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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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Samsung Hearing Aid Rumors Heat Up: Reports Claim Company Nearing Official Launch

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA — After months of silence following reports in April 2015 that consumer electronics titan Samsung was planning to launch its own hearing aid, to coincide with the release of its next flagship Galaxy S7 smartphone, a number of reports surfaced last week that suggest Samsung may be readying its official launch into the hearing…

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Bernstein Research is bullish on ReSound; sees it gaining on Sonova and Demant

By David H. Kirkwood LONDON–Bernstein Research, a leading analyst of the hearing aid industry, sees continued growth and higher stock prices in 2015 and beyond for GN Store Nord (GN), parent company of ReSound. However, as the title of its latest report, Hearing Aids: A Review of the Major Sector Trends Going into 2015. Still…

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Readers’ Choice 2014: Phonak and Costco team up

Dear Readers: During this holiday season, the editors at Hearing Health & Technology Matters (HHTM) are taking some time off. However, we are not leaving you without anything to read on our blog this week. Instead, we are publishing a special holiday edition filled with what we call our Readers’ Choices. HHTM has had more…

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A rising IntriCon will provide hearing aids to the UK’s National Health Service

By David H. Kirkwood ARDEN HILLS, MN—Hearing care providers are familiar with the world’s “Big Six” hearing aid manufacturers, or at least their flagship brands. That’s only natural, as together Sonova, William Demant, GN Store Nord, Siemens, Starkey, and Widex account for over 90% of the devices sold in the U.S. and Western Europe. However,…

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Siemens to sell hearing aid division; $2.67 billion deal is industry’s biggest ever

This updated version of the post published on November 7 includes additional comments about the sale of Siemens from an informed source whom I interviewed this week. My informant asked not to be named because he was not authorized by his company to speak for publication.  David H. Kirkwood, Editor, Hearing News Watch   MUNICH,…

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Geigel named president of Widex USA, as Schutt joins company launching new “audio solution”

HAUPPAUGE, NY—Jeffrey Geigel has been appointed president of Widex USA, Inc., succeeding Rodney Schutt, who resigned on August 25 to become senior vice-president at Turtle Beach Corporation, a San Diego-based developer of audio products. Geigel, a hearing industry veteran, took over the helm at Widex USA, a subsidiary of the Danish-based Widex A/S, on August…

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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, Widex help fund ACAE’s mission to raise the bar in audiology education

WASHINGTON, DC–The Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE) got a much-needed boost earlier this month when Starkey Hearing Technologies, in conjunction with Widex USA, Inc., announced that they would provide $160,000 to the commission over the next three years, 2014-2016. ACAE is an independent non-profit organization that accredits university graduate programs in audiology. It was…

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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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