Lorenzo Fiorani joins Amplifon Spain as General Manager

Lorenzo Fiorani Gaes Amplifon

The Widex and Sivantos merger is on again

Sivantos and Widex

"The digital transformation will not replace experts"

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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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Amplifon signs deal to help low-income hearing disabled in Spanish region of Asturias
Amplifon signs deal to help low-income hearing disabled in Spanish region of Asturias

solidarity

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The hearing giant, Amplifon, has teamed up with a non-profit organisation in Asturias, Spain for a one-year deal to provide access to hearing aids and treatment for the region's poor hearing-disabled.

Implantation overtakes hearing aid fitting in pediatric populations in Spain
Implantation overtakes hearing aid fitting in pediatric populations in Spain

TRENDS

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For the first time, the sale of implants has overtaken that of hearing aids as the most-used technology for children in the treatment of hearing loss, as evidenced by the comparative data of two studies carried out in 2005 and 2018 by FIAPAS, (the Spanish confederation of families of deaf people).

Newly discovered Usher syndrome mutations may help confirm diagnoses of rare condition
Newly discovered Usher syndrome mutations may help confirm diagnoses of rare condition

deafblindness

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A Moscow-based study has discovered several new mutations behind the rare Usher syndrome variety of deafblindness. Researchers say the finding can be useful in confirming diagnosis of the condition.

Eric Timm appointed CEO of Sivantos, Inc.
Eric Timm appointed CEO of Sivantos, Inc.

Nomination

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Sivantos, Inc. announced on February 1 the appointment of Eric Timm to the role of chief executive officer.

3M to pay $9.1m to settle claims it sold defective earplugs
3M to pay $9.1m to settle claims it sold defective earplugs

Litigation

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The US multinational 3M has agreed to a $9.1m payment to end a dispute over allegations it knowingly sold defective combat ear plugs to the U.S. military.

Study highlights hearing aid limitations for orchestra musicians with hearing loss
Study highlights hearing aid limitations for orchestra musicians with hearing loss

music

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What do musicians with hearing loss most fear? A new study suggests their hearing aids have limitations when it comes to following the finer details of music and instructions from conductors.

Wireless earwear reaches fashion zenith - Louis Vuitton AirPods earphones anyone?
Wireless earwear reaches fashion zenith - Louis Vuitton AirPods earphones anyone?

style

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A challenge to the status effect of the Apple AirPod—which has been trumpeted as a makeshift hearing aid—is being launched by the Paris fashion house Louis Vuitton in the form of designer wireless earphones.

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