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Sonova Reports Strong Fiscal Year Results; Says 2.4 GHz Technology Coming Soon

STAEFA, SWITZERLAND — Major hearing instrument manufacturer Sonova, reported a 3 percent rise in full-year profit for 2016/17 and also confirmed that it will soon be releasing 2.4 GHz, direct-to-iPhone, capable hearing aids and cochlear implants. Additionally, the significant drop in sales the company had experienced in Germany following the Sonova’s purchase of AudioNova last…

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New Method for Predicting Speech Intelligibility Holds Promise in Hearing Aid Design

Since at least 1950 when Fletcher and Galt published a scientific paper on the Articulation Index (AI), hearing care professionals have examined the relationship between frequency-specific audibility and speech intelligibility. As most know, the current standard for quantifying this relationship is the Speech Intelligibility Index or SII. Although the SII has been around for about…

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Phonak’s Newest Custom Hearing Aid Uses 3D Printed Titanium Shell

STAEFA, SWITZERLAND — For years, custom hearing aid shells have traditionally been made using acrylic material, whether made by hand or by 3D printer. However, in an industry-first, Phonak has announced an all-new custom hearing aid that utilizes a 3D printed titanium shell. Titanium is a strong and lightweight material, 15 times stronger than acrylic,…

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Update: Oticon Opn Hearing Aid an Edison Awards Finalist

SOMERSET, NEW JERSEY — Oticon’s Opn hearing aid has been named a 2017 Edison Awards Finalist in the Health & Wellness category. As a finalist, the Oticon Opn will receive either a gold, silver or bronze award, which will be announced at the Edison Awards Gala in New York City on April 20, 2017. According…

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Hearing Aids Attract Attention in the National Press

As talk of hearing aid deregulation in the U.S. continues to swirl, over the past two weeks, there have been several hearing aid-related articles in the popular press.   In a Wall Street Journal letter to the editor, Garden City, New York audiologist, Roy Sullivan, PhD, responded to a January 12th WSJ article, titled “How…

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At CES Hearing Aids and Consumer Audio Continue to Morph

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA — With more than 175,000 attendees, 3,800 exhibiting companies and 2.6 million square feet of floor space spread across three locations, the Consumer Electronic Show– now so familiar it’s simply “CES” -is one of the largest annual conventions in the world. Everything from drones to self-driving cars, from smart canes to smart…

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Samsung Rumored to Release New Wireless Earphones with Galaxy S8

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – Samsung, the world’s largest consumer electronics manufacturer, may be poised to follow in the footsteps of Apple when it launches its next smartphone. According to a report from SamMobile, the company might be releasing new wireless in-ear headphones when it launches the Galaxy S8 smartphone, likely in the spring of 2017.…

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ON Semiconductor Wireless Hearing Aid Processor Nabs CES 2017 Honor

PHOENIX, ARIZONA — ON Semiconductor, a leading supplier of semiconductor-based solutions, announced this week that the company’s Ezairo 7150 SL audio processor was chosen by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) as a 2017 Consumer Electronic Show (CES) Innovation Award honoree. According to the company, the Ezairo 7150 SL is an open-programmable digital signal processing (DSP)-based hybrid, which enables…

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Bose Conducts Limited Launch of New Wireless Amplified Earphones

Twenty-sixteen is shaping up to be a remarkable year in the evolution of wireless audio technology, sometimes called hearables.  Last January, Starkey Hearing Technology announced a strategic partnership with the hearable company, Bragi. During the year we saw a slew of wireless earphones enter the market, including one from Resound’s sister company, Jabra, the Here…

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Hearable Maker, Bragi, Faces Lawsuit for Patent Infringement Over Sensor Technology

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA — Valencell, a wearable and hearable biometric sensor technology company, announced this week that it is filing a patent infringement lawsuit against German hearable startup, Bragi. The company accuses Bragi and its subsidiaries of patent infringement over the Bragi Dash. The lawsuit comes nearly one year following patent infrignment suits filed by Valencell against Apple…

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