GN ReSound, Bloomington, Minn, offers the ReSound ReStore Drying Case designed to protect against moisture and extend the life of hearing aids. The portable case can hold two hearing aids as large as super power BTEs with earmolds. ReStores technology and vented design reportedly dries hearing aids in less than three hours. The drying case has self-regulating properties that prevent it from overheating. (800) 248-4327; www.gnresound.com.
BTE Hearing Instrument
Micro-Tech Hearing Instruments, Eden Prairie, Minn, introduces the Rainier XP BTE. Combined with multichannel digital signal processing and feedback management, the Rainier XP features 80 dB of gain and 140 dB output; DiRx Directional Microphone System to enhance speech understanding in noisy environments; multiple channels with adjustable crossover frequencies; broadband expansion; and resonance booster to conquer high frequencies. The device is available in six colors. (800) 745-4327; www.hearingaid.com.
In-Office Custom Earmolds
Hearing Components, Oakdale, Minn, introduces Comply Platinum Soft Tips. This earmold system allows users to maintain a regular schedule for patient office visits to replace earpieces without waiting for custom earmolds. Soft Tips do not require squeezing. They are 6mm thick, and are available in three diameters: small, medium, and large for both vented and non-vented. Soft Tips are provided in an assorted size pack for sizing assistance. (800) 872-8986; www.hearingcomponents.com.
Clarity®, Chattanooga, Tenn, a division of Plantronics Inc, announces Digital Clarity Power, DCP, a digital signal processing technology designed to make phone conversations markedly clearer. A computer chip inside a DCP-powered phone runs various algorithms to improve listening conditions. DCP telephones are reportedly the first in the world specifically designed to include settings for those users with and without hearing aids. Clarity has two phones on the market featuring the patent-pending DCP technology, the corded C2210 and the cordless C4205 telephones, and plans to release additional products. (800) 552-3368; www.clarityproducts.com.
New Earplugs Packaging
Etymotic Research, Elk Grove Village, Ill, introduces new packaging for its ER-20 High Fidelity Earplugs, renamed ETY-Plugs. ETY-Plugs emulate the performance of Etymotics Musicians Earplugs by reducing noise while preserving sound quality. The patented technology 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. The product includes clear earplugs, black neck cord, and carrying case. (888) 389-6684; www.etymotic.com.
Hearing Instrument Enhancements
Unitron Hearing, Plymouth, Minn, announces new features to its mid-level hearing instrument, Conversa.NT, and its entry-level Unison series. The addition of AutoMic to Conversa.NT further enhances the directional microphone strategy of this instrument, designed for clients who communicate in diverse listening situations. The new feature automatically switches between omni and fixed directional patterns, within the selected listening program, based on the sound levels in the listening environment. Comprised of Unison 6, 3, and Essential, the enhanced Unison series meets different listening, lifestyle, and budget requirements, while multiple processing strategies continue to offer excellent fitting ease and flexibility. Conversa.NT and the Unison series also offer an extensive choice of fully featured, open fitting BTE styles. (800) 888-8882; www.unitronhearing.com.
Omni-directional Microphone Design
Sonion, Minnetonka, Minn, offers its newest and smallest Series 8000 omni-directional microphone design. Cylindrically shaped for all applications, its performance is consistent throughout environmental extremes, and offers EMI and ESD protection. Directional applications will benefit from well-matched 8000 sets, as a result of its stability across all frequencies. (952) 543-8300; www.sonion.com.
BTE/Hybrid Hearing Instrument
Starkey Laboratories Inc, Eden Prairie, Minn, offers the DaVinci PsP digital BTE. A hybrid design provides the flexibility to be fit as either a super-power BTE with a conventional earhook and earmold, or as an open-ear instrument with a standard earbud. PsP features Precision Directional Imaging, a size 13 battery, and is available in a variety of case colors, including two-tone combinations. (800) 328-8602; www.starkey.com.
Speech Mapping System
MedRx Inc, Largo, Fla, announces the first instrument in a new line of super-compact PC/USB-based instrumentation, the AVANT REM Speech system. This live speech mapping system is a patient-centered tool for fitting and validating the performance of any hearing instrument, and also provides a comprehensive traditional real ear system. The system is 4 x 4 x 1, and weighs about 1 pound. AVANT REM Speech also utilizes sound processing and sound gathering technology to create a true state-of-the-art live speech mapping/real ear measurement system. Also embedded in the AVANT REM Speech software is the MedRx Hearing Loss Simulator, a demonstration tool for third parties, and a hearing instrument simulator. Lighted visual queues alert the professional as to which ear is being tested. A simple USB connection to the computer is all that is required to run the system, which is also NOAH3 compatible. (888) 392-1234; www.medrx-usa.com.
Hansaton Hearing Systems, Hamburg, Germany, presents the LEONARDO II system for light to moderately severe hearing losses and fittings with a standard earmold. The LEONARDO is a design BTE system that has a new kind of patented control that combines the functionality of a digital volume control and a program pushbutton. Multimicrophone technology has been implemented, and is a component of the complex, automatic situation management. A telecoil and audio input for implementing special requirements are also available. The LEONARDO received the renowned Reddot design award in 2005, and was nominated for the official Design Award of Germany. (866) 449-9757; www.hearing-usa.com.
All American Mold Laboratories Inc, Oklahoma City, presents the Catamaran Custom Floatable Swim Plugs. Using medical-grade silicone materials, the swim plugs offer water protection for patients with PE tubes, myringotomy, or any other problems associated with otitis externa or otitis media. The Catamaran offers a soft, comfortable fit that wont shrink or harden, providing many seasons of problem-free use. The Catamaran comes in 13 colors; any colors can be swirled together. The earplugs come with convenient recessed handles, as well as removable cords upon request. (800) 654-3245; www.allamericanmold.com.
Hearing Instruments Interface
The Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Software Association (HIMSA), St Paul, Minn, presents NOAHLink, which is designed to replace the HI-PRO interface for programming advanced-technology hearing instruments. NOAHLink is the result of a collaboration between hearing instrument manufacturers and NOAH users. NOAHLinks high-speed Bluetooth technology provides omni-directional wireless connectivity with a 16-foot radius, with no line-of-sight restrictions. Using a limited set of shorter, shared cables, a patients hearing instruments are connected just once per visit, providing freedom to move around. Advanced features include adaptive directionality and feedback suppression. NOAHLink fits in the palm of the hand. A single rechargeable/alkaline battery provides enough power to see patients all day long. (800) 435-9246; www.noahlink.biz