TREMETRICS ACQUIRES MONITOR INSTRUMENTS
The OSHA-compliant hearing test devices manufacturer Tremetrics has acquired Monitor Instruments, a North Carolina-based company that offers audiometers and audiometric accessories, as well as professional calibration services for audiometers and acoustic safety equipment. Monitor Instruments’ line of products will be discontinued as a result of the acquisition. All support and warranty inquiries for Monitor Instruments products will be handled by Tremetrics’ corporate office. Tremetrics designs and manufactures hearing test devices for the occupational market, from PC-based audiometers, mobile testing systems, hearing test booths, to health database management software. For any questions, visit http://tremetrics.mvinc.net/.
AUDIO TECH STARTUP WINS ARIZONA INNOVATION CHALLENGE GRANT
OTOjOY, a company that specializes in hearing accessibility and consumer audio technology, has been named an Arizona Innovation Challenge winner by the Arizona Commerce Authority, receiving up to $150,000 in grant money. OTOjOY was one of 10 winners selected from 15 finalists and more than 80 applicants in the semiannual competition, which is designed to advance innovation and technology commercialization opportunities in Arizona by helping early-stage ventures scale. Thomas Kaufmann, the founder and CEO of OTOjOY, said they are thrilled to be considered one of the most promising and innovative startups in Arizona. “Programs like this are extremely unique and the work of the Arizona Commerce Authority was genuinely one of the reasons we chose to make the Grand Canyon state our home,” Kaufmann said. “Having the local government support our work with this grant, outstanding mentorship and introductions to people who can help us continue to succeed is an incredible honor.” OTOjOY has also won a 2018 CES Innovation Award and an Edison Award, and was nominated for a Global Mobile award for its first invention, LoopBuds, which can be used like normal earbuds or in a hearing loop-equipped venue.
HLAA TEAMS UP WITH AMERICAN GIRL TO PROMOTE HL AWARENESS
The Hearing Loss Association of America is collaborating with American Girl to increase education and awareness of hearing loss in honor of the company's 2020 Girl of the Year, Joss Kendrick, the first doll with hearing loss that wears a hearing aid. Joss, a fierce athlete with a passion for surfing and competitive cheer, shows girls the importance of trying new things, pushing past stereotypes, and being a good team player. As part of the partnership, American Girl is donating $25,000 to support HLAA's educational programs that inform families and those with hearing loss about essential resources and technologies. The company is also supporting the organization's 2020 Walk4Hearing, which brings families together in 20 cities across the country to encourage hearing health and hearing protection, with a donation of Joss dolls. American Girl will collect donations for HLAA at americangirl.com and at American Girl stores nationwide from Jan. 1, 2020, to the end of the year. Barbara Kelley, the executive director of HLAA, said HLAA is proud to partner with American Girl to help girls know that, like Joss, they can be and do anything—an empowering message for girls with or without hearing loss. “I hope girls who read Joss's inspiring story will help create awareness about hearing loss among their friends and family,” she said.
AI HEARING APP AUTOMATICALLY FILTERS OUT NOISE FROM SPEECH
Singular Hearing's AI-powered hearing app HeardThat turns a smartphone into a hearing assistive device that tunes out background noise and allows those with hearing loss to hear speech more clearly. Using advanced machine learning algorithms to separate speech from noise, HeardThat listens to a noisy environment and delivers denoised speech to the user's Bluetooth-enabled hearing aid or other listening devices via their smartphone. Bruce Sharpe, the founder and CEO of Singular Hearing, said machine learning algorithms often require too much processing power to run on hearing aids or other small devices. “By leveraging the smartphone, our HeardThat App is freed from hardware constraints and so can do much more. And because it is an agile and flexible software solution, HeardThat can be quickly and continually improved upon,” he said. Singular Hearing is currently conducting a beta testing program, and anyone interested in participating can sign up at http://bit.ly/39LiKwg. The app is scheduled to be released for Android and iOS in the first quarter of 2020.