SOURCE: Technest Holdings, Inc.

January 28, 2008 09:07 ET

Technest Holdings Announces Formation of Division to Commercialize Innovative EARCAD System for Hearing Aid Industry

BETHESDA, MD--(Marketwire - January 28, 2008) - Technest Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB: TCNH), an advanced sensor system, surveillance and state-of-the-art 3D imaging company, announced today that it has formed a new division to focus on the commercialization of its innovative 3D ear digitizer system for the hearing aid industry.

The EARCAD™ system automates the process of converting a physical ear impression into a 3D model for streamlined production and quality control. Initial applications are for hearing-aid manufacturers looking to streamline their operations and audiologists seeking to improve turnaround times and quality of product within their practices.

The EARCAD system comprises a range of impression and non-impression scanners and associated software to create highly accurate 3D models of a patient's ear and provide superior hearing improvement and comfort. In particular, the EARCAD non-impression scanner called EARCAD OPEN, the first of its kind, is well suited to the new "behind the ear" open and non-open fit models, which are approaching 50% of all hearing aids sold. The EARCAD OPEN will also be ideal for the iPod, MP3 and Bluetooth ear piece market for superior custom fits.

The Company will debut its new system at the American Academy of Audiology Conference in April this year.

The industry publication, The Hearing Journal, estimates approximately 2.5 million hearing aids were sold in the United States in 2007. Market penetration still has considerable potential growth, as 17.6% of the population, or 56 million people, are over the age of 60 with increasing life expectancy.

Spearheading Technest's effort is Michael Lancia, recently appointed Vice-President of Medical Devices for Technest. As an experienced entrepreneurial Hearing Instrument Specialist who owns and operates Ocean State Hearing Aid Center with three locations in Rhode Island, Mr. Lancia has strong working affiliations with the largest hearing aid manufacturers in the world, including GNresound, Oticon, Widex, Phonak, Sonic Innovations and Siemens Hearing. Mr. Lancia has over 20 years of experience in the hearing aid industry and is a graduate of Bryant University in Computer Science. Since 2004, he has been researching and developing the design and use of 3D scanners for the healthcare industry.

Mr. Lancia stated, "I believe that Technest's practical industry experience combined with its state-of-the-art 3D technology puts the Company in a position to make a significant contribution to the process of designing and manufacturing custom-fit hearing aid shells for tomorrow's world of discriminating and affluent baby boomers."

Mr. Lancia further stated, "I believe over the next decade the hearing aid industry is going to experience a significant growth due to the latest hearing aid technology, which incorporates Bluetooth technology into the hearing aid device allowing patients to connect to their cell phones and MP3 players for superior sound quality and fit. With more Americans looking for that custom fit product, the custom ear piece is top on their list. The number one complaint with the current earpieces is that they just don't fit."

About Technest Holdings, Inc.

Technest Holdings, Inc. is a provider of: advanced remote sensor systems, intelligent surveillance and advanced 3D imaging technology solutions to the defense, homeland security and healthcare marketplaces. Technest is committed to setting next-generation imaging standards through the provision of innovative emerging technologies. Through strategic development, Technest focuses on the creation of dual-use technology and products with applications in the defense, civilian homeland security and law enforcement fields as well as healthcare. For more information, please visit the company's website at

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