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Manufacturers News

doi: 10.1097/01.HJ.0000513803.14827.65
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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EOSERA INTRODUCES AN EFFECTIVE SOLUTION TO EARWAX

Eosera (http://eosera.com/) launched Earwax MD, an over-the-counter topical drop that dissolves earwax buildup. The dual-action Earwax MD solubilizes lipids and wax while simultaneously disrupting the sheets of keratinocytes that are continually shed from the ear canal. A clinical evaluation by the company found a single treatment of Earwax MD fully cleared the cerumen impaction in 86 percent of the test subjects in 15 to 30 minutes. For stubborn cases, Eosera recommends two 15-minute applications. Earwax MD also reduces symptoms like impaired hearing, fullness, itchiness, and tinnitus by 82 percent. Earwax MD has also been proven by the company to be more effective than similar products currently available in the market, Murine Ear and Debrox. Eosera said Earwax MD is designed for both patients and hearing health care providers. Earwax MD will be available in April this year.

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LISTENIR RECOGNIZED BY INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR UNIVERSAL DESIGN

Listen Technologies (https://www.listentech.com/) has won the International Association for Universal Design (IAUD) Award in the category of communication design for its ListenIR product, which is considered by the organization to be sustainable, universal, and beneficial in promoting diversity and inclusion. IAUD Awards honor groups and individuals who work to realize a universal design community where people from all backgrounds could live without undue inconvenience. ListenIR, an assistive listening system that provides quality audio in large public spaces and works for people both with and without hearing aids or cochlear implants, is recognized for meeting universal design standards of user engagement in the design process, user-friendliness, sustainability, inclusion, dialogue, and knowledge transfer.

ListenIR uses infrared technology to deliver audio signals wirelessly from a transmitter within a venue to small receivers that an individual wears on a lanyard around his or her neck. The signals reach a cochlear implant or hearing aid directly. For individuals without these devices, they could receive the signals through headphones.

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INTRICON ACQUIRES REMAINING STAKE IN HEARING HELP EXPRESS

After taking its initial 20 percent stake in October, IntriCon Corporation (http://www.intricon.com/) has exercised its option to acquire the remaining 80-percent stake in Hearing Help Express (HHE). IntriCon already has its own line of hearing health and professional audio communication miniature body-worn devices. Acquiring HHE, a direct mail order hearing aid provider, will expand the company's catalogue and help the company tap into direct-to-consumer sales for its hearing health products. Mark Gorder, president and CEO of IntriCon, said in a press release, “HHE offers a lower-priced alternative for consumers to purchase devices directly—circumventing layers of costs associated with the conventional hearing aid channel.” IntriCon has begun mapping out the introduction of its advanced digital hearing devices into HHE's product line. The deal is expected to close in the first half of 2017.

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STARKEY OFFERS BETTER SOUNDS AND PERSONALIZATION

Starkey Hearing Technologies (http://www.starkey.com/) has rolled out new software and hearing aid accessories. All of Starkey's Synergy platform hearing aids will now work with the new operating system Acuity OS 2, which comes with an interactive intelligence feature that adapts quickly to environmental shifts and different conversations, and the Inspire software for a faster and more personalized fit. Starkey also released a new model of Halo 2, RIC 312, the smallest Made for iPhone hearing aid yet from the company, along with an updated version of the TruLink hearing control app for iOS and Android. The redesigned TruLink 4.0 gives patients the ability to personalize noise and sound management in different environments easily.

Starkey's “Made for Music” hearing aid also gets an upgrade. A rechargeable option is now available for the Muse micro RIC 312t. Along with the Muse product comes a new compact cellphone streaming device, SurfLink Mini Mobile. Patients can use Mini Mobile to connect to any Bluetooth devices and stream phone calls directly to their hearing aids. When the call is done, patients can unplug the Mini Mobile adapter and return to using the SurfLink Remote Microphone 2 for one-on-one conversations.

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PATH MEDICAL UPGRADES SENTIERO

Path Medical upgraded the Sentiero Diagnostic Desktop with air/bone/speech audiometry, manual pump control for tympanometry, and pressurized otoacoustic emissions (OAEs), making this light and portable device a complete diagnostic solution. Its tympanometry capabilities include multi-frequency probe tones, Eustachian Tube Function for intact and open tympanic membranes, and manual pump control. Its OAE tests include DPAOE threshold estimation using patented frequency modulation stimuli and multichannel testing. The battery-operated device comes with a touch screen display and a dedicated Mira database that connects with NOAH and Audbase platforms.

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