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Olive Union Closes $7M Series B Funding Round

With the current round and cumulative $20M in lifetime funding, Olive says it “plans to expand beyond its existing hearing aids product line into new digital therapeutics for tinnitus and overall hearing health, and begin laying the foundation for its next generation of smart hearing technology.”

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Eargo Announces $71 Million Series E Financing

Eargo announced the closing of a $71 million equity financing, led by new co-investors Gilde Healthcare and Longitude Capital, with existing investors New Enterprise Associates (NEA), the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation, and Nan Fung Life Sciences, also participating in the round.

Understanding Hearing Aid Rejection and Opportunities for OTC Using the COM-B Model

The COM-B model provides a framework for understanding factors that influence consumer behavior when purchasing hearing aids. While OTC hearing aids have been created to address affordability and accessibility, researchers Brent Edwards and Melanie Ferguson point out that the model clearly suggests consumers will continue to reject hearing aids until the other influencing factors are addressed.

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Meeting the Challenges of OTC: Who Are Self-fitting Hearing Aids Really For?

What personal and technological factors will influence consumers’ success with self-fitting OTC hearing devices? Researcher Elizabeth Convery, PhD, looks at recent studies suggesting that OTC manufacturers and providers must address a range of important personal and device factors before self-fitting can become a viable option for adults with hearing loss.

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Individualizing Hearing Healthcare: New Opportunities in OTC Hearing Aids

With the current and future changes in hearing healthcare, we have a newfound opportunity and increased flexibility for individualized care. Whether we are considering the level of service or the application of advanced hearing aid processing, one size does not fit all. Here is a brief summary of the research about how hearing care professionals can make meaningful differences in the individual care of consumers who are using amplification products—regardless of whether these are OTC or traditionally dispensed hearing devices.

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Earphone Models for iPhones: Surprising Results When Used with a Hearing App

This study revealed that for some individuals with a mild-to-moderate high frequency hearing loss, the use of an amplifier app can result in enhanced listening performance—and even performance within normal limits in background noise. However, the quality of the earphones used does make a difference. These apps and earphones may be particularly useful for these patients who—for whatever reason—could benefit from amplification but are not yet ready for a hearing aid.

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