Tag: ITE



Lantos Technologies Relaunches So Professionals Can “Own the Ear” with Custom ITE/RIC Fittings

Lantos Technologies wants hearing care professionals to "own the ear" by providing better technology for the 3D scanning and replication of the dynamic ear canal–for improved sound quality, reduced feedback, and better comfort and retention for the wearer. Learn more about the Lantos relaunch and watch a short interview of company CEO Paul Harkness who provides his perspectives on customizing hearing aid fittings for enhanced patient-centered care and greater customer satisfaction.

Will Hearing Aid Sales Top 4 Million Units in 2018?

According to HIA statistics, the US hearing aid market has experienced sales gains of 5.9% and may exceed 4 million hearing aid units dispensed by the end of 2018. Here’s a summary of the US hearing industry statistics through the third quarter of this year, including a look at the most-common styles of hearing aids sold.

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Sonic Introduces New Styles and Performance Levels for Enchant

Designed with a focus on size to create a “first-rate fit,” Enchant custom models reportedly use a variety of venting, amplifier, and battery configurations to build the smallest possible instruments to satisfy individual preferences for style, comfort, and gain. Feature options include four receiver sizes (75-100 dB), advanced wireless communication with 2.4 GHz, Near Field Magnetic Induction (NFMI) technology, dexterity enhancements for easier handling, and more.

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More is Not Necessarily Better…

Custom hearing aids—whether they are in-the-ear (ITE), in-the-canal (ITC), completely-in-the-canal (CIC), or invisible-in-the-canal (IIC)—have acoustic pathways between the receiver and the end of the bore that are on the order of 10 mm or less. This is also the case with occluding RIC style hearing aids. And this is also the case with in-ear monitors that musicians use.

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US Hearing Aid Unit Sales Increased by 8.7% in 2016

According to HIA statistics, 3.65 million hearing aid units were dispensed in the United States during 2016—or 8.7% more than in 2017. For the private/commercial sector, hearing aid unit sales grew by 10.6% in 2016—a strong follow-up to the 7.8% gains experienced in 2015. However, when accounting for gains by Big Box retailers and other factors, unit gains for most dispensing practices in 2016 were more likely to be around 6%.

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