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Beltone Partners with Lantos and OtoSet by SafKan Health

Beltone announced two new opportunities that further elevate their standard of care through collaborations with Lantos Technologies and OtoSet by SafKan Health which Beltone has made available to their independent network of local business owners.

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Cochlear Ltd to Purchase Oticon Medical

In a surprise announcement, Demant says it plans to sell its Hearing Implants business, Oticon Medical—which includes the Ponto bone-anchored and Neuro cochlear implant systems—to Cochlear Limited for a total of DKK 850 million (US$120 million). The deal is subject to regulatory approval.

Sorenson Announces Acquisition, Appoints CEO, Board Members

Sorenson (or “the Company”), a communications provider for people who are deaf and hard-of-hearing, announced that private investment firm Ariel Alternatives, LLC has completed an acquisition of 52.5% of the Company’s common equity from existing shareholders, including Blackstone Credit, a fund managed by Franklin Mutual Advisers, and private credit accounts managed by KKR at an enterprise valuation of $1.3 billion.

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NASA Perseverance Records “First-ever” Sounds from Mars

Perseverance first recorded sounds from Mars on February 19, 2021, the day after its arrival. These sounds fall within the human audible spectrum, between 20 Hz and 20 kHz. First of all, they reveal that Mars is quiet, in fact so quiet that on several occasions the scientists thought the microphone was no longer working. It is obvious that, apart from the wind, natural sound sources are rare.

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William Demant Foundation Donates $1.2 Mill for Ukraine Crisis

The Foundation has allocated DKK 7 million ($1 million USD) to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) which is scaling up emergency response across the Ukraine and the wider region. The Foundation has designated the remaining DKK 1 million ($150,000 USD) for Demant employees to support the relief initiatives of established, officially recognized humanitarian organizations located predominately in the Ukraine and Poland.

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BIHIMA Releases Q4 Results, Annual 2021 Data

Q4 in the UK private market saw a slight dip in sales of 1% compared to Q3 of 2021, which had been a “record quarter,” but the market still saw an overall annual increase in sales of 130k units in 2021, compared with 2020, up by 46% and up by 20% on 2019, according to an announcement from The British Irish Hearing Instrument Manufacturers (BIHIMA).

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