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Sanctions expert: Sonova's sales in Russia are still permitted

Although hearing aids and cochlear implants are highly advanced devices, they cannot be utilized for war, which means they are not affected by sanctions, says a representative from the Confederation of Danish Industry. There is therefore no legal hindrance to Sonova continuing to sell products in Russia.

From a legal standpoint, nothing is stopping Sonova, the world’s biggest hearing aid firm, from continuing to sell its products to Russia, says an expert on sanctions | Photo: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix

The world’s biggest hearing aid organization, Swiss Sonova, recently announced that it had no intentions to cease trading with Russia following the invasion of neighboring country Ukraine.

Whereas competitors Demant and GN both chose to halt all deliveries of products to the country, suspending trade with Russia altogether, Sonova continues to sell its hearing aids and cochlear implants there.

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