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ZURICH, Sept 3
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(Reuters) - A wireless microphone in the shape of a pen, made by Switzerland's Sonova, can help people with  understand speech better than those with normal hearing at certain noise levels, a study has shown.

As the population ages, the hearing aid industry has become fiercely competitive as manufacturers rush to launch devices packed with newer technologies that will increase the appeal of wearing one.

Sonova is banking on new products to maintain its lead as the world's biggest hearing aid maker. Around 70 percent of its hearing aid revenue comes from products that have been on the market for less than two years.

The company's microphone, called "Roger" after the term used in radio communications to say a message has been received, wirelessly transmits a speaker's voice over a 2.4 gigahertz (GHz) frequency to a tiny receiver that clips onto the aid.

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By Marla Dougherty  6/30/11

Oticon was back this year introducing their new small hearing aid, the Oticon Chili, which came out in March.

The Chili BTE is very slim and discreet. It was developed for people with severe to profound hearing loss. It offers an instant mute control as well as volume adjustment and program selection.  When used with the Oticon ConnectLine Streamer, you can wirelessly connect to the TV, telephone, cell phone, computer and stereo.

The ConnectLine Microphone really caught my attention. The small microphone is worn by the person you are talking with so their voice is transmitted wirelessly to the Streamer and then to your hearing aids. It can transmit up to 15 yards away and works well in noisy surroundings…like a restaurant!