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The Ultimate Guide to Choose Hearing Aid Models for Buyers

For older people with hearing loss, the hearing aid selection can be confusing and painful, especially when they decide to shop online without the help of an ENT/dispenser/audiologist. As a purchaser, when you are choosing a hearing aid model from a variety of suppliers, are you also confused? Today's article will try to explain several methods on choosing hearing aid models. Based on your purchase budget The most expensive component of the hearing aid is the amplifier/DSP (digital signal processor), so we can say that the budget basically limits and thus determines the amplifier/DSP. If the purchase budget is below [...]

By |2019-10-24T03:00:50+00:00October 24th, 2019|Buyer Guidance|0 Comments

Purchasing Information: Differences between Analog Hearing Aids and Digital Hearing Aids

From analog to digital Since the ear trumpet was invented on17th century, hearing aids have never stopped innovation. In 1980, the birth of digital hearing aid brought greater hearing quality. Since then, digital hearing aids became more popular and well known by most users. Today we are going to discuss how you, as a purchaser, choose the right products for your market between analog and digital. How analog hearing aids work Analog hearing aids are relatively primitive. For hearing aids, the key components are microphone, receivers and amplifier/processer. For analog, the amplifier just amplifies and outputs the sounds at a [...]

By |2019-10-16T06:50:49+00:00October 12th, 2019|Buyer Guidance|0 Comments

Why you should consider purchasing affordable hearing aids/amplifiers from China

As the population ages, more and more elders will face a series of problems caused by their age, including deafness. For example, the baby boomers in the United States, most people are over 70 years old and daily communication may have been affected because of hearing problems. Besides, modern people are paying more and more attention to health issues. But when they are ready to solve the hearing difficulty, what will they encounter? Simply put, the price is high. In the United States, the average price of a single hearing aid is $2,372, from Hearing Tracker survey. This is a [...]

By |2019-10-16T07:05:21+00:00October 7th, 2019|Buyer Guidance|0 Comments

What you need to know for selling hearing aids or amplifiers in the USA

If you are a US seller/distributor, you may have this confusion, what is the difference between a hearing aid and an amplifier? Why some of my competitors claim that their products are hearing aids, and others are amplifiers? Are the import tariff rates the same? If you have such confusion, please review the table below to illustrate the same and different points between hearing aids and PSAPs. Hearing aid V.S. PSAP In short, hearing aids are medical devices. The FDA has strict regulations on hearing aids, including packaging labeling, marketing, device registration, etc. The amplifier does not compensate [...]

By |2019-10-16T07:06:06+00:00September 10th, 2019|Buyer Guidance|0 Comments

Will the US import tariff for hearing aids reaches 25%?—USTR unveils new list of Chinese import tariffs

Yesterday our colleague Simon received an email from his US customer, urging him to ship the goods as soon as possible. Why? Because this customer wants to get goods before the new tariff policy was finalized. Recently, the negotiations on import tariffs between China and the United States are going on in tension.  The United States is one of AZ's important market, and we also pay close attention to this topic. We hope the new tariff policy will not have a huge impact on our customers. In this article, we will briefly explain the tariff rate and current status of [...]

By |2019-10-17T06:16:26+00:00May 14th, 2019|Industry News|0 Comments

Six Aspects You Should Know When Entering Hearing Aid Market

Abstract With the opening of China's trade and the improvement of China's manufacturing and R&D capabilities, Made-in-China products are more and more popular, as well as the hearing aids. If you are purchasing hearing aid related products or plan to do so, this article is for you. It will cover the market for hearing aids, the export of Chinese hearing aids, market changes on player & product, and introduce some countries' regulation. Hope this article will help you form a better overall understanding of the hearing aid industry. Enjoy reading 😊 Reader Especially for buyers/purchaser who are interested in importing/ [...]

By |2019-10-16T07:07:50+00:00May 5th, 2019|Buyer Guidance|0 Comments

A quick look at Hearing Aid Brands–who are Big Six/Five?

When it comes to hearing aid brands, it is always confusing for consumers. There are so many brands and we are not sure which brand relates to which company/group. Today we are going to look through main brands and their company.   Above is the Hearing Technology Industry Map from Hearingtracker.com. Let's make a brief sheet of BIG FIVE hearing aid companies. Country Company Main Brand Denmark GN Resound Resound Beltone         Denmark, Singapore WS Audiology(Widex& Sivantos) Widex  Signia SiemensRexonAudio service Miracle EarA&M     Denmark William Demant Oticon Bernafon Sonic       USA Starkey Starkey Audible         [...]

By |2019-10-16T07:08:31+00:00March 2nd, 2019|Industry News|0 Comments

FDA allows marketing of first self-fitting hearing aid controlled by the user

On October 5th,2018, the Food and Drug Administration issued a press release announcing that Bose now had the approval to market a new hearing aid that could actually be self-adjusted without the help of a hearing care professional. This is a big news in the hearing industry. Although FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017 (FDARA) was signed into law on August 18, 2017, mentioning to establish a new category of over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids and the requirements that apply to them, FDA has three years from the time was signed into law in 2017 before they actually establish the criteria [...]

By |2019-07-29T05:42:57+00:00October 5th, 2018|Industry News|0 Comments

What We Learn From FDA’s Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Letter as A Hearing Aid Distributor

On July 24, 2018, William Maisel, Director of Office of Device Evaluation posted a letter to the manufacturer of hearing aids on the FDA website. The letter mentions the definition of over-the-counter hearing aids, the plan of proposed regulations on over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids, and rules that manufacturers must follow.  With this letter and industry news, we can get the answers to the following 4 questions.   Q1: What is an over-the-counter hearing aid? What benefits might end users get? Hearing aids are limited medical devices. OTC hearing aid means users could get hearing aids on stores and online without [...]

By |2019-10-16T07:09:34+00:00July 24th, 2018|Industry News|0 Comments

Mergers and Acquisitions in Hearing Healthcare—from hearing review

We know that Widex and Sivantos announced their agreement on merge On May 16.  In fact, the merger and acquisition happen a lot in hearing healthcare industry. Since the 1990s, it had never been stopped. The article from Hearing Review lists some important cases happened in the last 25 years. Below is part of the list. You could visit their website to see the full content. 1994 Siemens purchases Rexton Danplex 1999 GN purchases ReSound to become GN ReSound. 2000 Starkey Laboratories purchases Micro-Tech. GN purchases Beltone. WDH purchases AVADA. 2001 Phonak purchases Hansaton. 2002 Amplifon purchases Sonus (1300 offices) 2003 Amplifon purchases National [...]

By |2019-10-16T07:10:39+00:00May 28th, 2018|Industry News|0 Comments
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