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New global market analysis for cochlear implants 2016-2020

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Technavio recently published a report on the global cochlear implant (CI) market that analyzes the key trends expected to impact this market for the period 2016-2020, reports Business wire.

Technavio is an international technology research and advisory company publishing market research on a variety of topics. In its recent report, it found that the global CI market is likely to exceed USD 2 billion by the year 2020, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 14%.

The factors the report points to for this healthy projection include an aging population and increasing prevalence of acquired hearing loss. It also reports that technological innovations in cochlear implants are expected to boost market growth over this period.

“Favorable government initiatives and reimbursement policies in emerging countries will encourage global vendors to focus on these countries. Despite the economic slowdown in the past and the limited healthcare expenditure in most countries, the global cochlear implants market has displayed good growth in the last few years,” explains Barath Palada, a lead analyst at Technavio for orthopedics and general medical devices.

Currently, more than 45,000 CIs are sold worldwide each year. Cochlear Ltd. and MED-EL dominated the market in 2015 with a 70% market share. The three main trends explained in the report are innovation with next-generation sound processors becoming available, high growth potential in emerging markets such as China, and the introduction of rechargeable CI devices.

Source: Business Wire

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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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