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MIMI - A SOUND ENHANCEMENT ROUTE TO HEARING BETTER

 

innovation

© TP Vision       Mimi personalisation can optimise listening for groups, based on individual hearing profiles.

With an approach to sound and hearing that comes out of the box - in many teasing senses - Berlin-based Mimi has grown from a start-up to a growing concern with a persuasive argument.

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Sony and WS Audiology team up as the OTC era fires into life

 
 
 

partnerships

© Sony/WSA WS Audiology's Maarten Barmentlo and Sony's Osamu Hajimoto shake on a partnership deal

Sony Corporation and WS Audiology have announced a joint project to launch products into the over-the-counter (OTC) self-fitting hearing aid market, with the US market as its testing ground.

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Effects involving hearing implants among reasons why Philips is recalling 17m sleep apnea masks

 
 
 

health scares

© Philips

Philips is recalling 17 million masks used in sleep apnea machines because of a serious health safety concern that magnetic headgear clips or straps on the masks can interfere with implanted devices. The company has reported injuries.

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Ron Buck, President and Founder of MedRx retires

 

companies

© MedRx

Ron Buck, President and Founder of MedRx has announced his retirement after 38 years in hearing healthcare, 28 of them in the audiometric diagnostic equipment space at MedRx, the company Buck founded in 1994 to provide the market with an affordable video otoscope.

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TECH MUNCH 9: STARKEY'S DAVE FABRY : Fashion is a factor.

 
 

Technology

© Starkey

The look of a hearing aid is a key factor in making devices acceptable, Starkey's Dave Fabry told us in a November 2020 BIHIMA interview, from which we draw in this series of quotes on technology. All emerged from Audio Infos' Technology Focus articles, authored by the British Irish Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association (BIHIMA).

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GN Hearing straight out of the blocks with an OTC category product

 
 

OTC

© GN Hearing As the door opens for the OTC category, GN hopes to sell Jabra Enhance Plus in far more centres than on its current map

With the ink drying on the US Food and Drug Administration's rule on over-the-counter hearing aid sales, Danish giant GN Hearing has registered its Jabra Enhance Plus technology in line with OTC guidance, moving immediately into the space previously regarded by some as a threat to the audiology profession.

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Over the counter hearing aids finally green-lit for the US

 

OTC

© monticello - iStock

Days short of five years since President Donald Trump signed over-the-counter hearing aid legislation into law, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has, on August 16, at long last issued the final rule and guidance that will see the much-debated change become a reality in the USA.

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Regulatory review of over-the-counter hearing aids completed, and with changes. Is this the endgame?

 

OTC

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The long drawn-out process of regulating over-the-counter hearing aid sales in the USA may now be closer to completion following a key review of the FDA's proposed guidance.

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TECH MUNCH 7: Unitron's Nicola McLaughlin : INTEGRATING SMARTPHONES AND APPS INTO HEARING SOLUTIONS. WHAT STEP CHANGE IS NEEDED TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN?

 
 

technology

© Unitron

Who drives change in the hearing sphere? Here is a view from a Unitron expert, one of our collection of quotes from three years of Audio Infos' Technology Focus articles, authored by the British Irish Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association (BIHIMA).

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TECH MUNCH 6: Phonak's Stefan Launer: TOWARDS HOLISTIC HEALTHABLES

 
 

technology

© Daniel Hager - courtesy of Sonova

The question of wellbeing and how hearing tech can be of use in other health areas has been brought sharply into focus by recent innovations. We highlight a key observation on this from Phonak in our collection of quotes from three years of Audio Infos' Technology Focus articles, authored by the British Irish Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association (BIHIMA).

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