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Otoharmonics Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for the Levo System

levo

For use in temporarily relieving the symptoms of tinnitus, the Levo System is a personalized, neuroscience-based sound therapy. Leveraging the brain’s natural cognitive abilities, Levo identifies and maps an individual’s unique sound print using custom-fit ear buds and proprietary software on Apple iPad® and iPod® touch mobile digital devices.

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Smartphone app to test real-world hearing conditions

Research

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Researchers at the University of Iowa (UI, Iowa City) are hoping to use a smartphone application to improve hearing loss technology.

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Hearing aid simulator shows how algorithms work in real-time

WaveTech

WaveTech– Soluções Tecnológicas, a recently established Brazilian company has developped a free ap that reproduce the most common features embarked on hearing aids. ‘Woalá’ (http://woala-app.com/pt/) is a simulator whose purpose is to show how a hearing aid works, explore the effects of its main algorithms and, finally, raise awareness among hearing impaired people who still haven’t looked for treatment.

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New Product Development Kit for Rechargeable, Silver-Zinc Battery Applications

Zpower Product Development Kit
Silver-Zinc Rechargeable Batteries

ZPower has released a new Product Development Kit to help product designers evaluate its rechargeable, silver-zinc battery technology for upcoming product designs for hearing instruments, medical devices, wearable computing and other applications.

ZPower rechargeable silver-zinc batteries deliver up to three times the energy in both XR41/312 and XR48/13 battery sizes compared to traditional nickel metal-hydride rechargeable batteries. Silver-zinc technology also has significant energy density advantages over lithium-ion microbatteries while operating at a lower voltage.

The Product Development Kit is available to product designers, engineers and developers for applications in any industry that would benefit from a high energy density rechargeable microbattery.

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Smartphone hearing screening for developing countries and rural areas

Screening

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Calibrated hearing screening with a smartphone has been found to provide comparable results to conventional audiometry in a new study.

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Maico MA42

With this video, know more about the two-channel audiometer with pure tone, speech and free field audiometric testing as well as Master Hearing Aid.

Teen and Tweens Dilemma Game

Teen & Tweens

Ida Institute has introduced the Teen and Tweens Dilemma Game, a new version of the popular Dilemma Game tool that is designed to better prepare hearing healthcare professionals to deal with clinical situations when treating teenage patients.

The new tool consists of a series of dilemma cards that describe challenging scenarios involving teens or tweens with hearing loss. Three possible solutions are given, with the understanding that the 'perfect' solution may not exist. With no right or wrong answers, game play encourages reflection, critical thinking, and analysis of the potential consequences that a professional’s choices may have on a patient and a variety of stakeholders.

“By helping hearing care professionals to examine various aspects of the teenage experience and consider those situations from the patient’s perspective, we aim to deepen understanding and motivate more patient-centered interaction that benefits both teens and hearing care professionals,” explains Ida Institute Managing Director Lise Lotte Bundesen.

Visit the www.idainstitute.com to learn more about it and all of the tools in Ida Institute’s comprehensive Tool Room.

A new app for hearing enhancement

mimi

Mimi launched its first app at TechCrunch Disrupt NY in May and unveiled plans for a new approach to assistive listening technology that breaks away from conventional offerings. This technology includes diagnostics, and speech and audio enhancement. Mimi uses cloud and smartphone technology and therefore aims at making diagnosis and treatment of hearing difficulties more accessible, affordable and attractive.

Mimi’s first app, mimi.io, features elements of the company’s new hearing technology. The iOS app allows users to test their hearing and gain a firsthand experience of what life with and without hearing difficulties is like, just using their smartphone.

After receiving their hearing assessment, users can discover the benefits of hearing enhancement by listening to speech on their phone, which is adjusted in realtime using hearing enhancement technology. Conversely, the smartphone can also be used to mask live sounds picked up by the microphone allowing users to experience some of the difficulties of living with hearing loss.

WIDEX UNI-DEX - Plug and Play streaming

Unidex

The new UNI-DEX from Widex lets hearing aid users talk hands-free on their mobile phones. UNI-DEX is a neck-worn plug and play device that streams audio to the user’s hearing aids - from mobiles, and any device with a jack input. An in-built microphone allows users to talk hands-free when using a mobile phone or Skype via a PC or tablet. The Room Off feature lets them turn off the microphone and concentrate on the conversation. All this in one, easy-to-use device.

Key features:

  • Hands-free – functions like a headset
  • Incredibly stable – does not disconnect
  • Long battery life – can stream for up to 40 hours
  • Easy to use – just plug it in and it’s ready to start streaming

UNI-DEX is compatible with WIDEX DREAM, CLEAR AND SUPER family of hearing aids. Other DEX assistive listening devices are designed for FM, TV, remote controls, telecoils, mobile and landline phones.

Info: widex.pro/dex

WIDEX EASYWEAR - "The Perfect Fit"

Easywear

Widex introduces EASYWEAR, a new wire and receiver ear-tip solution. EASYWEAR solves the challenges many hearing aid users experience with RIC/RITE devices, in particular lateral migration and the unpleasant cosmetic gap between ear wire and head. To do this, Widex have completely rethought the design of the wire so that EASYWEAR allows for a better physical fit, more stability in the ear canal and a more cosmetically appealing appearance.

  • EASYWEAR is easy and quick to fit, saving you time
  • The unique design of EASYWEAR bends the wire close to the user’s head to give a more comfortable, secure fit and no lateral migration
  • The construction of EASYWEAR is robust so it stays connected
  • Small and discreet, EASYWEAR can be enjoyed by a wider range of your clients

Info: widex.pro/easywear