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June 3 Apple announcements embrace hearing health, but are we closer to an actual Apple hearing aid?

 

Apps

Silver tsunami
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New Apple Inc. tech products to be announced on June 3 will reflect the computer giant's increasing focus on healthcare, in particular hearing features aimed at the so-called Silver Tsunami generation of ageing consumers.

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Apples and Oranges, and how substandard Daily Mail journalism triggered an Apple Airpod cancer frenzy

Misinformation

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Here's a formula for misinformation, the results of which can be mass panic and huge loss of revenue: a group of experts agree that selected fruits might need to be checked for poison; a newspaper read by millions misinterprets the experts and reports that apples are poisonous.

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2019 release for Microsoft's answer to Apple Airpods?

Headphones

Microsoft logo
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Microsoft is believed to be following Amazon in developing earbud wireless headphones to challenge for the space captured and opened by Apple AirPods.

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Has Brexit forced Phonak's operational shifts from UK to Spain?

Brexit

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One of the events to launch Marvel in the UK. ©PhonakUK

The Swiss giant Sonova Holding AG has played down the possibility of a Brexit motive behind an "optimisation" operation that will see it shift some of its UK Phonak services and manufacturing activities to centres in Alicante (Spain) and Vietnam.

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New clEAR subscription bundles tele-audiology therapy into its gamified formula

Strategy

clEAR logo
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Innovating the business formula can boost healthcare as well as profits, according to the US-based hearing gamifiers, clEARTM, which chose the American Association of Audiologists Conference (AAA) to announce its new $24.99 subscription package.

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'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

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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
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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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