Rayovac Launching Mercury-Free Battery Line
Underlining its commitment to sustainability and the environment, Rayovac, Madison, Wis, has announced plans to launch its latest innovation later this year: Rayovac ProLine Mercury Free batteries. “These Rayovac products will be one of the first mercury-free hearing aid batteries in the world and among the longest lasting,” said Tom Begley, Rayovac divisional vice president. “This is great news for the industry, patients, and the environment. We are excited to deliver a battery solution to the market that offers consumers an environmentally conscious option, without asking them to compromise on performance, consistency, or reliability.”
CareCredit Makes Patient Financing Integration Easy
As part of an ongoing commitment to provide enrolled practices with valuable support programs and resources, CareCredit, Costa Mesa, Calif, has a new resource guide available, designed to assist practices in the promotion, presentation, and integration of patient financing into their daily routine. The guide features quick and easy access to proven techniques that practices can begin using immediately to increase revenue and practice growth. Using sample scripts and easy-to-follow steps, the guide illustrates how payment plans can be incorporated into the hearing health care recommendation and how to successfully present CareCredit to the patient. To complete the guide, an overview of support materials is provided to demonstrate how to present and promote the payment options and make them an effective part of the practice.
(800) 300-3046, ext 4125
Direct Fit Earmolds
Warner Tech-care Products, Roseville, Minn, introduces its new direct fit Quick Pro Earmold Material. The new gun-dispensed silicone is ideal for “on the spot” earmolds. After Quick Pro is dispensed into the ear canal, the material will set up in no more than 7 minutes. Quick Pro provides your practice with a custom mold that you can make, tube, and vent in your office while your customer waits. Quick Pro material is clear, strong, and thixotropic with a 45 shore value. It is available in a complete kit or by individual cartridge.
Multi-Use Earplugs Enhance Communication, Safety
Designed to keep workers connected to their environment without compromising protection, Smithfield, RI-based Howard Leight’s new Clarity multiple-use earplugs help to improve worker safety and communication by blocking hazardous noise while allowing voice and signal frequencies to be heard more naturally. Utilizing Bilsom Technology’s patented Sound Management Technology, the Clarity earplug delivers uniform attenuation that blocks low and medium frequency noise while enhancing the perception of higher voice and warning signal frequencies without distortion. Clarity is available in two sizes—regular and small—to accommodate a wide range of ear canal shapes and sizes. A corded version also includes an exclusive attached Cord Adjuster that allows workers to adjust the woven cord’s length to their personal preference or application requirements.
Custom Labels Available for Hearing Aid Dryer, Power-Vac
Hearing Technologies Inc, Pinellas Park, Fla, is now offering free custom labels for its Universal Hearing Aid Dryer and Power-Vac. Both instruments are designed for all styles of hearing aids, and help maintain instrument performance by safely removing harmful moisture and matter. Cleaning tools are included with both products.
Renata Throws Down the Gauntlet
Renata Batteries, Dallas, is so confident that your patients will enjoy superior quality hearing with its Maratone batteries, it is offering a no-questions-asked money-back guarantee. Why? According to its customers, Renata battery performance outlasts competing brands by hours—or even days. With simple and consistent buying programs, Renata encourages you to find out for yourself.
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.
Know Your Rights
The Better Hearing Institute (BHI), Washington, DC, has recently published Hearing Solutions—Legal Rights Guide for Individuals with Hearing Loss, written by Minnesota attorney Sam Diehl, who specializes in employment law. The guide summarizes the rights available to people with hearing loss and provides links to references and other resources. “With the availability of today’s technologically advanced hearing devices, most people with hearing loss do not need to resort to disability considerations under the law,” said BHI Executive Director Sergei Kochkin. “However, this Guide will prove invaluable for those with hearing impairments who qualify for protection under the law.” The guide is available on the following page of the BHI Web site:
Oticon Offers a Continuing-Education First
Oticon Inc, Somerset, NJ, is now offering free, online access to a video recording at the 2007 Oticon Women in Audiology Conference. Accessible from Oticon’s Web site is Women in Audiology: Communicating with Power and Influence, featuring Jan Fraser, founder of womensconference.org and author of the Women’s Success Journal. The online course is approved for 1 hour of continuing education from AAA and IIHIS. The course can be accessed through the Training and Education Programs link at oticonusa.com and through the Oticon channel at AudiologyOnline.com
(800) 526-3921, ext 2806
New Digital Instrument Testing Suite
Audioscan, Dorchester, Ontario, Canada, introduces Viewport, a complete testing suite for fitting, counseling, and verifying the function of digital instruments. This new test suite, available only on the Verifit, allows the health care professional to verify and demonstrate audibility, directionality, noise reduction, and feedback suppression, with all of the tests integrated and presented on one screen or printout.
Digital Series Product Line Expanded
Electronic Shooters Protection, Brighton, Colo, has announced the addition of the Series 3 to its digital series of custom electronic hearing protection. The Series 3 includes several preset tone modes selectable for optimum quality in different sound environments. Volume can also be controlled manually. Several new color choices include safety orange, field green, and black, in addition to tan. Unlike muffs and earplugs, they allow normal hearing and conversation, and advanced shutoff compression circuitry instantly activates at any noise of 90 dB or greater.
Warner Tech-care Now Offers GE Amplified Phones
Warner Tech-care Products, Roseville, Minn, now distributes GE’s amplified phone line, giving practices arecognizable brand name that patients can trust. The full line provides many options as well as price points that will encourage ALD sales. Including ALD sales with a dispensed hearing aid will increase customer satisfaction with their new aid. GE phones come in a variety of styles with features such as answering machines, visual ringers, expandable handsets, and more.
New RITE Cleaning Tool
Hearing Technologies Inc, Pinellas Park, Fla, has introduced a new receiver in the ear (RITE) cleaning tool. The brush is designed to help hearing aid wearers remove harmful debris from their hearing aid, and the magnet assists in replacing batteries. www.hearingtech.com
User-Friendly 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.
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.
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.
Portable Hearing Aid Vacuum
JodiVac LLC, Portland, Ore, offers the Jodi-PRO, a portable hearing aid vacuum cleaner for hearing health care professionals. The 12-volt DC unit has a motor that provides 2,000 hours of clinical use, and two specially milled needles—one for ITE, ITC, and CIC instruments; another for BTE tubing and all other earmolds. The same replaceable filtered syringe provides ease of maintenance and infection control. Syringes and replacement needles are available in economical packages. The syringe has a built-in flow indicator to show when the needle is plugged. A brush is molded into the box for dislodging debris from the needle, and a reamer is included for blockages.
Handheld OAE Screener
UK-based Otodynamics Ltd unveils Otoport, a handheld OAE instrument with the power and flexibility of the Echoport, with software tailored to the hearing professional’s needs. The light, compact, handheld OAE system features “ILO” compatibility, an interactive graphic display, frequency band or waveform analysis, and 1,000-patient database accessed by a cell phone–style keypad. First in the family is the newborn screener, with later models designed to address pediatric screening and clinical diagnosis. Advance notice of features pending FDA clearance.
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.
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.
Beyond Hearing Aids Inc, Florence, Ky, a distributor of amplified stethoscopes and accessories, has years of practical experience working with consumers who have all types of hearing loss. The new Cardionics Escope with specialist diaphragm and bells provides superior sound conduction and allows for a variety of accessories that interface the stethoscope to hearing aids. The new version has a sleeker design and better-output jack placement.
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.
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.
Clock Offers Multiple Combinations
Potomac Technology, Rockville, Md, presents its Sonic Boom Alarm Clock, an all-in-one model that lets you select any combination of sound, flashing light, or optional bed vibrator wake-up signals. A built-in receiver allows it to pick up transmissions from other signalers.
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.
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 directional speech detector, a directivity index.
Oticon Inc, Somerset, NJ, now offers eight models of its Amigo product line. 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.
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)
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.
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.
(800) 872-8986 or (651) 739-9427
Complete Clinical Solution
MedRx Inc, Largo, Fla, offers the AVANT™ computerized testing and fitting system that consists of the AVANT A2D audiometer and the AVANT REM Speech Live Speech Mapping and real ear measurement system. Each device weighs less than half a pound, connects to a USB port, and arrives in a compartmentalized carrying case. The entire system, with all of its accessories, weighs less than 7 pounds.The A2D audiometer allows fast and accurate air, bone, and speech testing, and offers an intuitive user interface for data collection, patient monitoring, and counseling. With the AVANT REM Speech system, fittings can be verified via Live Speech Mapping or traditional real ear measurement. Both instruments are NOAH™, System 3, and TIMS® compatible.
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.
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 include manual and automated air and bone conduction testing, and speech testing with prerecorded wordlists.
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.
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.
Medical-Grade Silicone Swim Plugs
Perfect Seal Laboratories, Wichita, Kan, offers Aqua-Tite swim plugs made from medical-grade silicone. They are hypoallergenic and can be tinted to almost any color, or swirled with a combination of up to three colors. Each plug comes with embedded handles, designed to make them easier to insert and remove. A connecting cord also can be ordered.
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.
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.
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.
TV Listening Device
ADCO Hearing Products Inc, Englewood, Colo, offers the Sennheiser Model IS-410, a new device for TV listening. With a sleek design that will appeal to younger patients, this product gives ALDs a whole new look. It features adjustable volume and balance control on the headset and operates on 2.3 to 2.8 MHz mono or stereo frequency. This system also has a compression feature, which suppresses loud passages and boosts soft passages for a more even audio level. The transmitter easily connects to audio-out jack, and charges the ultralightweight receiver and an optional spare battery. There is a 2-year manufacturer’s warranty.
(800) 726-0851, (303) 794-3928
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.
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.
Portable Vacuum Pump Kit
Lightning Enterprises, Limington, Me, announces the Lightning Vac Traveler, a completely portable suction system designed for professional hearing aid cleaning and maintenance. New improved design includes the popular Lightning Vac 2 suction unit with blower, vacuum jar desiccator for fast drying, five various needle tips, Slip-Luer with replaceable filter, and durable hard-shell carrying case.
Custom Earmolds, Earplugs
Hocks Hearing Healthcare Products, Portland, Ore, manufactures a wide variety of earplugs and custom earmolds for swimming, sleeping, and hearing protection, including the Hocks Noise Braker® and Pikaso Plugs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Implant Power Batteries
ZeniPower, Zhuhai, China, presents a new generation of Implant Power batteries, with 30%-plus improvements that can power cochlear BTE speech processors for 3 to 6 days. According to the company, comparison tests show a longer life than other brands at 30 mA discharge. The strictly controlled manufacturing process guarantees high reliability and consistency. Free samples are available.
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.
Performance Meets Style
Unitron Hearing US, Plymouth, Minn, offers its Moxi line of Canal Receiver Technology hearing instruments featuring a comprehensive fitting range and a choice of two receivers to satisfy patients with hearing loss from mild to severe. Thirty-seven percent smaller than traditional BTEs, Moxi instruments feature a choice of volume control or a program button that is incorporated into the battery door, allowing them to be tailored to individual preferences.
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 Physician Referral Program Commonwealth Marketing, Salem, Va, founded by Gerald Dubrino, PhD, has been consulting audiologists and hearing aid dispensers around the country since 2001. With proactive programs that include newspaper advertisements, mailers, flyers, and tinnitus management programs, Commonwealth now announces their newest marketing component, a physician referral program in which they guarantee their services and pledge to do $120,000 in new business for the year with four promotions or the fourth promotion is free.