About Hearing Tracker
The team behind HearingTracker.com
21 October 2019
HearingTracker.com was launched in 2013 as the world’s first truly-independent shopping resource for hearing aid consumers. Prior to HearingTracker.com, there was no online resource that allowed consumers to provide written feedback and ratings on specific hearing aid models. Information was very limited, and at the time, consumers had almost no way to do their own product research. Often the only resources available were the marketing materials produced by the hearing aid companies themselves.
Meet the team at HearingTracker.com
We are a small passionate team who live and breathe all things hearing healthcare. Collectively, we bring a unique balance in our professional and consumer backgrounds; Abram is a Doctor of Audiology, Chris is a Hearing Instrument Specialist, and Dave is a bilateral cochlear implant wearer.
Abram Bailey, AuD
Doctor of Audiology
Dr. Bailey is a leading expert on consumer technology in the audiology industry. He is a staunch advocate for patient-centered hearing care and audiological best practices, and welcomes any technological innovation that improves access to quality hearing outcomes. Dr. Bailey holds an Au.D. from Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
David Copithorne is a longtime hearing-loss blogger and Content Director at Hearing Tracker. In 2002, he suffered a sudden and severe hearing impairment. Since then, he has dedicated himself to sharing the valuable information he has learned along his journey.
Chief Marketing Officer
Chris oversees digital marketing and organic search strategy for Hearing Tracker. He has a proven track record for improving search engine traffic, and has the technical and management experience necessary to handle Hearing Tracker’s ever-growing hearing healthcare professional and hearing aid device databases.
Chief Technology Officer
Brian has over 25 years of experience in software development. Brian was the co-designer and architect of the Insight™ application at Blue Sky Technologies. Brian was also a key member of the team that launched Blockbuster’s DVD delivery business and was the lead architect for the Blockbuster Online web site.
Market and Business Insight
Martin is the core project manager for all consumer and professional research initiatives at Hearing Tracker. He previously worked at Sonova as the Director of Market Insight.
How we support the platform
Over the past few years, HearingTracker.com has welcomed millions of people—from all over the globe—to provide their input and participate in our online community. We have learned so much from all of you, and are working hard to ensure that this resource will remain available for years to come.
We are 100% independently-owned and operated, and engage in the following activities to financially support the resource:
We sell Duracell, Rayovac, and PowerOne hearing aid batteries at deeply-discounted prices in our online hearing aid battery shop. Our prices include shipping and taxes within the United States. Batteries are guaranteed fresh.
When you purchase hearing aids from the HearingTracker.com battery shop, you are helping to support our unique independent resource. And, a big thank you to our thousands of customers so far!
We accept money from hearing aid companies to increase the visibility of their products. On a desktop computer, you will see a list of “Featured Products” on the sidebar of this webpage. On a mobile device, you will see the same list below the content of this article.
We accept money from hearing clinics to increase the visibility of their businesses. On a desktop computer, you may see a list of “Featured Practices” on the sidebar of this webpage. On a mobile device, you may see the same list below the content of this article. Featured practices are only listed if nearby hearing healthcare clinics are found in our database.
In addition to being featured on the sidebar, and on our clinic finder map, clinics that support Hearing Tracker receive a dedicated web page for their business.
On a desktop computer, you will see banner ad on the top of this webpage, and another ad on sidebar (below the featured products and any nearby featured listings). On a mobile device, you will see a small banner on the top of the page, and another near the bottom. Our display ads are manually-placed by the Hearing Tracker team.
Subscribers to HearingTracker.com’s newsletter will occasionally receive advertisements that are sponsored by hearing aid companies or other third parties.
We cover a variety of topics in our News section. From hearing technology and product news to hearing loss lifestyle pieces, we try to publish the stories that matter the most to our readers. Occasionally (about once a month) we will also publish a sponsored article from one of our supporters. We always mark sponsored articles, so you’ll know whether the story is strictly editorial or influenced by an advertiser.
We are clear with our corporate supporters when it comes to editorial content. The editorial team at Hearing Tracker has complete independence from our advertisers, and we tell consumers about the pros and cons of every product, regardless of whether or not we have an advertising relationship with any manufacturer.
HearingTracker.com advertises local hearing aid discounts throughout the United States and United Kingdom. Hearing aid discounts are created by our advertising partners, which are predominantly small independent hearing healthcare clinics. As this service has been highly sought after by hearing aid consumers, we also work with a number of regional and national partners to ensure the availability of high-quality hearing aid discounts nationwide. Whenever possible, we prioritize displaying discounts from local independent hearing healthcare clinics.
Subscribers to HearingTracker.com’s newsletter will occasionally receive occasional requests to participate in paid (or unpaid) research opportunities. Research opportunities may be funded by HearingTracker.com or by third-party companies or institutions. When we send an invite to participate in research, we will include details on whether or not the research is being conducted by HearingTracker.com, or a third-party organization.
Why Dr. Cliff, AuD Loves HearingTracker.com
In the unsolicited video below, beloved YouTube personality Dr. Cliff, AuD describes his top 5 reasons for loving HearingTracker.com.
Closed captions are available on this video. If you are using a mobile phone, please enable captions by clicking on the three small dots.
Here’s a brief transcript of the video, for those who don’t have 5 minutes to spare. The video provides a quick overview of some of our most popular services:
#1. The Provider Directory - Not only can you locate hearing aid clinics in your area, you can do that on Google. The biggest thing is that you can filter the results based on different search criteria such as Brand of hearing aid, Diagnostic Testing services offered, and most importantly by who offers Real Ear Measurement.
#2. Expert Answers - from Hearing Healthcare Providers - This feature allows you to ask questions to a community of Hearing Care Professionals. You often receive several answers within a few hours to give you multiple perspectives on your treatment options.
#3. The News Articles - Hearing Tracker stays on top of industry news to keep you up to speed on the world of hearing treatment. These well written articles give you an inside look at what’s going on with hearing aids and hearing loss research.
#4. The Hearing Aid Forum - The Forum lets you post questions or comments to a large group of Hearing Tracker Consumer members. If you want the opinion of other consumers with hearing loss, this is the place for you. You can read threads without being a member, but if you want to contribute, you will need a FREE Hearing Tracker account.
#5. The Hearing Aid Directory - This directory gives you a list of nearly all the hearing aids that you would be available to treat your hearing loss. This can be overwhelming, but by using the filter, you can limit your results do devices that have the features that you want.