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The HIA Industry News helps keep readers informed of legislation impacting hearing health, hearing aid technology innovations, updates on hearing device manufacturing companies, and more.

 

January 22, 2024 - Amplifon

Amplifon acquires one of the main Miracle-Ear franchisees and further strengthens its presence in the US market, the largest worldwide

The transaction perfectly fits Amplifon’s strategy aimed at further strengthening its position in the main market in the world: the combination of the acquired business with Miracle-Ear’s current direct retail network will enable the Company to further accelerate its development in the US, leveraging on added scale and creating new opportunities to pursue excellence and innovation in the service offered to its customers, for the benefit of both the direct business and franchising partners.

 

January 16, 2024 - AudiologyOnline

HearUSA Furthers Goal of Expanding Access to Simply Excellent Hearing Care with Planned Opening of 17 New Hearing Centers of the Future in 2024

Leading hearing care retailer HearUSA today accelerated its mission of expanding access to Simply Excellent Hearing Care in 2024 with the announcement of 17 planned Hearing Center of the Future openings in California, Florida, Michigan, and Texas.

 

January 12, 2024 - Signia

Signia Integrated Xperience Hearing Aid Platform Named a Winner of the 2024 BIG Innovation Awards

The BIG Innovation Awards recognize organizations and products that deliver premium innovation across verticals, bringing new ideas to life that will improve the lives of users and businesses. The new Signia Integrated Xperience hearing aid platform was recognized in the Healthcare category.

 

January 10, 2024 - AudiologyOnline

Widex Introduces “Partners in Excellence for You” Program to Elevate the Expertise of Hearing Care Professionals

The exclusive program provides HCPs with access to a portfolio of tools and resources that will improve their efficiency, increase the impact they have in their communities, and accelerate the growth of their practices. Chief among these tools is the Widex On-the-Go App, the Widex Community Giveback program, and VIP Widex Education.

 

January 8, 2024 - Hearing Health & Technology Matters

New Large-Scale Danish Study Reveals Link Between Hearing Loss and Dementia Risk; Suggests Lowered Risk with Hearing Aid Use

The study, published in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, was led by researchers at the University of Southern Denmark. They analyzed medical records of over 570,000 adults aged 50 and older living in Southern Denmark between 2003 and 2017.

 

January 4, 2024 - NPR

Hearing aids may boost longevity, study finds. But only if used regularly

"The group of patients who were using hearing aids regularly had a 24% lower risk of mortality compared to the group who never use hearing aids," Choi says. Meaning, the participants who were in the habit of wearing hearing aids were significantly less likely to die early.

 

January 4, 2024 - Hearing Tracker

Starkey Genesis AI Wins 2023 Good Design Award

Starkey is proud to announce its all-new Genesis AI hearing aids have won a 2023 Good Design® Award from The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design.

 

January 3, 2024 - Hearing Health & Technology Matters

Knowles to Showcase Latest Audio and Voice Technology Innovations at CES 2024
Knowles will demo its acclaimed balanced armature (BA) drivers, which are at the heart of recently launched products like the Edifier NeoBuds Pro 2, Razer’s Moray in-ear monitor (IEM) for streaming and gaming, and the JLab Epic Lab Edition earbuds.

 

December 19, 2023 - AudiologyOnline

Starkey Provides Hearing Healthcare in Kenya During Hearing Smiles Event

Starkey conducted a Starkey Cares Hearing Smiles Outreach event in Nairobi, Kenya, providing hearing health services to more than 150 members of the local community. The global event helped raise awareness of the important role hearing health plays in overall quality of life.

 

December 14, 2023 - Audiology Online

Advanced Bionics Extends Marvel CI with Remote Programming and Expanded Linked Two-Ear Solutions

Together with our sister company Phonak, AB remains the only manufacturer to offer linked two-ear solutions with hearing aids and cochlear implants designed to communicate and work together as a pair.

 

December 13, 2023 - Hearing Health & Technology Matters

Amplifon Expands Into Uruguay With Acquisition of Leading Provider Audical Group

Global hearing care provider Amplifon announced today the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire Audical Group, the predominant provider in the Uruguayan hearing care market. The acquisition marks Amplifon’s entry into its 26th country worldwide.

 

December 12, 2023 - AudiologyOnline

HearUSA Delivers Better Hearing Health and Strengthens Professional Development with the Opening of Hearing Center of the Future and HearAcademy Learning Center in Huntington Beach

The new Huntington Beach location joins a growing network of existing HearUSA Hearing Centers of the Future in California, Texas, and Florida that are part of a multi-year plan to roll out new centers across the country — expanding access to hearing care for the estimated 48 million Americans living with hearing loss.

 

December 6, 2023 - Hearing Health & Technology Matters

HearUSA’s Vision for Hearing Healthcare: Conversation with Company President, Nick Mengerick

HearUSA President Nick Mengerick outlines the company’s strategy to tackle the large unmet need in hearing care, including opening 25+ sleek “Centers of the Future” by March 2024.

 

November 30, 2023 – The Hearing Review

GN and Soundly Launch Digital Art Campaign for Hearing Health Awareness

The campaign, “Inside the Ear,” showcases a series of fascinating and educational videos created by award-winning digital artist, Design Cells, which illustrate the complex inner workings of the ear.

 

November 29, 2023 – The Hearing Review

Widex Wins Three 2023 Hearing Technology Innovator Awards

Widex Sound Assist, Widex Zen, and Widex SoundRelax were cited for bringing meaningful new benefits to those living with hearing loss and tinnitus across three categories: Personal Listening Device: Remote Microphone Technology; Tinnitus Management: Mobile app; and Tinnitus management: device.

 

November 28, 2023 – Hearing Health & Technology Matters

Bridging the Gap in Hearing Care Accessibility: Technology, Perception, and Adoption

This week, joined by Dr. Sophie Brice and Dr. Brent Edwards, Andrew Bellavia leads a discussion on global accessibility in hearing care, shedding light on the reasons behind the gap, focusing not only on those diagnosed with hearing loss but also individuals encountering situational struggles.

 

November 22, 2023 – Star Tribune

Eden Prairie's Starkey hopes to expand markets with AI hearing aids

The technological advances made by Starkey and other companies can be fine-tuned to the market. For older users, they are programming in such features as sensors that can detect falls. For younger users, there is a noise-canceling option (similar to that in some earbuds) and even language translation.

 

November 22, 2023 – The Hearing Review

Global Survey Reveals Percentage of Adults Satisfied with CI

The resulting report indicates that 96% of CI users expressed overall satisfaction with their implants and although the same number says they were satisfied with the services they received, the survey also revealed where services were lacking.

 

November 21, 2023 – Signia

Signia Silk Charge&Go IX Hearing Aid is Selected as a 2024 CES Innovation Awards Best of Innovation Honoree

The CES Innovation Awards recognize brands that drive innovation with outstanding design and engineering in consumer technology products across technology verticals. The new Signia Silk Charge&Go IX hearing aid – one of two hearing aids to debut Signia's industry-leading Integrated Xperience (IX) technology in September 2023 – was recognized in the Wearable Technologies category.

 

November 16, 2023 – Starkey.com

Starkey’s Genesis AI Wins Prestigious CES Innovation Award

Starkey is proud to announce its all-new Genesis AI hearing aids have been named a CES® 2024 Innovation Awards Honoree in the accessibility and aging technology category. As one of the world’s most influential technology competitions, this award honors products with outstanding design, engineering, and innovation, with winners chosen from thousands of applications around the world.

 

November 14, 2023 – Hearing Tracker

The Sound of Growth: Hearing Aid Sales Strong in Q3 2023 as Markets Normalize

In 2023, after uncharacteristically flat sales in 2022 (0.8% increase in units), unit growth has increased by 6.6% through the third quarter and HearingTracker projects it will end up just over 7% on the year.

 

November 14, 2023 - Hearing Tracker

Ida Institute Joins Demant Group

The Ida Institute’s addition into Demant strengthens the abilities of two complimentary organizations. Demant has vast technological expertise, a global presence, and proficiency in business systems and scaling. The Ida Institute is a global leader in person-centered care, communication, and counseling. Collectively, Demant and Ida have the tools to transform hearing care.

 

November 8, 2023 – FDA Law Blog

Do You Hear What I Hear? One Year of OTC Hearing Aids

Proponents of OTC hearing aids had long claimed that these products would sharply reduce price, expand options, reduce barriers to purchase, and thereby increase usage.  One year later the question begging to be answered is: have these goals been met?

 

November 9, 2023 – PRNewswire

Signia Rolls Out Local Market Promotion to Support Launch of New Integrated Xperience Hearing Aids Designed to Optimize Hearing in Noisy Environments

With only 7 in 10 hearing aid wearers currently satisfied with their hearing capabilities in group conversations, Signia's Integrated Xperience (IX) hearing aid platform is a much-needed solution that enhances the conversational experience for hearing aid users in dynamic group conversations in settings like restaurants that are typically noisy.

 

November 8, 2023 – The Hearing Review

Starkey Awards Grants to Organizations Serving Military Veterans

As the only American-owned hearing aid company, Starkey is committed to caring for those who have dedicated their lives in service of our country. To honor and support veterans in our communities, Starkey’s corporate social responsibility program launched the Starkey Cares Veteran Support Grant program and is donating $25,000 to organizations supporting veterans.

 

November 8, 2023 – AudiologyOnline

Beltone's Groundbreaking 30-Day Patient Onboarding Program Great Start Earns Prestigious Hearing Technology Innovator Award

The 30-day email/text program supports patients as they navigate the adjustment process. Beginning with the basics, the program gradually introduces the more advanced features of their specific Beltone hearing aids through short videos and user-friendly guides.

 

November 3, 2023 – AccessWire

Phonak Wins Three Hearing Technology Innovator Awards (TM)

Phonak, a leading global provider of life-changing hearing solutions, announces its recognition in three distinct categories at the fourth annual Hearing Technology Innovator Awards™. The award-winning innovations include: Sky Lumity for "Hearing Aids - BTE" category; myPhonak Junior app for "Assistive Tech & Software - Mobile Apps for Hearing Devices" category; and Phonak Slim for "Hearing Aids - Design" category.

 

November 3, 2023 – Starkey.com

Starkey’s Genesis AI Wins Hearing Technology Innovator Award

Starkey is proud to announce its all-new Genesis AI hearing aids have received a Hearing Technology Innovator Award, marking the second consecutive year Starkey has received this distinction. Through this annual international awards program, Hearing Health & Technology Matters recognizes technological innovation and achievement in the hearing industry.

 

October 30, 2023 – Hearing Tracker

ReSound President Mikkel Knudsen Draws Inspiration from Family and Changing Lives with Better Hearing

Knudsen is a newly minted American who oversees ReSound’s North American operations and a portfolio of brands including the brand-new ReSound Nexia, as well as Omnia, Key, LiNX Quattro, and Enzo Q hearing aids. He spoke to HearingTracker from his office in Bloomington, Minn.

 

November 1, 2023 – PR Newswire

Signia's Integrated Xperience Hearing Aids are Now Available to Veterans, Active Military Members, and American Indians, Enabling Unprecedented Sound Clarity in Even the Most Immersive Group Conversations

Integrated Xperience is the world's first hearing aid platform capable of pinpointing multiple conversation partners in real-time – providing unprecedented sound clarity and definition for wearers in multi-speaker scenarios, even when the wearer or speakers are in motion. Pure Charge&Go IX, the company's most flexible receiver-in-the-canal hearing aid, is the first model to launch on the Integrated Xperience platform through the VA and other government agencies.

 

October 30, 2023 – BetterHearing.org

Hearing Industries Association Announces Bridget Dobyan as Incoming Executive Director, Succeeding Kate Carr

Hearing Industries Association (HIA), the only American association to represent hearing aid technology, announces the selection of Bridget Dobyan to serve as Executive Director, effective January 1, 2024, succeeding current President, Kate Carr, who will retire on December 31, 2023.

 

October 24, 2023 – AudiologyOnline

Starkey Named to Inc. Magazine’s Power Partner List

This prestigious distinction recognizes reliable business-to-business organizations that care as much for a client's business as they do their own. Winners were selected based largely on feedback directly from customers.

 

October 18, 2023 – The Hearing Review

Visiting WSA’s New Americas Manufacturing and Distribution Center

Walesa provided a detailed yet concise tour of the AMDC facility, which officially opened in November 2022. The tour covered the gamut of its overall production workflow, which included manufacturing, distribution, and warehousing. The AMDC facility has a staff of more than 600 employees.

 

October 17, 2023 – PRNewswire

Survey: A third of Americans 50+ with hearing loss say it affects their mental health

A new survey conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of Lexie Hearing finds 64% of U.S. adults 50 and older report hearing difficulty, but only 14% have tried hearing aids and nearly a quarter have never had a formal hearing test.

 

October 12, 2023 – Hearing Tracker

Unitron Expands Vivante Family with Moxi Battery-Powered RIC and Stride Rechargeable BTE Models

Expanding the offering on Unitron’s latest platform, Moxi™ V-312 and Stride™ V-PR deliver the sound performance of Vivante, in designs that focus on comfort, aesthetics, and ease of use, providing clients with more choice to meet their needs.

 

October 12, 2023 – NIDCD

Toward developing meaningful outcome measures for adult hearing health care, and an update on NIDCD’s September advisory council meeting

NIDCD’s efforts to support the development of standard measurement outcomes in adult hearing health care that are meaningful to both the individual with hearing loss and their clinician, and how this may inform data standards for centralized repositories.

 

October 11, 2023 

Inside ReSound’s Nexia Hearing Aid Technology: A Closer Look with Laurel Christensen, PhD

This week, Laurel Christensen, Chief Audiology Officer at GN Hearing, joins host Andrew Bellavia for a deep dive into the company’s latest hearing technology: ReSound Nexia.

 

October 2, 2023 – Audiology Online

Starkey Hosts Exclusive Global AI Hearing Health Summit

At this exclusive, first-of-its-kind Summit, attendees had the opportunity to meet the minds behind Starkey’s ground-breaking hearing innovations, hear from global innovation leaders, and get a behind-the-scenes look at the science and engineering that went into the most advanced hearing technology in the industry, Genesis AI.

 

October 2, 2023 – Hearing Health & Technology Matters

WS Audiology Announces Appointment of Joerg Brandscheid as New Chief Technology Officer

Brandscheid brings a wealth of experience in research and development (R&D) to his new role at WSA. Throughout his career, he has held senior R&D positions at prominent organizations such as General Motors, Continental, Hella, and most recently, at Polestar.

 

September 29, 2023 – ReSound.com

GN Hearing pioneers the next era of hearing through sound, design and connectivity with the launch of ReSound Nexia

The microRIE is GN Hearing’s smallest and most comfortable style ever, packed with advanced technology and features. In addition, ReSound Nexia connects with AuracastTM broadcast audio enabling people with hearing loss to benefit from this new and exciting advancement in connectivity.

 

September 29, 2023 – Hearing Tracker

Beltone Launches a New Generation of Hearing Solutions with Beltone Serene

The Beltone Serene hearing aid offers a range of advanced benefits to individuals with mild to profound hearing loss. It provides natural sound, exceptional speech understanding, and all-day comfort in a discreet design.

 

September 25, 2023 – Audiology Worldnews

EUHA 2023 - Young, international, and focused on AI and OTC

While the friendly footfall around stalls in the huge space (12,730 m²) of the NürnbergMesse’s Hall 3A ticks step counters into tens of thousands, many visitors will be relaxing their frames to engage their minds, seated in lecture halls and focusing on a comprehensive programme that will not ignore the main issues in audiology today.

 

September 18, 2023 – AudiologyOnline

Widex Moment Hearing Aids Make Sweet Music for Motown Legend Duke Fakir

Four years ago, Duke was fit with Widex’s previous generation of hearing aids, Widex Evoke, by Felix Cruz — hearing instrument specialist and owner of Cruz Hearing Aid Service in Michigan. Duke was immediately impressed with the sound quality and the experience has only improved since upgrading to Widex Moment.

 

September 12, 2023 – The Hearing Review

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