Category: In the Ear

Philips Hearing Aids Introduced by Demant

The Philips brand portfolio–one of the world’s best known and leading health technology brands–will enter the hearing aid market in a complete range of Philips HearLink premium hearing aids. Demant, the exclusive hearing aid brand licensee of Philips, looks to the potential of addressing new segments on a global scale combining first-class hearing technology with a well-known brand.

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Signia Styletto Receives 2019 iF Gold Design Award

The iF jury, consisting of 67 international and independent design experts, stated that Styletto “is an important and empowering device [with] a strong, bold design. The appearance of this hearing aid communicates a strikingly positive and confident identity. The clarity of execution and the outstanding combination of materials for each element is overtly impressive.”

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University of Minnesota to Lead $9.7 Million Grant to Improve Hearing Restoration

The vision of this new grant project is to implant an electrode array directly into the auditory nerve. This approach not only provides access to the hearing pathway for those who cannot be implanted into the cochlea, but may also improve activation of the auditory pathway to the brain that could be helpful for hearing in noisy environments and music.

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IntriCon Reports Sales Increase of 28.5% in 2018

IntriCon, a major value-based hearing device and PSAP developer and manufacturer, announced revenues of $116.5 million in 2018, up 28.5% from $90.6 million in 2017. The company sees continued growth ahead, as its President and CEO Mark Gorder predicts FDA guidance on over-the-counter hearing devices by the end of this year, with final OTC regulations by the first half of 2020.

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Better Hearing is Better Living

This study supports the idea that modern hearing aid technology improves patients’ quality of life to a greater extent than shown in previous studies. While it is not possible to determine the degree of the direct relationship, it appears that own voice processing leads to talking more in important communication situations, and, in turn, helps lead to this improvement.

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Sonion and Valencell Demo RIC Hearing Aid with Embedded Biometric Sensor at CES 2019

The BiometRIC measures key vital signs and activity levels and will help address the documented comorbidities associated with hearing loss, including cognitive impairment, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, stroke, arthritis, and cancer. In addition, BiometRIC will provide a platform for Valencell and Sonion to deliver future innovations in hearing aids, such as measuring blood pressure and blood oxygenation.

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BIHIMA Releases Q3 Results on UK Hearing Aid Sales

According to BIHIMA’s announcement, the “most significant” development is the continued growth in the number of units distributed through the private market in the UK: the number of unit sales increased by 2,756 units (3.5%) from the previous year and by 2,638 (3.3%) from Q2 2018. YTD (year-to-date) unit sales were also up 3.8% from 2017.

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FDA Announces Revamping of Product Approvals and 510(k) Program

The FDA has announced it will be modernizing its 510(k) clearance pathway, which accounts for the majority of devices that the Agency reviews, in what it characterizes as a “generational change.” Specifically, the Agency says it will concentrate on more recent predicates and technological advances in its future decision-making process, and ramp up its post-market surveillance of products.

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