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Becoming a professional soccer player despite having profound hearing loss

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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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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

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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.
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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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