Numerous technological novelties at the AudiologyNOW!

AUDIOLOGYNOW!

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Wednesday night at the "largest gathering of audiologists in the world", about 175 companies present their newest audiology products and services. Across more than 3,000 square meters of exposition surface, renowned hearing aid manufacturers such as GN ReSound, Hansaton, Oticon, Phonak, Siemens/Sivantos, Unitron and Widex have their stands. Numerous smaller suppliers from the entire spectrum of audiology diagnostics and hearing rehabilitation are also represented. The exhibition started, for the second year running, with the big opening party "Celebrate Audiology".

During the opening night visitors had the opportunity to inform themselves about numerous technological novelties. GN ReSound, for instance, shows the LiNX² the second generation of its LiNX hearing system, including new performance classes and building concepts. Hansaton presents the product families Sound, Jam and Beat, a totally new portfolio. Focal points on the Oticon stand are the new hearing aid families Alta2, Nera2 and Ria2. Phonak shows Bolero V its smallest IP67 certified BTE, also the Phonak CROS II for single sided deafness and the Roger EasyPen. Siemens presents the In-ear hearing aids Insio, which are offered in ITE, ITC, CIC and Invisible-in-Canal (IIC) versions. The highlight at Widex is the Power-hearing system Widex Dream.

Apart from these and many, many other new products, the 6,000 plus visitors - audiologists, students, researchers, manufacturers and retailers – are treated to a top of the bill programme of lectures and workshops dedicated to hearing, hearing loss and hearing rehabilitation until the weekend.

With its annual congress, the American Academy of Audiology wishes to support audiologists in their effort to offer ever better service to their customers and to overcome professional bottlenecks.

Two conferences featured on the first day. The Academy Research Conference (ARC) focused this year on vestibular loss. 35 percent of Americans over forty suffer from restrictions regarding their vestibular system. During the conference, internationally renowned experts shed light on various vestibular dysfunctions. The Student Academy of Audiology Conference is a high-grade education programme for audiology students.

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HEARING CARE IN A POST PANDEMIC WORLD
HEARING CARE IN A POST PANDEMIC WORLD

 
 

hearing care

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Paul Surridge, Chairman of the British Irish Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association (BIHIMA), outlines the challenges faced over the last year and looks ahead to a brighter future.

Hearing aid producers keep positive as final 2020 European sales figures confirm violent pandemic impact
Hearing aid producers keep positive as final 2020 European sales figures confirm violent pandemic impact

 

hearing aid sales

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After years of steady growth in hearing aid sales, the negative pandemic impact of 2020 has been put into figures by the European Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association (EHIMA). The total of 14.12m unit solds is bad news, but the figure is only slightly below 2016 sales.

Global Consensus can improve adult CI care, but professionals must boost awareness
Global Consensus can improve adult CI care, but professionals must boost awareness

 

cochlear implants

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The publication in 2020 of the first international consensus on the provision of cochlear implants (CI) in adults was hailed as a landmark event. Audio Infos interviews one of the authors of these consensus statements, Prof. Robert Lenarz.

WORLD WITHOUT STIGMA - Addressing the long-held stigmas associated with hearing instruments
 WORLD WITHOUT STIGMA - Addressing the long-held stigmas associated with hearing instruments

 
 
 

stigma

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The British Irish Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association (BIHIMA) interviewed one of its members, Maarten Barmentlo, Chief Marketing Officer at WS Audiology, on how the company’s Signia brand is tackling the issue of stigma in our industry.

It’s 'carry on online' for the British Tinnitus Association, whose 2021 conference will be digital
It’s 'carry on online' for the British Tinnitus Association, whose 2021 conference will be digital

 

conferences

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The Covid necessity of staging virtual rather than in-person conferences has revealed the wider international reach of the online format. This is certainly how UK charity, the British Tinnitus Association (BTA) sees it.

Sound of Metal drums up mixed reaction from the audiology community
Sound of Metal drums up mixed reaction from the audiology community

 

cinema

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Hailed as the movie that has most highlighted the trauma of sudden hearing loss, Sound of Metal has drawn reactions within the audiology community ranging from wholehearted applause to regret at “missed opportunities” and a negative attitude towards hearing restoration.

Interview with Sound of Metal director Darius Marder: “This film doesn’t have an opinion about cochlear implants.”
Interview with Sound of Metal director Darius Marder: “This film doesn’t have an opinion about cochlear implants.”

 

cinema

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Darius Marder’s double Oscar-winning movie, Sound of Metal, has chimed from sweetly to jarringly in the audiology community. In this exclusive interview, the director throws light on the complex blend of story, character portrayal, and audiological realities in this must-see film.

Company Directory

New products

Automated customisation reaches new level for Widex with its new portfolio of AI-enabled features: MySoundAutomated customisation reaches new level for Widex with its new portfolio of AI-enabled features: MySound

 
 

Hearing aids

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Widex USA has announced Widex My Sound, a portfolio of AI features including a new solution that instantly enables intelligent customisation of the company’s MOMENT hearing aids according to users’ activity and listening intent.

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GN channels new range of Enhance Pro hearing aids through popular audio brand Jabra, launching first through the Costco chainGN channels new range of Enhance Pro hearing aids through popular audio brand Jabra, launching first through the Costco chain

 
 

new product

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GN Hearing has unveiled Jabra Enhance Pro, a new premium hearing aid line-up selling medical grade hearing aid tech initially through a trusted consumer audio brand link, and in some 700 Costco Hearing Aid Centers around the world.

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June 15 UK and Ireland availability for Phonak’s long-awaited Roger On remote microphoneJune 15 UK and Ireland availability for Phonak’s long-awaited Roger On remote microphone

 

amplification

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Phonak’s new Roger On remote mic, designed to help hearing aid and cochlear implant wearers better understand speech in challenging situations like background noise and over distance, will be available from June 15, 2021 in the UK and Ireland.

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