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Sep 29, 2015
Stride leads the way in patient-centric design

New family of BTE and ITE product styles designed to remove patient barriers

 

September 29, 2015 – Kitchener, Canada – Unitron, a global innovator of technologically advanced hearing solutions, today unveiled Stride™, a new family of freshly designed BTE and ITE hearing instruments built on the North sound processing platform. Stride leverages Unitron’s patient-centric design philosophy and is packed with technologies that truly let patients focus on conversations in all listening environments.

 

Patient-centric design across BTE and ITE styles on the North platform
Stride joins the Moxi™ product family on the North platform, offering a BTE that pairs design focus with intuitive controls and ITEs that incorporate our premium technology in smaller styles including a 10A wireless directional and marry innovative design with durability. The Stride family of BTE hearing instruments delivers the natural sound and enjoyable conversations patients love in two wireless 13 battery options. Stride P pairs design with dual controls and Stride P Dura offers moisture resistance and durability without sacrificing style. Stride ITE hearing instruments are freshly designed inside and out and customized for comfort, and include new volume control, push button, plasma coating and microphone ports that reduce moisture and debris ingress to improve the patient experience.

 

“Stride is the next instalment in our patient-centric design philosophy, initially launched to market with the award-winning Moxi product family, says André de Goeij, Director of Product Management and Product Marketing, Unitron. “We are excited to extend that same industrial design innovation – a capability truly unique to Unitron – across BTE and ITE lines,” says André de Goeij. “ITEs continue to enjoy a high level of reliance in clinical practice, and remain a very important part of Unitron’s product portfolio.”

 

Paired with industry-first solutions FLEX and Log It All for greater in-clinic success
Stride is paired with unique, industry-first solutions such as FLEX™ and Log It All designed to spark evidence-based conversations that grow trust, motivate patients to act, increase patient satisfaction and ultimately, build practices. Over 80% of FLEX customers believe the solution improves the patient experience and report an increase in the number of patients purchasing hearing aids. Log It All, an industry first data logging solution, enhances FLEX by allowing HHCPs to gather information from a patient’s experiences wearing hearing instruments to create evidence-based conversations about their lifestyle and technology level choices. New patient-facing screens within the Log It All solution allow clinicians to easily paint a picture for an individual of their daily listening behaviors and patterns, further enriching patient conversations.

 

“Stride’s patient-centric design brings new BTEs and ITEs to market, rounding out Unitron’s offerings on the North platform. This new fresh product family gives our customers a wide range of style options and even more avenues to help their patients enjoy, understand and take part in conversations in multiple listening environments,” says Bruce Brown, Global Vice President of Marketing, Unitron. “Coupled with FLEX and Log It All, Stride offers HHCPs a truly differentiated offering that boosts in-clinic success and enhances the patient experience.”

 

 

About Unitron
Unitron is a global company that understands the hearing healthcare business is built on strong, personal relationships. We work closely with hearing healthcare professionals to improve the lives of people with hearing loss. A member of the Sonova Group, Unitron has a proven track record of developing hearing innovations that provide natural sound with exceptional speech understanding. Headquartered in Canada, Unitron distributes its full line of hearing instruments to customers in over 60 countries. For more information, please visit us on the web at unitron.com.
 

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Tracy Phillips

Corporate Media Relations

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Ignition Communications
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Mar 26, 2014
Unitron Completes Next Generation Product Portfolio with Premium Level

Moxi² Pro and Quantum² Pro offer wearers the ultimate listening experience
in all environments

 

March 26th, 2014 - Kitchener, Canada – Unitron today announced the introduction of Pro, the new premium technology level for its Moxi² and Quantum² product families. Pro delivers a number of industry leading enhancements, including SpeechZone™ 2, ensuring wearers experience incredibly natural sound, less distraction from everyday noises, and superior speech understanding, to create an ultimate listening experience.

 

360 degree speech detection with SpeechZone 2
Unique to Pro for Quantum² and Moxi², SpeechZone 2 can pinpoint speech within 360 degrees and respond intelligently to provide superior results for speech in noise. Activated when speech is present in a noisy environment, its sensors rapidly determine if speech is coming from the front, back, left or right side of the listener. SpeechZone 2 then automatically selects a binaural or asymmetric synchronized microphone strategy to ensure the best possible speech understanding in noise. This ability to target speech from any direction is made possible by the next generation of binaural spatial processing.

 

“Anytime we can make a hearing instrument more intelligent, we have an opportunity to provide a better hearing experience for the wearer. With SpeechZone 2 we are able to target the exact location of speech, providing wearers with ease of listening in some of the most challenging listening circumstances,” says Dr. Don Hayes, Director of Clinical Research, Unitron. “The binaural system enabling SpeechZone 2 is uniquely efficient in that it has two intelligent subsystems working independently, yet coordinating when necessary. And its automatic approach works 5x faster; enabling accurate, rapid detection of speech without compromising awareness, or creating disruption for the wearer.”

 

Pro creates an ultimate listening experience for patients
Powered by the Era™ platform, Moxi² Pro and Quantum² Pro offers wearers an ultimate listening experience in all environments. The combination of advanced technologies: a sophisticated four destination Automatic Program, SmartFocus 2 and SpeechZone 2, provide patients with ease of listening in both quiet and noisy environments. The orchestration of these technologies, perfected by Unitron’s research and development team, result in incredibly natural sound, less distraction from everyday noises, and better understanding of speech in noise.

 

Available with FLEX™
Individuals seeking to ‘test drive’ Pro with either Quantum² or Moxi² hearing instruments can do so through Unitron’s unique FLEX:TRIAL™ program that allows patients to experience the benefits of amplification in their everyday lives with no risk or obligation. And for current wearers of Moxi² or Quantum² hearing instruments looking to experience this premium technology level, there is FLEX:UPGRADE™.

 

“With the introduction of Pro for Quantum² and Moxi² we complete Unitron’s next generation product portfolio and once again deliver significant advancements for speech understanding in noise,” says Bruce Brown, Vice President of Global Marketing, Unitron. “We are committed to providing our hearing healthcare partners with full product lines -- including best in class premium products – and advancements that will truly address their patients’ needs and ultimately lead to greater practice success.”

 

The global availability of Quantum² Pro and Moxi² Pro begins the end of April 2014. Please contact your Unitron representative for availability in your market.

 

Conference alert: Visit Unitron at AudiologyNOW! 2014 at booth # 538 & #639 and experience a demonstration of our Pro technology at work in real life scenarios, showcasing why a Moxi² Pro or a Quantum² Pro is the ultimate premium product.

 

About Unitron
Unitron is a global company that understands the hearing healthcare business is built on strong, personal relationships. We work closely with hearing healthcare professionals to improve the lives of people with hearing loss. A member of the Sonova Group, Unitron has a proven track record of developing hearing innovations that provide natural sound with exceptional speech understanding. Headquartered in Canada, Unitron distributes its full line of hearing instruments to customers in over 60 countries. For more information, please visit us on the web at unitron.com.


Contact:
Ann Marie Lang
Corporate Media Relations
(519) 895-0100 ext. 2104
annmarie.lang@unitron.com

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Mar 24, 2014
Unitron’s Moxi Kiss Wins 2014 Red Dot Product Design Award

Intelligent, refined hearing instrument gains further international recognition for product design excellence
 

March 24th, 2014 - Kitchener, Canada – Unitron, a global innovator of advanced hearing solutions, today celebrated the news that its intelligent, refined Moxi™ Kiss hearing instrument has earned a“Red Dot Award: Product Design 2014”, an internationally recognized distinction celebrating excellence in product design.


 

With origins dating back to 1954, the Red Dot Product Design Award ranks among the largest and most renowned design competitions in the world today, spanning a spectrum of 23 product categories from interior design, to consumer electronics, to healthcare.  

 

Moxi Kiss was recognized for outstanding product design out of a field of 4,815 applications from 1,816 companies representing 53 countries. An international jury of 40 distinguished design experts evaluated each submission against criteria including innovation, functionality, emotional content and ecological aspects  -- to name a few. 

 

The intelligent design and luxurious finish of Moxi Kiss realizes Unitron’s design goal to create a product that wearers would rate as stylish, discreet and comfortable, and hearing healthcare providers would be proud to represent. The hearing instrument’s outer shell was meticulously designed, including precision of the tooling to the micron level to get the smallest form possible, and a G2 curvature to ensure a luxurious finish. Advances in mechanical design ensure Moxi Kiss’ internal functionality upholds Unitron’s commitment to high fidelity natural sound, providing wearers a high degree of listening comfort even in the most difficult noise environments.

 

This is Moxi Kiss’ second international recognition for outstanding design this year. In February 2014 the hearing instrument claimed the 2014 iF product design award.

 

 “We are honoured to have Moxi Kiss recognized yet again by the world’s leaders in product design.  Moxi Kiss represents the first step in a new design evolution for Unitron’s hearing instruments that will continue for years to come.  This Red Dot award provides further validation that we are absolutely on the right path,”  says Jan Metzdorff, President, Unitron.  “In creating Moxi Kiss, our team studied the best in the world, pushed through design barriers and ultimately created an outstanding product design that is intelligent, beautiful, and truly worthy of international recognition.”

 

About Unitron
Unitron is a global company that understands the hearing healthcare business is built on strong, personal relationships. We work closely with hearing healthcare professionals to improve the lives of people with hearing loss. A member of the Sonova Group, Unitron has a proven track record of developing hearing innovations that provide natural sound with exceptional speech understanding. Headquartered in Canada, Unitron distributes its full line of hearing instruments to customers in over 60 countries. For more information, please visit us on the web at unitron.com.

 

Contact:
Ann Marie Lang
Corporate Media Relations
(519) 895-0100 ext. 2104
annmarie.lang@unitron.com

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Feb 05, 2014
Unitron’s Moxi Kiss Wins iF Product Design Award 2014

Refined and intelligent design puts Unitron’s hearing instrument on the world stage

February 5th, 2014 - Kitchener, Canada – Unitron, a global innovator of advanced hearing solutions, is pleased to announce that its Moxi™ Kiss hearing instrument has won an internationally recognized iF product design award 2014.

 

For 60 years, the iF product design award has been an internationally recognized label for award-winning design, and the iF brand has become a symbol for outstanding achievements in design. Moxi Kiss was selected as one of this year’s winners out of more than 3,200 entries by a jury of experts and renowned designers from all over the world, who evaluated each submission against such criteria as design, quality, finish, choice of materials, degree of innovation and more.

Released to market in March 2013, Moxi Kiss is the first step in a design evolution for Unitron’s hearing instruments that will ultimately play out over many years. While the Moxi Kiss product was still on the drawing board, Unitron’s product design teams worked with industry-leading designers to study advanced industrial design trends and establish an all-encompassing framework that expresses Unitron’s brand essence, and the function and personality of its product families. This industrial design language was instrumental in forming Moxi Kiss’ organic, fluid form.

 

“Moxi Kiss is designed to be as intelligent as it is beautiful,” says Ara Talaslian, Vice President of Research & Development, Unitron. “The hearing instrument’s outer shell was meticulously designed, including precision of the tooling to the micron level and a G2 curvature to ensure a luxurious finish. Advances in mechanical design ensure Moxi Kiss’ internal functionality upholds Unitron’s commitment to high fidelity natural sound, providing wearers a high degree of listening comfort even in the most difficult noise environments.”

 

In a recent survey, Unitron customers from several key countries gave Moxi Kiss high marks for satisfaction specifically for comfort on the ear; overall design and shape; and high quality look and feel.

 

“We are very proud to have Moxi Kiss recognized with an iF product design award. To be selected amongst a field of thousands is indeed an honour, and a clear recognition of our team’s focused commitment to creating both an aesthetically pleasing and highly functional hearing instrument,” says Jan Metzdorff, President, Unitron. “When we created Moxi Kiss, our goal was to design a hearing instrument that wearers would rate as stylish, discreet and comfortable, and hearing healthcare providers would be proud to represent. I believe we have succeeded in achieving those goals; Moxi Kiss is beautiful in form, powerful in performance, and now, award-winning on the world stage.”

 

About Unitron
Unitron is a global company that understands the hearing healthcare business is built on strong, personal relationships. We work closely with hearing healthcare professionals to improve the lives of people with hearing loss. A member of the Sonova Group, Unitron has a proven track record of developing hearing innovations that provide natural sound with exceptional speech understanding. Headquartered in Canada, Unitron distributes its full line of hearing instruments to customers in over 60 countries. For more information, please visit us on the web at unitron.com/us.

 

Contact:
Ann Marie Lang
Corporate Media Relations
(519) 895-0100 ext. 2104

annmarie.lang@unitron.com

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Jan 15, 2014
Unitron US and Customers Build and Deliver Teddy Bears to Children in Hospital

January 15th, 2014 - Plymouth, Minnesota — For a sick child in hospital, a cuddle with a teddy bear can be a real day brightener. To help more children in need enjoy this simple pleasure, hearing healthcare manufacturer Unitron US launched a program to create and deliver adorable teddy bears, each one individually stuffed and dressed, to

children’s hospitals across the country. Unitron US kicked off the Teddy Bear initiative at its Plymouth, Minn., headquarters in May 2013. For the next several months, Unitron staff, joined by more than 300 hearing healthcare providers at special customer events, created and delivered hundreds of bears to the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital.

 

“Our team at Unitron is passionate about helping people, and in this initiative we were able to join with our like-minded hearing healthcare customers to channel that passion into a fun and very gratifying activity to help children in hospital,” says Dan Lindhorst, Director of Marketing, Unitron US. “After several Unitron staff members personally delivered the teddy bears and experienced the difference this gift can make for a sick child, we knew we had to keep this going.”

 

Unitron expanded its Teddy Bear initiative in October 2013, marrying it up with its regional seminar program delivered to customers in 35 cities across the country.

 

“A portion of each seminar was devoted to helping our customers, who are owners of small to medium-sized independent businesses, personally connect with their local communities,” explains Lindhorst. “This time our customers helped us not only create, but also deliver the teddy bears to a local hospital, allowing everyone to experience that important connection to the children in the hospital.”

 

To date, Unitron US and its customers have donated nearly 1,000 teddy bears to children’s hospitals nationwide.


About Unitron
Unitron is a global company that understands the hearing healthcare business is built on strong, personal relationships. We work closely with hearing healthcare professionals to improve the lives of people with hearing loss. A member of the Sonova Group, Unitron has a proven track record of developing hearing innovations that provide natural sound with exceptional speech understanding. Headquartered in Canada, Unitron distributes its full line of hearing instruments to customers in over 60 countries. For more information, please visit us on the web at unitron.com/us.

 

Contact:
Ann Marie Lang
Corporate Media Relations
(519) 895-0100 ext. 2104

annmarie.lang@unitron.com

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Nov 21, 2013
Unitron UK Claims Several ISHAA Awards Including ‘Best Customer Service’

November 21, 2013 – Kitchener, Canada – Unitron announced today its UK organization has once again been recognized with ISHAA’s (Irish Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists) ‘Best Customer Service Award’ presented at the ISHAA’s inaugural awards ceremony, held November 9th in Dublin. The ISHAA voting members represent private and public Irish hearing healthcare markets.

Unitron also took home the ISHAA’s award for ‘Best Mid-Level Hearing Instrument’ and Gareth Wilkinson, Regional Sales

Manager, was honored with ‘Best Representative’.


“We are very pleased to present Unitron with the Best Customer Service Award for the second year running,” says Derek Lacey, ISHAA Director. “The Unitron organization exemplifies the kind of attention to detail and customer service our membership so greatly values. They are the company best known for applying that personal touch to their service and willing to go above and beyond in their efforts to make it easy to do business with them.”

 

ISHAA is the body recognised by the Department of Social Protection to represent qualified Hearing Aid Audiologists in the State regarding the Treatment Benefit Scheme. The Society also has the object of establishing and maintaining high standards of practice among Hearing Aid Audiologists by the institution and administration of rules and such regulations for its members as may be deemed appropriate. It is involved in accreditation and education of Hearing Aid Audiologists in Private Practice in the Republic of Ireland.

 

“Our team at Unitron shares a common purpose to create a customer-focused culture that empowers every employee to create the best possible experience for our customers,” said Philip Stores, Managing Director, Unitron UK. “To once again be awarded with ISHAA’s ‘Best Customer Service Award” is tremendously satisfying and inspires our team to continue on this mission. We wish to thank all of our customers across Ireland for their continued support.”

 

About Unitron
Unitron is a global company that understands the hearing healthcare business is built on strong, personal relationships. We work closely with hearing healthcare professionals to improve the lives of people with hearing loss. A member of the Sonova Group, Unitron has a proven track record of developing hearing innovations that provide natural sound with exceptional speech understanding. Headquartered in Canada, Unitron distributes its full line of hearing instruments to customers in over 60 countries. For more information, please visit us on the web at unitron.com/us.

 

Contact:
Ann Marie Lang
Corporate Media Relations
(519) 895-0100 ext. 2104

annmarie.lang@unitron.com

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Nov 11, 2013
Unitron Named One of the 50 Best Small & Medium Employers in Canada

Company highly ranked by employees for leadership, social responsibility and cultural diversity

November 11th, 2013 - Kitchener, Canada –  Unitron, a global innovator of technologically advanced hearing instruments, is pleased to once again be named as one of the top 50 Best Small & Medium Employers in Canada. This is the fourth year Unitron has appeared on the list.

 

The rigorous, competitive study by Queen’s School of Business, Queen’s Centre for Business and Aon Hewitt, now in its 10th year, is published annually in PROFIT Magazine. It rates employers based on input from their own employees and attracts participation from public and private companies with 50 to 399 employees spanning all major industries and regions.

 

“We are honoured to once again be named as one of Canada’s 50 Best Small & Medium Employers, as ranked by our own employees. It is a recognition we highly value, and a reflection of the employee culture we have worked very hard to foster,” says Jan Metzdorff, President, Unitron. “At the core of our culture, our employees are united by a common mission to help those with hearing loss, and by a passion to go the extra mile for our hearing healthcare practitioner customers. This commitment to caring that exists company-wide is reflected in our ranking as a top 50 employer. ”

 

Unitron’s global organization is one of the fastest-growing hearing healthcare companies in the industry with 21 offices and distribution in more than 60 countries. The company employs 175 people at its global and Canadian headquarters, located in Waterloo Region, Canada’s ‘Silicon Valley’. More than 30 percent of Unitron employees have been with the company for over 10 years, and the company employs talented individuals from as many as 18 different countries.

 

To learn more about the Best Small & Medium Employers in Canada study, please visit the website.

 

About Unitron
Unitron is a global company that understands the hearing healthcare business is built on strong, personal relationships. We work closely with hearing healthcare professionals to improve the lives of people with hearing loss. A member of the Sonova Group, Unitron has a proven track record of developing hearing innovations that provide natural sound with exceptional speech understanding. Headquartered in Canada, Unitron distributes its full line of hearing instruments to customers in over 60 countries. For more information, please visit us on the web at unitron.com/us.

 

Contact:
Ann Marie Lang
Corporate Media Relations
(519) 895-0100 ext. 2104

annmarie.lang@unitron.com

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Oct 17, 2013
Unitron’s Brian Taylor Discusses Hearing Health with Morgan Fairchild on Lifetime Network’s Baby Boomers in America


October 17th, 2013 – Plymouth MN, USA – Unitron Director of Practice Development and Clinical Affairs, Brian Taylor Au.D., brings awareness to the importance of hearing healthcare in a special segment on Baby Boomers in America, a new television series appearing on the Lifetime Network dedicated to exploring all aspects of the boomer lifestyle.

 

In this episode, Brian sits down with host Morgan Fairchild to discuss the potential causes of hearing loss; the ways hearing loss affects a person’s working and personal life; and options for treatment. Dr. Taylor also highlights Unitron’s innovative FLEX:TRIAL™ program, the industry’s first truly risk-and obligation-free option for patients newly diagnosed with hearing loss to ‘test drive’ personalized hearing instruments for a period of time in their everyday listening situations.

 

“With one in five boomers facing hearing loss, it is absolutely critical we bring awareness to this segment of the population about hearing healthcare. It’s terrific that programs such as Boomers in America are devoting time and attention to this, helping to educate our population on how to seek help, while removing the perception barriers that often prevent people from trying hearing aids in the first place,” says Steve Savage, President and CEO, Unitron US.

 

The first Baby Boomers in America’s episode on hearing loss solutions featuring Brian Taylor aired Lifetime TV on October 12th at 8-8:30am ET/PT and Lifetime Real Women with a second airing on November 9th at 8:30-9am ET. The full episode is also available on Unitron’s YouTube channel.

 

 

 

About Unitron
Unitron is a global company that understands the hearing healthcare business is built on strong, personal relationships. We work closely with hearing healthcare professionals to improve the lives of people with hearing loss. A member of the Sonova Group, Unitron has a proven track record of developing hearing innovations that provide natural sound with exceptional speech understanding. Headquartered in Canada, Unitron distributes its full line of hearing instruments to customers in over 60 countries. For more information, please visit us on the web at unitron.com/us.

 

Contact:
Ann Marie Lang
Corporate Media Relations
(519) 895-0100 ext. 2104

annmarie.lang@unitron.com

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Oct 01, 2013
Unitron Introduces Moxi² and Quantum² with Fle

Next generation of Unitron’s popular hearing instruments deliver new styles and advancements to create the best first fit experience

 

October 1st, 2013 - Kitchener, Canada – Unitron today announced the next generation of its popular Moxi™ and Quantum™ hearing instruments built on the Era™ platform. Along with new styles, Moxi² and Quantum² create a best first fit experience for patients, offering evolved natural sound and a full set of features that provide more effortless listening across four technology levels.

 

Create the best first fit experience for your patient
Both product families incorporate signature technologies that deliver the ease of listening and clarity of speech necessary to create a best first fit experience and overall increased patient satisfaction. SmartFocus™ 2 includes enhancements that offer a new level of speech intelligibility in noise and limit the distracting noises that impact more than 90 per cent of a patient’s hearing experience. Unitron’s Automatic Adaptation Manager is proven to keep new wearers more satisfied by starting them at their preferred listening levels, then transitioning them to the amplification they need, gradually, comfortably and automatically.

 

Fresh new styles for maximum flexibility
Moxi² and Quantum² product families introduce fresh new styles providing hearing healthcare professionals (HHCPs) with even greater flexibility to meet patient needs. The Moxi² family includes a choice of three receiver-in-canal (RIC) styles, including the Moxi² Kiss and the new robust Moxi² Dura, while the Quantum² family offers a complete selection of performance BTEs and ITEs, including a new BTE.

 

Increase patient confidence with FLEX
Moxi² and Quantum² are also available with Unitron FLEX:TRIAL™, the industry’s first and only flexible and risk-free hearing trial solution aimed at improving patient satisfaction and hearing instrument adoption. With FLEX:TRIAL, HHCPs can fit patients with a same day trial of technology they recommend, at no cost or obligation, allowing them to experience the benefits of hearing instruments in their daily lives. Highly successful since its introduction to market a year ago, FLEX:TRIAL is providing HHCPs with unprecedented ability to meet patient expectations while enhancing their business.

 

“As part of our ongoing commitment to customer success, we are continually working with hearing healthcare providers to understand their needs so that we can ensure we are delivering the products and services that will enhance their business and enable patient success,” says Jan Metzdorff, President, Unitron. “This critical customer feedback has helped us raise the bar of excellence with Moxi² and Quantum² product families with a focus on creating the best first fit experience possible. Our comprehensive line up of styles provides hearing healthcare providers with more choice to meet patient needs and the latest advancements in natural sound quality offers patients an easy, comfortable listening experience.”


1 AudiologyNow! 2013, Acclimatization to Amplification Through Gradual Gain Model Adjustment; Presenter : Donald Hayes, PhD, Unitron Hearing Ltd. Contributors: John Pumford, AuD, Unitron Hearing Ltd.; Paula Folkeard, AuD, Western University

 

 

About Unitron
Unitron is a global company that understands the hearing healthcare business is built on strong, personal relationships. We work closely with hearing healthcare professionals to improve the lives of people with hearing loss. A member of the Sonova Group, Unitron has a proven track record of developing hearing innovations that provide natural sound with exceptional speech understanding. Headquartered in Canada, Unitron distributes its full line of hearing instruments to customers in over 60 countries. For more information, please visit us on the web at unitron.com/us.

 

Contact:
Ann Marie Lang
Corporate Media Relations
(519) 895-0100 ext. 2104

annmarie.lang@unitron.com

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Sep 30, 2013
Unitron Scientist Claims Ernest C. Manning Innovation Award

Dr. Henry Luo recognized for revolutionary AntiShock hearing instrument innovation

September 30, 2013 - Kitchener, ON, Canada – Unitron announced today that one of their leading research scientists, Dr. Henry Luo, has won the David E. Mitchell Award of Distinction, presented by the Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation. Dr. Luo and the other 2013 Manning Award winners will be honored at a gala evening with leaders from across Canada in government, business, and academia including Manning Laureates. The event will be held October 16, 2013 in Calgary, Alberta.

 

One of Canada’s most prestigious annual award programs, the Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation has celebrated the achievements of more than 200 exceptional individuals with the “imagination to innovate and the stamina to succeed”.

Drawn from fields as diverse as medicine, technology, industrial processes, engineering and social entrepreneurship – the men and women recognized with Manning Awards have helped to change the way Canada competes, manufactures, communicates and sets standards for social behavior. Their contributions have been felt across the country and around the world.


Dr. Henry Luo’s winning invention, a technology called AntiShock™, is a patented, industry-first innovation that instantly detects and controls sudden, harsh noises – such as the shatter of a glass on a ceramic floor or a car door slamming – that cause a hearing aid wearer real discomfort (called acoustic shock). AntiShock uniquely combines two technologies, one for shock prediction and the other for instantaneous shock detection, enabling Unitron’s hearing instruments to reliably detect acoustic shock and mitigate its effect – before the sound becomes audible to the listener − and most importantly, without impacting their ability to clearly hear speech and conversations.


AntiShock is today integrated into all of Unitron’s hearing aids, as well those of another leading hearing healthcare manufacturer. More than five million hearing aids sold to date incorporate AntiShock technology, providing millions of hearing aid wearers with a more comfortable hearing experience, while improving their satisfaction with their hearing aids.


“I am humbled and honored to be recognized with a Manning Innovation Award and I am grateful for the recognition this award brings to Unitron,” says Dr. Henry Luo. “Simply put, innovation is my life’s work. It challenges me and my success in this field provides me with endless happiness. It is even more rewarding as an innovator to know that the scientific advancements I am able to make in the field of hearing healthcare will positively impact the lives of people with hearing loss. It is that knowledge that truly makes all the difference.”

“We have an extraordinary culture of innovation at Unitron, and we are honored to have Dr. Luo and our AntiShock technology recognized by the Ernest C. Manning Award Foundation,” says Ara Talaslian, Vice President of Research & Development, Unitron. “The AntiShock technology has had a significant impact on the lives of people with hearing loss, allowing them to move through their lives and changing sound environments with ease and comfort. We are fortunate to benefit from Dr. Luo’s commitment to amplification research; his scientific curiosity; and his extraordinary track record of innovation.”

 

 

About Unitron
Unitron is a global company that understands the hearing healthcare business is built on strong, personal relationships. We work closely with hearing healthcare professionals to improve the lives of people with hearing loss. A member of the Sonova Group, Unitron has a proven track record of developing hearing innovations that provide natural sound with exceptional speech understanding. Headquartered in Canada, Unitron distributes its full line of hearing instruments to customers in over 60 countries. For more information, please visit us on the web at unitron.com/us.

 

Contact:
Ann Marie Lang
Corporate Media Relations
(519) 895-0100 ext. 2104

annmarie.lang@unitron.com

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Sep 27, 2013
Chue Yang Appointed Director of Operations for Unitron US

September 27, 2013 — Plymouth, Minnesota — Unitron today announced the appointment of Chue Yang as Director of Operations for Unitron US. In this position, he oversees a broad range of operational processes at Unitron, including staff training, purchasing, inventory management, facility management, customer communications, product and process quality, recruiting and advancement, manufacturing strategies and budget management.

 

“I’m eagerly anticipating the opportunity to build on the great strides Unitron has made in the quality of our products and service to our customers,” says Yang.

“Working with my team and other colleagues at Unitron, we will strive to identify and implement innovative and effective ways to manufacture our products, expand into new markets and, above all, reinforce our customer-first focus.”

 

Yang joined Unitron in 1994, starting as an operator in manufacturing. In 1999, he became a lead technician, followed by his promotions to Manufacturing Manager in 2002 and Senior Operations Manager in 2010.

 

"During the course of his tenure, Chue has demonstrated that he’s not satisfied with the status quo,” states Steve Savage, President and CEO, Unitron US. “He possesses a keen eye for improvement and a deep desire for excellence. I’m confident he will bring new enhancements to our operational processes and strengthen our ability to meet and exceed customer expectations.”

 

A resident of Brooklyn Park, MN, Yang has earned numerous leadership and technical certifications from various institutions.


About Unitron
Unitron is a global company that understands the hearing healthcare business is built on strong, personal relationships. We work closely with hearing healthcare professionals to improve the lives of people with hearing loss. A member of the Sonova Group, Unitron has a proven track record of developing hearing innovations that provide natural sound with exceptional speech understanding. Headquartered in Canada, Unitron distributes its full line of hearing instruments to customers in over 60 countries. For more information, please visit us on the web at unitron.com/us
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Contact:
Ann Marie Lang
Corporate Media Relations
(519) 895-0100 ext. 2104

annmarie.lang@unitron.com

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Aug 05, 2013
Unitron US announces resignation of Rodney Schutt, promotion of Steve Savage to President and CEO

August 5, 2013 Plymouth, Minnesota — Unitron US today announced the resignation of Rodney Schutt as President and CEO, a position he held for nearly four years.

 

“In this role, Rodney both strengthened and broadened Unitron’s position in the U.S. market, and he built an organization with outstanding performance and values,” stated Jan Metzdorff, Global President of Unitron. “We appreciate all of his contributions to the success of Unitron.”

 

Also today, Unitron US announced the promotion of Steve Savage to company President and CEO. Previously, he served for more than three years as the company’s Director of Commercial Operations and then as Vice President of Operations.

 

“Steve turned Unitron US into one of the top-rated operation centers among all Sonova Group companies,” said Metzdorff. Savage possesses extensive experience in various operational and leadership roles during his long career with prominent blue-chip companies, according to Metzdorff. “We’re confident that Steve, with his background, experience and personality, and with the strong support of the Unitron US management team, will successfully lead Unitron and strengthen our position in the U.S. market.”

 

About Unitron
Unitron is a global company that understands the hearing healthcare business is built on strong, personal relationships. We work closely with hearing healthcare professionals to improve the lives of people with hearing loss. A member of the Sonova Group, Unitron has a proven track record of developing hearing innovations that provide natural sound with exceptional speech understanding. Headquartered in Canada, Unitron distributes its full line of hearing instruments to customers in over 60 countries. For more information, please visit us on the web at unitron.com/us.

 

Contact:
Ann Marie Lang
Corporate Media Relations
(519) 895-0100 ext. 2104

annmarie.lang@unitron.com

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Jun 17, 2013
Philip Stores Appointed Director of Unitron UK

June 17, 2013 - Kitchener, Canada — Unitron, a global provider of world-class hearing innovations, today announced the appointment of Philip Stores as Director, Unitron UK.

 

Philip Stores, an audiologist, brings to Unitron extensive experience in the hearing healthcare sector. He spent 11 years working with the UK National Health Service (NHS), until joining a hearing healthcare manufacturer, where he served in sales and sales management roles for the private and public sectors.

 

“We are very excited to have a person of Philip’s caliber and expertise on board to lead our Unitron UK organization. As an audiologist himself, Philip has a tremendous appreciation of the challenges and opportunities faced by hearing healthcare professionals every day,” says Jan Metzdorff, President, Unitron. “ We are confident Philip’s working knowledge of hearing health will further enrich the experience we offer our customers.”

 

”Unitron is a great organization, recognized for providing high quality hearing instruments, innovative service offerings such as the new FLEX:TRIAL solution and it’s personal approach to supporting customers. I look forward to further developing the Unitron brand in the UK market, and working closely with our customers to learn how we can best support them in serving their patients and realize greater success for their business,” says Philip Stores.

 

About Unitron
Unitron is a global company that understands the hearing healthcare business is built on strong, personal relationships. We work closely with hearing healthcare professionals to improve the lives of people with hearing loss. A member of the Sonova Group, Unitron has a proven track record of developing hearing innovations that provide natural sound with exceptional speech understanding. Headquartered in Canada, Unitron distributes its full line of hearing instruments to customers in over 60 countries. For more information, please visit us on the web at unitron.com/uk.

 

Contact:
Joe Thomas
Marketing Manager, Unitron UK
+44 1925 247 810 ext. 4
joe.thomas@unitron.com

 

Ann Marie Lang
Corporate Media Relations
(519) 895-0100 ext. 2104
annmarie.lang@unitron.com

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Jun 12, 2013
Unitron Makes it Easy for Individuals to Find a Hearing Healthcare Professional

June 12, 2013 - Plymouth, Minnesota — Unitron US has launched new enhancements to the ’locate a professional’ feature on its website, aimed at helping people who suspect they may have hearing loss quickly and easily find the help they need.

 

The newly enhanced “locate a professional” feature helps a visitor to the Unitron US website find a professional in their local area searching by city, state and/or zip code. Search results provide clinic names and phone numbers, and an integrated Google map offers directions. It is one of several features on Unitron’s website aimed at assisting an individual in their hearing healthcare journey. Unitron also offers people with hearing loss, or those who suspect that they may have a hearing loss, and their families the ability to:

 

  • Take a hearing self-assessment similar to Unitron’s popular uHear™ iTunes® application
  • View the different hearing device styles, fit and color
  • Learn about the process of having their hearing tested and being fitted with hearing instruments

 

“From easily finding a professional to make that first appointment, to taking hearing instruments for a risk-free ‘test drive’ with our FLEX:TRIAL™ program, we’re actively seeking new ways to support our hearing healthcare partners,” says Rodney Schutt, President, Unitron US. “Too often, people who suspect they have hearing loss fail to seek treatment because they are not sure of the process or where to go for help. We’re just making it simpler for them to find a hearing professional and take that next step to getting the information they need.”

 

About Unitron
Unitron is a global company that understands the hearing healthcare business is built on strong, personal relationships. We work closely with hearing healthcare professionals to improve the lives of people with hearing loss. A member of the Sonova Group, Unitron has a proven track record of developing hearing innovations that provide natural sound with exceptional speech understanding. Headquartered in Canada, Unitron distributes its full line of hearing instruments to customers in over 60 countries. For more information, please visit us on the web at unitron.com/us.

 

Contact:
Ann Marie Lang
Corporate Media Relations
(519) 895-0100 ext. 2104

annmarie.lang@unitron.com

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May 13, 2013
Jason Mayer Named Vice President of Sales for Unitron US

May 13, 2013 — Kitchener, Canada — Unitron today announced the appointment of Jason Mayer as Vice President of Sales at Unitron US. In this position, Jason will lead the company’s Commercial Sales, Inside Sales, Customer Service and Professional Services.

 

Before joining Unitron, Mayer worked for nearly 10 years at hearing aid manufacturer Phonak UK, where he served as Regional Sales Manager, Key Accounts Manager, Sales Manager Private Sector and, most recently, as UK Sales Director.

 

“Jason brings an impressive background of hearing industry and sales experience to Unitron US,” says Unitron US President Rodney Schutt. “Just as importantly, it is clear that he shares our company values, particularly our overriding commitment to helping our customers satisfy their patients’ needs, and as result, realize greater success in their business.”

 

Likewise, Mayer believes that Unitron is the right fit for him. “Hearing healthcare providers need more than innovative, high-quality hearing aids,” he says. “Unitron really focuses on partnerships. There’s a burning desire to understand the actual needs of our customers and their patients — it’s in the Unitron DNA. From this understanding, there’s an ability to develop innovations that support customers in ways the rest of the industry hasn’t thought of yet. FLEX is a great example of this thinking. These are exciting times for Unitron and I’m privileged to be part of the story.”

About Unitron
Unitron is a global company that understands the hearing healthcare business is built on strong, personal relationships. We work closely with hearing healthcare professionals to improve the lives of people with hearing loss. A member of the Sonova Group, Unitron has a proven track record of developing hearing innovations that provide natural sound with exceptional speech understanding. Headquartered in Canada, Unitron distributes its full line of hearing instruments to customers in over 60 countries. For more information, please visit us on the web at unitron.com/us.

 

Contact:
Ann Marie Lang
Corporate Media Relations
(519) 895-0100 ext. 2104

annmarie.lang@unitron.com

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Mar 20, 2013
Hearing Healthcare Professionals Praise New Unitron Hearing Aid ‘Test Drive’ Program

Unique FLEX program improves hearing instrument adoption and satisfaction, and helps reduce new patient ’drop out’ rate

 

March 20, 2013 – Minneapolis, Minnesota – Unitron U.S. today announced it will offer its innovative FLEX:TRIAL™ and FLEX:UPGRADE™ programs to a broader range of customers, after a successful pilot phase drew widespread praise from participating hearing healthcare professionals (HHCPs).

 

The FLEX™ program offers the industry’s first truly risk- and obligation-free option for potential new patients to ‘test drive’ personalized hearing instruments, addressing the up to 50 percent of people who fail to purchase a hearing aid, despite visiting a provider.

 

“Our industry is long overdue for a patient-centric solution to hearing aid trial that is also easy and beneficial for providers,” said Rodney Schutt, President, Unitron U.S. “The FLEX program removes common barriers to patient acceptance and satisfaction with hearing aids, while giving providers the flexibility to program a single instrument to higher or lower levels of technology – as many times as needed – in order to provide a trial that’s uniquely suited to the patient’s needs.”

 

After launching the program as a pilot to more than 50 providers nationwide, Unitron received universal praise for applying the concept of a ‘test drive’ to an industry that previously offered few chances for patients to experience the benefits of hearing instruments in their day-to-day lives before making a purchase. The FLEX program addresses the fact that up to 50 percent of all potential new patients who visit a hearing healthcare practice leave without purchasing an instrument, mainly due to concerns about cost and benefits – whether the hearing aid they have tried in the office will be right for daily living.

 

“The FLEX program brought in more patients than I could have imagined, and almost every patient brought a family member,” says Dominick Servedio, Au.D., P.C., in New York City. “Typically we see four to five patients a day in January and February. With the FLEX program, we’re seeing seven to 10 patients a day. Closing rates are usually 20 to 30 percent, but I’ve had a closing rate of 80 percent with the trial. FLEX has been extraordinary.”

 

FLEX:TRIAL – the industry’s first customized hearing aid ‘test drive’
Typically, hearing aid trials are limited to an audiologist’s office and don’t offer patients a chance to experience the benefits of hearing instruments in their everyday lives. Other trial programs use a limited number of instruments for trials, often without a full variety of technologies, and require patients to pay for the instrument up-front and receive a refund if they choose not to purchase.

 

With FLEX:TRIAL, patients who are resistant to trying hearing aids or nervous about the financial commitment can be fit with a FLEX:TRIAL device with the right technology level for them to try at home with no cost and no obligation, to see how better hearing can improve their lives and enhance the daily activities they enjoy.

 

The difference is in the instrument itself, as FLEX: TRIAL units are not conventional demonstration models. Using Unitron’s TrueFit™ software, providers are able to program a single hearing instrument to higher or lower levels of technology as many times as needed, for the time period they choose, in order to provide a trial solution to a patient. Those newly diagnosed with hearing loss get immediate access to the product with the technology level best suited to their needs, focusing their attention on the benefits of better hearing. Providers report that patients return to the office after the trial more satisfied with their decision and ready to purchase.

 

“As the owner of a private practice, you’re always looking for ways to connect your patients with the best technology at an affordable price, while making the process easier for everyone involved,” said Adam Bernstein, owner of The Hearing Professionals, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. “With FLEX, we’ve found a way to do that. Once patients experience how the technology can help them in their daily lives, the instruments practically sell themselves.”

 

FLEX:UPGRADE – technology upgrades made easy for patients and providers
The Unitron FLEX program also provides an upgrade option for patients who would like to increase the level of technology on their current hearing instrument – perhaps due to changes in preferences or lifestyle – but don’t want to invest in an entirely new instrument.

 

Unitron is the first within the hearing healthcare marketplace to offer providers the ability to upgrade technology on an existing instrument within their own clinic, even after purchase.

 

For more information on how to qualify for the FLEX program and availability in your region, please contact your Unitron representative.

 

About Unitron
Unitron is a global company that understands the hearing healthcare business is built on strong, personal relationships. We work closely with hearing healthcare professionals to improve the lives of people with hearing loss. A member of the Sonova Group, Unitron has a proven track record of developing hearing innovations that provide natural sound with exceptional speech understanding. Headquartered in Canada, Unitron distributes its full line of hearing instruments to customers in over 60 countries. For more information, please visit us on the web at unitron.com/us.

 

Contact:
Ann Marie Lang
Corporate Media Relations
(519) 895-0100 ext. 2104

annmarie.lang@unitron.com

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Mar 18, 2013
Unitron Introduces Moxi Kiss

New, refined design combined with high fidelity natural sound delivers what patients want

 

March 18, 2013 - Kitchener, Canada – Unitron today announced Moxi™ Kiss, the newest 312 receiver in canal (RIC) hearing instrument with a design aimed at improving patient acceptance.  The latest product to be released on the Era™ platform, Moxi Kiss marries a fluid, refined design with Unitron’s commitment to delivering high fidelity natural sound.

 

Putting Patient Comfort First
Moxi Kiss represents an evolution in design for Unitron’s Moxi product family, putting the comfort of the patient at the forefront. Designed to look great in the hand and

provide maximum visual appeal for the first time wearer, Moxi Kiss delivers the perfect balance of fit, finish, and colour. The hearing instrument is organic in form, with a refined and luxurious finish, and is available in a rich colour palette. Slim, smooth and push button free, Moxi Kiss is extremely comfortable to wear.

 

“One of the barriers a hearing healthcare practitioner must overcome is the patient’s psychological resistance to the product – as new patients often express anxiety around the look and feel of a hearing instrument,” explains Bruce Brown, Vice President, Global Marketing, Unitron. “A well designed hearing instrument that is pleasing to the eye, nearly invisible on the ear, and comfortable to wear can go far in overcoming a patient’s pre-conceived notions about what hearing aids look and feel like. Moxi Kiss delivers on every count.”

 

A natural sound experience free of acoustical artifacts is also essential for a patient’s comfort. Moxi Kiss continues to deliver on the high fidelity natural sound Unitron’s Moxi product family has come to stand for. Within Moxi Kiss is Unitron’s Automatic Program incorporating SmartFocus™ and SpeechZone™ technologies which provide natural sound quality, outstanding speech intelligibility in noise and undetectable transitions to changing sound environments.

 

Intelligent Design
The intelligent industrial design of Moxi Kiss achieves a delicate balance between a fluid and refined outer shell design with functionality, both in performance and ease of use. The hearing instrument’s patent pending outer shell was meticulously designed including precision of the tooling to the micron level and G2 curvature to ensure a luxurious finish.

 

Moxi Kiss’ mechanical design was also taken to a new level. A RIC slider pin makes changing receivers an effortless task. The programming jack is angled for easy cable plug in for fitting. Codification markers are easy to install and visible, and the battery door won’t over open or allow the battery to fall out. These seemingly little refinements come together to make the fit and use of the Moxi Kiss easier for both the HHCP and the patient.

 

Increasing patient acceptance with FLEX:TRIAL
Moxi Kiss is available through Unitron’s new FLEX:TRIAL™ program, a unique product and service concept only available from Unitron that offers HHCPs a risk-free opportunity to demonstrate the benefits of hearing instruments. Patients wear a personalized Moxi Kiss FLEX:TRIAL device home after the first appointment for a trial period, allowing them to experience the benefits in real, everyday situations. Experiencing the benefits of wearing Moxi Kiss without risk or obligation helps to reduce any uncertainty while immediately improving the quality of life for those patients.

 

”Unitron is committed to building a global brand recognized for its commitment to helping its customers achieve success in their business, and for developing hearing instruments with excellent performance and commercial appeal,” says Jan Metzdorff, President, Unitron. “Over the last couple years, we have taken significant leaps in sound quality with our Era platform, and our Quantum and Moxi product families. Now, with Moxi Kiss we take another leap forward in the design of our hearing instruments – creating a hearing instrument that is both beautiful in form, and powerful in performance.”

 

Conference alert: Visit Unitron at AudiologyNOW! 2013 at booth # 1314 and see the new Moxi Kiss hearing instrument and learn more about FLEX, the first and only risk-free trial business solution for trial and upgradeable hearing instruments.

 

About Unitron
Unitron is a global company that understands the hearing healthcare business is built on strong, personal relationships. We work closely with hearing healthcare professionals to improve the lives of people with hearing loss. A member of the Sonova Group, Unitron has a proven track record of developing hearing innovations that provide natural sound with exceptional speech understanding. Headquartered in Canada, Unitron distributes its full line of hearing instruments to customers in over 60 countries. For more information, please visit us on the web at unitron.com.

 

Contact:
Ann Marie Lang
Corporate Media Relations
(519) 895-0100 ext. 2104

annmarie.lang@unitron.com

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Feb 27, 2013
New Leadership for Unitron Russia

February 27th, 2013 - Kitchener, Canada – Unitron, a global provider of world-class hearing innovations, announced today the appointment of Svetlana Kazakova as the new Sales and Business Development Manager for Unitron Russia.

 

Svetlana Kazakova brings to Unitron extensive experience in sales and business development, most recently as a National Sales Manager for Promofarm, a member of

The Protek Group, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in Russia.

 

“We are very pleased to welcome Svetlana to the global Unitron team. Unitron Russia has experienced tremendous growth over the past two years, and Svetlana, with her extensive sales and business development background, will quickly work to further Unitron’s position as a leading brand in the Russia hearing healthcare marketplace,” says Jan Metzdorff, President, Unitron.

 

“I am very excited to be a part of this world-class organization, and to be joining Unitron Russia at this exciting point in our growth phase,” said Svetlana Kazakova.  “I look forward to building relationships with our customers and supporting them in their business by providing them with both high quality products and excellent service.”

 

Unitron Russia offers a complete range of digital hearing instruments in the premium through the essential categories, technical support, training and customer support services.

 

About Unitron
Unitron is a global company that understands the hearing healthcare business is built on strong, personal relationships. We work closely with hearing healthcare professionals to improve the lives of people with hearing loss. A member of the Sonova Group, Unitron has a proven track record of developing hearing innovations that provide natural sound with exceptional speech understanding. Headquartered in Canada, Unitron distributes its full line of hearing instruments to customers in over 60 countries. For more information, please visit us on the web at unitron.com.

 

Contact:
Ann Marie Lang
Corporate Media Relations
(519) 895-0100 ext. 2104
annmarie.lang@unitron.com

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