and could the reason this never has happened is because Hearing Aid Manufactures are scared of what “independent results” might show? Or more likely worried they might lose control of their advertised propaganda machines?
But seriously why not line up 25 people with a low level hearing loss (in a blind study) and have each person rank each hearing aid they test. OK - 25 candidates to small, I’ll find you a 100 people to test aids. Then line up another 25 to to 100 people with a mid-level hearing loss and have them rank hearing aids tested. Lastly line up 25 to 100 people in the severe/profound ground and have them test and rank all power aids. Now to test so many different aids (only in office setting) could take several days for each group. And testing results would only be in one setting and it would be a quiet one. No outdoor testing, no restaurant background noise testing, no stream testing, etc. but (and it’s a big BUT) its still a fair test across the board controlled by some independent hearing agency or audiologist group.
Just think of all the non-partial information that could gathered from such an “independent hearing aid study” and how that might help others with a hearing loss determine what hearing aid they might want to try and buy. Yea - I know just limiting a hearing aid test indoors (controlled environment) is not ideal but most hearing aid users are looking for better word/speech recognition versus other hearing requirements.
Yea, I doubt my suggested “blind hearing aid” study will ever see the light of day, but is that because the “hearing impaired” have no interest in such a study or more likely the hearing aid manufactures have no intent of trying to find out how their aids stack up against the competition? We can spend millions of dollars testing one new manufactured car against another, yet spend ZERO dollars testing one hearing aid against another. Doesn’t make a sense to me.