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Spanish chain GAES opens centre no. 600

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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

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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

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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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Award-winning Beltone ring the stock market bell

Innovation

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Beltone has been recognised by the Chicago Innovation Awards for its Beltone First hearing aid that works wirelessly with Apple products such as an iPhone®, iPad®, or iTouch® via 2.4GHz technology.

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Amplifon takes ownership of Dilworth Hearing Limited

Retail

The Italy-based retailer, Amplifon, has completed the purchase of Dilworth Hearing Limited, an audiology service provider in New Zealand.

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UK: More than 1.5 million hearing aids sold in 2014

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Once again, the UK has experienced record hearing aid sales, breaking through 1.5 million sales for the first time. This is the fourth year running that UK hearing aid manufacturers have experienced impressive growth.

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Two ex-Sonova employees join Sivantos executive committee

Nomination

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Sivantos has appointed two new executive members to the Sivantos Executive Committee with Oliver Walker joining as the new Chief Financial Officer and Ignacio Martinez appointed Vice-President, Global Sales. Both have previously worked for Sonova.

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