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Becoming a professional soccer player despite having profound hearing loss

Soccer

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Sonova’s newsroom features the story of a German boy who has relentlessly been pursuing his dream of becoming a professional soccer player.

With the month-long Euro soccer competition to start in France today, one person who will definitely be watching the matches is Simon Ollert from southern Germany. From a young age, he knew what his life dream would be: to become a professional in his favorite sport.

And Simon has not let hearing loss stand in his way. He was found to have profound hearing loss at just 2 years of age and was fitted with Phonak hearing aids soon after that. “When Simon got the hearing aids, he never wanted to take them off; they were his favorite thing,” explains his father. Simon is now 18 years old and has been playing in the youth squad at FC Ingolstadt since summer 2015.

“My story shows just what you can achieve despite hearing loss. I have a great life and don’t feel restricted in the slightest,” says Simon. He is looking to the future with confidence, and adds “I have always set myself goals and always achieved them. If you really want something, you’ll get it.”

Sonova has produced a short film based on the young soccer player’s story, showing how the company helps people to achieve greater quality of life. The film called “Life without Limitations” has received a gold award at the International Commercial Film Festival – the largest competition for commercial films from the German-speaking world.

Source: Sonova

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'Contact lens' for the ear project on cusp of clinical testing
'Contact lens' for the ear project on cusp of clinical testing

Innovation

Dr. Dominik Kaltenbacher © Vibrosonic

A "completely new alternative to a normal hearing device"—an eardrum-hugging disc using a piezoelectric transducer and labelled by its inventors a "contact lens" for the ear—now has the home straight of its development in sight.

EUHA 2019: Watch the trailer and save the date!
EUHA 2019: Watch the trailer and save the date!

Congress

The 64th International Congress of Hearing Aid Acousticians and Trade Exhibition will take place 16-18 October 2019 in Nürnberg.

Are patients with psoriatic arthritis at risk for hearing loss?
Are patients with psoriatic arthritis at risk for hearing loss?

comorbidity

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A first-ever multicentred study to evaluate hearing in psoriatic arthritis (PsA) suggests clinicians should be aware that patients with this skin condition may be at risk of developing hearing loss.

NICE criteria review means 70% more NHS cochlear implants annually in UK by 2024
NICE criteria review means 70% more NHS cochlear implants annually in UK by 2024

CI

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A significant rise in the number of UK NHS patients receiving cochlear implants (CIs) will follow a long-overdue criteria revision by the standards-setting body NICE.

New regional ENT plan for the Pacific
New regional ENT plan for the Pacific

Public health

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Australian and New Zealand ENT and Audiology experts have been meeting this spring with their counterparts from 6 Pacific Islands to help develop a plan to tackle an alarming regional shortage in hearing health equipment and workforce.

To be, or not to be … together?
To be, or not to be … together?

Joint conference

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The second collaborative conference with the British Academy of Audiology (BAA) and British Society of Audiology (BSA) and the British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists (BSHAA) – Hearing: A Sense of Purpose – took place in Bristol on 25 March.

Auditory nerve implant research wins $9.7m US health grant
Auditory nerve implant research wins $9.7m US health grant

ANI

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A sizeable research grant from the US National Institutes for Health (NIH) has set up the University of Minnesota to lead a global project into developing a different kind of implant to the cochlear variety, one that can restore normal hearing.

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Oticon launches groundbreaking Oticon Opn SOticon launches groundbreaking Oticon Opn S

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Oticon Opn S takes the open sound experience and the unique benefits of BrainHearing™ to the next level, and features the world’s first system to [ ... ]

Oticon Opn Play™ Premium a breakthrough in paediatric hearing care Oticon Opn Play™ Premium a breakthrough in paediatric hearing care

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Oticon Opn Play™ breaks with conventional hearing technology by opening up a new world of sound for children and ensures  [ ... ]