Tinnitus Instrument General Hearing Instruments Inc, New Orleans, La, USA, introduces the Tranquil® BTE tinnitus sound generator, which accommodates users with normal to mild/moderate hearing loss. The Tranquil BTE offers broadband capabilities, and a flexible, hypoallergenic medical grade silicone non-occluding earmold that comfortably fits most ears. It also includes a built-in gain control trimmer and on/off switch. The Tranquil BTE comes with presentation case, instruction booklet, #13 battery, travel pouch, and noncustom earmold. A #13 battery assures long operating life, which can be further extended by switching the unit off when not in use. (504) 733-3767; www.generalhearing.com .
Hand Sanitizer Hal-Hen Company Inc, Garden City Park, NY, USA, features its Instant Hand Sanitizer System (catalog #3625), which can be placed anywhere hand cleaning is required. The automatic, touch-free design delivers a 1 mL, 3 mL, or 5 mL dose of waterless hand cleaner, which has been clinically proven to kill 99.99% of germs in 15 seconds. Conveniently packaged in 1,000 mL disposable pouches. (516) 294-3200; www.halhen.com .
Environmental Sounds DVD Pehratek Products, Chaska, Minn, USA, offers a new method for testing and fitting hearing aids with the Environmental Sound Simulator DVD, which features high-quality multimedia recordings of typical listening environments such as groups, restaurants, churches and synagogues, television, automobile, outdoor traffic, and other background noise scenes to realistically recreate settings that hearing aid wearers have difficulty hearing.
This DVD can be played on any DVD-equipped computer or stand-alone DVD player. It is a stand-alone program (not part of any manufacturer’s fitting software) that runs on the desktop or alongside Noah-based programs to evaluate and maximize hearing aid performance and patient satisfaction across models and styles of hearing instruments using the same test stimuli. Use the ESS DVD to assess current hearing aid performance, optimize user preferences, create realistic expectations, and demonstrate noise reduction, directional microphones, or multiple program settings. (952) 470-9063; www.pehratek.com .
CAPD Testing CD AUDiTEC, St Louis, Mo, USA, introduces ACAP, a compact disc containing the major tests employed in the assessment of central auditory processing disorders. This CD, containing nine tests, encompasses the various aspects of central processing: The ACAP CD is offered at a substantial discount over single test CDs. (314) 781-8890; [email protected] ; www.auditec.com .
Poster Series SeboTek Hearing Systems, Tulsa, Okla, USA, presents a series of new in-office marketing posters, provided as part of its retail marketing support program. The poster series emphasizes the benefits of the PAC, SeboTek’s patented hearing instrument, to those who wear it: virtuallyinvisible; soft and comfortable; and brilliant, natural sound. The PAC offers discreet, same-day fitting; delivers superior acoustic performance that traditional hearing aids can’t achieve through extended frequency response up to 14,000 Hz; and does so across a huge fitting range, including losses up to 90 dB. (918) 388-9000; www.sebotek.com .
Hands-Free Mobile Phone Headset Etymotic Research, Elk Grove Village, Ill, USA, presents ETY-COM™, a technically advanced headset that combines noise isolation from a high-fidelity earphone with a noise-rejecting directional microphone, which Etymotic developed for hearing aids. Clear, private, two-way conversation is possible in high background noise up to 100 dB. The earphone frequency response extends beyond the typical low-fidelity telephone bandwidth. The average sound isolation is 35 dB (NRR 24). It has a high-gain microphone that amplifies the voice of the talker while reducing ambient noise, providing an additional improvement of 4 to 11 dB over other close-talking directional microphones at the same location. As a result, the conversation is clear and free of background noise. Connector included: Millions of people subscribe to services that use Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) to make phone calls from their computers. Each ETYCOM comes with a VoIP adapter. (847) 228-0006; www.etymotic.com .
Multiple Mics Oaktree Products Inc, St Louis, USA, has been selected by Elk Grove Village, Ill-based Etymotic Research Inc as the master distributor of its new Companion Mics™, a 3 + 1 wireless system that directs the speech of up to three different talkers to a single listener. Speech is routed to the ear via high-fidelity noise-isolating earphones, or interfaced with a hearing instrument or cochlear implant with a neckloop or induction earhook. Companion Mics is a viable solution for hearing speech from multiple individuals in unfavorable listening situations. (636) 530-1664; [email protected] ; www.oaktreeproducts.com .
Hearing Instrument Family Starkey Laboratories Inc, Eden Prairie, Minn, USA, has released the Destiny™ digital hearing instruments. The Destiny instruments are built with the speed of nFushion™ technology, offering feedback elimination and directional speech detection, as well as state-of-the-art environmental management. (952) 941-6401; www.starkey.com .
Consumer Vacuum jodi-vac LLC, Portland, Ore, USA, offers jodi®, the first hearing aid vacuum for consumers. The 12-volt DC portable unit weighs less than 2 pounds, and is 3 x 4 inches in size. A filtered syringe assembly is replaceable, enabling ease of maintenance. Also, the syringe has a flow indicator built in, showing when the needle is plugged with debris. A toothbrush is included to clear debris blockages from the needle. A reamer is also included to keep in the needle between uses. The unit is effective with all hearing aids. (503) 284-1906; www.jodivac.com .
BTE Loss Prevention Westone Laboratories Inc, Colorado Springs, Colo, USA, offers Ear Gear, a product for children and adults that is designed to prevent BTE hearing instruments from getting lost, while at the same time protecting them from dirt, sweat, rain, and chafing. In addition, Ear Gear is a great way to keep expensive FM boots attached to children’s BTEs. With 13 brilliant color and pattern options, Ear Gear can also be a fashion statement. Available in six styles to accommodate both monaural and binaural fittings, with or without cords and clips. (719) 540-9333; www.westone.com .
Single-Wall Screening Booths Acoustic Systems, Austin, Tex, USA, offers single-wall screening booths for screening environments where the ambient conditions require increased attenuation, or clinical testing may be required. The booths are constructed with the company’s standard Type 2, four-inch-thick wall panels and provide isolation. Acoustic Systems is accredited by the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) and submits its audiometric rooms and suites to regular testing. (512) 444-1961; www.acousticsystems.com .
Next Generation Noise Reduction Audina® Hearing Instruments Inc, Longwood, Fla, USA, introduces the ACCURIO™ with adaptive feedback cancellation 2.0. This next generation adaptive feedback canceller achieves 14 dB of added stable gain through accurate modeling of the feedback path. The unit offers 128-band adaptive noise reduction 3.0, which provides a precise next-generation noise reduction strategy. The algorithm offers improved performance without any perceived drop in speech levels. Additional features include 16 kHz bandwidth and faster fitting times, using new efficient software architecture to create faster programming speeds (two to three times faster than previous products) without compromising system flexibility. ACCURIO also offers 20-bit digital audio processing for reduced distortion and lower noise. (407) 331-0077; www.audina.net.
New Receivers Knowles Electronics, Itasca, Ill, USA, has developed two new receivers, the Thin EC (TEC) and Dual Thin EC (DTEC). The TEC is a single receiver with a long, narrow aspect and output, comparable to and somewhat higher than the ED family. The DTEC is a conjoined pair of TEC receivers sharing a single acoustic port, and is the same dimensions as the popular EF family of receivers. (630) 250-5100 or [email protected] ; www.knowles.com .
Wireless Transceiver Gennum Corp, Burlington, Ontario, Canada, introduces the world’s first ultra-low power, high-data-rate wireless transceiver for the hearing market. The Digital Wireless™ technology will enable advanced binaural algorithms not seen before in the hearing industry. Digital Wireless by Gennum will push the limits of wirelessly receiving high-fidelity audio from remote devices, as well as synchronization of user controls between instruments. Freedom and flexibility is also a huge benefit with wireless programming and complete user control, Digital Wireless will change the way the world hears. (905) 632-2996; www.gennum.com .
Multi-Memory Open Ear Instrument Magnatone, Casselberry, Fla, USA, unveils the Monet Shadow™. The Shadow Open Ear Instrument is the ultimate addition to the Monet product line. The Shadow’s seamless unibody design combines adaptive feedback, speech enhancement, and noise reduction circuitry in a multi-memory instrument that is compatible with ReSoundAIR™ tubing. (407) 339-2422; www.magnatone.com .
Versatile Product Oaktree Products Inc, St Louis, USA, offers AuraGel, a versatile product that can be used as both a sealant and a lubricant. AuraGel helps ease insertion of the earmold and hearing instruments, and helps form an acoustic seal between the hearing instrument and the ear canal. (636) 530-1664; www.oaktreeproducts.com .
C-Guard Wax Protection System Rexton, Plymouth, Minn, USA, 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 from 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 fit 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 both removing and inserting the guard. (763) 553-0787; www.rexton-online.com .
Alarm Clock with Bed-Shaker Reizen Incorporated, Farmingdale, NY, features the Mega Quake Bed-Shaker (model #906555). The phone features a lighted snooze button, extra bright green LED display with large numbers (1.8 inches), and AM/PM and alarm on/off indicators that are right on the display. Wake up with your choice of superloud, adjustable alarm buzzer, or “Mega Quake” vibrations. Equipped with a battery backup (9 volt battery not included). The product has a 1-year warranty. (516) 752-0738; www.hearmore.com .
RITE Hearing Device Oticon Inc, Somerset, NJ, USA, introduces Oticon Delta, designed to change the perception of hearing aids among the 50-plus generation. Oticon Delta’s triangular design features, sleek lines, colors, and brushed metallic surface appear to have more in common with high-tech communication devices or fashion accessories than traditional hearing aids. The receiver is placed into the ear canal at the end of a thin, transparent sound wire, which has created a new category of hearing solutions, RITE (Receiver In The Ear). Powered by artificial intelligence, the device features a dual-mode directional microphone system that works with the TriState Noise Management system to provide the best voice-over-noise ratio. Delta’s speaker, connected to the amplifier by an ultrathin, transparent tube, is placed in the ear canal to ensure a flat natural frequency response and unmatched performance and comfort. The open fitting delivers the amplified signal with a clear sound quality and without tube resonance. (732) 560-1220; www.my-delta.com .
Anatomical Child’s Ear Model Westone Laboratories Inc, Colorado Springs, Colo, USA, presents an anatomically accurate model that is one and a half times the size of a child’s ear, with a fully illustrated display card. The model depicts the semicircular canals and cochlea of the inner ear, auditory ossicles, otis media—including inflammation and (simulated) fluid in the middle ear—as well as the tympanic membrane and temporal and tympani muscles. The model also presents a horizontal eustachian tube typical of a child. The model measures 4-3/4 x 4 x 3-1/2 inches, with the display card of 6-1/4 x 5-1/4 inches. (719) 540-9333; www.westone.com .
Hearing Protection Hocks Hearing Healthcare Products, Portland, Ore, USA, manufactures a wide variety of earplugs and custom earmolds for swimming, sleeping, and hearing protection, including the Hocks Noise Braker® and Pikaso Plugs. (503) 274-9482; www.hocksproducts.com ; www.noisebrakers.com .
High-Capacity Batteries iCellTech Corp, Seoul, Korea, introduces its new innovation, the 10DS with 105 mAh capacity. Stainless steel housing guarantees that the bigger-capacity batteries will remain rust free in all weather conditions. Its technology provides extra running time. Fax: 011-82-2-6735-6965; [email protected] ; www.icelltech.com .
Programming Additions Frye Electronics, Tigard, Ore, USA, continues to add programming to the FONIX 7000. The newest version, I.42 provides tests of digital delay, phase, and separate input/output displays as well as attack and release measurements. Those with custom software will also be pleased by the increased speed of the operation through RS232. (503) 620-2722; www.frye.com .
Hearing Instrument Family Qualitone, Eden Prairie, Minn, USA, offers Avail, a hearing instrument offering clear, natural hearing. The Avail series of instruments automatically adjust to suit the hearing environment. Avail series offers the 1200, 800, and 400 models, which are available in behind-the-ear, in-the-ear, in-the-canal, and completely-in-the-canal models. (952) 927-7161; www.qualitonehearing.com .
Personal Listening Device Hal-Hen Company Inc, Garden City Park, NY, USA, offers Williams Sound’s redesigned Pocketalker. The Pocketalker has a smaller sized unit that resembles a cell phone. It features external volume and tone controls, 100 hours of battery life (two AAA alkaline batteries), a removable microphone, and a belt clip—all in a new retail-friendly packaging. Hal-Hen offers a full range of assistive devices for the deaf and the hearing impaired. (516) 294-3200; www.halhen.com .
Digital Processor Line Vivatone Hearing Systems LLC, Trumbull, Conn, USA, presents the Entré Mini 500, a new advanced digital processor that provides enhanced fitting range (from 50 dB to 70 dB between 500 Hz and 1,000 Hz, and from 80 dB to 90 dB between 2,000 Hz and 4,000 Hz); 4 channels with WDRC Compression Limiting AGC-O, 12 programmable bands, up to 4 memories; enhanced cosmetics—smallest behind-the-ear case; dynamic noise reduction system, utilizing adaptive processing detectors; multiple frequency adaptive automatic feedback cancellation processor; programmable memory tone level; and low battery consumption (10A lasts 80 to 90 hours). (203) 373-7553; www.vivatone.com .
Open Ear Instrument Magnatone, Casselberry, Fla, USA, introduces the Shadow X™ Non-Programmable, Multi-Memory, Open Ear instrument. The Shadow X is an inexpensive, high-end solution that comes preprogrammed, taking the work out of the fitting process. The Shadow line has a seamless unibody design and is compatible with ReSoundAIR™ tubing. Now available in a variety of colors and patterns. (407) 339-2422; [email protected] ; www.magnatone.com .
New Product Line In’Tech Industries Inc, Ramsey, Minn, USA, a supplier of miniature plastic hearing aid components, introduces its new VTM™ product line. Services include providing high-quality, highly accurate, digitally created ear shell services and rapid manufacturing to hearing instrument manufacturers. Proven technology includes precision scanning, electronic detailing, and stereo-lithography services while offering multiple surface finishes and color options that can improve your customer satisfaction ratings. This service is now available to all hearing aid manufacturers. (763) 576-8100; www.intech-ind.com .
Hearing Aid Sweat Band VanB Enterprises, West Valley, NY, USA, offers the Hearing Aid Sweat Band™, a disposable soft fabric sleeve that protects behind-the-ear (BTE) devices from moisture. Available in six colors and six sizes, the Hearing Aid Sweat Band™ protects BTE hearing aids from perspiration, snow, and rain as well as from infiltration of damaging dirt and grime. The sleeve is easily slipped over the microphone of the hearing aid, without the need for a tool. (866) 644-2500; www.vanbenterprises.com .
Long-lasting Batteries Rayovac, Madison, Wis, USA, announces the launch of its latest product innovation, Rayovac Proline Advanced. ProLine Advanced delivers what hearing aid users are looking for—consistent and reliable long-lasting power. (+44) 0 191 419 6053; www.rayovac.com .
Digital ITE Line Magnatone, Casselberry, Fla, USA, introduces POWER to its digital line. The Monet™ and Claret™ Full Shell POWER ITE has a maximum output of 130 dB and peak gain of 65 dB. The power line, along with LazerVeyor™ Digital Shell technology, will ensure a perfect fit that can maximize gain with up to 15 dB of phase canceling feedback rejection. (407) 339-2422; www.magnatone.com .
Office Management Software Starkey Laboratories Inc, Eden Prairie, Minn, USA, offers ProHear office management software for hearing health care professionals, providing fast, accurate methods for accessing customer information and finances, analyzing business trends, creating marketing strategies, and scheduling. ProHear 5.5 now provides instant access to NOAH 3.0. Measure and record a patient’s hearing loss with any NOAH 3.0 certified device using 5.5’s audiogram, speech test, or loudness scaling features. Results are then passed automatically to a common database, for use by any fitting system from any manufacturer. (952) 941-6401; www.starkey.com .
Free CAPD Demonstration Disc AUDiTEC, St Louis, Mo, USA, announces the release of its CAPD demonstration disc. It contains short samples of all of AUDiTEC’s central processing tests. The CD is available free to universities. (314) 781-8890; [email protected] ; www.auditec.com .
Natural Ear Treatment MiraCell Inc, Orem, Utah, USA, 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. Also, MiraCell Inc offers an income-making opportunity that will reduce returns and remakes. (801) 434-8165; www.miracell.com .
New Web Site Audina® Hearing Instruments Inc, Longwood, Fla, USA, announces the launch of its new Web site www.audina.net. Created with client, consumer, and internal input, the improved content architecture has quick loading pages and easy access to the “most requested” information, and features the new Audina corporate look. The site offers access to product information, as well as downloadable printable forms, brochures, and programming software. Additionally, clients can download a graphic standards manual, product logos, and product photos to use in their advertising. (407) 331-0077; www.audina.net.
Post-Auricular Canal Aid SeboTek Hearing Systems, Tulsa, Okla, USA, manufactures the PAC hearing instrument, which offers discreet same-day fitting; delivers superior acoustic performance that traditional hearing aids can’t achieve; and does so across a huge fitting range, including losses up to 90 dB. Its patented design eliminates occlusion effect and feedback, and its proprietary High-Fidelity Acoustic Coupling system delivers extended frequency response up to 14,000 Hz. Multiple models are available to meet consumer preferences and budgets. (918) 388-9000; www.sebotek.com .
Wireless Video Otoscope Pehratek Products, Chaska, Minn, USA, introduces the SCOPE-LINK wireless video otoscope and seven-inch, color LCD monitor with built-in wireless video receiver. This lightweight, portable video otoscope system weighs less than eight pounds and can be easily taken to health fairs, open houses, satellite offices, or nursing homes for patient education, marketing, or hearing aid trouble-shooting. The system can transmit clear images up to 100 feet through walls or sound booths without being tethered by a cord to the monitor screen. The SCOPE-LINK comes complete with the Welch-Allyn otoscope, wireless video sender, seven-inch color LCD monitor, rechargeable battery, and rechargers. Optional USB interface to a computer for storing images. (952) 470-9063; www.pehratek.com .
Engineering Expertise At In’Tech Industries Inc, Ramsey, Minn, USA, engineering experts strive to produce a product that matches its customers’ design criteria. Whether producing a complete design based on generic sketches or integrating an existing design into a final product, combining the company’s services with its customers’ creativity is the key. (763) 576-8100; www.intech-ind.com .
Enhanced Listening Tools Enhanced Listening Technologies Corp (Connections Unlimited), Riviera Beach, Fla, USA, introduces PT tools™, a range of microphones, mixers, adapters, and couplings to help the audiologist and patient derive maximum benefit from the personal amplifier class (Pocketalker, Sound Director, Sound Wizard, Echo-Tech, etc). PT tools help patients with mild to moderate and severe to profound hearing loss. (561) 655-8523; [email protected] ; www.eltgroup.com .
Miniature Sensors Hermetic Switch, Chickasha, Okla, USA, presents the PRX+2450 series, built with reliable and proven reed switch technology. The PRX+2450 series is an excellent choice for applications requiring microminiature, pick and place, surface mount sensors. Requiring no power to operate, these sensors will not deplete battery life. The hermetically sealed contacts ensure predictable and dependable performance. A medical implantable version is also available. (405) 224-4046; www.hermeticswitch.com .
Catalog Addendum Oaktree Products Inc, St Louis, USA, has released an addendum to its catalog. This 10-page addendum features 60 of the newest products the company has added to its product line since the release of its 2005 catalog. The Catalog Addendum was creating using the same dimensions and layout as the current catalog, so it can be slipped into the current catalog for easy access and easy navigation. (636) 530-1664; [email protected] ; www.oaktreeproducts.com .
Hearing Aid Dryer Moisture and ear wax play a large part in hearing aid malfunctions and returns. That is why Hansaton Hearing Systems, Tampa, Fla, USA, has developed its new, improved electronic Drybox. Simply place the hearing instruments into the Drybox, and intelligent timer electronics regulate the drying process automatically. Hearing instruments are dried completely in under 2 hours, and the unit switches off automatically. (251) 342-1144; [email protected] ; www.hansatonusa.com .
Wireless VRA/COR System Pehratek Products, Chaska, Minn, USA, featuresthe XM-1000 Wireless Reinforcer VRA/COR system, a versatile and creative pediatric testing system. This unique visual reinforcer testing system offers multiple stimulus options to attract and maintain a child’s attention throughout the testing period—all via a wireless handheld remote control. The XM-1000 can be operated inside and outside the booth to aid in the testing style. Complete control over the animation/motion, figure lighting, and light-bar lighting patterns can all be quickly adjusted from the wireless handheld remote control up to 50 feet away. The XM-1000 VRA/COR system comes complete with two Reinforcer plexiglass boxes (triangular-shaped to fit into the corners of the sound room above the sound field speakers), low-voltage power pack, and handheld wireless remote control. Optional centering box, mounting brackets, or CENTER-FOCUS hidden camera built in the centering box for monitoring of the child’s attention outside the booth. (952) 470-9063; www.pehratek.com .
Hearing Instruments Micro-Tech Hearing Instruments, Eden Prairie, Minn, USA, has developed a set of commercial newspaper advertisements and a direct mailer to promote its Radius series of hearing instruments. The business-to-consumer marketing material, available in a variety of formats, provides general educational hearing health information, while focusing on the benefits of the Radius line of hearing aids. Micro-Tech’s Radius series, in models 4, 8, and 12, is available in behind-the-ear, in-the-ear, in-the-canal, and completely-in-the-canal models. (952) 995-8926; www.hearing-aid.com .
Digital Volume Control Deltek, the Electromechanical Controls division of Knowles, Itasca, Ill, USA, announces the launch of the model 7720 Digital Volume Control for the hearing health market. Digital volume controls emit a pulse train when turned rather than a traditional analog voltage, allowing them to feed a direct digital control signal to the hearing aid. The 7720 model has a 4 mm diameter and leaded package. Other SMT package and reduced 2.5 mm diameter versions will follow. The entire family of digital volume controls is designed around an extremely robust precious metal contact mechanism to provide consistent electrical performance over thousands of rotational cycles by the hearing aid wearer. Deltek manufactures ultraminiature controls for hearing aids and other small devices. See our Web site to view our full line of volume controls, trimmers, switches, telecoils, and hearing aid programming accessories. (630) 250-5100; www.deltekelectronics.com .
New Personal Listening Device Williams Sound Corp, Eden Prairie, Minn, USA, offers the Pocketalker Ultra, a robust personal amplifier that helps improve hearing and speech understanding for one-on-one conversations, small group activities, television, stereo listening, and more. It features a powerful integrated amplifier (130 dB maximum output) with a sensitive plug-in microphone that can be placed close to the desired sound source to greatly reduce background noise and other distractions. With fingertip adjustable tone and volume controls, the listener can quickly and easily adjust their hearing needs on the fly to suit any environment, noisy or quiet. (952) 943-2252; www.williamssound.com .
Impression Material Microsonic Inc, Ambridge, Pa, USA, offers Mega-Sil, which has been described by hearing health professionals as “the ideal material for taking the best possible impressions.” The vinyl polysiloxane A+B material is easy to use and has extreme stability. It is specifically compounded for custom earmold impressions for both ITE instruments and CIC fittings. Available in yellow, peach, or blue. (724) 266-927; [email protected] ; www.microsonic-inc.com .
Open Fitting, Over-the-Ear Instrument Audina® Hearing Instruments Inc, Longwood, Fla, USA, announces the release of the new SPARO™ digital open fitting, over-the-ear hearing instrument offering a next generation hearing system. The SPARO delivers a personalized fit and excellent wearing comfort for any patient. The sleek, smooth, feather-light design provides advanced technology and no occlusion. Features include the ability to process 2.56 million calculations per second—a high level of performance at one of the lowest battery consumption levels in the industry; 4-channel, 12-band gain adjustment for precise target matching; programmable multi-microphone directional processing; intuitive feedback reduction that automatically reduces feedback without reducing gain; 10 bands of layered noise reduction; and adjustable threshold levels in each channel. The patent-pending design addresses the needs of individuals who have a wide range of hearing loss, especially high-frequency loss. The addition of the SPARO to Audina’s family of products offers another open fitting alternative along with the ARC™ digital custom hearing instrument. (407) 331-0077; www.audina.net.
Credit Card Starkey Laboratories Inc, Eden Prairie, Minn, USA, provides a consumer financing program exclusively for patients’ hearing needs—SoundChoice. In conjunction with GE Consumer Finance, SoundChoice provides affordable monthly payments with low rates, flexible terms, and easy approval. Provider benefits include increased revenues and additional customer contact. Funding for all transactions occurs within 3 business days, and low processing rates guarantee the practice receives the majority of the sale. Monthly statement messages enable direct contact with patients on a regular basis. (952) 941-6401; www.starkey.com .
Tinnitus Treatment EAR Inc, Boulder, Colo, USA, offers RingSTOP™, an all-natural product for people suffering from tinnitus. The product is a homeopathic formula that is available in capsule form. Ingredients include amino acids, herbal extracts, antioxidants, and vitamins that have been reported to reduce the symptoms of tinnitus, a condition for which there is no known remedy. (303) 447-2619; www.earinc.com ; www.freehearingtest.com .
Hearing Aid Cleaner General Hearing, Harahan, La, USA, introduces the SpinDoctor, a new method for cleaning earwax and other debris from hearing instruments. SpinDoctor is a laboratory-quality centrifugal accelerator specifically designed to accommodate hearing instruments of all sizes. It quickly whirls away dry and liquid wax, even from inside the receiver, that an area vacuum cleaner can’t reach. (504) 733-3767; www.generalhearing.com .
New Receivers Sonion, Minnetonka, Minn, USA, designed the new 3300 series receiver to meet the high demand of providing maximum SPL output with premium performance. The balanced twin motor design greatly reduces unwanted mechanical vibration without sacrificing acoustic bandwidth. The 3300 series receiver will offer customers new opportunities for instruments to have increased SPL output and gain, while reducing the annoyance of feedback. The 3300 is available for sampling and orders now. (952) 543-8300; www.sonion.com .
Custom Open Fit Canal Earmold Earmold Design Inc, Minneapolis, Minn, USA, introduces new Open Fit Canal earmolds for the latest open fit BTE technology. This new earmold will fit snugly into your patient’s ear. The Open Fit can be made of hard or soft material. Simply send in the impression and special tubing with your order. (621) 721-5711; www.800ediminn.com .
Office Support Materials Qualitone, Eden Prairie, Minn, USA, in an effort to support its Avail family of hearing instruments in an office setting, has developed a set of easy-to-understand brochures, a poster, and an eye-catching point-of-sale display, which is small enough to fit on most office counters or waiting room tables. Qualitone’s Avail series includes the 1200, 800, and 400 instruments, which are available in behind-the-ear, in-the-ear, in-the-canal, and completely-in-the-canal models. (952) 927-7161; www.qualitonehearing.com .
Handheld Screening Device EAR Inc, Boulder, Colo, USA, presents a handheld screening device. The unit is a small compact screening device that emits critical pure tones (pulse) that are used for understanding speech and communication. It can be used at trade shows and sporting events, and can be sold directly to the consumer. The item features a fully calibrated, four-frequency PULSE tone generator, 40 dB HL at 500 Hz, 1,000 Hz, 2,000 Hz, and 4,000 Hz. The critical speech range is professionally considered to be 500 Hz to 3,000 Hz. Most hearing losses are due to excessive noise exposure beginning at 4,000 Hz. (303) 447-2619; [email protected] ; www.earinc.com .
TV Infrared Listening System Williams Sound Corp, Eden Prairie, Minn, USA, offers the SoundPlus™ TV Infrared Listening System, model WIR 238, to worldwide markets. The SoundPlus TV system allows a person to listen to their favorite television or music program discreetly at the volume of their comfort level. With hi-fi, stereo operation, the SoundPlus TV system features a stylish under-the-chin receiver with angled acoustic earphones. The system helps to minimize background noise, which improves the listening experience for all. (952) 943-2252; www.williamssound.com .
Product Enhancements Magnatone, Casselberry, Fla, USA, offers the Monet 4D+™ BTE, which features several innovative features to improve performance and user satisfaction. Enhancements such as dual directional microphones improve speech intelligibility, while the adaptive feedback manager boasts a powerful phase canceling feedback management algorithm. Finally, the Tri-Mode noise reduction provides increased comfort, better fitting, and less wearer fatigue. (407) 339-2422; [email protected] ; www.magnatone.com .
Microphone Line Knowles Electronics, Itasca, Ill, USA, introduces its new Coach Class line of microphones, which offer improved RFI protection without sacrificing output performance. The need for an external ground wire has been eliminated. Knowles’ EM, TM, FG, and TO microphones are available with Coach Class technology. (630) 250-5100; [email protected] ; www.knowles.com .
High-Fidelity Hearing Protection Etymotic Research, Elk Grove Village, Ill, USA, introduces new packaging for ER-20 High Fidelity Earplugs,™ renamed ETY-Plugs™. ETY-Plugs emulate the performance of Etymotic’s Musicians Earplugs™: They reduce noise while preserving sound quality. Conventional earplugs muffle speech and music because they reduce noise more in the high frequencies, which makes music and voices unclear and unnatural. The patented technology in ETYPlugs combines a tuned resonator and acoustic resistor to replicate the natural response of the open ear and reduce sound evenly across frequencies by 20 dB. Includes: clear earplugs, black neck cord, and carrying case. (847) 228-0006; www.etymotic.com .
Hearing Aid Cleaner General Hearing, Harahan, La, USA, introduces the SpinDoctor, a new method for cleaning earwax and other debris from hearing instruments. SpinDoctor is a laboratory-quality centrifugal accelerator specifically designed to accommodate hearing instruments of all sizes. It quickly whirls away dry and liquid wax, even from inside the receiver, that an area vacuum cleaner cannot reach. (504) 733-3767; www.generalhearing.com .
Reed Switch Hermetic Switch, Chickasha, Okla, USA, offers a smaller, more magnetically sensitive reed switch. The HSR-0025, more than 50% smaller than its predecessor, was designed to address the need for smaller electronic components in hearing aids and other applications, such as pacemakers and implantable devices. An overmolded “pick and place” version, PRX+2450, is also available. (405) 224-4046; www.hermeticswitch.com .
Ear Impression Material Earmold Design Inc, Minneapolis, USA, offers Rebound Impression Material Part #IMP 116, its best silicone material for accurate ear impressions. Easy to mix and syringe into the ear. One kit makes approximately 58 adult ear impressions. Rebound is made in the United States. Rebound is also available in premeasured one shots. Order online. (621) 721-5711; www.800ediminn.com .
Color Identifier Sonion, Minnetonka, Minn, USA, introduces the PJ 62 Color Marker, which makes hearing instrument (HI) production easier. This is possible using the unique Color Marker—a color identifier mounted on the PJ 62 trimmer as the last step in the HI production process. Thus, stock reduction, flexible production, and reduced production time are achieved. PJ 62 is Sonion’s ultrasmall trimmer at 0.075 inches, with seven detent positions. (952) 543-8300; www.sonion.com .
Ear Balm Hocks Hearing Healthcare Products, Portland, Ore, USA, offers ear balm made with 1% hydrocortisone and an antipruritic (antiitch) solution. This alcohol-free formula is designed to heal itchy and irritated ears. According to the company, the balm is an excellent lubricant and sealer for the insertion of hearing aids and earmolds. (503) 274-9482; www.hocksproducts.com .
Warranty Coverage Starkey Laboratories Inc, Eden Prairie, Minn, USA, has expanded its warranty coverage into one comprehensive program designed for a variety of patients’ needs. Coverage is available in four programs: Worry Free Deluxe Loss, Damage, and Repair Warranty Protection; Worry Free Loss and Damage Warranty Protection; Worry Free Repair Warranty Protection; and Worry Free Extended Warranty Protection. The new warranty plan gives hearing professionals the opportunity to set their own pricing based on their individual services and policies. (952) 941-6401; www.starkey.com . Circle No 164 on Action Card
Extensive Product Line Oaktree Products Inc, St Louis, USA, conveniently offers busy clinicians an extensive line of Audiologist’s Choice® products. Audiologist’s Choice provides clinicians with a trusted brand of products found exclusively in the hearing instrument dispensing environment including Audiologist’s Choice EarWax Removal Drops and Systems, earmold and ITE disinfectant spray, ultrasonic disinfectant, anti-itch cream, telephone comfort ear pads, hearing aid dehumidifiers (fish and ducks), hearing aid batteries, and AudioWipes® disinfectant towelettes. (636) 530-1664, www.oaktreeproducts.com .
Digital Hearing Instrument Line Spectrum Hearing Systems, Cornelius, NC, USA, offers the Vertex® line of high-performance, feature-rich digital custom and BTE hearing instruments. Vertex provides high-fidelity audio processing with wide bandwidth, full dynamic range, and long battery life. Vertex is available in 2-, 4-, and 12-band configurations, and is programmed with Spectrum’s easy to use fitting software. Vertex may be further personalized with such options as external volume controls, multi-memory buttons, manual or automatic telecoils, directional microphones, and indicator tones. (704) 237-9100; www.spectrumhearing.com .
Battery Distributors Micropower Battery Company, Miami, Fla, offers HearClear brand zinc air hearing aid batteries, which are manufactured in the United States. Exclusive distributorships are available on a country-by-country basis. HearClear batteries are available in four-, six-, and eight-piece dial cards. They feature industry leading capacities, superb packaging, and a 4-year date. (305) 371-9200; www.hearclearbattery.com ; www.microbattery.com .
Hearing System Alternative SOUNDMANAGER, offered by Hansaton Hearing Systems, Tampa, Fla, USA, provides an alternative to conventional hearing systems. A winner of the 2006 reddot design awardfor its innovative housing design, SOUNDMANAGER measures barely 1 inch in length. Its cutting-edge adaptive technology adjusts for any situati