COPENHAGEN, DENMARK — The Hearing Instrument Manufacturers’ Software Association (HIMSA), maker of the popular hearing aid programming interface Noah, has announced the upcoming launch of what they are dubbing as the “new wireless programming standard” for programming Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) enabled hearing aids.
The new NoahlinkTM Wireless programming device was created with guidance and cooperation of major hearing aid manufacturers, including: ReSound, Phonak, Oticon, Sivantos, Widex and Starkey.
The new device will provide a completely wireless programming interface between the hearing professional’s computer and BLE enabled hearing aids.
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The new wireless programmer will be able to adjust BLE enabled hearing aids, so unfortunately that means that audiologists and other hearing professionals will need to hang on to their current NOAHlink and HI-PRO devices a little bit longer — at least until BLE technology becomes further adopted into the industry.
Currently, dispensing professionals often utilize multiple wireless hearing aid programming devices, with mixed success.
While it may not yet be able to program all wireless hearing aids available in the market today, the fact that hearing aid manufacturers have come together to create a standardized wireless programming interface is likely to be embraced with open arms by the professional community–many of whom have been dreaming of a standardized interface since hearing aid manufacturers began introducing wireless programming several years ago.
According to HIMSA, the new Noahlink Wireless devices will be available from distributors this fall.