The Hearing Instrument Manufacturers’ Software Association (HIMSA) has announced the upcoming release of Noahlink Wireless, a new industry-standard programming device for Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) enabled hearing instruments. A wireless standard has been many years in the making, with the hope of eliminating the need for multiple wireless hearing aid programming devices.
According to Niels Munksgaard, managing director at HIMSA, the Noahlink Wireless programmer provides a completely wireless interface between your fitting computer and a patient wearing BLE-enabled hearing aids.
“The age of BLE-enabled hearing instruments is on our doorstep,” said Munksgaard. “This is why the industry’s largest manufacturers have gotten together to design a common industry-standard device for programming these new instruments.”
Noahlink Wireless has been developed with the guidance and cooperation of HIMSA’s six partner companies: ReSound, Oticon, Phonak, Sivantos, Starkey, and Widex. It is reportedly ready to support BLE-enabled hearing instruments from these companies and more.
“As additional hearing instrument manufacturers develop their own BLE products, we are confident that they will also see the value in using this common industry standard for programming their BLE-enabled hearing instruments,” said Munksgaard.
Noahlink Wireless will be sold through HIMSA distributors starting in the autumn of 2016.
For more information about the Noahlink Wireless, stop by the HIMSA booth (C04) at the EUHA tradeshow in Hannover Germany, 19-21 October 2016, or check the HIMSA website for more details.