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AUDSTANDARD PARTNERS WITH TPA

AuDStandard (https://audstandard.com/) is partnering with the Tinnitus Practitioners Association (TPA) to support TPA's member practitioners in their efforts to improve the lives of those who suffer from tinnitus, sound sensitivity condition, and hearing loss. The benefits available to TPA members through this partnership include significant discounts on hearing products from a wide range of manufacturers, no minimum purchase requirements or cost to enroll, three-year warranties and battery discounts, and access to support and practice management services. Tucker Worster, the CEO of AuDStandard, said their company is proud to offer TPA members an unbundled approach to the traditional buying and practice management group. “In addition to providing its members with financial and practice growth benefits, AuDStandard is looking forward to supporting TPA's educational and growth efforts,” he said in a press release.

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SONIC CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF HEARING TECHNOLOGY INNOVATIONS

Sonic Innovations (http://www.sonici.us/) has launched a 20th anniversary campaign to celebrate its hearing technology breakthroughs by highlighting the company's three founders. Each founder—Thomas Stockham, ScD, Douglas Chabries, PhD, and Carver Mead, MS—has been featured in his own post on the company's blog (http://blog.sonici.com/), and was highlighted on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. The three scientists partnered to create the first nine-channel, fully digital hearing aid. Sonic also revamped their website for the 20th anniversary campaign, offering not only content on the founders but also resources for patients and hearing professionals such as information on how to seek help for hearing loss and a hotline and fitting support for audiologists.

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WIDEX INTRODUCES SECOND-GENERATION ZPOWER RECHARGEABLE SYSTEM

Widex (https://www.widex.com/) has released the second-generation ZPower rechargeable system, an upgrade that provides a more optimized charging cycle. The new system has the highest energy capacity of all 312-batteries and outperforms other rechargeable options by more than 20 percent, according to Widex. The batteries can be charged hundreds of times without losing significant capacity and can easily be replaced with standard zinc-air batteries if needed. The company also said that the system is now equipped with a new nanocoated ASIC chip that ensures the best use of short- and long-term power. An additional coating on the updated system gives vital metal parts higher protection from corrosion, so that wearers can take on any kind of weather. The ZPowered batteries are fully recyclable and mercury-free, and they use water-based chemistry that makes them stable, non-flammable, and safe for both medical and wearable purposes.

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SIVANTOS LAUNCHES ULTRA SLIM HEARING AIDS WITH PORTABLE CHARGING

Sivantos (https://www.sivantos.com/) has introduced Styletto Connect, an ultra slim hearing that offers Bluetooth connectivity and wireless charging-on-the-go. Built upon Signia's revolutionary SLIM-RIC form factor and Signia Nx technology platform, Styletto Connect combines a discrete design with connectivity to the wearer's smartphone to stream calls, music, and TV via Bluetooth, plus fully portable rechargeability. Styletto Connect comes with a pocket-sized portable charging case that powers a full day's worth of wearing with five hours of streaming on a single charge. A 30-minute fast charge adds five hours of use, or three hours of streaming. Fully loaded, the charging case delivers four days of user autonomy. Three times smaller and half the weight of other chargers with a built-in power cell, it is easy to carry around. Styletto Connect is available in the performance levels 7, 5, and 3, and includes remote-control options via the Signia myControl app. The new hearing aid is IP 68 rated.

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