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Beltone Hits the Marq with Industrys Smallest Receiver-In-The-Ear Instrument

New Product Offers Patients Powerful Out of Sight Out of Mind Hearing Solution

Chicago, June, 2007 Beltone Electronics announces the introduction of Beltone Marq', the industry's smallest and lightest RIE hearing instrument available to date. Weighing 1.4 grams including receiver and battery, the Marq's ergonomic design follows the shape of the ear and features transparent tubes that are almost invisible. The Marq is also available in a range of colors that blend in with the patients skin tone and hair color, making it one of the most discreet hearing instruments on the market.

The Beltone Marq offers our patients exactly what theyve been asking for: A visually and acoustically transparent hearing instrument that is both comfortable and durable, says John Cariola, Beltone Director of Product Management. In addition, the Marq gives our dispensers the flexibility to fit more of their patients with exceptionally discreet and high-performing instruments quickly and easily and right in their office.

High-Performance Features

Marq is the first RIE instrument to provide more gain in more frequencies to fit a wider range of hearing loss while still fitting into most ear canals and being non-occluding. Insertion gain is increased because the receiver is placed within the canal close to the eardrum. There are no tubing resonance effects because the tubing holds the wire connection. The result is a smoother frequency response. Feedback is also reduced due to the separation of the microphone and the receiver.

The superior acoustics of Beltone Marq are obtained by combining the advantages of RIE technology and Beltones sophisticated digital signal processing algorithms, resulting in a true high-performance hearing solution. The Marqs Improved Adaptive Directionality and advanced noise reduction system also help the patient understand speech more clearly in a noisy environment. The combination of the Curvilinear Rapid Digital Signal Processing, Multi-channel MPO and Silencer allows the patient to experience a clean, natural sound, which provides truly transparent sound reproduction.

Built-in Quality and Instant Acceptance

The Marq offers built-in quality through a robust, replaceable and reusable housing. The reliability of Marq is achieved through the double receiver-connector locking system, double microphone protection and double wax guard for receiver protection. The Marq has an open fit that allows comfortable receiver and domes. Patients can receive instant fit and complete customization.

Founded in 1940, Chicago-based Beltone Electronics is part of the GN Hearing Care Group, utilizing advanced technology to produce hearing instruments sold in the United States, Canada and over 40 countries worldwide. In addition to providing outstanding service and support for its U.S. hearing care network operating in over 1,300 offices in North America, Beltone remains the most trusted brand for quality products and care among its patients and adults aged 50 and older.

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