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HIMSA to Release New “Industry Standard” Wireless Hearing Aid Programmer: Noahlink Wireless

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…

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Hearing Aid Industry Update: GN Loses Costco Contract; Demant Implements Cost-Cutting

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK — Major hearing aid manufacturer GN Hearing (GN ReSound), announced this past week in its Q2 Interim Report, to the surprise of many industry insiders, that it has lost its contract with Costco as the supplier of its Kirkland Signature-branded hearing aids. The company, which has managed to continue increasing its market share across…

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An Update on Recent Hearing Device Activity

The U.S. private hearing aid market experienced a marked increase in June, as total hearing aid unit sales grew 13% compared to June, 2015. During that same period of time, the Veteran’s Administration system, which comprises about 20% of the total U.S. market saw their year-over-year unit sales decline 3%. This according to data published…

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GN Resound Announces $151 Million Agreement for Audigy

VANCOUVER, WASHINGTON — Multiple sources report today that GN ReSound has signed a long-term supply agreement with Audigy Group, which includes a contingent agreement to acquire the company. According to Global Newswire, the supply agreement goes into effect as of today. The agreement to acquire Audigy is contingent on approval from the US government anti-trust…

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Oticon Announces Upcoming Product to Include 2.4 GHz Connectivity, Signaling Industry Shift

KONGBAKKEN, DENMARK — Less than six months following Sonova’s announcement that its next generation of hearing instruments would include 2.4 GHz connectivity in late 2016 or early 2017, William Demant Holdings announced last week that Oticon’s soon-to-be-released hearing device will include 2.4 GHz connectivity. The company’s new 2.4GHz capable hearing aid is expected to be released at…

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European Retail Chain Hoping to Fetch €500 Million

ROTTERDAM — AudioNova, one of the largest hearing aid retailers in Europe, is on the auction block, according to recent reports. AudioNova, owned by the investment company HAL Trust, has more than 1300 hearing aid retail stores across 12 countries in Europe, including Germany and France. Amplifon, William Demant, Sonova and Sivantos are reported to be…

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A Report from the 2016 Consumer Electronic Show

Editor’s Note: As healthcare technology and consumer electronics devices continue to morph into new and exciting product categories, hearing care professionals are taking a more active role in their application. One of the most well-respected audiologists in the profession, Barry Freeman, attended last week’s CES in Las Vegas and submitted this eye-opening report for the…

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UPDATE: GN ReSound Wins Default Judgement Against Oticon in German Court

UPDATE:  “On January 7, the Oticon vs GN Resound patent war came to an end with scarcely a shot fired.  Settling a “slew of patent disputes” was good news for Big 6 bottom line solidarity and uninterrupted technological innovation.” —Holly Hosford-Dunn, January 12th, 2016, US Hearing Devic Patent Activity for November-December 2015.    DUSSELDORF, GERMANY — a default judgement…

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Sonova Says Next Generation of Instruments to Use Standard 2.4GHz Connectivity

STAEFA, SWITZERLAND — Major hearing instrument manufacturer Sonova, during its 2015 Investor and Analyst Day at its international headquarters in Switzerland, has confirmed that it will  incorporate 2.4GHz wireless connectivity, with a new chip, in its next generation of hearing instruments. The new chip will use the standard protocol, rather than the current 2.4GHz system used in…

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UPDATE: Strong Results for GN ReSound Overshadowed by Beltone Accounting Fraud; Murray Resignation

Editor’s Note: this evolving story was last updated on 8/24/2015 COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – another strong quarter posted by GN ReSound was overshadowed last week by news that serious accounting fraud had been committed by GN’s retail arm, Beltone. In its Q2 Interim Report, GN reported a one-time loss of more than $22 million dollars (DKK…

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