Chicago — Panasonic Healthcare Group today announced that all of the Panasonic 4-Series RIC digital hearing instruments, which include the 9-channel (WH-409MZ), 12-channel (WH-412LZ) and 16-channel (WH-416KZ), have earned the Good Housekeeping Seal after evaluation by the Good Housekeeping Research Institute.

“After a review by the experts at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute, we’re thrilled to welcome the Panasonic hearing aid products to our family of Good Housekeeping Seal-holding products,” said Patricia Haegele, senior vice president/publisher of Good Housekeeping. “For over 100 years, the Seal has been relied upon by consumers in helping them with their product purchasing decisions.”

The Panasonic 4-Series is an RIC digital open-fit hearing aid for users with mild to moderately severe hearing loss. The device’s small size (30mm x 12mm x 6.4mm) and stylish waveform design make it possible for it to be worn discreetly behind the ear.

The 4-Series features Dual Focus technology, which integrates noise reduction and directivity control to improve the accuracy of analyzing noise components. Dual Focus works by suppressing noises coming from the rear and sides, allowing for a focus on voice communication coming from the front, producing comfortable hearing conditions, and optimizing speech intelligibility.

The 4-Series joins Panasonic’s JZ Series digital hearing instruments, which earned the Good Housekeeping Seal in April 2011.

“Panasonic is again honored to be recognized by the Good Housekeeping Research Institute and to receive the prestigious Good Housekeeping Seal for our 4-Series line of Receiver-in-Canal digital hearing instruments,” said Yoshi Yuasa, senior vice president of Panasonic Corporation of North America.

SOURCE: Panasonic Healthcare Group