AuD - How Hearing Professionals Can Thrive in an Expanding Market

    074 - Geoff Cooling & Kim Cavitt, AuD - How Hearing Professionals Can Thrive in an Expanding Market

    Guests: Dr. Kim Cavitt, Owner of Audiology Resources; Geoff Cooling, Co-Founder and Editor of Hearing Aid Know

    Topic: How Hearing Professionals Can Thrive in an Expanding Hearing Health Market

    Kim and Geoff join Dave on the podcast this week to continue the discussions had on the podcast recently about the accelerating pace of change occurring in the hearing health market. The three discuss all the recent announcements (Bose's hearing aid, Jabra's hearing aid, Sonova + Sennheiser, Jacoti + Qualcomm, & Apple's "Conversation Boost") and discuss how hearing professionals can insert themselves properly into the burgeoning mild-moderate side of the market. 

    As Kim describes, the key might ultimately revolve around the idea of serving as a "navigator" on the patients' hearing aid journey, which might ultimately not include device sales, but rather compensation through services. Therefore, the three discuss how professionals will need to alter their revenue models and service delivery models in order to participate in this portion of the market.


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    • 56 min
    073 - Carolina Milanesi - Google + Samsung + Fitbit = A True Apple Watch Competitor?

    073 - Carolina Milanesi - Google + Samsung + Fitbit = A True Apple Watch Competitor?

    Guest: Carolina Milanesi - President & Principal Analyst at Creative Strategies; Founder of Heart of Tech

    Topic: Google + Samsung + Fitbit = A True Apple Watch Competitor?

    Carolina joins Dave this week on the podcast to discuss the news coming out of Google's I/O developer conference that Samsung and Google will be merging their smartwatch platforms (Samsung's Tizen and Google's Wear OS) into a unified smartwatch platform, Wear. As the two discuss, when you factor in Google's acquisition of Fitbit in January of 2021, what we're really seeing now is essentially Google, Samsung and Fitbit banding together and pooling their resources to combat Apple's dominance of the smartwatch sector.

    Google provides it's operating system, first party applications (i.e. Maps & YouTube Music), and Google Assistant, while Samsung provides its core competence - excellent hardware manufacturing and device proliferation, and Fitbit brings the unique use cases built around Fitness and health.

    As Carolina describes, this trio of companies unified together in a cohesive offering might finally offer a truly compelling Android smartwatch option that has the potential to scale and compete head-to-head with the Apple Watch. As the two discuss, the Android ecosystem desperately needs adequate peripheral devices to complement the android handsets, as Apple's ecosystem continues to deepen its moat and switching costs via its wearables and services.

    Finally, the two talk through the broader implications of these moves, especially as it relates to the future of all wearable devices, including hearables and AR glasses, and the unique preventative health use cases that wearables continue to migrate toward.

    Transcript: here


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    • 49 min
    072 - Abram Bailey, AuD & Steve Taddei, AuD - The Hearing Health Market Heats Up: Sonova + Sennheiser & Bose Hearing Aids

    072 - Abram Bailey, AuD & Steve Taddei, AuD - The Hearing Health Market Heats Up: Sonova + Sennheiser & Bose Hearing Aids

    Guests: Abram Bailey, AuD - CEO of Hearing Tracker; Steve Taddei, AuD - Professor at Rock Valley College, Audiologist at Center for Sight & Hearing, and Host of the Hearing Tracker Podcast

    Topic: The Hearing Health Market Heats Up: Sonova + Sennheiser & Bose Hearing Aids

    Abram and Steve make their debut on the podcast to help break down the recent news of Sonova buying Sennheiser's consumer audio division and Bose introducing its self-fit hearing aids to the market. The three talk through the big picture of what's currently underway in the hearing health industry, what to expect in the short-term, and how hearing professionals can insert themselves into the burgeoning world of mild-moderate solutions in a meaningful and practical way. 

    In addition, Abram and Steve share the backstory of The Hearing Tracker Podcast and why they decided to pivot the show to a more, NPR-style themed format, and talk about the growing ecosystem of creators in this industry. 


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    071 - Natalie Nelson, AuD & Ashley Hughes, AuD - Navigating Student Loans & Negotiating Effectively: A Guide for Young Hearing Pros

    071 - Natalie Nelson, AuD & Ashley Hughes, AuD - Navigating Student Loans & Negotiating Effectively: A Guide for Young Hearing Pros

    Guests: Natalie Nelson, AuD - Clinical Trainer at Phonak; Ashley Hughes, AuD - Audiologist at Interacoustics 

    Topic: Navigating Student Loans & Negotiating Effectively: A Guide for Young Hearing Pros

    Natalie and Ashley join Dave on the podcast to share their hard-earned wisdom around navigating student debt and utilizing collaborative negotiation in the work-world. For students and young hearing professionals entering into the first or second industry job, these two help to illustrate real tactics one can use to efficiently pay down student debt. Many of the tactics mentioned through the convo revolve around learning how to properly negotiate at the onset of one's career. 

    As the three discuss, the idea of collaborative negotiation is that you're working to find a win-win between you and your employer. Therefore, it's important that in order to justify asking for additional benefits or higher salary, but also provide meaningful ways to compensate for your ask. Natalie and Ashley share a wide variety of options that one might offer (such as social media management or handling walk-ins), as well as ways to practice the one's negotiating skills in everyday life so that it may come a bit more naturally in time. 


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    070 - Collin Borns - Speechly: Enabling Voice User Interfaces Everywhere

    070 - Collin Borns - Speechly: Enabling Voice User Interfaces Everywhere

    Guest: Collin Borns, Head of Business Development (US) at Speechly

    Topic: Speechly: Enabling Voice User Interfaces Everywhere

    This week on the podcast, Dave is joined by his old friend Collin Borns to discuss his new venture as Head of Business Development at Speechly. The two chat about the unique capabilities of Speechly, honing in on its ability to process natural language and speech recognition simultaneously, which can dramatically enhance mobile and web experiences, such as eCommerce shopping. The two talk about the current state of voice tech and how mass-enabling sophisticated voice user interfaces as a layer on websites and mobile apps might help to further accelerate the overall adoption of voice assistants.

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    069 - Kat Penno & Andy Bellavia - The Hearing Collective & Pushing the Boundaries of Hearing Health

    069 - Kat Penno & Andy Bellavia - The Hearing Collective & Pushing the Boundaries of Hearing Health

    Guests: Kat Penno - Audiologist & Founder of the Hearing Collective; Andy Bellavia, Director of Market Development at Knowles Corp

    Topic: The Hearing Collective & Pushing the Boundaries of Hearing Health

    Kat and Andy return to the podcast this week to continue their discussion from 6 months ago during episode 48. This time, the three discuss Blamey & Saunders, an Australian based company that pioneered a variety of remote services and online offerings, which segues into Kat sharing more about her business, The Hearing Collective, which was largely inspired by Blamey & Saunders. 

    Much of the conversation revolves around the notion of constantly pushing the boundaries in hearing health and honing in on various ways to do so. The group speaks about utilizing new software and providing patients with the latest and greatest ancillary solutions to enhance the overall value proposition and increase the patient's satisfaction.




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Phenomenal Podcast -5 stars out of 5

Dave produces a top-notch podcast, hosts incredible guests, and provides great interviews through deliberate, intentional questions.

The Future Ear Radio podcast helps stay informed of latest trends arround innovative hearing tech as well as anticipate the future innovations occuring in the broader wearable, IoT, and health tech fields.

Keep up the great work Dave!

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If you’re serious about the hearing industry, this is the go-to show… I have been following Dave Kemp for years, and he’s a true thought leader. His guests and interviews are always high caliber. I am a subscriber!

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