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NewSound Receives FCC Approval for Primo W Hearing Aid

The NewSound Primo W hearing aid is powered by Energous’ radio frequency-based wireless charging technology, which “supports charging of a large variety of devices, including very small, rounded devices such as behind-the-ear and in-the-ear hearing aids,” according to the company.

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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