Market

New CEO for Cochlear Limited

Appointment

Chris Smith ©Cochlear Limited

The Australian implant manufacturer, Cochlear Limited, has announced that Chris Smith will take the role of Chief Executive Officer/President later this year. Mr Smith, who has more than 10 years of executive experience at Cochlear, will replace the current CEO, Chris Roberts on 1st September.

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Record sales for Sonova in 2014/2015: 1,951 million Euros in sales

Industry

Lukas Braunschweiler, Sonova CEO ©Sonova

The Swiss company Sonova, which markets the hearing aid brands Phonak, Unitron and Hansaton, and owns the cochlear implant company Advanced Bionics, recently reported solid results for the year 2014/2015.

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Unitron appoints new president of Unitron US

Nomination

©Unitron

Unitron has appointed Mike Dittmann as the Company’s new President of Unitron US. Dittmann has spent the past 17 years in the hearing instrument industry in leadership positions within Widex’s global head office in Denmark.

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Korea’s Samsung moving into mobile healthcare

wearables

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According to the business portal BusinessKorea, Samsung Electronics has opted for a hearing aid as its first product in mobile healthcare

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Spanish chain GAES opens centre no. 600

market

A. Gassó, M.I. Martínez-Cubells and E. Durio, at the launch.

The GAES hearing centre chain opened its practice number 600 in Madrid on March 5. The centre joins the second biggest network in the world. Now present in half-a-dozen countries, the firm chose the occasion to launch a "new concept" defined by its leaders as "the integration of medical treatment and hearing care consultation."

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North American “giant” Costco settles in Spain

The US retail giant Costco, which has more than 400 auditory centres throughout its network of 600 warehouses and has enjoyed a 26% annual growth in the sale of hearing aids, has begun its implantation in Spain by opening two large establishments, one in Seville, Andalucía, and the other in Getafe, near Madrid, which will also serve as the headquarters for the group in Spain.

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Sonova completes acquisition of Hansaton

Market

On 16 April Sonova announced that it has successfully completed the previously announced acquisition of Hansaton, following regulatory approvals.

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Beltone Boost™ Wins 2015 Red Dot Award for Product Design

Award

On 3 April Beltone announced that Beltone Boost received a 2015 Red Dot Award for Product Design. The award acknowledges Beltone’s design excellence in creating a comfortable hearing aid that helps wearers overcome significant hearing challenges.

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2014 hearing aid sales up by more than 6 % in France

Market

A total of nearly 600,000 hearing aids were sold last year in France, with receiver-in-theear devices in leading position.

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Sivantos takes over German Audibene

Acquisiton

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At the AudiologyNOW! congress in San Antonio, Texas, it was announced that Sivantos has taken over the German Audibene GmbH. Audibene is one of Europe's largest internet portal for independent hearing care case management and hearing aid purchasing.

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