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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 TESTING SOFTWARE BY DB DIAGNOSTICS

The Hearing Healthcare Pro Product Suite (HHC-Pro) by dB Diagnostic Systems (http://www.dbdsys.com/) has been shown to be effective and easy to use in a study. Of those who submitted to testing with HHC-Pro, new and previously undetected hearing loss was found in nearly half of the patients, and 81 percent of the patients agreed that the test was easy to perform. HHC-Pro was developed to address the need for more accurate and easier testing, as undiagnosed hearing loss has been linked to a number of other health concerns. Andrew Daly, the associate manager of the Northeast region at AHAA, said, “AHAA believes that the HHC-Pro is a transformative technology that will improve access to high-quality hearing testing and diagnosis, and ultimately lead to increased referral flow for earlier treatment and intervention.”

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RAYOVAC'S NEW BATTERY PACKAGE WINS AMERISTAR AWARD

Spectrum Brands, Inc. RAYOVAC division (http://www.rayovac.com/) has earned the AmeriStar Package Award from the Institute of Packaging Professionals for its new hearing aid battery packaging. The new packaging is the result of partnering with Plastic Ingenuity to redesign the package to address user concerns, including longer tabs for easier battery handling, a new design that allows users to remove one battery at a time more easily, and a removable dial for more convenient transport or storage. Rob Helmke, the marketing director at Plastic Ingenuity said, “As modern technology continues to evolve, we'll be keeping our eyes on today's diverse packaging needs, aiming to create innovative designs that are user-friendly, Earth-friendly, and wallet-friendly.”

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OTICON MEDICAL NAMES NEW PRESIDENT

Oticon Medical (https://www.oticonmedical.com/) has announced that John Sparacio will be the new president of Oticon Medical U.S. Sparacio will be responsible for leading the U.S. organization and the promotion of Oticon Medical's position in bone anchored hearing systems and cochlear implants. Mikael Worning, the U.S. president of William Demant Holding, said, “John brings a wealth of experience in managing a growing, state-of-the-art medical device company while maintaining a relentless focus on excellence and value.” Sparacio has more than 25 years of experience in the medical device industry, including 16 years at Smith & Nephew Orthopaedics, where he was previously the vice president of U.S. Sales, Trauma and Extremities.

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SOUND SEAL CELEBRATES ITS 40TH ANNIVERSARY

Sound Seal (http://www.soundseal.com/) is celebrating 40 years of noise management. Established in 1978, Sound Seal is based out of Agawam, MA, and employs more than 150 people, according to the company. Sound Seal is composed of three product divisions: the industrial division that addresses in-plant and environmental noise control; the architectural division that handles interiors and finishes; and the impacta flooring division that offers floor underlayments. Sound Seal acquired IAC Acoustics in December 2015 to expand and provide acoustic metal solutions, including HVAC silencers, acoustic louvers, sound control doors and windows, and sound proof rooms. Joe Lupone, the CEO of Sound Seal said, “We are fortunate that our value proposition of controlling noise in every environment continues to stand the test of time.”

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MED-EL'S BONE CONDUCTION IMPLANT SYSTEM RECEIVES FDA CLEARANCE

MED-EL (https://www.medel.com/us/) has received the de novo FDA clearance for its BONEBRIDGE bone conduction hearing implant system. BONEBRIDGE is cleared for people at least 12 years old who have been diagnosed with conductive hearing loss, mixed hearing loss, or single-sided deafness. Since its introduction in Europe in 2012, BONEBRIDGE remains the only active bone conduction hearing implant, MED-EL said. It has two parts: the internal BCI 601 implant and the SAMBA audio processor. Unlike bone-anchored hearing aids, this hearing implant is entirely under the skin, and the processor does not put much pressure on the skin, leading to a relatively low complication rate. The SAMBA processor has adaptive directional microphones that can help manage background noise or track the directional source of speech. It also has a remote control with five preprogrammed settings for different situations such as noisy environment or television and music. The processor is also discrete and easily hidden behind hair.

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