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Manufacturers News

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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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MARTIN GRIEDER JOINS SONOVA

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Martin Grieder, MBA, was appointed group vice president for Phonak, announced Sonova Holding AG (sonova.comhttp://www.sonova.com/en). In this newly created role, he will oversee Phonak's worldwide business, including profits and losses, which previously were supervised by the CEO. Mr. Grieder had worked for Nestlé since 1992, where he most recently was in charge of commercializing BabyNes, an infant and toddler nutrition system.

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BELTONE ANNOUNCES NEW FOUNDATION

The Beltone Hearing Care Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that will donate hearing instruments to those who need hearing help and may not otherwise be able to access it, Beltone (beltone.comhttp://www.beltone.com/) said in a news release. Individuals and organizations are eligible to get assistance from the Foundation through direct nominations by Beltone staff or network members.

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AUDIOLOGY SYSTEMS OFFERS ONLINE STORE, COURSE

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The new Audiology Systems (audiologysystems.comhttp://www.audiologysystems.com/) Webshop is an online shopping site selling Otometrics accessories and supplies for Aurical, Madsen, and ICS.

The website works similarly to other online shopping sites, with features like a search function and navigation bar for sifting through product categories. A secure server processes orders immediately, and in-stock items ship within 24 hours.

Audiology Systems also will offer the videonystagmography/electronystagmography (VNG/ENG) course, facilitated by balance expert Kamran Barin, PhD, assistant professor emeritus in the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery and the Department of Speech and Hearing Science at Ohio State University.

The course, which will be held Oct. 13-15 in Chicago, is designed to provide information necessary to make the VNG/ENG test an effective part of the diagnostic process. Registrations should be submitted before Aug. 31.

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HTI RELEASES SANITIZER DRYER

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Hearing Technologies International (hearingtech.comhttp://www.hearingtech.com/) introduced an improved, low-cost universal sanitizer dryer designed for all styles and models of hearing aids. The dryer includes a UV-C germicidal lamp that sanitizes for the first seven minutes of use. The product's gentle controlled heat aims to prevent costly breakdowns and maintain optimal performance by removing harmful moisture and helping dry wax for removal. Free custom labeling is available, and most logos can be printed.

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OTICON COMMEMORATES 110 YEARS

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To mark its 110th anniversary, Oticon (oticonusa.comhttp://www.oticonusa.com/) launched 110 Days of Giving in June, during which the company will donate $110 to 110 charities chosen by hearing healthcare professionals throughout the United States. Oticon was founded in 1904 by Hans Demant.

Advances made by the company over the past 110 years include the digital hearing instrument Digifocus, the cognitive-friendly hearing system Agil, and, more recently, Alta, a newer way for hearing healthcare professionals to factor more personal dimensions into each fitting.

This year, the company introduced an upgraded Streamer Pro that enables customers who purchase Oticon wireless hearing instruments to connect to Apple devices through the Oticon ConnectLine app.

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UNITRON CELEBRATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY

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Unitron (unitron.comhttp://unitron.com/content/unitron/splash-2013.html) is commemorating 50 years of working with hearing healthcare professionals and providing products and services to them and their patients. The company will mark its anniversary with local events celebrating favorite sounds of the past 50 years. Unitron was founded in 1964 in Newfoundland, Canada, by Fred Stork, Rolf Strothmann, and Rolf Dohmer.

The company's signature products include AntiShock, SmartFocus, and, most recently, SpeechZone 2. Unitron now delivers hearing instruments in 70 countries through 20 international offices and a network of distribution partners.

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ZPOWER RAISES $10 MILLION

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ZPower (zpowerbattery.comhttp://zpowerbattery.com/) will take advantage of recent financial gains of $10 million to accelerate the adoption of its silver-zinc rechargeable batteries, which are used by hearing aid manufacturers. The additional funding brings the company's total to $110 million from investors. ZPower is financed entirely by private investors.

The batteries were recently launched by Starkey Hearing Technologies for use in the VFusion Rechargeable Battery System. They deliver up to three times the energy of nickel-metal hydride rechargeable batteries and up to 18 hours of continuous use, ZPower noted in a news release.

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