REXTON ANNOUNCES NEW LINE OF RECHARGEABLE HEARING AIDS
Rexton, a hearing aid manufacturer, introduced a new line of rechargeable, MotionCore (M-Core) behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids April 20, including the M-Core B-Li P, M-Core B-Li M, and M-Core B-Li HP, which is the company's first high-power, rechargeable, BTE hearing aid that provides up to 61 hours of battery life on one charge. These devices, designed for people with moderate to severe hearing loss, combine the M-Core platform with High-Resolution Soundpro technology.
The High-Resolution Soundpro's predecessor, the Soundpro, could identify six hearing situations and auto-apply unique listening profiles, while the latest version can automatically optimize settings for 120 hearing situations. Individually, the B-Li P contains galvanic hearing technology, comes equipped with T-coil, and has up to 27 hours of runtime, including up to 5 hours of streaming; the B-Li M comes with inductive charging technology and also up to 21 hours of runtime, including streaming of up to 5 hours; and the B-Li HP is equipped with optional T-coil, galvanic charging technology, and up to 61 hours of runtime with up to 5 hours of streaming. All these devices are available in 10 combinations of colors and compatible with Rexton accessories and platforms such as the Smart Key, Smart Mic, Smart Transmitter, and Rexton app.
The company also introduced two new portable chargers—the Charging Station, included with the B-Li P and B-Li HP, and the Charging Station+, an optional device that provides a built-in drying cycle and a UV light sanitizing cycle.
STARKEY'S LIVIO EDGE AI CHOSEN AS MDEAS FINALIST
Livio Edge AI, made by global hearing technology company Starkey, was announced as a finalist in the Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Products category for the 2021 Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEAs), the company announced April 26. The MDEAs have been celebrating notable accomplishments and breakthroughs in medical product design and engineering since 1998.
Livio Edge AI hearing aids contain Edge Mode, which, with one double tap, performs an AI-based analysis of the hearing environment and immediately adjusts accordingly. It is also a Healthable hearing aid, which means it can track users’ daily steps, measure their movements, and monitor heavy physical activity. It can also monitor users’ social engagement by tracking active listening.
“We are honored to receive this award from the medical community,” said Archelle Georgiou, MD, chief health officer of Starkey. “We are working hard to change the conversation about hearing health care, to help people understand that better hearing isn't just a nice-to-have—it's essential to overall health.”
BELTONE AND CLOROX COLLABORATE ON ‘SAFE AND SOUND’ ENVIRONMENTS
Hearing aid company Beltone will integrate Clorox products into its existing cleaning protocols at participating North American locations, Beltone announced April 28. They are aiming for these locations to be what they like to call “safe and sound,” and it's yet another step in their mission to make sure their locations are as especially clean as possible in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The health and well-being of our patients is our number one priority. Especially since a majority of our patients are older adults, who are at a higher risk of developing serious complications if exposed to the COVID-19 virus,” said Mike Halloran, president of Beltone.
Products by Clorox will be regularly used to clean participating Beltone locations, including Clorox Disinfecting Wipes and Clorox Hand Sanitizer. The company will also continue to follow guidance and procedures from the Centers for Disease Control, such as using personal protective equipment. Other steps Beltone has taken to protect clients since the start of the pandemic include drive-through and curbside care, as well as the new Beltone Remote Care Live telehealth service.
CLEARCAPTIONS CERTIFIED BY FCC TO INCORPORATE ASR
ClearCaptions, which provides call captioning services for individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing, received certification from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to incorporate Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) into their services, the company announced April 22. ClearCaptions already provides near real-time transcriptions of spoken phone conversations on specially made home phones, iPads, and iPhones, and ASR will increase the speed and accuracy of these transcriptions.
ASR will allow ClearCaptions to provide full capitalization and punctuation and more consistent experiences for users, in addition to more speed and accuracy. ASR will at first be used for overflow purposes, which will allow ClearCaptions to continue growing without hiring more staff or building physical call centers, so the company can be freed up to add servers to meet customer demand.
The FCC National Testing Lab showed that with ASR, ClearCaptions’ captioning error rate is as much as 5% lower than the error rate with human-assisted captioners. The company also tested with external testing company Cositics LLC, and it found its ASR-only captioning was approximately 1% more accurate than the industry average for CA-assisted captioning.