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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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NEW HEARING PROTECTION FOR INFANTS AND PRESCHOOLERS

Audio product manufacturer Lucid Audio (https://lucidaudio.com/) has released devices that will protect the hearing of young children without compromising their ability to take in sounds called HearMuffs. HearMuffs keep out irritating or damaging sounds and let in soothing ones. They also come in two advanced options—HearMuffs Soothe and HearMuffs Sounds. With a touch of a button, HearMuffs Soothe allows parents or caretakers to speak with the children wearing the device without having to remove it. HearMuffs Sounds offers the same feature plus four comforting sounds: lullaby, babbling brook, white noise, and heartbeat. HearMuffs also come with a GrowBand that adjusts and fits a wide range of head sizes. It is machine washable and can be used with newborns up to the age of 4. All versions of HearMuffs are available on the company's website.

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THERAPIES FOR INNER EAR DISORDERS ARE ONE STEP CLOSER TO REALITY

Spiral Therapeutics (http://http://www.spiraltx.com/), a pre-clinical stage company developing first-in-class therapies targeting inner ear disorders, has received positive feedback from the U.S. Drug and Food Administration (FDA) regarding its first Pre-Investigational New Drug (Pre-IND) package submission. The FDA answered Spiral's product development questions related to manufacturing and non-clinical testing, and concurred with the company's clinical development plans for its LPT99 program for preventing chemotherapy-induced hearing loss in pediatric patients. Pre-IND is a program through which the FDA's Office of Antimicrobial Products could provide advice on drug development before it begins. Spiral plans to raise additional funds for an initial Phase 1 trial, the development of new preclinical data, and the company's operations for the next 18 months.

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EMBRACE HEARING NAMED NO. 1 FOR HEARING AIDS

Consumer reviews on the independent review site Consumer Affairs have ranked Embrace Hearing (https://http://www.embracehearing.com/) as the number one company for hearing aids, citing pricing and customer service as the qualities that have distinguished the company. One customer wrote on Consumer Affairs’ website in June, “In all the places my husband checked, the regular price of hearing aids was $8,000. Ultimately, our finances were the reason why we went with Embrace Hearing. I went online and got the H-300 for my husband. Their representatives answered the phone right away and took care of us.” Embrace Hearing purchases hearing aids directly from the manufacturer, eliminating the “middle man” and saving customers thousands of dollars per hearing aid. Each hearing aid review is verified by Consumer Affairs to ensure it comes from an actual product purchaser. The site is a trusted consumer ranking resource, with more than 30,000 consumers views a month.

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BEYOND HEARING AIDS ARE NOW RECHARGEABLE

Widex (https://http://www.widex.com/) has launched the rechargeable version of BEYOND hearing aids BEYOND Z, created in collaboration with the battery manufacturer ZPower. Rechargeable hearing aids were limited to using nickel–metal hydride batteries that deliver less than a full day of power. ZPower has created a silver-zinc rechargeable battery can deliver a full day of power on a single charge with low power consumption. Widex said BEYOND products have the lowest power drain of any streaming hearing aid. Combined with the new technology from ZPower, BEYOND Z offers the longest streaming time of any rechargeable hearing aid on the market. Current BEYOND users will be able to get the new model by having their current BEYOND hearing aids retrofitted for a fee. BEYOND Z will ship late this year in the United States.

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