Medtronic and Sivantos both announce acquisitions of hearing care companies

  ERLANGEN, GERMANY/DUBLIN–Last week was a busy one in the hearing industry’s merger and acquisition front. On March 26, the Sivantos Group (formerly Siemens Audiology Solutions) announced that it would take over all shares in audibene, as part of a strategic partnership and investment agreement with Europe’s largest Internet portal for hearing care case management.The…

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Hybrid acoustic and electrical implant system takes a step toward FDA approval

The following post was revised on November 15 to include portions of the FDA Medical Devices Advisory Committee’s position regarding the Nucleus® Hybrid™ L24 Implant System.   SILVER SPRING, MD—A public advisory panel of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Medical Devices Advisory Committee has given a favorable vote to a new implant system from Cochlear…

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Canadian university teams up with manufacturer on an implantable system

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA–Dalhousie University in Halifax has signed an exclusive worldwide licensing agreement with Ototronix, an American manufacturer of advanced hearing implant technologies, for a new hearing aid implant developed by three Dalhousie faculty members. For several years, Manohar Bance, professor and acting head of otolaryngology, and two assistant professors in the School of Biomedical…

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The man behind The Incredible Hulk has incredible news: He can hear!

By David H. Kirkwood Lou Ferrigno, who overcame profound hearing loss to become a TV and movie star best known for playing The Incredible Hulk, has long been an inspiration to young people growing up with impaired hearing. He has generously shared his remarkable story as a spokesperson for the Better Hearing Institute for 25…

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