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GN Otometrics: Staff changes

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GN Otometrics is expanding its financial team. Scott Brewer has been appointed to the newly created position of financial director and Ginger Sharp is the company’s new assistant controller. Brewer will report directly to Uffe Bjerg, vice president of GN Otometrics North America. Sharp will report to Brewer, as will the rest of the finance department. “We are growing rapidly, due to our strong product launches and new distribution model. As a result, we have been adding key staff to support and sustain that growth pattern,” said Bjerg. “Scott and Ginger are

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European award for Siemens researchers

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Siemens Hearing Instruments researchers were recently awarded the prestigious German Future Prize, for developing a binaural hearing system, enabling users to follow conversations even in noisy situations. The system enables hearing devices in both ears to communicate with one another, a significant

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The Grand Old Man of the Hearing Industry

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On February 11th this year, Widex celebrates the 90th birthday of one of the hearing industry’s emblematic figures, Erik Westermann, who founded Widex in 1956 together with his partner Christian Tøpholm.

Working out of the cellar of Christian Tøpholm’s home, the two men laid the foundation of what would later become one of the world’s leading hearing aid producers. From these humble beginnings, they built up

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Changes at GN Otometrics

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GN Otometics is growing again with the acquisition of Audio Electronics, Inc., a Texas-based distributor of audiometric and vestibular equipment. David Dorris, Ph.D., who most recently was president of Audio Electronics, will remain at the helm of the organization, as general manager, and will report to Dan McNulty, general manager of GN Otometrics.

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Decline in hearing aid sales

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The quarterly statistics from the British Hearing Aid Manufacturers’ Association show an unexpectedly sharp decline in sales to both private hearing aid dispensers and NHS hospital departments. Year-on-year sales in the private sector dropped 10% for the July, August and September months, with BTE sales declining by 19% (ITE sales increased slightly). Hearing aid sales to the public sector

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How to widen the Brazilian hearing aid market?

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The Secretary General of the European Hearing Industry Manufacturers Association (EHIMA), Søren Hougaard, visited Brazil in May in order to seal a partnership with the ABIMED, the domestic association for health devices and equipments importers. The main goal of the cooperation is to take advantage of the EHIMA’s know-how in terms of research. The Brazilian companies have the will do develop a study similar to EuroTrak. Under EHIMA’s responsibility, EuroTrak provides a wide range of data about European hearing care markets and the user’s habits and satisfaction.

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GN Otometrics Wins Contract with Ontario Government

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GN Otometrics has been awarded a multi-year contract to supply the new MADSEN AccuScreen newborn hearing screening device to Ontario's Infant Hearing Program (IHP).

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Sonova Group increases its net sales 11.6% in 2011

Accounts

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Sonova, the leading group in hearing solutions firms of which Phonak forms a part in Spain with its base in Sant Vicent del Raspeig (Alicante) has announced its end-of-year results for March 31, 2012.

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Bernafon sets up its own Spanish subsidiary

Distribution

The Swiss producer Bernafon - a company belonging to the William Demant Group - has announced the creation of its own subsidiary sales firm, Bernafon Ibérica, through which it aims to "reach Spain directly". Sources at the firm have confirmed that it has "more than 65 years of experience in the marketplace, with its own firms in 15 countries and presence in more than 80 through independent distributors."

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Widex wins the European Inventor Award 2012

Prize

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The Danish hearing aid manufacturer, Widex, came top of a strong field of 15 finalists for its ground-breaking CAMISHA technology to win the 2012 European Inventor Award.

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