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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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PHONAK INTRODUCES NEW DEVICES

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Phonak (phonak.comhttp://www.phonak.com/) added the CROS II and Bolero V to the company's product portfolio.

The CROS II wirelessly transmits sound from the non-hearing ear to a Venture hearing aid worn on the better hearing ear. The CROS II is designed to be easier to fit and features StereoZoom, which focuses on a single voice in a crowd. It's available in 11 colors and compatible with Phonak's Audéo V (receiver-in-canal [RIC]) and Bolero V (behind-the-ear [BTE]) hearing aids.

The new Bolero V is water-resistant and dust tight, and it targets a wide range of hearing loss levels. Available in three models and four performance levels, the device comes with an integrated Tinnitus Balance noise generator and connects to the entire Phonak Wireless Communication Portfolio.

Bolero V runs on AutoSense OS, which uses about 200 settings to match the listener's sound environment, and is compatible with the Phonak Support App and Phonak EasyCall, which connects any Phonak wireless hearing aid with any Bluetooth-enabled cell phone.

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SIVANTOS EXTENDS PRODUCT FAMILY

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The binax platform is now available in Insio and Motion hearing instruments, Sivantos (sivantos.comhttps://www.sivantos.com/en/) announced.

The Insio binax family of instruments offers binaural directionality in hearing aids that have only one microphone, including completely-in-the-canal and invisible-in-the-canal devices, allowing users to focus on speech coming from the front while suppressing sounds from the back. In a bilateral fitting, binaural OneMic directionality combines microphone signals from both hearing aids to create a virtual four-microphone network. All Insio binax models are compatible with the Siemens touchControl app.

The new Motion binax is equipped with binaural capabilities, such as Narrow Directionality and Spatial SpeechFocus. The Motion SX binax and the direct audio input (DAI)-ready Motion SA binax have a new, compact housing design, and the Motion PX binax is designed to provide a high level of amplification and cover a broad range of hearing losses.

The tinnitus therapy function in binax hearing aids now includes new ocean wave therapy signals. Users can choose from four nature-inspired themes, in addition to static therapy signals.

In other news from Sivantos, the company and Audibene GmbH (audibene.dehttps://www.audibene.de/), a European portal for hearing healthcare case management and hearing aid purchasing, announced a partnership and investment agreement.

Audibene provides consultations with hearing healthcare providers over the phone and through its website, and local hearing healthcare providers deliver in-office fittings and care. The company has about 180 employees in Germany, the Netherlands, and Switzerland.

Sivantos will support Audibene to expand its model internationally. The partnership's focus is on transferring Audibene's success in digital media, phone support, and the establishment of a partner network to the realignment of Sivantos.

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POWER ONE LAUNCHES APP

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Audiologists can register as Power One (powerone-batteries.comhttp://www.powerone-batteries.com/) professionals through the company's new app, informing consumers of the nearest location selling these batteries. Consumers can use the app to access reminder settings for medications and battery ordering, a mirror function for inserting hearing aids, and a battery guide answering frequently asked questions about various battery types.

The app is free and available from the Apple Store, the Google Play Store, and the Windows Phone Store.

The company also announced its new wireless-approved, mercury-free, zinc-air hearing aid batteries, which are geared to offer maximum energy density to meet the requirements of newer hearing instrument models.

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MEDTRONIC ACQUIRES COMPANY

Medtronic (medtronic.comhttp://www.medtronic.com/us-en/index.html?cmpid=mdt_com_orcl_us_home_f52_plc_home&utm_source=mdt_com_orcl_us_home&utm_medium=f5_redirect&utm_campaign=PLC_Launch_2015) completed its acquisition of Sophono, a privately held developer and manufacturer of magnetic hearing implants.

Along with the acquisition of Sophono comes the Alpha 2 MPO, a magnetic bone-conduction hearing implant for those with single-sided, conductive, or mixed hearing loss. The transcutaneous Alpha 2 enables hearing restoration through a minimally invasive procedure, allowing patients to have improved hearing without potential skin-related issues.

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SYCLE PARTNERS WITH EPIC

Sycle (web.sycle.nethttp://web.sycle.net/) is offering EPIC hearing device service contracts to participating providers’ patients. The contracts give protection from electronic or mechanical failure and accidental damage.

The company, which is focused on hearing care practice management solutions, will also partner with EPIC Hearing Insurance Agency, with the aim of reducing the cost of hearing device maintenance and repairs.

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