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Professional Hearing Organizations Release Consensus Recommendations for OTC Hearing Aid Classification

WASHINGTON, DC — It was announced today that all four of the major US professional hearing healthcare organizations have released a consensus paper for the new over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aid classification , “Regulatory Recommendations for OTC Hearing Aids: Safety and Effectiveness.” The consensus paper, which outlines five evidence-based recommendations related to the safety and effectiveness,…

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Esteem Middle Ear Implant Receives FDA Approval of MR-Conditional Labeling

WHITE BEAR LAKE, MINNESOTA — Envoy Medical announced that the it has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for magnetic resonance (MR)-conditional labeling for the company’s Esteem Hearing Implant. The company says the designation makes their device the first and only active middle ear implant device to receive approval for MR-conditional labeling in…

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Frequency Therapeutics Launches US Clinical Trials of Hearing Loss Drug; Akouos Raises $50M for Gene Therapy R&D

Biotech startup, Frequency Therapeutics, announced today that the first patients have been treated in a Phase 1/2 clinical trial to evaluate the company’s investigative compound FX-322, the company’s lead Progenitor Cell Activation (PCA) candidate for hearing restoration. The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial will assess the safety of FX-322 given by intratympanic administration in adult patients…

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William Demant Announces Partnership with Philips

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – The parent company of the Oticon, Sonic, and Bernafon brand of hearing aids, William Demant, announced this week that it has entered into a licensing agreement with Philips. The agreement will “bring Philips-branded solutions to hearing healthcare”. According to the press release, the new partnership will leverage William Demant’s leading role in…

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Silicon Valley Engineers Making OTC Hearables Next Big Thing

Over the past three years, Hearing News Watch has published several articles on the rise of so-called hearable devices. Combining features of a conventional hearing aid with those of consumer audio products, it seems the hearable category is about to take a big step forward. Fast Company magazine recently reported that Apple, Google and Amazon…

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In Deal Worth Over $600 Million, Amplifon Acquires GAES Group Retail Network; Company Stock Jumps on News

MILAN, ITALY — In a transaction worth €528 million Euros (approximately $617 million USD), Amplifon SpA has reportedly entered into an agreement to acquire the last large, privately-held, hearing aid retail network, GAES Group. Founded in 1949, GAES owns a network of 600 points of sale, with approximately 500 of those located within Spain and the remaining found…

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HLAA Members Surveyed About Hearing Aid Prices: An Interview with Abram Bailey, AuD, Founder of Hearing Tracker

On June 20, Hearing Tracker published a thought-provoking survey. The focus of the survey was hearing aid prices. Abram Bailey, AuD, founder of Hearing Tracker and one of the creators of this survey, agreed to an interview with HHTM. Readers can view the survey here.    BT: Hello, Abram. Thanks for your time today. You…

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New PBS Video Sheds Light on Meniere’s Disease

ELMHURST, ILLINOIS — The American Hearing Research Foundation (AHRF) announced that it has partnered with PBS to sponsor a 5-minute video, “Spotlight on Hearing and Balance”. The purpose of the video is to educate the public on Meniere’s disease. Meniere’s disease affects an estimated 615,000 people in the US, and approximately 5 million worldwide. The…

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Starkey to Relocate R&D from California to Israel; Offers Glimpse of New Livio AI Hearing Aid

EDEN PRAIRIE, MINNESOTA — Starkey Hearing Technologies recently announced that it was expanding its global research and development (R&D) by establishing an advanced development center in Tel Aviv, Israel, and that it would be closing the company’s research center located in Berkeley, California. Amit Shahar, hired by the company to be the new VP of…

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