Symphonix Devices, Inc. Introduces the Vibrant Soundbridge To the American Academy of Audiology

Apr 11, 2001, 01:00 ET from Symphonix Devices, Inc.

    SAN JOSE, Calif., April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The Vibrant(R) Soundbridge(TM)
 will be the subject of 10 presentations at the 13th Annual Convention of the
 American Academy of Audiology (AAA), taking place next week in San Diego,
 Calif., stated Kirk Davis, president and chief executive officer of Symphonix
 Devices, Inc. (Nasdaq: SMPX).  The Vibrant Soundbridge is an implantable
 middle ear hearing device (IMEHD) designed to treat moderate to severe
 sensorineural hearing loss, the most common form of hearing impairment.
     Audiologists attending the meeting will be able to choose from sessions
 about the device, in specific, and IMEHDs, in general.  A featured conference
 session on Friday, April 20, taught by Marshall Chasin, M.S. and Jonathan
 Spindel, Ph.D., will review current trends in IMEHD technology, including the
 Vibrant Soundbridge.  Four instructional courses will explain the Vibrant
 Soundbridge technology, review the results of the recent nationwide clinical
 trial of the device, describe patient selection criteria and offer suggestions
 for incorporating the device into an audiology practice.  Audiologists
 attending these sessions will be eligible for continuing education units
 (CEU).
     "The Vibrant Soundbridge offers audiologists a new treatment option for
 appropriate patients," said Elizabeth Coughlin, M.S., a practicing audiologist
 and instructor for the course entitled "Incorporating the Vibrant Soundbridge
 Into Your Practice."  "The device expands our ability to better help some of
 our current patients, while also drawing in others who may not have considered
 using an assistive device previously.  By doing so, it holds promise to
 positively affect people's lives and our practices in meaningful ways."
     Members of Symphonix' scientific and clinical staff will present four
 posters on topics ranging from biomechanical analysis of the Vibrant
 Soundbridge technology to a presentation of long-term IMEHD patient data.
 Symphonix is also hosting a luncheon seminar during which audiologists can
 meet the inventor of the device, talk with a patient who uses it and speak to
 other audiologists about it.
     "Our initial outreach to audiologists has been met with a favorable
 response, so we are looking to the AAA as a prime venue for introducing the
 Vibrant Soundbridge to the greater audiology community," said Davis.  "This
 educational outreach marks the next milestone in our marketing strategy.  In
 the first phase we focused on building a strong foundation of support from
 ear, nose and throat surgeons.  Now we have a nationwide network of more than
 35 surgical Centers of Excellence in place and are focusing on introducing the
 device to audiologists, who are the primary hearing healthcare-givers and a
 significant, trusted source of information for patients seeking treatment for
 their hearing loss."
 
     About Symphonix
     Founded in 1994, Symphonix Devices, Inc. is a hearing technology company
 dedicated to developing a family of products to improve communication ability
 and quality of life for the millions of hearing-impaired individuals limited
 by current hearing solutions.
     Symphonix' Vibrant Soundbridge is a surgical implant designed to work with
 the natural structures of the middle ear to enhance hearing and communication
 ability for people with hearing impairment.  The device can be implanted
 during a short, outpatient surgical procedure.  More information about
 Symphonix can be found at http://www.symphonix.com, or by calling
 1-800-833-7733.
 
     Except for historical information, statements made in this press release
 are "forward looking statements" and are subject to a number of uncertainties
 that could cause actual results to differ materially from the statements made.
 Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the Company's
 products failing to achieve widespread market acceptance.  For further
 information, refer to the risk factors described in the Company's Form 10K for
 the year ended December 31, 2000.
 
     Symphonix and Vibrant are registered trademarks of Symphonix Devices, Inc.
 Soundbridge is a trademark of Symphonix Devices, Inc.
 
     Media Contacts: Krista Lambly, 310-577-7870 ext. 125,
 klambly@fischerhealth.com, or Jeanne Berkowitz, 310-577-7870 ext. 164, both of
 Fischer & Partners, Inc., for Symphonix Devices, Inc.
 
     Investor Contact: 877/FOR-SMPX
 
     Note to Editors: A schedule of presentations about the Vibrant Soundbridge
 can be obtained by calling the media contacts listed above.
 
 

SOURCE Symphonix Devices, Inc.
    SAN JOSE, Calif., April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The Vibrant(R) Soundbridge(TM)
 will be the subject of 10 presentations at the 13th Annual Convention of the
 American Academy of Audiology (AAA), taking place next week in San Diego,
 Calif., stated Kirk Davis, president and chief executive officer of Symphonix
 Devices, Inc. (Nasdaq: SMPX).  The Vibrant Soundbridge is an implantable
 middle ear hearing device (IMEHD) designed to treat moderate to severe
 sensorineural hearing loss, the most common form of hearing impairment.
     Audiologists attending the meeting will be able to choose from sessions
 about the device, in specific, and IMEHDs, in general.  A featured conference
 session on Friday, April 20, taught by Marshall Chasin, M.S. and Jonathan
 Spindel, Ph.D., will review current trends in IMEHD technology, including the
 Vibrant Soundbridge.  Four instructional courses will explain the Vibrant
 Soundbridge technology, review the results of the recent nationwide clinical
 trial of the device, describe patient selection criteria and offer suggestions
 for incorporating the device into an audiology practice.  Audiologists
 attending these sessions will be eligible for continuing education units
 (CEU).
     "The Vibrant Soundbridge offers audiologists a new treatment option for
 appropriate patients," said Elizabeth Coughlin, M.S., a practicing audiologist
 and instructor for the course entitled "Incorporating the Vibrant Soundbridge
 Into Your Practice."  "The device expands our ability to better help some of
 our current patients, while also drawing in others who may not have considered
 using an assistive device previously.  By doing so, it holds promise to
 positively affect people's lives and our practices in meaningful ways."
     Members of Symphonix' scientific and clinical staff will present four
 posters on topics ranging from biomechanical analysis of the Vibrant
 Soundbridge technology to a presentation of long-term IMEHD patient data.
 Symphonix is also hosting a luncheon seminar during which audiologists can
 meet the inventor of the device, talk with a patient who uses it and speak to
 other audiologists about it.
     "Our initial outreach to audiologists has been met with a favorable
 response, so we are looking to the AAA as a prime venue for introducing the
 Vibrant Soundbridge to the greater audiology community," said Davis.  "This
 educational outreach marks the next milestone in our marketing strategy.  In
 the first phase we focused on building a strong foundation of support from
 ear, nose and throat surgeons.  Now we have a nationwide network of more than
 35 surgical Centers of Excellence in place and are focusing on introducing the
 device to audiologists, who are the primary hearing healthcare-givers and a
 significant, trusted source of information for patients seeking treatment for
 their hearing loss."
 
     About Symphonix
     Founded in 1994, Symphonix Devices, Inc. is a hearing technology company
 dedicated to developing a family of products to improve communication ability
 and quality of life for the millions of hearing-impaired individuals limited
 by current hearing solutions.
     Symphonix' Vibrant Soundbridge is a surgical implant designed to work with
 the natural structures of the middle ear to enhance hearing and communication
 ability for people with hearing impairment.  The device can be implanted
 during a short, outpatient surgical procedure.  More information about
 Symphonix can be found at http://www.symphonix.com, or by calling
 1-800-833-7733.
 
     Except for historical information, statements made in this press release
 are "forward looking statements" and are subject to a number of uncertainties
 that could cause actual results to differ materially from the statements made.
 Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the Company's
 products failing to achieve widespread market acceptance.  For further
 information, refer to the risk factors described in the Company's Form 10K for
 the year ended December 31, 2000.
 
     Symphonix and Vibrant are registered trademarks of Symphonix Devices, Inc.
 Soundbridge is a trademark of Symphonix Devices, Inc.
 
     Media Contacts: Krista Lambly, 310-577-7870 ext. 125,
 klambly@fischerhealth.com, or Jeanne Berkowitz, 310-577-7870 ext. 164, both of
 Fischer & Partners, Inc., for Symphonix Devices, Inc.
 
     Investor Contact: 877/FOR-SMPX
 
     Note to Editors: A schedule of presentations about the Vibrant Soundbridge
 can be obtained by calling the media contacts listed above.
 
 SOURCE  Symphonix Devices, Inc.