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Manufacturers News

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Manufacturers News

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

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SIGNIA UNVEILS INVISIBLE, READY-TO-WEAR HEARING AID

Signia (https://www.signiausa.com/) introduced Silk, a nearly invisible and ready-to-wear completely-in-the-canal (CIC) hearing aid. The new device is equipped with Signia's Click Sleeve, a soft silicone sleeve available in six variants to accommodate different ear canals and hearing needs, to offer immediate and comfortable fit. Scott Davis, CEO of Signia, said in a press release that this feature allows the device to combine the acoustic and cosmetic benefits of an advanced CIC with instant availability. “First-time hearing aid wearers often prefer the near-invisibility that up until now could only be achieved with a custom-made CIC, yet they don't like the extra wait time needed for the manufacturer to build the instruments,” Mr. Davis said.

Silk is powered by Signia's primax platform and binaural OneMic directionality, which help users understand speech in noisy environments. Silk users can adjust their hearing aids through the Signia touchControl app on their smartphones or stream audio devices wirelessly with the optional easyTek accessory. Silk is available in three performance levels (3px, 5px, and 7px) and is suitable for the treatment of mild to severe hearing loss.

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ON SEMICONDUCTOR HONORED WITH CES 2017 INNOVATION AWARD

ON Semiconductor (http://www.onsemi.com/) was chosen by the Consumer Technology Association as a CES 2017 Innovation Awards honoree in two categories—its Ezairo 7150 SL audio processing hybrid module in the Tech for a Better World category and its Smart Passive Sensor (SPS) in the Embedded Technology category. The Phoenix, AZ-based company's Ezairo 7150 SL is an audio processor that brings wireless connectivity to hearing aids and cochlear implants, while its SPS products, the SPS1M and SPS2T, are ultra-thin, self-powered devices that work autonomously to sense parameters like temperature, moisture, pressure, and proximity in an energy efficient manner.

The CES Innovation Awards is an annual competition that recognizes outstanding design and engineering in consumer technology products. Other honorees include Lenovo, Corp., Smart Home, and LG Electronics Inc.

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DOPPLER LABS PARTNERS WITH GLOBAL CITIZEN FOR HEARING HEALTH CAMPAIGN

Doppler Labs (https://hereplus.me/), a wearable technology company, has teamed up with the social action platform Global Citizen to promote awareness of the importance of hearing health through the #HereTogether campaign (http://glblctzn.me/2jk44NK). The movement on Twitter aims at bringing hearing health to the forefront of a global conversation. Doppler Labs explained the impetus behind this campaign on #HereTogether's web page: “As technology, accessibility, attitudes, and culture have evolved, innovation in hearing health and the perception around assistive hearing technologies have remained painfully stagnant.” The campaign has already garnered a lot of attention on social media.

Founded in 2013, the San Francisco-based company developed Here One, wireless headphones that can be controlled using a smartphone app and possess hearing aid features such as environment sound control, smart noise filters, and speech amplification. Here One is currently in pre-order online.

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BOSE INTRODUCES HEARPHONES, HEARING AID-LIKE HEADPHONES

The well-known audio equipment maker Bose Corporation (https://www.bose.com) has launched new earbuds named Hearphones (http://hearphones.bose.com/), which has features similar to those found on hearing aids. Hearphones are equipped with directional microphones that help users focus on conversations in noisy environments. It also comes with Active Noise Reduction, which allows users to tune out background noise, and can be paired with the Bose Hear smartphone app to customize the sound. Hearphones can be paired with televisions as well as be used in live performances to control the volume.

The company has finished demonstrations and sales events in Framingham, MA, where its headquarter is located. Bose plans on hosting additional events for customers to try Hearphones at select retail locations in the United States in late January.

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