Hooked on Fonix
Frye Electronics, Tigard, Ore, offers the newest version of the FONIX NOAH Module, a computer program that allows you to verify hearing aid fittings and perform audiometric measurements inside NOAH 3. The FONIX NOAH Module offers visible speech and “on top” modes that allow the user to program the digital aid and measure the response simultaneously. The module works completely inside NOAH 3, with all real-ear, coupler, and audiometric measurements saved directly into the NOAH database. The FONIX NOAH Module consists of two separate submodules: an audiometry module and a hearing aid test module.
Pediatrics National Loaner Bank Program
Oticon Inc, Somerset, NJ, announces its Oticon Pediatrics National Loaner Bank Program, which provides hearing instruments for a 3-month period to children under the age of 3 while arrangements for reimbursement are secured or while cochlear implant evaluation is under way. A range of Oticon hearing instruments are offered including Safran, Sumo DM, Tego Pro, Tego, and Go Pro, each available in beige, light brown, and dark brown. To utilize the Loaner Bank, hearing care professionals must have an Oticon account and complete a one-time application to participate in this no-fee, national program.
Expanded Hearing Aid Accessories Line
Health Enterprises, North Attleboro, Mass, has announced the expansion of its Acu-Life line of hearing aid accessories with: cleaning wipes (pictured) to remove wax and debris from hearing aids and earmolds; an air blower to keep earmolds and tubing clear of moisture, dirt, and debris; phone pads to help reduce feedback and whistle noise; and a portable battery tester to determine if hearing aid power cells are still good.
Instant Swim Plugs
Warner Tech-Care Products, Roseville, Minn, has developed the Aqua-Guard Direct Fit Instant Swim Plug material. Providing protection to ears while swimming, tubing, or showering, Aqua-Guard eliminates the need to send impressions to an earmold lab. Aqua-Guard is high strength and durable, and it floats. The material sets up in the ear in 5 to 7 minutes. The kit makes red and blue plugs and can be ordered in bulk.
Educational Brochure Available
Oaktree Products Inc, St Louis, offers Audiology Inc’s “Understanding Hearing Aids,” by Robert H. Margolis, PhD. Now in its second printing, the four-page color brochure offers a discussion of the benefits and limitations of amplification, and the factors that are important for successful hearing aid use. Illustrated with photographs of adult and child hearing aid users, this publication can help patients make the decision of whether to begin the hearing aid evaluation process.
Analog Custom Products
In addition to its line of digital custom and BTE hearing instruments, Amplisound Hearing Products & Services, Danielson, Conn, continues production of analog custom products. Its Class D amplifiers are available in K-Amp and come in a choice of two standard trimmers. Also available is the Linear and AGC-o with choice of two trimmers.
Technology Enhances Hearing Protection Effectiveness
VeriPRO Technology just introduced by Howard Leight by Sperian, Smithfield, RI, is designed to help safety managers ensure employees are getting the most of their hearing protection devices. Developed in conjunction with the House Ear Institute, VeriPRO measures real-world attenuation of unmodified earplugs, and can be used to improve individual employee training and enhance overall effectiveness of hearing conservation programs.
Pediatric Counseling CD
Oticon Inc, Somerset, NJ, introduces its new Pediatric Counseling CD. Designed to make parent counseling easier and more effective, the Oticon Pediatric Counseling CD combines the best practices of pediatric audiology professionals with Oticon’s experience in creating interactive counseling solutions. The new CD addresses five topics—Evaluation, The Ear, Your Child’s Hearing, Recommendations, and Learning Language—each presented independently so there is no predetermined navigational flow that must be followed. To further enhance the audiologist’s knowledge of some topics, hidden information screens can be reviewed before meeting with the family to provide reminders of key concepts to convey.
Handheld Digital Earscope
Oaktree Products Inc, St Louis, presents the Dino-Lite, a handheld digital video otoscope that measures 4 inches long and 1.26 inches wide, and uses a USB connection to a Windows-based laptop or desktop computer where still images and video can be saved in JPG, BMP, and AVI formats. Included with the scope is video capture software, five Welch Allyn disposable specula, storage bag, built-in LED light source, and all cables.
GE Amplified Phone
The GE Amplified Phone with caller ID and digital answering system is now available from Harris Communications, Eden Prairie, Minn. This feature-rich phone has amplification up to 40 dB gain with 104 dB SPL maximum output, an amplified (up to 95 dB) ringer, an amplified speakerphone, and an amplified headset jack. For ease of use, it has large buttons and is expandable up to four handsets. This phone is ideal for people with moderate-to-severe hearing loss.
Improved ICS Chartr 200
GN Otometrics North America, Schaumburg, Ill, has announced the availability of the Interpretation Assistant, a new integral part of its ICS Chartr 200 vestibular test solution. Along with caloric interpretation, the Interpretation Assistant now offers users interpretation for static positional tests. The algorithm behind the Interpretation Assistant was developed to allow users to test with greater confidence and to assist with patient counseling by presenting the results in clear text. Other new features of the Chartr 200 are: a new look and feel, helpful icons, and easy access to video recording of eye movements.
Ear Maintenance & Hygiene Kits Available
Warner Tech-Care Products, Roseville, Minn, is offering complete hearing aid maintenance and ear hygiene kits for practices to use as complimentary gifts to customers or for resale. The kit contains Warner Tech-Care’s Clean Wipes, Ear-Fresh, Earmold Cleaner, and a Sta-Dri Dehumidifier jar. A battery tester, caddie, phone coupler, and wax tools are also included. Items can be reordered individually.
Solace Free Choice
Amplisound Hearing Products & Services, Danielson, Conn, offers Solace Free Choice for tinnitus sufferers. This small receiver in the canal BTE includes a four-channel directional digital hearing aid. There is a digital-programmable sound generator, and music input for Bluetooth or direct-wired neckloop. The wearer can select from an array of combinations or independent use of its features. A large volume wheel makes for accurate sound-generator level adjustment.
2008 Catalog Has Arrived
Oaktree Products Inc, St Louis, introduces its latest catalog of hearing health care accessories. The 125-page catalog features more than 3,000 items including more than 100 new products.
Configurable Otoscope System
MedRx Inc, Largo, Fla, offers its user-friendly Video Otoscope System. Features include a miniature color video camera and a deluxe otoscope probe with an aluminum body and stainless steel conical tip that tapers down to 3 mm. The hearing health care practitioner has several configurations to choose from, such as an external light source or battery LED light source, as well as software and a USB 2.0 capture device for computer interface, or a 19-inch flat-screen monitor for general application. The MedRx Video Otoscope System requires no focusing and is the perfect tool for performing cerumen management.
iCellTech Corp, Seoul, Korea, introduces its 10DS batteries with 105-mAh capacity. Strong stainless steel housing cuts bulging and is guaranteed to be rust-free under any weather conditions. Nickel plating promotes better conduction, and high technology provides extra running time.
Individualized Fit Technology
Starkey Laboratories Inc, Eden Prairie, Minn, presents Inspire OS 2.0 and Destiny 1600. Using best-fitting practices once required a great deal of time. But with Starkey’s Inspire OS 2.0 and Destiny 1600, a more accurate, individualized fit actually takes less time than a fitting using averaged data. That’s because this new hearing system works in perfect sync, using real-ear data immediately throughout Inspire OS. Auto Path provides one screen that leads users through a fast, automatic fitting protocol in less than 2 minutes. Additionally, all Destiny instruments have expanded output controls for greater fitting flexibility, access to maximum stable gain through active feedback intercept, and a visible indicator of all screens accessed during the fitting session. All Destiny products will be compatible with the newest Surround Town scene: a dynamic theater that allows the patient to experience a virtual theater environment.
Cable Management System
Pehratek Products, Chaska, Minn, introduces the NOAH’S ARC Cable Management/ Storage System for the many programming cables that dispensers have to store and find to fit programmable hearing instruments. This new system neatly and efficiently winds up programming cables into color-coded pods that store on top of the HI-PRO box or on any flat surface. Up to 10 cable pods can be stored in each NOAH’S ARC tray within easy reach of the computer. This new system eliminates tangled cords and the time spent searching for the right cable in a drawer or hanging behind a door. Each NOAH’S ARC comes with 10 cable pods, storage rack, Mylar cable combiners (to wrap right and left cables together in one pod), and manufacturer’s labels to find the right pod quickly. Save time and the trouble of always have to untangle programming cables before each fitting.
Binaural Hearing System
Hansaton Hearing Systems, Tampa, Fla, offers the Leonardo Exclusive. Using the same housing design that won Leonardo the Red Dot Design Award, Leonardo Exclusive now features i-com, making it a truly binaural hearing system. With i-com, the two hearing instruments are constantly exchanging information to achieve a balanced sound that is far more adapted to the environment than what can be achieved with two instruments working independently. Leonardo Exclusive also features datalogging to allow hearing health care professionals to use real data about a customer’s various hearing environments and truly customize the hearing instrument. Leonardo still features multiple memories, adaptive directional microphones, 4D noise cancellation, and its patented push/scroll memory/volume wheel—just like the scroll button on a mouse—for a familiar look and feel. Available in every fitting style.
Instant Hearing Protection
Warner Tech-care Products, Roseville, Minn, introduces its new Ear-guard Instant Hearing Protection, which protects hearing while working or playing in loud environments. Ear-guard is ideal for factory workers, hunters, law-enforcement officers, motorcyclists, musicians, and homeowners wanting to protect their hearing while using loud equipment. Gun-dispensed Ear-guard silicone is speedy, sanitary, and durable. No hand mixing is needed. This custom hearing protection can be modified, vented, and lacquer coated all in less than an hour. Ear-guard is highly thixotropic and easy flowing, and has a 40-shore value. Ear-guard products are sold in a convenient starter kit with seven colors. The new Warner Tech-care catalog is now available.
Oticon Inc, Somerset, NJ, now offers its eight models. Each model features a built-in LED light that shows children, adults, teachers, audiologists, and family members that the FM reception is working. The economical T5 transmitter and body-worn R5 receiver (pictured) are the newest additions to the Amigo line, providing people with BTE and ITE hearing aids that aren’t FM compatible two easy connection options—a neckloop or direct audio input. The Amigo R5 receiver also offers headphone options for people with minimal hearing loss who don’t use hearing aids but need assistance in noisy environments or for distance hearing, or for children with central auditory processing disorders.
Portable Vacuum Pays for Itself
Hearing Technologies, Pinellas Park, Fla, presents Power-Vac, a portable unit that pays for itself by preventing costly procedures on clogged receiver or microphone ports that could have been cleared by the wearer. Cleaning tools are included to loosen or remove wax or debris, and cone-shaped attachments can be used to further clear a hearing aid’s ports. The unit operates on two AA batteries or included DC converter.
Patient Finder Program
AudioCare Inc, San Diego, presents the AudioCare Patient Finder Program. New patients are the lifeblood of a practice. Future growth and future success helping individuals who have a hearing impairment are directly related to the number of new patients who come to you for help. The AudioCare Patient Finder Program, which blends together multimedia advertising, has a 45-year track record. The components of the Patient Finder Program are: direct-response mail, newspaper ads, and point-of-purchase help.
For a limited time, Hocks Hearing Healthcare Products, Portland, Ore, will give a $2 bill with each purchase of a carton of iCellTech hearing aid batteries. The giveaway is Hocks’ way of thanking its customers for their patronage.
Rayovac, Madison, Wis, offers the Rayovac ProLine Advanced, which delivers powerful results across the most critical performance criteria. Offering consistent and reliable long-lasting power. Celebrating 100 powerful years.
(800) 331-4522 in the United States or (800) 387-3529 in Canada
Hocks Announces Supplies Sale
Hocks Hearing Healthcare Products, Portland, Ore, is starting 2008 with a blowout on selected supplies up to 50% off. Items on sale include: tubing, foam dams, cotton dams, impression cartridges, demonstration ears, and more.
Open Canal Products
Amplisound Hearing Products & Services, Danielson, Conn, has available a small, comfortable open canal product with three digital tiers to choose from: Avalon advanced four-channel with automatic directional, noise reduction, and feedback cancellation; Nuance four-channel; and Essence two-channel. Optional custom earmolds are available in skeleton, concha lock, and vented or open deep canal.
Hearing Protection for Small Ear Canals
Etymotic Research, Elk Grove Village, Ill, offers a second size of high-fidelity hearing protection for children and adults with small ear canals. The earplugs, called BabyBlues, have the same flat 20-dB sound reduction as Etymotic’s standard ETYPlugs HI-FI earplugs. All earplugs from Etymotic are flat attenuation to protect hearing and reduce noise fatigue while keeping music and voices clear, and can be used for playing and listening to music, attending concerts, and traveling.
Disposable Lighted Curette System
Warner Tech-Care Products, Roseville, Minn, is now providing the Bionex Lighted Ear Curette with Magnification Lens. The curette features a bright white light that is projected to the tip, illuminating the ear canal. The disposable system features a magnification lens that attaches to the curette. Each kit comes with 50 disposable curettes, one disposable light, and one magnification lens, and is packaged with various tips to accommodate a variety of cerumen removal procedures.
Low-Profile Hearing Protection
The Sonic Defender EP3 passive hearing protection from EarPro by Surefire, Fountain Valley, Calif, is designed to reduce potentially damaging noises without interfering with a wearer’s ability to hear routine sounds and conversation. The Sonic Defender matches a variable-sized EarPro earpiece, made from flexible material and shaped like the concha of the ear, with a Hocks Noise Braker filter, and its low profile design allows them to be worn while wearing masks, helmets, or hats or while using phones, headphones, or supplemental hearing muffs.
Electronic Shooters Protection, Brighton, Colo, offers ESP-Digital, state-of-the-art digital, high-fidelity ITE hearing protectors for shooting enthusiasts. This digital technology enables sound to be processed using bits and bytes that are noise free, unlike analog circuitry. With an effective dynamic range of 95 dB, and 16-kHz bandwidth, the ESP-Digital ensures low noise while providing true high-fidelity audio processing without compromise. The difference to the shooter is comparable to hearing music played on a CD versus a cassette tape. Standard electronic hearing protectors shut down when excessive noise levels are detected, removing the shooter’s ability to hear. All ESP amplifiers are designed to limit their output to 90 dB without shutting down, leaving shooters with their hearing intact. This safety factor is relied upon by instructors and competition shooters who depend on being in touch with their students, fellow competitors, and surroundings.
Integrated Faceplate Module
Knowles, Itasca, Ill, announces its fully integrated, removable 8200 Faceplate Module. In partnership with In’Tech, Knowles brings to the industry a product to enhance efficiency. The 8200 features an integrated push button, microphone, battery door, and flex programming module block. This module securely fastens to a frameless faceplate, and can be removed using a single extraction tool. It not only addresses ease of manufacturing and serviceability, but also remains flexible to a variety of applications. Customers may order the module preassembled to the flex, ready-for-hybrid attachment, or the entire hybrid may be preassembled.
Mid-States Laboratories, Wichita, Kan, offers a variety of thin-tube/open-ear fittings. Choose from a selection of styles to custom fit each client’s hearing needs. When possible, Mid-States prefers to use its Apollo or Marveltex/vinyl materials, which allow for friction fit, an advantage when considering the need to retube.
Lipreading Instructional Guide
ADCO Hearing Products Inc, Englewood, Colo, offers Learn to Lipread, an educational guide for consumers. It is designed to develop skill through speech-reading practice and thereby reduce frustration for those who cannot understand enough conversation to participate. The lessons consist of lip-reading and auditory training on DVD, with a manual to provide additional practice. For adolescents and adults, Learn to Lipread will supplement linguistic auditory information and increase communication skills. These lessons provide an excellent supplement to training from a class or for home study.
UbiDuo Helps Bridge Communication Gap
Harris Communications, Eden Prairie, Minn, now offers the UbiDuo, a type-to-text communication device that allows deaf/hard of hearing people and those with communication barriers to communicate with anyone, face to face, without a third party. Text appears simultaneously on a split screen on each UbiDuo, in real time. Instant-on functionality means it is easy to use, and at a compact 6 pounds, it is completely portable.
By Appointment Only
Atlas Business Solutions Inc, Fargo, ND, has released Patient Appointment Manager 3.0. Patient Appointment Manager allows users to quickly search for available appointment times by date, time, or practitioner. The waiting list feature keeps track of pending appointments and notifies the scheduler when an appointment can be scheduled. Patient Appointment Manager offers the ability to keep track of multiple schedules and organize patient information in one electronic appointment book, and also allows users to search for available appointment times, manage a waiting list, or e-mail appointment reminders to patients. Reports and schedules can be printed or exported to PDF, Word, Excel, or HTML and sent via e-mail to employees.
Good Sense of Direction
MedRx Inc, Largo, Fla, now offers the Avant Polar Directional Hearing Instrument Test (HIT) Chamber to verify proper functionality of directional microphones prior to initial patient fitting. The Avant Polar HIT features a unique rotating test pad for generating directional polar plots, simple one-cable USB connectivity, and a compact size that allows it to be discreetly situated in any office setting.
Insight Cinema Celebrates Milestone, Calls for Support
Insight Cinema, Santa Monica, Calif, recently celebrated its fifth year of advocating for performance event captioning as a means to overcome communication barriers for the deaf and hard-of-hearing and eliminate social isolation for those with language difficulties. In the next 5 years, the nonprofit’s Executive Director Nanci Linke-Ellis is looking for financial support to help keep patron demand from outstripping Insight Cinema’s budgetary resources.
Small Audiometer, Big Features
Otovation LLC, King of Prussia, Pa, has announced the release of OTOPod, a wireless diagnostic audiometer whose small size makes it ideal for testing in the office or in a patient setting. Utilizing Bluetooth connectivity, the OTOPod can be used with a variety of transducers and wirelessly connects with a computer running Otovation’s new Symphony software. Features includes manual and automated air and bone conduction testing, and speech testing with prerecorded wordlists.
Hands-free Stereo Bluetooth Headset
Available from Oaktree Products Inc, St Louis, the new NoizFree Beetle H-2ST allows hearing instrument users with Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones to hear conversations through the telecoil of their hearing aid. At 10 grams, the small unit comes with a neckloop and induction hook so that the user can choose their preferred listening method; it also works with other Bluetooth devices such as MP3 and CD players.
Handheld Tinnitus Device
Melmedtronics Inc, Hurst, Tex, offers The Inhibitor, a handheld tinnitus treatment device that delivers an ultrasonic signal in the range of 20 to 60 kHz during the 1-minute application period. It is reported to temporarily inhibit the annoying sound of tinnitus in 70% to 75% of patients treated, with the amount of relief time varying.
Headphones Provide Frequency Boost
Able Planet Inc, Wheat Ridge, Colo, offers Sound Clarity Noise-Canceling Headphones that feature Linx Audio technology, which alters the audio signal to increase the intensity of higher frequency harmonics and increases the perception of loudness without forcing users to crank up the volume to potentially damaging levels. Users with mild to moderate hearing loss will enjoy the same full, rich sound experience as those with normal hearing.
Wax Protection System
Rexton Inc, Plymouth, Minn, has released C-Guard, its latest advancement in wax protection, available on all Calibra premier digital custom instruments. C-Guard effectively seals the receiver with a membrane barrier that protects against cerumen and moisture. This low-maintenance technology works without affecting the hearing instrument response curve. It is available on all custom instrument styles, from CIC to full shell, and is fitted during initial production. A replacement kit with removal/replacement tool and additional guards is available for customer use. For best results, C-Guard should be changed every 3 months. A specially designed tool is supplied for removing and inserting the guard.
Simplicity OTE with Bluetooth Neckloop
General Hearing Instruments, New Orleans, announces the availability of its new Simplicity Music Lover’s Communicator (MLC) micro OTE. Combining smooth, free-field, high-frequency amplification with Bluetooth connectivity, the MLC device has been specifically targeted to those who have difficulty understanding speech in the presence of background noise, but desire the convenience and safety of hand-free cell phone operation. Utilizing the Artone Bluetooth Loop-Set, the Simplicity MLC is equipped with an amplification program and a telephone program. However, the MLC has the potential for four memories to optimize understanding speech in different listening situations.
Wireless Video Otoscope Line
Pehratek Products, Chaska, Minn, presents a new addition to the Scope-Link wireless video otoscope line. The DVR 1000 is a portable, wireless video recorder that will permit real-time recording of otoscopic evaluation in full-motion video for storage and/or playback on a computer. This new compact system uses a flash memory card to store up to 50 full-motion videos for immediate playback using the built-in 2.5-inch LCD screen on the recorder, or to transfer these images to a computer for later viewing or storage. Instead of limiting the view of the external ear canal or hearing aid to a single still photo image, the DVR 1000 offers full-motion video recording to show the entire otoscopic story. Additional flash memory cards can be used to expand the recording capability of the system or to save files permanently. The system comes complete with the Welch-Allyn video otoscope, Scope-Link wireless video sender, DVR 1000 digital video recorder/receiver, and flash memory card.
Filltune Bone Conduction Headphones
Harris Communications, Eden Prairie, Minn, announces the availability of Filltune Bone Conduction Headphones. Unlike conventional headphones, Filltune uses magnetostrictive bone conduction technology that vibrates the sense organ directly, thus the listener can pick up high frequencies that are produced in high-quality music. Resting on the user’s temples, the headphones allow the user to feel sound through the inner ear by passing the sound-producing vibrations to the skull. It comes with a remote control that not only adjusts the volume, but has its own amplifier to produce better output, delivering up to 0.76 watts to each channel. It is fully compatible with any audio source that has a 3.5 mm stereo mini-jack.
Digital Hearing Aid Family
Starkey Laboratories Inc, Eden Prairie, Minn, offers Destiny™ hearing aids. Powered by nFusion™ technology, Destiny hearing aids are sensitive, adaptive, and nearly as intuitive as the human ear. These devices easily transition from one acoustic environment to the next and allow for highly customized adjustments through data logging. Additionally, all Destiny products feature Active Feedback Intercept, which provides feedback erasure; automatic telephone response; adaptive indicator tones; and standard direction speech detector, a directivity index.
Precision Laboratories, Altamonte Springs, Fla, offers Blue Ultra ear impression silicone cartridges. This thixotropic formula has a low viscosity that resists slumping and distributes the material evenly. Pressure-free delivery eliminates distortion from stretching of the ear. Blue Ultra responds to the increasing need for high-quality ear impressions—a perfect fit for today’s high-tech hearing aids.
Sonic Innovations, Salt Lake City, offers Velocity, a hearing instrument that uses environmental sound cues to automatically adjust settings to a particular listening situation without requiring the wearer to press a button. Velocity features patented digital signal processing and advanced noise reduction, patent-pending adaptive directional technology, automatic directionality, adaptive feedback cancellation, and several advanced user options, including patient-friendly voice alerts and automatic telephone listening.
Natural Ear Treatment
MiraCell Inc, Orem, Utah, offers MiraCell natural ear treatment, which eases cerumen removal, makes wearing hearing aids and earmolds more comfortable, and relieves sore, dry, flaking, or itching ears, caused by detaching keratin and tympanic membrane plaque. MiraCell Inc offers an income-making opportunity that will reduce returns and remakes.
A Dryer for All Hearing Aids
Hearing Technologies International, Pinellas Park, Fla, offers its Universal Hearing Aid Dryer whose accelerated heat removes harmful moisture and reduces earwax damage to receivers to help prevent costly repairs while maintaining peak performance. The unit’s hinged cover provides maximum temperature and moisture removal. Cleaning tools are included.
Visible Speech Program
Frye Electronics, Tigard, Ore, has recently released Version 3.8 for the FP35, designed to improve testing with live speech by providing a long-term average response curve. UCLS, long-term average response, real-ear target, real-time real-ear response, and threshold values can now be seen on one screen. It allows hearing health care professionals to show the actual speech of a client’s spouse or family member when the hearing aid is being used.
Loud and Clear
TV Ears Inc, Spring Valley, Calif, has introduced a brand-new line of GE amplified telephones designed for mild, moderate, and severe hearing loss. Features include amplified volume up to 104 dB, amplified ringer up to 85 dB, vibrating handset call alert, and backlit keypad and screen.
Battery Prices Cut
Hocks Hearing Healthcare Products, Portland, Ore, has announced it has lowered its price on Energizer batteries in four- and eight-battery packages.
OTOVATION LLC, King of Prussia, Pa, presents the new Amplitude® T-Series wireless audiometer, offering portability and convenience for audiologists and on-the-go hearing health care professionals. The NOAH-compatible Amplitude T-Series models contain all the electronics within the handheld patient-response switch, and communicate with a Windows® PC by wireless Bluetooth® technology. Amplitude T-3 performs air- and bone-conduction testing, while the T-4 is an air-conduction testing model. Each can be used with a variety of transducers, including TDH-39, EAR 5A, and the Sennheiser HDA200. T-Series provides manual and automated test modes with flexibility to customize the testing process easily. View the entire OTOVATION family of hearing screening products at the company’s Web site.
Ear Cleansing System
Hal-Hen Company Inc, Garden City Park, NY, presents a new approach to ear hygiene, Murine® Earigate™ Ear Cleansing System. Designed and tested by an ENT physician, Earigate helps keep ears clean longer. Using patented “reverse spray action,” Earigate safely rinses away earwax and cellular debris with no pressure on the tympanic membrane. Easy to use, Earigate extends the time between ear cleanings and helps prevent hearing aid failure due to wax and debris buildup. Clinically tested, Earigate is chemical- and preservative-free, is hypoallergenic, and can be used as often as necessary. Earigate is available in two sizes: adult and child. Each 100 ml can of Earigate delivers 30 to 50 applications.
Directional Hearing Instrument Test
Audioscan, Dorchester, Ontario, Canada, offers a real-time directional hearing instrument test on its Verifit REM/HIT analyzer. Utilizing the Verifit dual-speaker technology, each speaker delivers a broadband signal. Each signal is independent of the other, making it possible to decipher which speaker the signal originated from, even after the hearing instrument has processed the signal. The response from each speaker is shown in real time so the directional effect can be seen.
Mid-States Laboratories, Wichita, Kan, has added the Mark V Power Piston Driven Cleaning Pump to its product line. This heavy-duty unit produces strong vacuum power (pulling up to 27 inches of mercury) and blows up to 120 psi. Standard accessories include seven milled needles and a vacuum chamber that runs automatically for 300 seconds. In addition to the standard accessories, an optional aspirator kit is available for cerumen removal.
New Hearing Instrument Family
Siemens Hearing Instruments, Piscataway, NJ, offers the new INTUIS™ family of hearing instruments. INTUIS includes a wide range of models and colors to fit most hearing losses and personal styles. The INTUIS family of products includes a directional microphone system in nearly every model, feedback cancellation, noise reduction, AutoPhone, nanocoating for BTEs, and Siemens’ C-Guard™ wax protection system.
MedRx Inc, Largo, Fla, presents the new advanced AVANT A
CareCredit, Costa Mesa, Calif, has developed a new SoundChoice Resource Guide to help hearing health care professionals promote, present, and integrate SoundChoice patient payment plans into their practice to increase sales. Designed and formatted to provide quick and easy access to information needed to achieve optimal results and practice growth, the resource guide features an overview of SoundChoice and the benefits the program offers to practices and patients. The guide explains how the program works and details each of the no-interest and low-interest payment plans available through SoundChoice. Sample scripts illustrate how to discuss SoundChoice and use the program effectively as a tool to improve business. The resource guide concludes with an overview of the support materials provided to help educate patients on the payment options to overcome cost concerns and increase acceptance of optimal hearing aid technology. Practices that offer SoundChoice can order a copy of the new resource guide.
New Vacuum Cleaner
JodiVac LLC, Portland, Ore, releases its newest vacuum model, the Jodi-Elite. The vacuum has improved performance with more power and runs more quietly than the Jodi-Consumer. Storage and portability have also been improved by having the vacuum hose, needle assembly, and new storage compartment fit into their own boxes. The Jodi-Elite will join the company’s regular line of vacuum systems to continue its commitment to preserving the sound quality of hearing aids by users and hearing aid service providers.
AUDiTEC, St Louis, offers a comprehensive central auditory processing screening test, MAPA. Developed in partnership with Dr Ron Schow of Idaho State University, MAPA screens for auditory processing deficits in the areas recognized as integral parts of the processing of auditory information. In addition, it has two versions for retest purposes. MAPA is available in beta form (Beta III) and has normative data.
Entry-Level FM Transmitter
Phonak US, Warrenville, Ill, offers ZoomLink, an entry-level FM transmitter. ZoomLink features three different microphone modes for an optimal reception angle in all listening situations. Easy to use, the ZoomLink transmitter is compatible with all Phonak receivers. A special bundle of a ZoomLink transmitter and the universal MyLink receiver is also available.
WCI, Santa Monica, Calif, offers Simplicity™, which alerts you to the important sounds of everyday life, from the telephone ringing to the doorbell chime or a baby’s cry. Simple and easy to use, Simplicity’s system comprises attractive signalers working individually or all together, and it’s compatible with other common brands, making it easy to add on to any existing system. Just one of the many assistive devices available from WCI, the “one-stop shop” for hearing technology.
(800) 233-9130 (V/TTY)
Multimemory, Open-Ear Instrument
Magnatone, Casselberry, Fla, introduces the Shadow X™ nonprogrammable, multimemory, open-ear instrument, a high-end digital solution. The Shadow line has a seamless unibody design and is compatible with ReSoundAIR™ tubing. Now available in a variety of colors and patterns.
Micro-BTE Sound Generators
Amplisound/United Hearing Systems Inc, Danielson, Conn, offers digital micro-BTE sound generators for the treatment of tinnitus. The sound generator frequency response can be tuned to the patient’s preference. The micro-BTE is designed with the receiver in the canal, providing optimum performance while keeping the canal open. The company also offers a combination unit featuring a programmable sound generator and an advanced 4-channel digital processor to provide exceptional sound quality.
Portable UV Cure Unit
Lightning Enterprises, Limington, Me, announces Spotty-P, a portable UV LED cure system capable of curing UV lacquers, coatings, and adhesives. The Spotty-P system includes handpiece, LED cure head, white light inspection head, 120V wall transformer, and nine-volt battery pack for remote operation. UV safety glasses and a hard shell carrying case are included. The case measures just 12 x 8 inches and includes extra space for tools and UV materials.
Advanced-Performance Hearing Instruments
Siemens Hearing Instruments Inc, New York, announces ARTIS™ 2 and CIELO™ 2. Designed for advanced performance, the ARTIS 2 is equipped with DataLearning technology that automatically learns and adjusts to wearers’ volume preferences. DataLearning allows a faster, more precise fitting by recording usage data that enables the hearing care professional to fine-tune the instrument and counsel the wearer. ARTIS 2 also offers Siemens’ proprietary e2e wireless technology, designed to provide a natural and effortless binaural hearing, including precise sound localization, harmonized volume and program settings, and better hearing comfort in noisy environments. CIELO 2 is equipped with a data-logging feature that collects information on hearing preferences, such as duration of instrument use, volume control position, hearing environments, volume changes, and program usage. The information obtained from data logging can be used for easier fine-tuning of the instruments, resulting in a more customized fitting.
Cordless Amplified Phone
Potomac Technology, Rockville, Md, offers the Clarity C420 Cordless Amplified phone. Incoming sounds are amplified up to 30 decibels, making phone conversations louder and clearer. Caller ID and 50 name and number memory make it easy to keep all your family’s and friends’ phone numbers handy!
(800) 433-2838 (V/TTY)
Cerumen Remover Kit
General Hearing Instruments Inc, New Orleans, announces the availability of the SpinDoctor Pro, a lab-quality centrifuge designed to expel cerumen from within the receiver, internal tubing, and diaphragm area. This is where problematic wax blockage typically occurs. The SpinDoctor will spin any size ITE hearing device at a precise speed, generating a gravitational force great enough to expel all internal wax and other debris, but will not damage the receiver or other components. SpinDoctor is quick to use; an average cleaning cycle lasts only 20 seconds. The SpinDoctor features adjustable rotor with clear collection cone, antivibration shock mount, nonskid base, and automatic shutoff timer. Items included in the Pro kit: cleaning solution, wax wire tool, color instruction book, quick-start DVD, and 1-year warranty.
Hearing Components, Oakdale, Minn, provides NR-1 earphones, which combine state-of-the-art electronics and miniaturization with the convenience of Hearing Components’ patented Comply™ Platinum Canal Tips. The patented NR-1 earphones are based on the same technology used by US Army helicopter crews. When utilized in a noisy environment, the NR-1 earphones deliver to personal audio device users greater noise reduction, sound, and in-the-ear comfort.
Hearing Aid Sweat Band
VanB Enterprises, West Valley, NY, offers the Hearing Aid Sweat Band™, a disposable, soft-fabric sleeve that protects BTE devices from moisture and other infiltrating contaminants. This spring, the company introduced the “Slim Series” of sweatbands in Mini-Slim, Small-Slim, and Medium-Slim sizes. The Hearing Aid Sweat Band is available in nine sizes, including 5 XL (specifically designed for FM systems), and in six colors. It slips easily over the aid, extending to the microphone, without the need for a tool.
Westone Laboratories Inc, Colorad