Oticon Inc, Somerset, NJ, introduces Oticon Epoq, a hearing instrument with wireless connectivity at its core, allowing two hearing devices to process as one for more natural stereophonic sound. A proprietary binaural high-speed wireless technology enables a pair of Epoq hearing devices to communicate at data transfer speeds 100 times faster than usual. This real-time connectivity with voices and other sounds in the immediate listening environment provides accurate, stereophonic auditory information synchronized with the user’s visual experience. Epoq is the first hearing device powered by Oticon’s newly developed wireless digital platform, RISE. The device uses EarStream™ broadband technology, and is available in styles ranging from sleek, multicolored mini-RITEs and BTEs to a full custom product line from CIC to low profile, and in two performance levels: the premium Epoq XW, or Epoq W. The Streamer, an optional accessory for both versions, provides wireless connectivity between the instrument and other electronic devices.
Hearing Aid Maintenance
Hearing Technologies, Pinellas Park, Fla, offers the Power-Vac to clean and maintain hearing aids. The Power-Vac helps prevent costly repairs due to clogged receivers and microphone ports. Cleaning tools are included to loosen and remove wax and debris. The cone-shaped attachments can be used to further clear the receiver and microphone ports. Placing the hearing aid on the standard suction tube will complete cleaning by combining suction and vibration. The Power-Vac is completely portable and operates on two AA batteries or a DC converter.
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.
Micro-BTE Sound Generators
United Hearing Systems, Central Village, Conn, offers digital BTE sound generators and combination devices used in the treatment of tinnitus. Both devices are designed with the receiver in the canal, providing optimum performance while keeping the ear canal open. A nonprogrammable version of each device is available.
Oaktree Products Inc, St Louis, introduces its latest catalog of hearing health care accessories, commemorating the company’s 15th year in business. The 110-page catalog features more than 3,000 items, of which 90 are new to the catalog.
Health Care Financing
The HELPcard, Springdale, Ark, introduces new, lower minimums for no-interest financing options. In the past, high minimum-charge amounts prohibited some consumers from making purchases on no-interest plans available. The HELPcard has eliminated that problem. Now consumers may make purchases as low as $400 and still take up to 12 months to pay off the account, interest free. By offering no-interest plans or reduced-interest options, virtually every consumer will have every reason to say yes to purchasing needed hearing instruments.
Bone-conduction Hearing Aid
Ear Technology Corp, Johnson City, Tenn, announces the next generation of the TransEar® bone-conduction hearing aid for single-sided deafness: the TransEar 270. Using a new, improved, and smaller oscillator, TransEar can now fit patients with small ear canals, including children. The new, soft wire connector and half-shell design almost eliminate the possibility of feedback, while making the new model much less visible without compromising performance.
Hearing Components, Oakdale, Minn, launches the expanded Comply™ Noise Reduction product series with patented Comply Canal Tip Technology, which provides passive noise reduction at an average of 42 dB or better. Canal Tips are standard issue for US Army helicopter crews and the elite Special Forces. They are also used in drag races, assisted listening, audiology, travel, NASCAR, and consumer electronics. Canal Tips are three times softer than human skin. For the typical user, the tips have been found to last up to 3 months. High-tech foam conforms to the shape of the ear canal to provide a secure and comfortable fit. The tip has a bonded core that works with the Comply Adapter End so the tip cannot come off in the ear. Hearing Components also offers the following noise reduction products: the NR-10 Earphones, the NR-1 Earphones, the NR-1CM Mono Hands Free Cell Phone Earphones, the NR-1CS ALL-IN-ONE Stereo Earphones, and the Comply Whoomp!™ Earbud Enhancers.
Self-Forming Hearing Device
General Hearing Instruments Inc, New Orleans, announces the availability of its new SmartWear Evolution self-forming hearing device, which incorporates a temperature-sensitive stent inside a soft, medical-grade, silicone body. Once inserted into the ear canal, the SmartWear stent slowly expands to comfortably conform to the individual’s ear canal shape. Since it is continuously responsive to TMJ movement, it is highly effective in preventing feedback. Based on coronary stent technology, the device provides a secure acoustic seal and is appropriate for a range of hearing losses, from mild to severe. SmartWear Evolution is available with a choice of four memory, digitally programmable circuits.
Hearing Aid Test Chamber
MedRx, Inc, Largo, Fla, announces the launch of its new compact hearing aid test chamber, the MedRx Polar HIT™, which measures 11″ x 8 5/8″ x 4 1/8″ (LxWxH) and is designed to test and verify hearing instruments reliably with directional capabilities. A rotational test pad allows for testing of primary and secondary microphone functionality to ensure both are operational and delivering desired output, and measures the polar plot associated with directional microphones to gauge the instrument’s directional effectiveness. The standard battery of ANSI and IEC tests are conducted automatically by the system. The MedRx Polar HIT incorporates a new noise-isolation material that delivers significant sound reduction from ambient external noise. The stand-alone test chamber connects to a computer via a USB port, requires no external power, and complements the full line of AVANT computerized diagnostic and testing systems. Test results are automatically stored in NOAH™ for convenient retrieval.
Wireless Personal Listening System
Hal-Hen Co Inc, Garden City Park, NY, offers the Comfort Contego™ Wireless Personal Listening System, a full-performance, 30-channel option for wireless communication. It provides crisp, crystal-clear, digital sound over a secure connection. With a range of 75 feet, it has two adjustable Zoom microphones—one in the transmitter and one in the receiver—to provide maximum sound customization. Using Contego’s LCD screen, the transmitter and receiver microphones can be adjusted for directional or omnidirectional pickup and desired volume levels. The fully flexible, rechargeable system can be used with a headset, earbuds or induction loop, and operates for 16 hours on a 4-hour charge. Available accessories provide easy linking to TV, telephone, and other sound systems.
Knowles Electronics, Itasca, Ill, offers its Coach Class line of microphones, which provide 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.
Hearing Aid Family
Starkey Laboratories Inc, Eden Prairie, Minn, presents the Destiny 1600 family. The company’s newest flagship device is the first to offer Integrated Real Ear, a built-in real-ear measurement process that takes just seconds to complete. The 1600 is virtually hands-free, eliminating the need for volume controls or buttons to switch environmental modes, and is loaded with intelligent features, including Voice Indicators, which help patients who have difficulty remembering the significance of tones; Self Check, a diagnostic tool that allows patients and professionals to get a performance indication of a hearing aid’s circuit, receiver, and microphone; and Auto Path, a first-fit protocol that’s easy, fast, and so automatic that a patient can be fitted in less than 2 minutes.
Warner Tech-care Products Inc, Minneapolis, offers DirectLink’s line of Bluetooth® devices for individuals who are hearing impaired. These new products are designed to connect a BTE to a variety of Bluetooth-compatible electronics, such as mobile phones, home phones, iPods, MP3 players, computers, and televisions. Powered by a rechargeable Li-polymer battery, the Blue Freedom™ and Mach 2™ offer 6 hours of hands-free talk time and 250 hours of standby time. The Blue Freedom is standard mono, while the Mach 2 is a stereo headset. The devices both offer one-touch answer, reject, and voice-dial calling.
Audina Hearing Instruments Inc, Longwood, Fla, offers the INTUITION® 4 and INTUITION 4AD, featuring state-of-the-art technology that results in crisp, digital sound without the distortion associated with previous generations of hearing instruments. The INTUITION addresses a wider range of hearing loss than the majority of hearing instruments available today—up to 22 dB added stable gain, realizing up to 60 dB of gain in the CIC instrument without reducing spectral information important for speech understanding. It allows larger venting and more open fittings for better fit and patient comfort.
Micropower Battery Company, aka Microbattery.com, Miami, offers Rayovac, Energizer, ZeniPower, PowerOne, Duracell, Toshiba, Renata, Sony, Panasonic, Professional, HearClear, and private-label brands. Micropower Battery Company is a hearing aid battery distributor offering fast turnaround and various imprint options on its professional branded card. Ask for Debbie Barbour.
CareCredit, Costa Mesa, Calif, offers the free educational CD The Six Pathways to a Successful Practice, featuring Kevin D. St. Clergy, MS, CCC/A, president of Transitus Consulting Co. On the CD, St. Clergy discusses how to maximize effectiveness in processes, promotions, products, practice location, personnel, and profits—six crucial elements in achieving success. Using real-world examples, he details which processes and systems need to be mastered to determine success, the training and tools a team needs to enhance performance, how to decrease staff turnover, and how to market a practice effectively. He also provides insight on how to gain a competitive edge, overcome the challenges of a less than ideal location, and how to build a great team. CareCredit offers a comprehensive range of no-interest and low-interest payment plans, helping more than 6 million patients get the recommended hearing instruments they want and need.
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Wireless TV Amplifier
Harris Communications, Eden Prairie, Minn, offers the new Clarity® C120™ Wireless TV Amplifier, which transmits stereo sound from a television to a wireless headset up to 50 dB/124 dBSPL. The C120 is compatible with public IR systems; it also offers incoming-call alerts for individuals with moderate to severe hearing loss.
Rayovac, Madison, Wis, offers ProLine Advanced batteries. Rayovac provides a risk-free, money-back guarantee: If patients are not completely satisfied, simply return the unused batteries to Rayovac for a refund. Test these long-lasting batteries for yourself. Order a supply of Rayovac’s new Test the Best brochures today.
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Sound Room Monitoring Recorder
Pehratek Products, Chaska, Minn, offers the BEAR CAM, a wireless video camera disguised as a cuddly bear, that can transmit clear audio and video motion to a monitor in another room for viewing or recording a session. Capture testing sessions, pediatric evaluations, and patient reactions on a digital video file for later reviewing or permanent storage as an MPEG 4 computer file. Powered by batteries or a plug-in adapter, the bear can be placed in the sound room to view patient testing from a totally new angle and record for further review or discussion. Sessions can be stored as computer files to compare children’s responses or to document their progress. System comes complete with the BEAR CAM wireless video camera, DVR-1000 Digital Receiver/Recorder, and computer interface card. Use Windows Media Player to view motion videos.
Electronic Shooters Protection, Brighton, Colo, offers the 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.
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 to reduce returns and remakes.
Digital Directional BTE
Starkey Laboratories Inc, Eden Prairie, Minn, now has a Destiny option for patients with severe to profound hearing loss. Thanks to AFI, the new Destiny 1200 Power Plus is a powerful digital directional BTE. This robust (140/80) hearing instrument has all the standard features of the Destiny 1200—unique indicator tones, automatic telephone response, continuous data logging, and Acoustic Signature for fully automatic environmental switching—but adds important when fitting patients with severe to profound hearing loss, such as unique output compression control and a selectable automatic telecoil.
Compact Personal Listening System
Connections Unlimited, part of ELT Group™, Nashville, Tenn, introduces the AudioLINK® “C-series” personal listening system. If you sell TV listening systems and other infrared ALDs, lately you’ve been confronted with a new dilemma: 95KHz (the standard for more than 30 years) versus 2.3/2.8MHz stereo or 2.3/MHz mono (interference resistant). AudioLINK C-series provides the best of both worlds and is compatible with most stereo headphones, as well as hearing aid/cochlear implant couplings. The system consists of a 2.3/2.8 MHz stereo transmitter and a matching receiver no larger than the original iPod Shuffle®. This combination provides a system resistant to IR noise generated by fluorescent lighting and flat panel–type TVs. This receiver is compatible with a growing number of 2.3/2.8MHz stereo or 2.3MHz mono-equipped public venues and with Group “A” channels used in many automotive video systems. A second (95KHz) compact receiver maintains compatibility with thousands of 95 KHz infrared installations in theaters, concert halls, and worship centers.
ClearSounds Communications Inc, Burr Ridge, Ill, introduces the new CST25 Impressions Sight & Sound Speakerphone with Large Screen caller ID, and the soon-to-be released TALK50. The CST25 amplified phone is ideal for anyone, including those with low vision and/or some hearing loss. This phone offers a large 7.4-square-inch display, which allows a user to read the screen easily, even from a distance. Other key features: hearing aid compatibility, 85 dB ringer, and 99 caller ID memory. The TALK50 Speakerphone, available in August 2007, incorporates a talking keypad that speaks the number button pressed, plus a talking caller ID that announces the number or name of an incoming caller. The TALK50 is hearing aid compatible with handset amplification up to 38dB gain.
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.
Practice Development Program
Hearing HealthCare News®, White Plains, NY, has developed the Practice Development Program™ to stimulate practice growth by marketing to current patients and local physicians. The program improves patient retention, increases sales to current patients, and increases patient and physician referrals. Dozens of tips and strategies, developed with leading audiology practices over the past 20 years, are provided in the 150-page manual. The Practice Development Program provides guidelines, suggestions, and the necessary forms and templates for implementing a patient retention program, patient referrals, patient-satisfaction surveys, a battery club, and more. Much of the program is provided through customized patient and physician newsletters. Hearing HealthCare News has printed more than 28 million patient and physician newsletters for audiologists throughout the United States and Canada.
Telephone Line Demonstrator
ADCO Hearing Products Inc, Englewood, Colo, offers a telephone line demonstration unit that provides an easy method of conducting on-site demonstrations for amplified telephones, allowing two-way communication between analog phones. It is cost effective because it does not require the expense of a telephone line. The demonstrator unit enables hearing professionals to connect two amplified phones, allowing patients to pick up and test the volume gain and features, including the ringer volume of the connected phone.
S & S Laser Productions, New Port Richey, Fla, introduces the Digitel Battery Tester. This tester includes a liquid crystal display bar graph, a slide-out battery drawer, and a keychain attachment. The product comes individually packaged for display.
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. 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.
Hocks Hearing Healthcare Products, Portland, Ore, offers its Noise Braker® filter. The original acoustic filter, this product reduces all sounds to approximately 80 dB. Noise Brakers are available in three styles to suit the wearer’s needs. The connector is used when connecting a communication or protection mold to tubing, and the insertion and screw filters are designed to be embedded into a mold (yet speech level sounds pass through clearly). Noise Brakers are available in red, white, and blue, and are sold individually at quantity discounts. The filters have no mechanical parts to wear out, contaminate, or injure the ear.
Rechargeable Digital Hearing System
Hansaton Hearing Systems, Tampa, Fla, has produced the AQ. In addition to cutting-edge sound processing and its 21st-century Legance surface, AQ delivers a rechargeable hearing system that truly eliminates the need to worry about batteries. AQ’s battery will last 20 hours, providing worry-free hearing comfort throughout the day and evening. At the end of the day, the user places the AQ instruments in a state-of-the-art service station that charges the batteries, provides an electronic display that monitors the hearing instruments, informs the user that all components are working properly, and also reminds the user when it is time for a service appointment. With fully automatic, adaptive directional microphone technology, 8- or 12-channel signal processing, and a host of other high-end features, AQ is truly hearing care without a care.
Electroacoustical Coupler Measurements
Frye Electronics Inc, Tigard, Ore, announces the addition of a new NOAH module. The FONIX Troubleshooter allows the user to perform electroacoustical coupler measurements of hearing aids using FONIX hearing aid analyzers. Three test windows are available: ANSI, Profiler, and Multicurve. In the ANSI window, the user can test to the ANSI S3.22 standard (87/96/03). The Profiler test window provides a more realistic test sequence to ANSI using digital speech measurements instead of pure-tone sweeps. In the Multicurve window, the user has the flexibility to test with any signal type or amplitude available on the analyzer. This window has an “On Top” mode that allows for easy hearing aid tests while a hearing aid is being programmed. The FONIX Troubleshooter is an addition to the FONIX suite of software products.
EAR Inc, Boulder, Colo, offers RingSTOP™, an all-natural product for people with tinnitus, a condition for which there is no known remedy. The product is a homeopathic formula available in capsule form containing amino acids, herbal extracts, antioxidants, and vitamins that have been reported to reduce the symptoms of tinnitus.
At In’Tech Industries Inc, Ramsey, Minn, engineering experts strive to produce products that meet 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 customers’ creativity is the key.
Pure Tone Screening Audiometer
OTOVATION LLC, King of Prussia, Pa, offers the improved handheld ROTO® pure tone screening audiometer. Steady tone presentation is added to warble tone. ROTO’s translucent housing is more compact and comfortable. For screening or threshold assessment, ROTO presents six frequencies (0.5 k to 6 k Hz) at 20 to 70 dB HL through a single TDH-39 earphone. Case included. ROTO is recommended to the hearing aid dispenser, school/visiting nurse, or busy practitioner.
Instant Earmold Manufacturing
Insta-Mold Products Inc, Oaks, Pa, offers the Insta-Mold process, which allows custom swim molds, noise protectors, earmolds, and communication devices to be made on location in minutes. Patients receive finished molds the same day because the original impression becomes the finished product. The process allows the hearing health care professional to insert tubing, acoustic filters, adapter rings, and core holes; vent and modify molds; apply silicone coatings; add handles and cords; and offer floatability in a variety of skin tones, neon colors, and swirl multicolor plugs.
Lightning Enterprises, Limington, Me, has increased to 3 years the warranty on its VAC-1 professional vacuum pump for cleaning hearing aids. According to the company, as a testament to the durability and dependability of VAC-1, the new 3-year warranty will cover the complete compressor system. A powerful unit, VAC-1 also can be configured with a vacuum desiccator chamber for fast hearing aid drying, as well as the Aspirator System for cleaning ears.
Sonion, Minnetonka, Minn, introduces the C-Barrier, a new wax protection system for all hearing instrument manufacturers. Earwax is the most common cause of hearing aids being returned for repair. While wax protection systems are nothing new, most systems on the market act like a trap to help catch cerumen and prevent it from entering the instrument. The C-Barrier is a thin membrane that physically sits over the sound port of the receiver to block out the unwanted cerumen, but still allows acoustic information to be passed through. The C-Barrier can be cleaned and replaced easily, if necessary. The benefit of the C-Barrier is to provide increased life expectancy of hearing instruments in the field. For ease of use, Sonion has designed a package that contains four C-Barriers, including a simple removal and insertion tool.
Etymotic Research Inc, Elk Grove Village, Ill, designed and patented the Companion Mics™ Multi-Talker System. Quality of life depends on the ability to communicate with family and friends. Companion Mics make it possible to hear effortlessly in difficult listening situations. The system is ideal when dining in a lively restaurant, playing in a bridge tournament, attending a lecture, hiking, or riding in a car. It can make the difference between participating and sitting out. The Companion Mics multi-talker system connects a listener to more than one talker. Distributed to hearing professionals by Oaktree Products.
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.
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.
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 permits 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 those 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.
Hearing Aid Batteries
Sy Kessler Sales, Dallas, is the North American headquarters for Switzerland-based Renata’s maratone, the latest generation of zinc-air batteries. The hearing aid battery performance race continues. Renata’s maratone is in the “marathon” race for the very best miniature batteries.
Westone Laboratories Inc, Colorado Springs, Colo, offers the Acu-Life Audio-Kit™ Hearing Aid Cleaner, featuring five cleaning tools built into a comfortable, easy-to-hold handle. The Audio-Kit was designed to make it easy for the average 70-year-old hearing instrument user to clean the instrument effectively. The five-in-one tool contains a wax removal brush, wax removal pick, battery replacement magnet, tube and vent cleaner, and battery door opener. It also acts as a spare battery container.
Audio Repair Workstation
Kingwood Industrial Products Inc, Hackettstown, NJ, has introduced its redesigned Audio Repair Workstation with a new lower price. The unit offers everything the technician needs to build, repair, and modify aids, including the workbench, grinder, splash hoods, dust collectors, vacuum pump with desiccator, and UV curing system. All items store neatly in the powder-coated workbench, with plenty of storage left over for the technician’s tools. Fluorescent lights keep the work area well illuminated, and the benchtop is stain resistant for easy cleanup. The entire workstation is powered through an easy-to-use control module designed to keep the unit as functional as possible.
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 professionals. 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.
Hearing Aid Sweat Band
VanB Enterprises, West Valley, NY, offers the Hearing Aid Sweat Band™, a disposable, soft, fabric sleeve that protects behind-the-ear (BTE) devices from moisture, including perspiration, snow, and rain, as well as from infiltration of damaging dirt and grime. Available in six colors and six sizes, the Hearing Aid Sweat Band protects BTE hearing aids from , The sleeve is easily slipped over the microphone of the hearing aid, with no need for a tool.
Sensory Hearing Loss Simulator
Audioscan®, Dorchester, Ontario, Canada, introduces a tool for patient and third-party counseling. The new Sensory Loss Simulator™ was created to accurately replicate a cochlear or conductive hearing loss based on a client audiogram. The Sensory Loss Simulator is integrated into the Audioscan Verifit and RM500 SL. Take a test drive at Audioscan’s Web site.
Personal Listening System
Hal-Hen Co Inc, Garden City Park, NY, offers the Comfort Duett™ Personal Listening System for the hard of hearing who are not yet ready for hearing aids. Offering a maximum gain of 60 dB, it provides crisp, clear, distortion-free digital audio. Its small size allows placement almost anywhere by using a convenient clip. Sleek, flexible, and easy to use, the system also features a built-in T-coil for direct pickup when used in loop-equipped environments. It can be used with a headset, earbuds, or induction loop and operates for 14 hours on a 14-hour charge. Available accessories provide easy linking to TV, telephone, and other sound systems.
Dispensing Book on CD
AudioCare Inc, San Diego, announces that The Book on Dispensing Hearing, Aids by Roy Bain is now available in a four-CD set, so you can listen while driving. Learn all of Bain’s time-tested techniques while going to and from work.
ADCO Hearing Products Inc, Englewood, Colo, offers the IS-410 wireless infrared TV system from Sennheiser. The transmitter easily connects to the RCA outputs found on most TV and hi-fi systems. The attractive and comfortable new stethoset design is extremely lightweight and switches on and off automatically. Volume and balance controls are conveniently included on the headset. Introduce patients to the advantages of TV infrared listening and to the sound quality, speech intelligibility, and music reproduction offered by the IS-410.
AUDiTEC, St Louis, introduces 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. It is available now in the beta version; the final version should be available in fall 2007.
Hocks Hearing Healthcare Products, Portland, Ore, offers its complete line of impression blocks. Hocks Blocks come 50 to a resealable bag. Cotton Dams are made with medical-grade cotton, are securely pretied to protect against breakage, and come in five sizes. Slim Foam Dams are smaller in bulk than regular foam dams and come in sizes small, medium, and large. Memory Foam Dams are made from memory foam, similar to EAR plugs, and will expand to the individual ear, providing the best seal and protection. Open-cell material eliminates the vacuum effect.
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.
Hearing Aid Cleaner
Oaktree Products Inc, St Louis, offers the Acu-Life Hearing Aid Cleaner, a five-in-one tool system that contains the five tools needed for fast, easy, and effective hearing instrument cleaning and maintenance. The kit comes with a wax removal brush, wax removal pick, battery replacement magnet, tube and vent cleaner, and battery door opener—all built into a lightweight, comfortable handle. The Acu-Life will work with all hearing instruments.
Westone Laboratories Inc, Colorado Springs, Colo, offers the new, powerful GemOro 1.2QT Ultrasonic Cleaner. With an adjustable digital control system, LED display, stainless steel tank, and a piezoelectric ultrasonic transducer, it offers the power and features usually found in much larger ultrasonic cleaning tanks. The tank size is 6 3/8 x 5 1/8 x 2 3/8 inches and features a removable, full-size basket and clamshell basket for small items. One-year manufacturer warranty.
Raycare Solutions, Lincoln, Neb, introduces The Deflector hearing instrument moisture guard. Enjoy all of life’s activities without the fear of moisture damaging a behind-the-ear (BTE) investment. The wearer of a BTE instrument can be involved in everything from strenuous activity to a walk in the rain. The simple, lightweight, clear plastic design deflects moisture away from the hearing instrument. The on-and-off application allows clients to use The Deflector when moisture occurs and remove it when not needed. It also helps in dusty situations, because dirt is not attracted to dry areas.
Telephone Office Display
ADCO Hearing Products Inc, Englewood, Colo, offers a turnkey marketing tool for practices. The Clarity telephone office display holds four Clarity Professional Digital Clarity Power™ phones, sets up quickly and easily in minutes, is freestanding, and small enough to fit in tight spaces. Clarity’s office display is the perfect solution for a busy office or waiting room.
Specially Designed VRA/COR System
Pehratek Products, Chaska, Minn, presents a specially designed VRA/COR system to fit into small booths where space is at a premium. Triangular-shaped reinforcer boxes fit compactly into the corners of the sound room. Dimensions are 7 x 7 x 5/14 inches. Wired or wireless control versions are available.
Perfect Seal Laboratories, Wichita, Kan, offers many styles of hearing protection. No matter the client’s needs, Perfect Seal can accommodate them. From the electronic series (shown) to solid plugs, Perfect Seal can provide solutions for many specific industrial applications.
iCellTech, Seoul, Korea, offers a private-label service direct from the manufacturer. The company guarantees to ship the private-label batteries within 3 working days of the order. Free delivery via door-to-door courier is available.
Open-Ear Hearing Aids
Vivatone® Hearing Systems LLC, Shelton, Conn, launches the new EntréPlus™ line, taking open-ear products to a new level. Vivatone’s PowerSet™ significantly enhances the fitting range (from 80 dB to 90 dB between 500 Hz and 8,000 Hz) by combining a new high-fidelity receiver unit with VivaMold™. With five models to choose from, and multiple receiver unit options, the EntréPlus can meet the needs of more patients and accommodate deteriorating hearing losses. Other features include multimemory; programmable T-coil; automatic, directional, multimicrophone system; and a 312 battery (up to 160-hour life).
Silicone Impression Materials
Insta-Mold Products Inc, Oaks, Pa, offers Dur-A-Sil Equal silicone impression materials, formulated with deep-ear impression procedures in mind. With a durometer hardness of 20 to 22 Shore A, the impression materials are designed to be easier to remove from the bony portion of the ear canal with less irritation to the ear. The material also has a low viscosity, creating less pressure and less distortion of the ear canal for more accurate impressions with no sag or shrinkage. The product is available in economy-size kits, premeasured minipacks, and soon will be available in a cartridge system.
ZeniPower, Zhuhai, China, provides new private-label batteries at higher capacity. A10 at 100 mAh with extra-low impedance ensures longer lasting time for digital hearing aids. The strictly ISO9001-controlled manufacturing process guarantees high reliability and consistency.
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 needs to retube.
Hearing Technologies, Pinellas Park, Fla, presents the newly designed Digitel™ keychain battery tester plus battery holder. Easy-to-see LCD displays remaining battery life. Ideal promotional or accessory item. Packaged to place on a battery rack.
Wireless Communication System
Oaktree Products Inc, St Louis, has introduced the Contego, a full-performance wireless communication system designed to improve and enhance the quality of sound. The microphone (transmitter) and receiver have built-in zoom microphones that are user adjustable for maximum customization. The microphones can be set for omnidirectional or directional, based on conditions, and the volume level can be adjusted by remote.
Hearing Loss Awareness Walk
InSight Cinema, Santa Monica, Calif, will join the Walk4Hearing campaign in Long Beach, Calif, on June 10, in support of Hearing Loss Association of America’s year-long walkathon to make hearing loss a national concern. Visit the Walk4Hearing Web site or call InSight Cinema to find a national walk site near you and for more information.
Etymotic Research Inc, Elk Grove Village, Ill, introduces the new ETYPlugs™ BabyBlues™ high-fidelity earplugs for small ear canals. The reusable blue earplugs offer the same 20 dB sound reduction as the standard white ER-20 earplugs. A patented technology reduces noise fatigue while keeping music and voices clear. Used by musicians and audio enthusiasts while listening to music, attending concerts, and traveling.
iCellTech Corp, Seoul, Korea, introduces its 10DS 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.