Siemens in the re-making: Latest update

This week, the lead item on Hearing News Watch is a post about the ongoing saga of the sale of Siemens Audiology Solutions. It is written by my blog colleague Holly Hosford-Dunn, PhD, who published it October 24 on Hearing Economics. I thought this timely report would be of interest to Hearing News Watch readers as…

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VA awards contracts to all “Big Six” hearing aid manufacturers

By David H. Kirkwood  DENVER–The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which is far and away America’s largest purchaser of hearing aids, has awarded contracts, effective November 1, to buy products from the U.S. divisions of all six of the world’s largest hearing aid manufacturers. Although the contracts with GN ReSound, Oticon Inc., Phonak LLC, Siemens Hearing Instruments,…

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Starkey owner Bill Austin is a billionaire, says Bloomberg News

  EDEN PRAIRIE, MN–It’s official, says Bloomberg News: William F. “Bill” Austin, founder, CEO, and sole owner of Starkey Hearing Technologies, is a billionaire. That statement didn’t surprise people in the hearing industry, who are well aware that Austin’s company has long been by far the largest American hearing aid manufacturer, and ranks among the…

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Analyst says Phonak decision on Costco is “probably right” despite “short-term pain

By David H. Kirkwood LONDON–Since this blog first reported that Phonak LLC would start selling Brio, a new premium hearing aid model, through Costco, we have received and published dozens of comments on the issue. Many came from independent practitioners who dispense Phonak hearing aids. They expressed outrage over having to compete with a “big box”…

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Siemens plans to cut loose its hearing aid business

By David H. Kirkwood BERLIN–Siemens AG announced at a press conference here today (May 7) that it was preparing to take its hearing aid division, Siemens Audiology, public as part of a global realignment of the German-based manufacturing giant. In its announcement, Siemens said that its audiology business “has a special position within the company,”…

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Starkey takes stand against “commoditization” of hearing aids via sales to big box stores

By David H. Kirkwood The controversy over Phonak’s decision to sell hearing aids through Costco heated up last week when Starkey Hearing Technologies told its customers that the decision by Phonak and its parent, Sonova, “does not align with Starkey Hearing Technologies’ values and principles.” In an April 10 e-mail addressed “Dear Valued Customers,” Brandon…

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Manufacturers find many ways to make a big splash at AudiologyNOW!

For a HearingHealthMatters.org exclusive report on the 25th and, very possibly, final Audiology Trivia Bowl, follow this link.   By David H. Kirkwood ORLANDO–No matter how much they complain about the costs of exhibiting, the rules and restrictions imposed on them, and the scant appreciation and respect they feel they get from the American Academy of…

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ReSound releases first hearing aid that streams sound directly from an iPhone

  COPENHAGEN–Every new hearing aid that’s launched is totally unique, innovative, the very latest and greatest—according to the company that developed it and is determined to promote it. However, occasionally a new hearing aid creates genuine excitement in the marketplace of professionals who will fit it and consumers who will wear it. Today (February 24)…

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Hearing industry consortium awards grants to three researchers

MINNEAPOLIS—Three scientists who are conducting research intended to improve the ability of people with hearing loss to understand speech were selected by the Hearing Industry Research Consortium (IRC) to receive the organization’s latest research grants. The consortium was established in 2012 for the purpose of advancing a mutually agreed upon research agenda that will benefit…

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Online media learn the old news about world’s first made-for-iPhone hearing aid

COPENHAGEN–It was all over the web this week and last: GN ReSound will be introducing the world’s first Made for iPhone hearing aid in the first quarter of 2014. So reported Reuters, followed by PC MAG.com, redorbit.com, news.softepedia.com, appleinsider.com, stockingapple.com, and well over 100 other online news outlets. Certainly this is a big story, but…

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