May 14, 2002
Audex® Unveils New Hearing Aid Mobile Phone Accessory
Cell Phone Module is Compatible with Nokia 5100, 6100, 7100 Series Cell Phones
Longview, Texas, April 29, 2002 - Today Audex®, Inc., a leading manufacturer of telecommunications and assistive listening devices, unveiled a new mobile phone accessory for hearing impaired people. Designed for hearing-impaired people as well as for use in noisy environments by those with normal hearing,
snap-on mobile phone accessory is compatible with three Nokia series phones.
cell phone module attaches to any Nokia 5100, Nokia 6100, or Nokia 7100 series cell phone. The accessory eliminates the interference that some digital cell phones cause in hearing aids. The device is also useful in difficult listening environments, such as construction and transportation, when a cell phone that provides higher speaker and ringing volumes is needed. In addition to its compatibility with hearing aids, additional features of
include background noise suppression, a high-quality speaker for improved sound, a recorder function for on-line recording of calls and playback capability, and a flashing light indicator for incoming calls.
"We are delighted to bring this unique product to market," said Richard Manley, CEO of
"Audex® is keenly aware that there is a market demand from telecommunications users for a product that reduces audio interference in hearing aids and improves the overall cell phone listening function. For most hearing aid users, digital cell phones are a source of interference, and
eliminates the interference that is caused by the cell phones," continued Mr. Manley.
According to the American Academy of Audiology, more than 28 million Americans - about 10% of the population - suffer from hearing loss. In addition,
industry sources estimate that there are about 6 million United States and 10 million European hearing aid users. The Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA), the leading national organization which represents both wireless carriers and manufacturers, reports that there are currently over 50 million cellular customers in the United States. Moreover, one of the industry's most recognized cellular phone distributors concludes that the greatest concern of the general public is increasing the incoming audio volume of cell phones.
will be available in third quarter of 2002.
About Audex®, Inc.
For more than 25 years, Audex®, Inc. has been a leading manufacturer of assistive listening and communications devices for hearing impaired people. Based in Longview, Texas,
is a privately held company that has evolved into one of the most innovative providers of infrared and magnetic induction listening devices, and telephones for the hearing impaired population in the United States.
Audex®, Inc. has developed products for Disney, American Airlines, Carnival Cruise Lines, and the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. For more information about