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UNITRON'S MOXI KISS HONORED FOR DESIGN
Unitron's (http://www.unitron.com) Moxi Kiss received a 2014 iF Product Design Award. Submissions were judged based on design, quality, finish, choice of materials, and degree of innovation. Moxi Kiss was designed to be aesthetically pleasing and functional, Unitron noted in a news release.
OTICON LAUNCHES RIA
Ria, the latest addition to Oticon's (http://www.oticon.com) performance line, includes Binaural Synchronization and the Inium feedback shield, which uses smart frequency shifting and phase inversion to suppress feedback while maintaining audibility. The product is Oticon's first entry-level hearing instrument to take full advantage of the Inium processing platform, the company said in a news release. Ria—which comes in invisible-in-canal, completely-in-canal, and behind-the-ear models—can be personalized to users’ listening preferences and typical listening situations.
In other news from Oticon, the company donated $10,780 to the National Breast Cancer Coalition in support of breast cancer research. The donation was funded by proceeds from Alta hearing device sales during the month of October.
Oticon also partnered with the American Heart Association (AHA) for the At the Heart of It campaign, donating a portion of February and March Alta hearing device sales to the AHA for research funding. The campaign emphasizes the importance of a heart-healthy lifestyle and seeks to motivate people to take steps toward improving their health and hearing, such as by getting a hearing evaluation.
STARKEY: NEW PRODUCTS AVAILABLE
Starkey Hearing Technologies’ (http://www.starkeyhearingtechnologies.com) new 3 Series Power Plus behind-the-ear (BTE) 13 is an 80-gain device with Binaural Spatial Mapping, Spectral IQ, Voice iQ, PureWave Feedback Eliminator, and SurfLink Mobile and SurfLink Media compatibility, enabling hands-free cell phone conversations and dongle-free media streaming. It is available in five technology levels and a non-wireless option.
Other recent additions to the 3 Series hearing aid line include a non-wireless option across all five technology levels for the BTE 13, and the choice of both a rotary volume control and a memory push half-button for the wireless custom in-the-ear (ITE), half-shell (HS), and in-the-canal (ITC) devices.
New value-priced technology levels also were added to the Xino lineup—i30 and i20 for the micro receiver-in-canal (RIC) 312, and 30 for the Xino Tinnitus RIC 10.
STARKEY VFUSION NOW WITH ZPOWER
Starkey Hearing Technologies’ VFusion rechargeable hearing aid battery system enables 18 hours of continuous power with ZPower (http://www.zpowerbattery.com) silver-zinc rechargeable batteries. VFusion provides a USB charging system and is compatible with non-wireless Starkey 13 and 312 custom, receiver-in-canal, and behind-the-ear devices.
MED-EL INTRODUCES SPORTS HEADBAND
MED-EL USA (http://www.medel.com) collaborated with sportswear maker Skinfit to offer a new headband with pockets designed to keep single-unit processors in place during physical activity, and microfiber material meant to protect them from sweat. The headband, which costs $40 plus shipping and handling, is suitable for use with the RONDO Single-Unit audio processor or the Amadé audio processor.
ONE DAY WITHOUT SOUND
Miracle-Ear Foundation, apparel company LGGK (Locally Grown. Globally Known.), Miracle-Ear, and 3M are asking people to spend One Day Without Sound (http://www.onedaywithoutsound.org) on May 1. Those who register for this hearing loss prevention campaign will receive information on how to prevent hearing loss and a One Day Without Sound Kit, which includes 3M noise reduction earplugs for use on May 1 to simulate hearing loss.
BHI REDESIGNS WEBSITE
The Better Hearing Institute (BHI)’s new website (http://www.betterhearing.org) includes information about hearing loss in adults and children, stories about people who are addressing their hearing loss, and an online hearing check to help visitors determine if they need a professional test. The site was updated to align it with BHI's efforts to promote an action-oriented culture of early hearing loss diagnosis, appropriate treatment, and successful management. The Better Hearing Institute is the educational arm of the Hearing Industries Association.
ELITE HOLDS ANNUAL SUMMIT
About 1,000 hearing healthcare professionals from 250 practices attended Elite Hearing Network's (http://amplifonusa.com/Pages/default.aspx) Annual Business Summit in Waikoloa Village, HI, where they could earn continuing education hours, learn about best practices in hearing healthcare from leading professionals and hospital associations, and be introduced to the industry's latest products. During the summit, a $23,000 donation from attendees and sponsors, including Starkey Hearing Technologies and Widex, was presented to the Hawaii National Guard State Family Program.
ULTIMATE KIOSK PARTNERS WITH VANDENHOOGEN & ASSOCIATES
Ultimate Kiosk (http://www.ultimatekiosk.com/site/home) and VandenHoogen & Associates of California (http://hearingaidmailers.com/) made their partnership official, with the aim of accelerating Ultimate Kiosk's expansion in the United States. Ultimate Kiosk is a proprietary software company based in Canada. Its stations, placed in pharmacies, clinics, and other community venues, allow consumers to test their hearing, and they encourage those with hearing loss to seek professional help. VandenHoogen & Associates is an international marketing company for the hearing industry.
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