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Manufacturers News

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Manufacturers News

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Oticon Medical ( received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for two medical products.

The Minimally Invasive Ponto Surgery (MIPS) is a refinement of the tissue preservation surgery for use with Oticon's Ponto System, and is performed with minimal skin penetration and less interference to soft tissue. The goal of MIPS is to reduce the risk of any complications following surgery by minimizing the surgical intervention.

MIPS is recommended for adult patients with normal bone quality and bone thickness above 3 mm, where no complications during surgery are expected. Children with normal bone quality and bone thickness above 4 mm—typically those older than 12—may also be candidates.

The Ponto BHX Implant promotes stronger osseointegration and increases the strength of the bone-to-implant interface. A combination of Biohelix and the OptiGrip geometry, the device is ideal for use in minimally invasive surgeries and aims to lower the loss rate among both children and adults with soft and compromised bone.

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During February and March, Oticon ( will donate a portion of Alta2 proceeds to the American Heart Association to fund heart health education and research as part of its annual “At the Heart of It … We Put People First” campaign.

Oticon will partner with hearing health care professions to ensure its campaign's message reaches the population across the country.

The campaign is designed to underscore the role of hearing health in overall well-being and motivate individuals to regularly schedule hearing check-ups. Lifestyle and mental well-being impact hearing, and vice versa. The Better Hearing Institute report a higher level of physical activity is associated with heart health and a lower risk of hearing loss.

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The University of Santo Tomas (UST), the Catholic University of the Philippines, presented William F. Austin, founder of the Starkey Hearing Foundation (, with the UST Golden Cross Award.

Mr. Austin was awarded for his effort to use hearing as a vehicle to change lives. He and the Foundation team traveled to the Philippines to provide free hearing aids and hearing health care to more than 9,000 Filipinos over the course of three weeks. The Foundation has provided almost 2 million hearing aids to more than 100 countries.

The UST Golden Cross Award, the highest award granted by the university, is given to individuals who excel in the promotion of the arts, humanities, and sciences, or have distinguished themselves by their commitment to serve society.

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Dry & Store (, the company behind hearing instrument care and maintenance, added DryDome to their product portfolio.

DryDome is a convection dryer that provides moderate convection heat to remove moisture from hearing instruments. The small product, powered by a micro-USB, is free of chemicals and comes with a two-year warranty.

The company warns of the effects moisture build-up has on hearing aids, including the corrosion of battery contacts, hinges, and other mechanical components over time. The most commonly given reasons for repairs are moisture and earwax.

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ZPower ( announced that its facility and devices are registered with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The company's facility in Camarillo, CA, became an FDA-registered Medical Device Establishment for the manufacturing of medical device accessories.

ZPower's rechargeable system takes the place of about 200 disposable batteries and lasts one year.

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