Is Samsung ready to enter the market?

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Patents

Rumours are strong once again that Samsung are about to unveil a line of Bluetooth hearing aids. In late December 2015, a device with model number SM-R790 appeared on the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) database. The device description states Samsung Bluetooth hearing aid and it lists the device as an end product.

Samsung has also applied for the “Earcle” trademark in South Korea with the documentation referencing hearing aids in its product description.

Hearing aid and technology patents have been filed over the previous 18 months by Samsung, one of them is software called “Sound Radar” which shows a user where sound is coming from – this is shown graphically on a smartphone app.

Using sound to help customers is not new to Samsung. The Galaxy S4 has a special sound enhancement feature that could adjust sound to suit a person’s hearing when listening to music or a telephone conversation through headphones. The Galaxy also incorporates a microphone array, which – when recording meetings – not only records the sound but also indicates where the sound is coming from.

During 2015 there were numerous reports about Samsung entering the hearing aid market and the patents that had been filed. The Hearing Review (April 2015) referenced a patent that was filed back in April 2013 for a “small hearing aid” and Business Korea reported the same month that Samsung Electronics had placed an order worth $13.9million for amplifiers (for hearing aids). A launch is anticipated at the beginning of 2016. Whilst no hearing devices were shown at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in early January, the signs do appear to be getting stronger that a launch is imminent from the Korean manufacturer.

Source: iDigitalTimes

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ReSound wins BIG in industry awards
ReSound wins BIG in industry awards

 

recognition

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ReSound, the Danish hearing aid brand from the GN Group, has been named a winner in the global 2020 BIG Innovation Awards, one of a series of industry recognition schemes run and promoted by the Business Intelligence Group (BIG). 

A jazz fitting for La La Land saxophonist Charles Owens
A jazz fitting for La La Land saxophonist Charles Owens

 

music

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Saxophonist Charles Owens' 82-year-old ears have been sung into at soulful point blank range by Marvin Gaye. They were blown into with restless energy by trumpet master Miles Davis, and virtuosically vibrated night after night on tour by the eccentric Frank Zappa. For his hearing loss, only a jazz fitting will do.

Starkey's Las Vegas Expo underlines "seismic shift in the hearing industry"
Starkey's Las Vegas Expo underlines

 

events

© Starkey. Bill Austin greets the Starkey faithful

Offering professionals a first glimpse of its soon-to-be launched Livio Edge AI hearing aid, Starkey held its own business and tech show this month in Las Vegas. The key words, of course, were "artificial intelligence" (AI) and "healthable".

Starkey hands out to help soothe effects of Aussie bushfires catastrophe
Starkey hands out to help soothe effects of Aussie bushfires catastrophe

 

support

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The hearing aid giant, Starkey, has provided a $15,000 donation to a number of charities working to bring aid and relief to areas of Australia and local wildlife affected by the country's devastating bushfires.

Is pupil dilation as reliable as standard hearing tests?
Is pupil dilation as reliable as standard hearing tests?

 

testing

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A test relying on tracking pupil dilation as evidence of the subject hearing a sound has been put through its paces by a team of neuroscientists in Oregon, USA, who got the idea 20 years back when studying owls.

Egypt's screening drive ready to export Africa-wide
Egypt's screening drive ready to export Africa-wide

 

screening

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Egypt's health service has examined the hearing of 219,918 newborns since screening was incorporated into the country's 100 Million Health Initiative in September 2019, says Health Minister Hala Zayed.

Can the audiology business future be predicted from market survey data?
Can the audiology business future be predicted from market survey data?

 

surveys

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Market surveys such as EuroTrak and the long-running MarkeTrak offer up plenty of data, but does it really provide any clues to the future of the audiology business? Raúl García-Medina, new VP of the British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists (BSHAA), says the data is invaluable but prediction calls for all the tools of the digital revolution.

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