William Demant Acquires Neurelec

In the latest move in the cochlear implant industry, William Demant Holding Group has acquired French cochlear implant manufacturer Neurelec.

William Demant is the parent company of Oticon, known for hearing aids, and more recently, bone-anchored hearing aids.

Patent Application Filed for Hearing Instrument Controller

patent application figure 4Our own Howard Samuels has filed a patent application for an inertial sensor-based hearing instrument controller.

A sensor in the processor or hearing aid replaces some or all of the typical controls, such as power switch, volume, and program selection.  By sensing motion, finger taps, or presses on the device, the power can turn on and off automatically, and the user can make adjustments without using any switches or knobs.

By eliminating the usual mechanical controls, the device can be made smaller, more reliable, and more waterproof.

Read about it on NewsRX.com!