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Advanced Bionics recalls cochlear implant devices following reports of decreased performance

 

CI market

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In what it has called "an abundance of caution", Sonova's US  Advanced Bionics (AB) brand has retrieved a limited number of its unimplanted HiRes Ultra and Ultra 3D cochlear implants (CIs), replacing them with a new, recently approved version of the device.

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Coronavirus fears begin to hit hearing device market

 

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As fear and panic over a potential coronavirus pandemic send share values into free fall generally, the Australian cochlear implant producer, Cochlear, has blamed the health scare for having to cut its full-year profit forecast.

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InnerScope looks to private investment to fund its "disruption" of the US hearing aid market

 

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InnerScope Hearing Technologies' promised over-the-counter onslaught on the US hearing aid market requires a $15m investment which, says the company, will be found from private placement offerings.

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Survey shows US growth for rechargeable hearing aids

 

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A small survey it may be, with completed forms from just 225 audiologists, but almost 70% of respondents in the 2020 Audiology Professional Dispensing Survey agreed with the statement that they dispensed “significantly more” rechargeable hearing aids in 2019 than in 2018.

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EuroTrak hearing loss market survey to add data from Spain

 

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For the first time, the multi-country hearing loss survey, EuroTrak, is to include data from one of the major markets so far absent from this vital information haul: Spain.

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Audacious Boots team-up tailors mobile calls to hearing profiles

 

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Sound processing technology has been developed in the UK to help hearing loss sufferers cope with mobile phone calls, using a service delivered by the mobile network Audacious through the giant retailer and pharmacy chain, Boots.

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Starkey's Las Vegas Expo underlines "seismic shift in the hearing industry"

 

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Offering professionals a first glimpse of its soon-to-be launched Livio Edge AI hearing aid, Starkey held its own business and tech show this month in Las Vegas. The key words, of course, were "artificial intelligence" (AI) and "healthable".

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Can the audiology business future be predicted from market survey data?

 

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Market surveys such as EuroTrak and the long-running MarkeTrak offer up plenty of data, but does it really provide any clues to the future of the audiology business? Raúl García-Medina, new VP of the British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists (BSHAA), says the data is invaluable but prediction calls for all the tools of the digital revolution.

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Will the hearable shape of Phonak's Virto Black bust the great hearing aid stigma into dust?

 

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The stigma of being seen to wear a hearing aid has been a brick wall for producers and has persisted through generations of hypoacusis sufferers unhappy about visibly earworn apparatus and their accessories. But the smart money must now be on this wall disappearing without so much as a puff of smoke.

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Europe's hearing device manufacturers welcome Amplifon into the fold

 

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The Italy-based hearing care retail company, Amplifon, has joined Europe's major manufacturing association, EHIMA.

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