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Unitron's new North platform is designed to bring patients closer to natural hearing and address the number-one desire of hearing aid users: understanding conversations in a wide range of situations.
MED-EL USA has announced the FDA approval of its new SONNET behind-the-ear audio processor for cochlear implants, which is reportedly water-resistant, lightweight, and tamper-proof.
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Microson, Spain’s only hearing aid manufacturer, continues its expansion into Latin American and launched two new products at the recent EUHA Congress.
Figure 2a-c. Narrow Directionality output signal characteristic. a) Monaural directional output characteristic; b) Binaural beamforming output characteristic; c) binax Narrow Directionality: Binaural beamforming combined with Binaural Noise Reduction.
Introduced in this paper are two key features of the new Siemens binax system: 1) Narrow Directionality, an enhanced binaural beamforming algorithm designed for very difficult listening situations, and 2) Spatial SpeechFocus, a self-steering binaural beamforming algorithm designed especially for situations with talkers from side and back directions in noisy environments.

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The Venture hearing aid line from Phonak is said to offer twice the processing power and up to 30% less battery consumption. Audeo V runs on AutoSense OS, which represents the company’s next generation of automation technology designed to provide consumers with maximum convenience and a seamless listening experience.
Siemens Hearing Instruments has introduced its new binax hearing aid platform that reportedly provides hearing aid wearers in cocktail-party-like situations with better speech recognition than people with normal hearing.
Left to right:  Jim Kothe, MS, Oticon VP of Sales; Don Schum, PhD, VP of Audiology & Professional Relations; Nancy Palmere, Senior Marketing Manager; Marija Baranauskas, AuD, Director of Education and Training; behavioral scientist James Kane, keynote speaker; Oticon President Peer Lauritsen; Sheena Oliver, VP of Marketing and Mike Irby, Manager of Business Development.
More than 500 US hearing care professionals attended the 2014 Human Link Conference, “Hearing Care is Health Care,” hosted by Oticon which focused on the growing body of research showing the connection between hearing health and brain health.
Oticon’s “brain first” technology is designed to help provide better hearing with less effort by giving the brain the clearest, purest, sound signals to decode.
BrainHearing combines four features—Speech Guard E, Spatial Sound, YouMatic, and Free Focus—that are designed to work together continuously to provide the brain with the input needed to hear more clearly, with reduced listening effort.
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An introduction to localization, factors that influence localization when wearing hearing aids, and what steps can be taken to improve localization ability for hearing aid users.
"Can we get to the point where hearing aids, like glasses, are the symbol of a solution, rather than a problem?" Dennis Van Vliet, AuD ponders that question in the August 2014 Final Word column.
US net unit hearing aid sales increased by 4.75% in the second quarter of 2014, following a relatively flat (0.95%) sales in the first quarter, perhaps due to record harsh weather. At mid-year, the hearing instrument market is up 2.9% compared to the same period last year.
According to HIA statistics, second-quarter US hearing aids sales increased by 3.3% for the commercial market and 10.2% for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) compared to the same period last year, for a total quarterly increase of 4.75% over Q2 2013. At the mid-point of 2014, total hearing aid unit sales have increased by 2.9%.
In just over a decade, RIC/RITE hearing aids have taken over half the US hearing aid market. What implications does this hold, and will RICs continue on their unparallelled growth trajectory?
Quarterly hearing aid net unit volume for the private/commercial sector (blue bars) and the US Dept of Veterans Affairs (VA, in red bars). Yearly unit growth percentages for the entire market (private + VA) shown at top.
US hearing aid unit sales in the first quarter of 2014 increased by less than a percentage point (0.95%) for the total market, and by one-tenth of a percent (0.12%) for the commercial (non-VA) sector compared to the same period last year, according to recently released HIA statistics.
Figure 2. Color chart showing different skin colors.
A new treatment for BTE and RIC/RITE receiver tubing and wire covers is designed to dye the hearing aid plumbing for an even more invisible, personalized match to the individual’s skin color.
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Starkey Hearing Technologies has introduced Halo, a Made for iPhone® (MFi) hearing aid engineered to be compatible with iPhone, iPad® and iPod® touch.

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A recent study suggests that most people view retirement in three different phases. And this has some important implications for hearing aid use.
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By providing information about hearing aid retention strategies throughout early childhood, collecting accurate information about daily hearing aid wear challenges, and working as a team, it should be possible to find appropriate strategies to keep children “on the air,” facilitating listening, language, and learning.
A short history of e2e wireless from Siemens’ perspective, as well as the new wireless advances in the hearing instrument industry and the benefits provided.
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Hearing aid unit sales increased in 2013, and behind-the-ear hearing aids with external receivers now make up more than half of all hearing aids sold, according to year-end US statistics from the Hearing Industries Association.
A perspective from years of testing hearing aids on their performance in music and commentary about Marshall Chasin's January 2014 HR Tech Topic article about the Widex Dream device.