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Manufacturers News

doi: 10.1097/01.HJ.0000503466.58836.66
Manufacturers News

Manufacturers News covers the latest products, programs, and news from hearing healthcare companies. News releases and photographs are welcome. Please submit information to HJ@wolterskluwer.com.

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OTICON PROMOTES HEARING HEALTH AND BREAST CANCER AWARENESS

Oticon's “Hear in Pink” Campaign (www.oticon.com) is back to promote hearing health and breast cancer awareness, and raise research funds for the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC). In the months of September and October, Oticon will donate a part of all sales of the special edition pink Oticon Opn™ and Oticon Opn hearing aids to NBCC, supporting their effort to find a cure for breast cancer. The campaign will be sharing breast cancer awareness materials through their online social networks and various print media to reach out to hearing health care professionals and local communities. Oticon will also be hosting a “Hear in Pink” celebration at their headquarters with medical professionals available to provide breast cancer and wellness information.

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IDA INSTITUTE INTRODUCES NEW TINNITUS MANAGEMENT TOOLS

IDA Institute (idainstitute.com) launched three new tools to aid both patients and clinicians in the management of tinnitus care and treatment: Tinnitus Thermometer, Tinnitus Communication Guide, and Tinnitus First Aid Kid. The first two tools are intended to help hearing health care professionals develop a holistic approach in tinnitus management and provide better patient counseling. The Tinnitus Thermometer helps patients gauge their tinnitus experience when they consult with a clinician. It can also be used to monitor the patient's progress and identify the most appropriate rehabilitation plan. The Tinnitus Communication Guide is geared specifically for hearing health care professionals to help them communicate thoughtfully and effectively. The guide includes graphic tools and ethnographic videos for clinicians to better understand patient distress and challenges.

The third tool, the Tinnitus First Aid Kid (www.tinnituskit.com), is a free patient information hub with resources on how to understand tinnitus, and manage its impacts on day to day life. This tool was developed in partnership with the British Tinnitus Association, with the aim to empower patients with accessible and practical information to help them cope with their condition. However, these resources are not meant to replace professional diagnosis.

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MRI ACCESS TO BE AVAILABLE FOR COCHLEAR™ CIs

Cochlear Limited (http://www.cochlear.com/us) received FDA approval for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) use in the Cochlear™ Nucleus® cochlear implants, up to 3.0T with the magnet removed, and up to 1.5T MRI for the Cochlear Nucleus Implant Bandage and Splint Kit with the magnet in place. Cochlear's removable magnet inside each cochlear implant (CI ) makes it safe for CI patients to undergo MRI as 97 percent of radiologists do not recommend conducting MRI scans on patients with magnets inside their bodies. MRI strength can range from 0.2T to 7.0T, with 1.5T being the most common.

The Cochlear Nucleus Implant Bandage and Splint Kit are available for clinics and hospitals, and are provided with no charge.

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HAMILTON® CapTel® UNVEILS NEW NOAH® MODULE

The recent 65th Annual International Hearing Society (IHS) Convention & Expo saw the launch of the new Noah® Software Module, Hamilton CapTel's (www.hamiltoncaptel.com) latest installment to its captioned telephones for people with hearing loss. Noah 4 automates Hamilton CapTel certification forms and simplifies the ordering process in a new encrypted online ordering system. It streamlines the traditional course wherein audiologists need to complete printed forms to certify the eligibility of patients to receive a Hamilton CapTel phone for free.

The new module is certified by the Hearing Instrument Manufacturers’ Software Association (HIMSA). The update is available for download online and is offered at no cost. With Noah 4, patient information is automatically uploaded in Hamilton CapTel order forms.

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