New products

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

In Sync with Natural Hearing

Synchrony

MED-EL announced the official launch of the SYNCHRONY system – a new cochlear implant system. It includes the SYNCHRONY (PIN) implant* offering the greatest MRI safety possibilities currently on the cochlear implant market (high-resolution MRI scans up to 3.0 Tesla) and the SONNET audio processor specifically designed to mimic the processing of sound more naturally. These features make the SYNCHRONY system the new pioneering solution for all cochlear implant candidates. The new SYNCHRONY cochlear implant system will be available in all countries that recognize the CE mark.

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Otometrics New Paediatric Module

Astera 2

Otometrics now offers an integrated pediatric module with VRA control with their popular MADSEN Astera2 hearing assessment solution.

Designed specifically for testing children 6 months to 6 years

This dedicated module has been developed based on the needs of pediatric professionals around the world and is designed specifically to meet the challenges of testing children from 6 months to 6 years.

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On the ball: improving referees’ communication through hearing aid technology

sports

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On the pitch communication is vital. A well-remembered example of this was the 2006 World Cup final in Berlin between France and Italy. In the 110th minute, Zinedine Zidane headbutted Marco Materazzi.

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The Phonak ComCom headset

ComCom

ComCom consists of different components: a custom made so called eShell, which is produced by 3D selective laser sintering of powder of clinical nylon. In steps of one tenth of a millimeter layer by layer the earpiece is built, off a laser scanned ear impression. It is a hollow piece of green or beige nylon, lightweight (just 1.8 grams), durable, and comfortable as it is built exactly along the anatomy of the referees ear. Phonak’s knowledge of the ear anatomy and experience with creating comfortable, durable and biocompatible hearing aids came in handy of course. On the outside facing part of the eShell a so called multifunctional interface, a mechanical opening of fixed dimension and shape, allows for the piece with the electronics to be snapped in. The electronics contain a small inwards facing loudspeaker that can deliver sound up to 100 dB SPL.

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New E90D receiver by Sonion

e90d

Sonion A/S, the global leader in micro acoustic and micro mechanical technologies and solutions for hearing instruments, in-ear earphones and specialty headsets, today announced the release of the third spin-off from the popular E-series platform: The dual receiver E90D for power applications. It is indeed specifically designed to match the requirements of power BTEs. The new E90D holds best in class low frequency MPO of 118 dB SPL and a peak output of 138 dB SPL. The receiver comes with rounded corners for a better fit rate and similar to all receivers in the E-series, it is designed with complete encapsulation of the motor for reduced magnetic radiation.

SIARE manufactures speakers and amplifiers for audiology booths

Siare

The Siare Acoustique audio company is specialized in the design and manufacturing of products for audiology tests. Its Alpha, Delta and Audio Pro ranges have been designed in collaboration with hearing aid specialists, these speakers and the Delta A8 amplifier have equipped many hospitals, the latest is the Necker Hospital in Paris. The brand SIARE is also a partner of many stores specialized in audiology in France and abroad.

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iHear Medical shatters crowdfunding goal

LAUNCH

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iHear Medical has announced that it has shattered its Indiegogo crowdfunding goal three-fold with over 900 backers pre-ordering the world’s first Web-enabled hearing aid. iHear Medical’s ultimate goal is to improve access to hearing aids and to bring the cost of advanced hearing aids in line with the cost of prescription eyeglasses -- about $200.

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