Products| March 2014 Hearing Review
Technology partners Starkey Hearing Technologies, Eden Prairie, Minn, and ZPower, Camarillo, Calif, have released the new VFusionTM hearing aid charger. The system has ZPower silver-zinc rechargeable batteries and works with more than 900 models of hearing instruments in the Starkey Hearing Instrument family of products. The two companies are the first to offer this advanced rechargeable battery and charging system, which is only compatible with select Starkey Hearing Technologies hearing aid devices. ZPower says the batteries provide more than 18 hours of continuous use and easily recharge in the VFusion charger overnight. (888) 481-5512; starkey.com
Neuromonics Introduces Device to Help Tinnitus Sufferers
Neuromonics Inc, Westminster, Colo, has introduced an “MP3-like” device to help tinnitus sufferers manage the buzzing, ringing, hissing, and humming sounds that plague them. Neuromonics’ Haven™ helps individuals suffering from tinnitus by blending an individualized, high frequency signal with relaxing music to provide patients an on-demand sense of control and relief while wearing the device. Haven was developed with funds received from the US Army Medical Research Acquisition Act. It is available by prescription, and programmed by an audiologist for a patient’s individual audiogram.
(866) 606-3876; neuromonics.com
The Moxi™ Kiss hearing instrument by Unitron, Kitchener, Canada, has been awarded the internationally recognized iF product design award for 2014. The Kiss was selected by a jury of experts from all over the world from a field of more than 3,200 entries. Unitron says the hearing instrument’s outer shell includes a G2 curvature to ensure a luxurious finish and its internal functionality provides wearers a high degree of listening comfort even in the most difficult noise environments. The iF product design award is reportedly an internationally recognized symbol for outstanding achievements in design.
(800) 888-8882; unitron.com
Spirometer Integrates with Audiometers
Benson Medical Instruments has a new spirometer to work with its line of audiometers. The Minneapolis company says its CCS-200 spirometer produces accurate and repeatable spirograms for use in NIOSH-compliant programs. It uses state-of-the-art ultrasonic sensors to ensure accuracy. The CCS-200 was developed to seamlessly integrate with the audiometers so users can archive their audiometric and spirometric results in one, easy-to-use database. The spirometer’s software shares a database with its audiometric data. (612) 827-2222; www.bensonmedical.com
Designed to safeguard the entire hearing instrument from moisture and dirt, Beltone’s HPF80™ NanoBlock Technology is now available on its entire product line. NanoBlock is an invisible, highly durable protective coating designed to completely seal every part of the instrument. The coating is molecularly bound to the entire hearing instrument at a nanoscopic level so the two become inseparable. This is the same protective technology athletic companies use to protect their athletic gear and major electronic companies use to protect their mobile phones and MP3 players. (800) BELTONE; beltone.com
New Audiology Publication
Canadian Audiologist is the new, official publication of the Canadian Academy of Audiology (CAA). The online-only magazine replaces the Canadian Hearing Report as CAA’s official publication. It contains articles and regular columns written by experts in the field on every aspect of audiology, technology, hearing aid dispensing, aural (re)habilitation, vestibular function, and the economics of hearing loss and the hearing aid industry. As a digital publication, Canadian Audiologist offers searchable articles, the ability to download and print articles, and immediate updates of new audiology news items. It is available at www.canadianaudiologist.ca
Original citation for this article: Proucts. Hearing Review. 2014;21(3): 60.