Market

'Contact lens' for the ear project on cusp of clinical testing

Innovation

Dr. Dominik
Kaltenbacher
Dr. Dominik Kaltenbacher © Vibrosonic

A "completely new alternative to a normal hearing device"—an eardrum-hugging disc using a piezoelectric transducer and labelled by its inventors a "contact lens" for the ear—now has the home straight of its development in sight.

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Expanding InnerScope announces continued record sales growth

Retail

© InnerScope

Market watchers are being encouraged to think that the Walmart-partnered manufacturer and distributor-retailer, InnerScope Hearing Technologies, is tearing up the fast lane in the US market.

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CVS Health closes 30 hearing centres as OTC rules begin to reshape market

Pharmacies

CVS Pharmacy
© Coolcaesar at the English Wikipedia

The well-known US pharmacy outfit CVS has announced the closure of all of its 30 hearing centres as it remodels its health offer ahead of arriving over-the-counter (OTC) sales for devices.

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iHear launches pay-as-you-go aids on subscription with online tweaking and support

Trends

iHEARmax
iHEARmax, one of the products by iHear. Photo: iHear.

Hearing aids for low, flexible, personalised monthly plans, and programming through mobile apps is the latest formula from the venture-funded San Francisco-based provider, iHear Medical.

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Eargo raises $52M for direct-to-consumer product

DTC

Eargo

Eargo, the American hearing aid company, says it is on a mission to change the way people think about hearing aids and they want to become the ultimate consumer hearing brand.

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Sivantos and Widex merge to become WS Audiology

Creation

Sivantos Widex

Swiftly following the merger approval announcement, comes the news of the creation of WS Audiology.

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Med-El joining EHIMA – is Cochlear Ltd. next?

Association

ehima

With Med-El joining EHIMA as of January 1, 2019 it makes sense to ask whether Australian Cochlear Ltd., will also seek membership.

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Beltone, Eargo and Phonak nominated finalists in the 2019 Edison Awards

awards

The prestigious 2019 Edison Awards features three top new products as finalists in its Consumer Electronics and Information category: Beltone Amaze by Beltone, Eargo Max by Eargo, and the Phonak Marvel hearing aid with universal Bluetooth connectivity by Phonak.

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Enter Demant - name changes for William Demant Holding and Oticon Foundation

manufacturers

William Demant Holding is expected to change its name to Demant this March 19 when the Danish hearing giant's AGM approves this proposal aimed at creating a clearer corporate brand identity.

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Widex and Sivantos given merger go-ahead

Transaction

Sivantos Widex

The merger between Widex and Sivantos has been approved by the European Commission which means the transaction can now be closed by early March 2019 – subject to final and customary closing conditions.

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