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Eric Timm appointed CEO of Sivantos, Inc.

Nomination

Sivantos
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Sivantos, Inc. announced on February 1 the appointment of Eric Timm to the role of chief executive officer.

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3M to pay $9.1m to settle claims it sold defective earplugs

Litigation

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The US multinational 3M has agreed to a $9.1m payment to end a dispute over allegations it knowingly sold defective combat ear plugs to the U.S. military.

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Wireless earwear reaches fashion zenith - Louis Vuitton AirPods earphones anyone?

style

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A challenge to the status effect of the Apple AirPod—which has been trumpeted as a makeshift hearing aid—is being launched by the Paris fashion house Louis Vuitton in the form of designer wireless earphones.

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Toy noise - the hidden harm in Christmas gifts that spark gradual hearing loss

Children

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Christmas has gone, the fat goose gobbled up, but the kids are going deaf: it's a toy story told by experts and one parents need to hear.

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Hyundai claims first assist systems for the hearing-disabled driver

Driving

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Two new artificial intelligence systems to assist hearing-impaired drivers have been launched by the South Korean car manufacturer, Hyundai.

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Lorenzo Fiorani joins Amplifon Spain as General Manager

Appointment

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Lorenzo Fiorani has joined Amplifon Spain as General Manager.

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The Widex and Sivantos merger is on again

Manufacturers

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The on-off relationship between Widex and Sivantos is seemingly back on, with a news item appearing on Reuters on January 10 stating an application seeking European Commission approval for their planned $8 billion merger has been reopened according to public records.

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Headphones that bypass the ear could cut distraction-related pedestrian deaths

Safety

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Facial bone conduction technology developed by young Mexican technicians could be the solution to health and safety issues that have long dogged headphone culture.

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Starkey opens Nairobi office to begin African adventure

Manufacturers

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Starkey Hearing Technologies has opened its first offices in Africa, in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi.

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Seven year prison sentence for former Starkey president

Manufacturers

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A federal judge has handed a seven-year prison sentence to Jerome Ruzicka, who was convicted by a jury in March this year of embezzling over $15 million dollars from his former company, the hearing aid giant Starkey Laboratories.

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