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Manufacturers News

doi: 10.1097/01.HJ.0000483275.90137.38
Manufacturers News

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ReSound ( released its Smart Hearing solutions in three camouflage designs, which are available to wearers of the ReSound LiNX2 and ENZO2.

As part of the release, the company is also donating $25,000 to the Fisher House Foundation, which provides temporary free lodging for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers. Hearing loss and tinnitus are the most common service-related injuries among the country's veterans, according to Veterans Affairs, and the Hearing Health Foundation estimates it affects 60 percent of American veterans.

The new designs are available through hearing health care professionals, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Department of Defense.

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The Ida Institute ( released new technology aimed at helping audiologists secure the future of their practices.

Fit for the Future helps clinicians identify the actions they need to take to ensure their practice keeps up with an ever-changing field. Audiologists can customize strategies for making necessary changes to daily practice in three areas, according to feedback the Institute gathered from hearing health care professionals.

* Person-centered workspaces: A welcoming and attentive front office staff and a waiting room designed for client comfort help set the tone for the appointment and ease client anxieties.

* Communications: Community education through schools, social groups, and civic groups builds awareness and understanding of hearing loss and helps to break down barriers to hearing care.

* Telehealth: Fit for the Future encourages clinicians to make virtual “house calls” for everything from remote screenings and instrument adjustments to ongoing support and rehabilitation. This technology expands access to quality care and makes it universal.

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ESCO ( announced a partnership with Hansaton to provide the Protection Plus plan, a Loss and Accidental Damage insurance plan for patients who have lost hearing instruments while still under the manufacturer's warranty.

Brochures for this plan will be sent with replacement devices to the practitioner, and the practitioners will have the option to make this available to their patients.

The insurance provides practitioners with a solution to offer patients during the manufacturer's warranty period after loss of hearing aid or after the manufacturer's warranty period ends. Patients who purchase new hearing instruments during the period of coverage will be pro-rated for the remaining portion of the term. Protection Plus's term is a 12-month warranty plan.

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EarQ ( and the National Football League's Players Association's Professional Athletes Foundation (NFLPA PAF) advanced their research program that studies the link between hearing loss and professional football players.

Based on the collected data, the two organizations can more accurately identify retired professional athletes’ hearing health concerns and work toward reducing hearing loss occurrence in current NFL players.

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