TINNITUS ALLEVIATOR RELEASED FOR ANDROID
Android users with tinnitus can now download Tinnitus Alleviator, a treatment option developed by Neuromonics, Inc. (http://neuromonics.com/), at the Google Play Store onto their devices. Tinnitus Alleviator plays customized music to retrain users’ brains to diminish the awareness of ringing sounds caused by tinnitus. Users can try the service for 14 days for free before committing to a daily, weekly, monthly, or unlimited subscription. An in-app hearing test allows users to customize four sound tracks that best decrease the prominence of buzzing for themselves. Tinnitus Alleviator was made available for iOS devices with the same subscription options in March this year.
CLEANING TOOL FOR OPTIMIZING HEARING AIDS
NanoClean Global (http://www.nanocleanglobal.com/home.html) introduced a new cleaning tool for hearing aid users to keep their devices free from damaging wax, debris, and moisture. These Fine Instrument Cleaners are made with a stiff threader with a soft, spongy brush that could be easily inserted into vents and tubing to clean hard-to-reach areas with a “thread-and-pull” motion and absorb moisture while doing so. They are ideal for cleaning standard and thin-tubed hearing aids, tympanometer probe tubes, and in-ear sound monitors. These cleaners come in packages of 20 pre-cut strands or travel packs of five, starting at $22.49, and are available directly on the company's website or Amazon.com.
HEARABLES TO IMPROVE PRODUCTIVITY IN WORKPLACE
Technology market research firm ABI Research (https://www.abiresearch.com/) posits that enterprise hearable shipments will climb to 1 million in 2021, compared with 30,000 in 2016, across industries ranging from military to retail in its report “Enterprise Hearables: Ear-worn Wearables – Devices, Technology, Applications, and Data Management.” Hearables do not account for a large portion of the enterprise wearables market, but its popularity is expected to skyrocket with the launch of the Apple AirPods, and one of the major driving forces behind the rapid growth is companies’ desire to improve productivity and efficiency among their staff. “Hearables allow employees to take calls quickly and hands-free, and they provide the ability to use voice-activated apps to more efficiently find and relay the information needed to complete the task at hand,” said Stephanie Lawrence, research analyst at ABI Research, in a press release. The report also provides information on different types of devices within the hearables market, various market players, and future vendors.
THE THINNEST, FULL-LENGTH PERIMODIOLAR ELECTRODE FOR COCHLEAR IMPLANTS
Cochlear Limited (http://www.cochlear.com/) launched the Cochlear Nuclear Profile Implant with Slim Modiolar Electrode (CI532), which sits close to the hearing nerve to deliver focused stimulation and precise spread of excitation in patients with severe to profound hearing loss. Research found deep insertions in small cochleae yielded smaller electrode-modiolus distance and better hearing performance among patients (Audiol Neurootol. 2013;18:406 http://bit.ly/2eCnGLT). The Slim Modiolar Electrode is designed to be soft and flexible and thus, protects the delicate structures of the cochlea. It features an insertion mechanism that allows surgeons to tailor their electrode insertion approach to fit individual patients’ needs, and the device is compatible with round window, extended round window, and cochleostomy insertion techniques.