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Manufacturers News

doi: 10.1097/01.HJ.0000459172.07170.82
Manufacturers News

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Beltone ( won the Chicago Innovation Award for Best Collaboration for the company's Beltone First Made-for-iPhone hearing aid. The product directly connects with Apple devices through a 2.4-GHz signal without requiring any intermediate accessories.

As part of this award, Beltone is invited to ring the NASDAQ bell in New York City and to attend meetings with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. The company also is profiled in Crain's Chicago Business and invited to business leadership training in Orlando, FL.

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Audigy Group ( was selected as one of The Oregonian Media Group's Top Workplaces of 2014. A total of 85 companies and organizations in Oregon and southwest Washington were recognized, with selection based on employee responses to a survey conducted by research firm WorkplaceDynamics.

Audigy Group is committed to creating a culture that celebrates innovative thinking, leadership, and teamwork, and to helping colleagues achieve their personal, professional, and financial goals, the company noted in a news release.

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Amplitude-modulated S-Tones, which are commercially available in SoundCure's ( Serenade device, led to a 28-percent average reduction in tinnitus perception, versus a 15-percent reduction in tinnitus perception with broadband noise, according to new research.

The SoundCure-commissioned study included 56 participants who listened to S-Tones at a carrier frequency matched at the tinnitus pitch, and to broadband noise. About 54 percent of participants showed a greater reduction with S-Tones, 20 percent showed a greater reduction with noise, and about 25 percent showed similar performance between the two stimuli. In one-third of participants, neither masker showed any effect.

The study was led by Richard Tyler, PhD, of the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

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This year, about 150 students participated in Oticon ( summer camps in Denmark and the United States, which combine seminars, discussions, and workshops with networking opportunities.

The Eriksholm Research Center in Denmark hosted new audiologists representing 27 countries, with participants learning how researchers, scientists, and audiologists use research to develop innovative hearing solutions.

In Keystone, CO, audiology graduate students from 41 U.S. universities were introduced to insights, technologies, and tools needed to personalize the hearing instrument process.

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Under MED-EL's ( 2 Ways to Hear program, new patients now have the option to wait to get their free audio processor until new technology becomes available.

In order to be eligible for the promotion, patients must choose one of the company's cochlear implant systems before Dec. 31 and be implanted in the United States. Vouchers can be redeemed for a free RONDO or a future audio processor made available by Aug. 31, 2015.

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