EUHA 2018 video report: Dankeschön Hannover!

EUHA inaugural ceremony

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Widex and Sivantos put EU merger application on hold until 2019

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AWN EUHA congress special in its 5th year

Cover of EUHA 2018 AWN special issue

"The digital transformation will not replace experts"

François Julita

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Ditto: universal wearable notifier

Ditto, wearable notifier, by Simple Matters
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Ditto is a tiny and affordable smartphone wearable notification device that allows users to customize how they stay connected. Ditto allows users to filter their calls, texts and messages, and get other alerts, all in a personalized and discreet way, via a free iOS or Android app mobile app. Ditto can be clipped near the skin in a jean pocket, on a strap, or on a band and works for everyday life.

Ditto doesn’t require charging, it doesn’t have buttons, lights or switches. It runs on a battery, and notifies the user within the app when it needs to be replaced. Ditto is also waterproof and users can swim with it or use it in wet environments.

Ditto also integrates with other leading mobile apps, including Uber, so users know when their car has arrived, as well as messaging apps including WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Google Hangouts, WeChat, Snapchat and Instagram. More apps will be integrated with Ditto in the near future.

Ditto provides the key functions of a smartwatch at a fraction of the price, without being a gadget that needs to be taken care of every night. Notifications are the most important aspects of smartwatches and are indispensable to effective smartphone use. Being able to filter so that a user can personally decide what is important to them at the time and to do so at an affordable price creates even more value for the Ditto consumer.

Considered one of the best new gadgets from CES 2016, Ditto helps ease the mind of the users in the hard of hearing community by assuring them through custom vibrations that they won’t miss any important calls/messages. It also alerts users if they are about to leave their smartphone behind, and can serve as a morning alarm—also through custom vibration.

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Starkey tops med-tech spend on political contributions as OTC war tenses
Starkey tops med-tech spend on political contributions as OTC war tenses

Lobbying

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All the big players in medical technology have been topped by Starkey-related political contributions of almost $700k in 2018 alone, mostly to Republican Party coffers.

Ethiopia sees its first ever speech-language pathology graduates
Ethiopia sees its first ever speech-language pathology graduates

Co-operation

Homegrown speech-language pathologists who will stay and treat Ethiopia's hearing and speech disabled - the fruit of ongoing co-operation between an African and a Canadian university.

Cochlear implant pioneer gets a sweet taste of his own bionic medicine
Cochlear implant pioneer gets a sweet taste of his own bionic medicine

CI

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John Rice, a 1990's pioneer in Australian cochlear implant surgery for deaf children got his very own bionic hearing boost after an operation performed by one of his proteges.

3D-printing + goodwill means hearing for kids in the Middle-East
3D-printing + goodwill means hearing for kids in the Middle-East

3D printing

Some 12,000 deaf children in the Middle East may hear thanks to 3D printing technology and plenty of human kindness.

Tanzania goes local on cochlear ops and saves over half a million dollars
Tanzania goes local on cochlear ops and saves over half a million dollars

CI

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Tanzania has claimed major savings and a first in Africa by carrying out its own cochlear implant surgery in a major public hospital.

Sonova "considering hearing aids for the supermarket"?
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Manufacturers

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The Sunday edition of the Swiss newspaper "Neuen Zürcher Zeitung" (NZZ) reported on November 25 that Sonova AG is considering “hearing aids for the supermarket”.

Spain's AICE Awards 2018 honour Audio Infos and Audioenportada
Spain's AICE Awards 2018 honour Audio Infos and Audioenportada

Associations

The AICE Federation (Spanish Association of Cochlear Implant Users) held its annual awards ceremony at a gala evening in Barcelona on November 24.

Company Directory

New products

Ida Institute's My World tool now available as an appIda Institute's My World tool now available as an app

My World is a free pediatric counseling tool from the Ida Institute designed to help children talk about their hearing loss.  [ ... ]

Dreve highlights at EUHA 2018

At the EUHA 2018, Dreve launched the first and unique 3D direct to print silicone BioTec, which is revolutionizing the digital earmold production.  [ ... ]

Phonak Marvel: exceptional sound quality and universal Bluetooth connectivityPhonak Marvel: exceptional sound quality and universal Bluetooth connectivity

Phonak introduces Marvel - a revolutionary hearing aid family that combines the benefits of exceptional speech understanding and reduced listening effort in noise with the ability to stream all audio content seamlessly from iPhone, Android smartphone [ ... ]