Health Care Financing
The HELPcard, Springdale, Ark, introduces new, lower minimums for no-interest financing options. According to the company, no-interest financing options have revolutionized the hearing industry, and consumers who previously turned down recommendations for hearing instruments are now buying in record numbers. In the past, high-minimum charge amounts prohibited some consumers from making necessary health care purchases on a no-interest plan. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rayovac, Madison, Wis, introduces the new ProFresh™ program from the Rayovac ProLine. ProLine batteries will be shipped within 10 days of manufacture. Compare that to other brands manufactured overseas, or even in the United States. Another fresh idea from Rayovac.
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.
Harris Communications, Eden Prairie, Minn, offers the new Portable Clipboard with Induction Loop. With a built-in induction telecoil, it runs on rechargeable batteries and can be used indoors and outdoors, making it ideal for one-on-one conversations and small group meetings, the workplace, and more (within five feet). Harris Communications is celebrating 25 years of providing assistive products to the Deaf and hearing impaired. For dealership opportunities and a free catalog, call Bill Williams.
Frye Electronics, Tigard, Ore, announces a new probe microphone design for its FONIX 7000 Hearing Aid Test System that is smaller, more adjustable, and easier to use than ever before. This new design features an integrated ear hook that is vertically adjustable to accommodate ears of many sizes. It rotates horizontally, allowing easy positioning of the probe tube. The small reference microphone is placed on a raised shelf above the ear, which allows ample space for the hearing aid. The new FONIX 7000 probe microphone currently ships with new 7000 Hearing Aid Test Systems with the real-ear option. Existing analyzers can be upgraded.
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.
Hal-Hen Company Inc, Garden City Park, NY, offers the Heine Mini 3000® Conventional & Fiberoptic Pocket Otoscopes. The otoscopes have a compact design and provide exceptional illumination. Using XHL Xenon Halogen Technology, 100% brighter lighting is achieved for homogenous, reflex-free illumination of the ear canal and tympanum. The viewing window has 3x magnification, and the optimized casing surface yields razor-sharp images and minimal reflection. The units switch off automatically when returned to the pocket. The handle and chrome-finish upper section/refined plastic make the otoscopes shockproof, sturdy, and nonslip. The Mini 3000 is available in black, green, and blue. Uses two standard “AA” alkaline batteries (included).
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.
Long-Lasting Performance Batteries
Magnatone, Casselberry, Fla, says, “Take the Renata Challenge!” with batteries, created by a division of Swatch, that will satisfy high expectations for long-lasting performance. Many consumers have likely used Renata Maratone in high-end electronics already; now try them in high-end hearing instruments. Special purchase rate per carton of 60 cells when purchasing 10 cartons or more.
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 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.
Patient Finder Program
AudioCare Inc, San Diego, presents the AudioCare Patient Finder Program. New patients are the lifeblood of a practice. Future growth and success helping individuals who are hearing impaired is directly related to the number of new patients who come to an office for help. The AudioCare Patient Finder Program, which uses multimedia advertising via direct-response mail, newspaper ads, and point-of-purchase help, has a 45-year track record. The components of the Patient Finder Program are direct-response mail, newspaper ads, and point-of-purchase help.
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.
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.
Troubleshooting Software Program
Frye Electronics, Tigard, Ore, announces a new NOAH module for the FONIX 7000 Hearing Aid Test System and FONIX FP35 Hearing Aid Analyzer. Troubleshooter is designed to allow the clinician to test the hearing aid’s characteristics and function to ensure that it is working properly. Two automated test sequences are provided, ANSI and Profiler. ANSI performs an automated test sequence using the ANSI S3.22 1987, 1996, or 2003 standard. Profiler is an advanced alternative to ANSI that uses the modulated Digital Speech signal to obtain the frequency response of the hearing aid at soft, medium, and loud levels in addition to several other useful measurements. Together, ANSI and Profiler give a complete picture of hearing aid characteristics, allowing users to verify correct functioning. An “On Top” mode is available to enable testing the hearing aid while it is connected to a hearing aid programming module. FONIX Troubleshooter has recently been certified as a NOAH 3 module by HIMSA.
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.
4-Channel Digital Aid
R and L Hearing Services, Plymouth, Minn, offers a 4-channel digital aid with exciting standard features, including layered noise reduction, adaptive feedback cancellation, wideband output compression limiting, and a digital directional processor. Also standard are 4-channel WDRC and up to four programmable memories. Available in all sizes.
Diagnostic and Fitting Software
GN Otometrics, Copenhagen, Denmark, offers OTOsuite software, which links individual diagnostic and fitting tools in a single on-screen application. With a single click, inside or outside NOAH, OTOsuite gives direct access to immittance, audiometry, speech mapping, and simulator devices. The ability to move easily through the diagnostic and verification processes allows the hearing care professional more time for individual care and seeing more patients. OTOsuite features a highly intuitive user interface for the entire patient-handling process and requires very little training, even when new instruments are brought in. The advanced reporting module allows combining measurement data from multiple instruments, saving valuable time on paperwork.
Book on Hearing Loss at Work
Beyond Hearing Aids, Florence, Ky, introduces a new book titled On the Job with Hearing Loss: Hidden Challenges. Successful Solutions. Written by Rebecca Morris, the book walks readers through job issues such as handling telephones, meetings, and background noise, and leads to potential solutions including hearing aids, cochlear implants, and ALDs. Choose an occupation and identify its particular challenges, issues, and proven solutions.
National Advertising Campaign
TV Ears Inc, Spring Valley, Calif, is building a bridge between consumers and hearing care professionals by placing full-page advertisements in AARP Magazine, Parade, USA Weekend, Newsweek, and other publications, resulting in thousands of referrals to its network. Join the TV Ears network and benefit from this massive exposure. TV Ears has also partnered with GE to offer GE’s See and Hear. Loud and Clear.™ amplified telephones. Join the TV Ears network and benefit from selling one of the most recognized brands in the world! TV Ears’ product line includes a 2.3-MHz system for mild hearing loss, the 95-KHz original system, a 95-KHz professional system, and the 95-Khz home theater system, which are designed for moderate to severe hearing loss, as well as GE amplified telephones for mild and moderate to severe hearing loss. To become an exclusive TV Ears dealer, call Jason Rimestad.
Hocks Hearing Healthcare Products, Portland, Ore, offers a display stand and informational brochures to help hearing health care professionals promote its Noise Braker.
Physician Marketing Video
The publishers of Hearing HealthCare News®, White Plains, NY, offer a video about a physician newsletter publishing service. The 9-minute presentation, available on CD and VHS, describes how a physician newsletter can benefit an audiology practice.
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.
Hearing Instrument Series
Hansaton Hearing Systems, Tampa, Fla, launches Relaxx Pro and Relaxx Exclusive. At the center of Hansaton’s full line of hearing instrument technology are these two midrange hearing instruments, featuring the latest in hearing instrument technology in a new design housing. The Relaxx series is available in all ITE models, while its BTE can be fitted with a conventional earmold or an open minitube. Relaxx Pro is a midrange digital hearing instrument that will fit medium to moderately severe hearing losses. In addition to the new housing, available in a variety of colors, Relaxx Pro also features a multimicrophone system, Situation Manager, 8-channel signal processing, noise reduction, speech detection, and enhanced phase-cancellation feedback management. Relaxx Exclusive is an upper midrange hearing instrument that has all of the features of the Relaxx Pro, plus 12-channel signal processing, wind noise reduction, and 4D noise canceller.
Rayovac, Madison, Wis, offers a wide range of package sizes for its ProLine Advanced, allowing hearing health care professionals to select the best options for their patients. Available exclusively from ProLine is a 48-pack, making it is easy to send the batteries by mail and provide enough batteries so patients don’t have to worry about running out. With ProLine’s new ProFresh program, batteries are fresher than ever, and the 4-year shelf life makes the 48-pack a safe and convenient choice.
Personal FM System
Harris Communications, Eden Prairie, Minn, offers the Conversor, a compact wireless FM mic/transmitter and receiver that focuses on desired sounds to provide the user with clearer, sharper hearing in virtually any environment. The ultimate in comfort, ease of use, and portability, the Conversor can reduce sounds coming from behind and sides by up to 30 dB. By increasing the available sound level, the Conversor puts less strain on the hearing instrument amplifier, allowing higher sound levels without the risk of distortion and feedback. For dealership opportunities and a free catalog, call Bill Williams.
Cable Management System
Pehratek Products, Chaska, Minn, introduces the NOAH’S ARC Cable Management/Storage System for the many programming cables that dispensers have to store and find to fit programmable hearing instruments. This new system neatly and efficiently winds up programming cables into color-coded pods that store on top of the HI-PRO box or on any flat surface. Up to 10 cable pods can be stored in each NOAH’S ARC tray within easy reach of the computer. This new system eliminates tangled cords and the time spent searching for the right cable in a drawer or hanging behind a door. Each NOAH’S ARC comes with 10 cable pods, storage rack, Mylar cable combiners (to wrap right and left cables together in one pod), and manufacturer’s labels to find the right pod quickly. Save time and the trouble of always have to untangle programming cables before each fitting.
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.
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.
FM Wireless Communication System
Hal-Hen Company Inc, Garden City Park, NY, offers the Contego™, a full-performance, 30-channel, alternative for FM wireless communication. Contego provides crisp, crystal-clear digital sound over a secure connection. With a range of 75 feet, Contego’s two zoom microphones—one in the transmitter and one in the receiver—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. Fully flexible, the rechargeable Contego 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 a TV, telephone, or other sound system. For a limited time only, buy one and get one free. Limited to one offer per practice, offer subject to change without notice.
HFrye Electronics, Tigard, Ore, offers the Open Ear Coupler, a unique FONIX design that allows easy connection to an open-ear-style hearing aid. Just insert the speaker unit or tube into the coupler as it would normally be placed in the ear. No extra sealing or attachment is needed. Run the coupler measurements per normal office procedure. The test results produced with the Open Ear Coupler are more realistic than the frequency response obtained with a standard 2 cc coupler.
Loaner Bank Program
Oticon Pediatrics, Somerset, NJ, unveiled a new national program to assist hearing care professionals in providing optimum care for infants and toddlers newly identified with hearing loss. The Loaner Bank Program provides hearing instruments to children, up to age 3 in need of immediate amplification when amplification is not readily available. Typically, such a delay occurs when a child must await third-party reimbursement approval or undergo cochlear implant evaluation. The Loaner Bank provides hearing instruments for a 3-month period. A range of Oticon hearing instruments are offered, shipped with tamper-resistant battery doors. An EarGear hearing aid retention device is provided with each loaner order. To use the Loaner Bank, hearing care professionals must have an Oticon account and complete a one-time application. Upon acceptance, practitioners must verify that they have completed training on Oticon fitting software and the available loaner hearing instruments, and submit a request form for each child requesting hearing aids. There is no fee to participate.
Integrated Audiological System
MedRx Inc, Largo, Fla, offers the AVANT™, a fully integrated, computerized testing and fitting platform designed to eliminate multiple testing locations in a practice and provide a complete suite of audiometric tests in one location. A single USB connection to a computer unlocks the power of AVANT. Its sleek, high-tech, low-profile design completes any office setting. Features include dual-channel audiometry; real-ear measurements; live speech mapping; hearing loss simulator; occlusion effect; integrated Hi-Pro, 3-D speech mapping; AVANT testing, fitting, and presentation software; plus NOAH™ and TIMS® compatibility. The AVANT also comes with video otoscopy and tympanometry software modules.
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.
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.
Hearing Aid Battery Special
Hocks Hearing Healthcare Products, Portland, Ore, offers free custom imprinting on iCellTech batteries. For the months of July and August, buy 8, get 2 free.
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, 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.
Rayovac, Madison, Wis, developed its ProLine American Express Reward Program with the hearing professional in mind. A ProLine consultant can demonstrate how to use the reward program to build business. Take advantage of Rayovac’s Business Builder Program and discover how the ProLine hearing aid battery can help grow business.
Digital Hearing Aid Line
Magnatone, Casselberry, Fla. introduces POWER to its digital line. The Monet™ and Claret™ Full Shell POWER ITE have a maximum output of 130 dB and peak gain of 65 dB. The POWER line, with LazerVeyor™ Digital Shell technology, ensures a perfect fit that can maximize gain with up to 15 dB of adaptive feedback phase cancellation.
Ear Technology Corp, Johnson City, Tenn, announces the debut of Dry-Brik II. In development for more than 2 years, this new desiccant product contains a more aggressive sorbent with much greater moisture-adsorbing capacity, packaged in an attractive, molded, disposable container. Dry-Brik II is compatible with all Dry & Store models, and features a novel timer called Timestrip®. Once activated by the user, a thin red line lengthens each day, and when the timer window is completely red (2 months), the depleted Dry- Brik should be replaced with a newly activated one. Dry-Brik II is packaged in a customdesigned three-pack, handy for providers to stock and dispense, and handy for the consumer to purchase and use. Since the manufacturer guarantees a 2-month life expectancy for each Dry-Brik II, each three-pack represents 6 months of protection.
Triangular-Shaped Hearing Aid
Oticon Inc, Somerset, NJ, offers the Oticon Delta, a hearing device that combines cutting-edge technology with contemporary design to attract image-conscious users. With its trendy triangular shape and stylish colors, Delta is aimed at boosting speech understanding in difficult listening situations for people with all configurations of hearing loss up to 80 dB flat. The Delta XR extended range enables hearing care professionals to fit high-frequency losses—often found with first-time users—and more traditional flat-broadband hearing losses. With the expanded range, hearing care professionals can fit more than 80% of their patients with a hearing device that users want and can continue to wear, even if their hearing loss progresses. Delta XR is available in three models—including a new lower-priced Delta 4000—and in 17 colors and styles, from Cabernet Red and Samoa Blue to the exotic Wildlife leopard pattern and Diamond Black.
Corded Digital Power
Clarity, a division of Plantronics Inc, Chattanooga, offers the C2210 and C4205 phones with Digital Clarity Power version 3.0, a technology typically found in highcost hearing aids. The C2210 and the C4205 are the first corded and cordless amplified telephones available through the Clarity Professional™ brand using this technology. Both phones amplify incoming sound up to 50 dB at 124 dB SPL. The C2210 corded phone alerts users to a call with a flashing dial pad visual ring indicator. A bed shaker is an optional accessory available for purchase separately from the C2210, and is designed to shake the user’s bed when the phone rings. A remote, wireless lamp flasher, which alerts users of incoming calls by flashing a light up to 30 feet away, is also available. Standard features include caller ID and voice mail indicator, large lighted dial pad, built-in alarm clock, 2.5-mm headset jack for hands-free telephone calls, and 3.5-mm audio output port.
MedRx Inc, Largo, Fla, presents the advanced AVANT audiometer, which utilizes innovative computer technology to create a state-of-the-art testing environment. The AVANT audiometer allows fast, accurate pure tone and speech testing, with an intuitive user interface for data presentation and patient monitoring. Separate outputs for all transducers allow them to remain plugged in and calibrated, adding speed and convenience to testing protocol. While extremely small and lightweight, the unit combines the power of a PC with MedRx’s proprietary sound chip technology to create an audiometer like no other. Powerful built-in amplifiers eliminate additional hardware connections for sound-field and live-speech testing. Features include dual-channel audiometry, separate outputs for all transducers and speakers, plug-and-play USB single cable connection from PC through a sound booth, high-power 2 x 20-watt internal amplifiers—extremely small and lightweight, with optional mounting capability inside or outside the sound booth—and NOAH™-compatible software for patient archiving.
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.
Integrated Faceplate Module
Knowles, Itasca, Ill, announces its fully integrated, removable 8200 Faceplate Module. In partnership with In’Tech, Knowles brings to the industry a product to enhance efficiency. The 8200 features an integrated push button, microphone, battery door, and flex programming module block. This module securely fastens to a frameless faceplate, and can be removed using a single extraction tool. It not only addresses ease of manufacturing and serviceability, but also remains flexible to a variety of applications. Customers may order the module preassembled to the flex, ready-for-hybrid attachment, or the entire hybrid may be preassembled.
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.
Instant Hearing Protection
Warner Tech-care Products, Minneapolis, 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 Techcare catalog is now available.
Digital Directional BTE
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 features important when fitting patients with severe to profound hearing loss, such as unique output compression control and a selectable automatic telecoil.
Turbo Torch Chip Technology
Mid-States Laboratories, Wichita, Kan, offers the turbo torch chip technology Earlight with wide angle and focused beam. It provides 100,000 hours of light and has no bulb to replace. Comes with probe tip for better otoscopic visibility.
Hearing Technologies, Pinellas Park, Fla, introduces the Pro-Power™ Vacuum-Aspirator, a hospital-tested portable vacuum. It is designed as an aspirator and set up as a hearing aid vacuum with 24.5 inHG suction and an adjustable suction control. Cleaning tools are included to help remove wax and debris. Cone-shaped suction tips clear the receiver and microphone ports. Placing the hearing aid on the standard suction tube will complete the cleaning by combining suction and vibration. New cost-saving design is available in 110V and 230V.
Oticon Inc, Somerset, NJ, presents the new Oticon Epoq. Its proprietary binaural, high-speed wireless technology enables a pair of Epoq hearing devices to communicate at data transfer speeds 100 times faster than hearing instruments on the market. This real-time connectivity with voices and other sounds provides accurate, stereophonic auditory information that is in sync with a user’s visual experience. The same wireless connectivity enables Epoq to provide a new and previously unavailable hearing solution to the use of cell phones. With the addition of the small, sleek Streamer, Epoq becomes the equivalent of a hands-free Bluetooth®-intelligent headset without having to attach bulky devices or wires to the hearing instrument. The Streamer, an optional wearable device that functions like an MP3 player, and facilitates effortless audio streaming from cell phones, personal computers, GPS systems, and other popular electronic devices. Epoq is available in two performance levels: the premium choice Epoq XW, and Epoq W.
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.
Instant Swim Plugs
Warner Tech-care Products, Minneapolis, offers Aqua-guard Direct Fit instant swim plugs to help protect ears from water while swimming, diving, tubing, and showering. Direct Fit eliminates the need to send impressions to an earmold lab, allowing water protection to be provided during the office visit. Aqua-guard is high-strength, long-lasting, and floatable. The soft material sets up in 5 to 7 minutes in the ear. The kit includes measuring spoons, white base color with red and blue color. A clear lacquer coat to better seal and enhance the appearance of the mold can be ordered. Aqua-guard can be ordered in bulk. The new Warner Tech-care catalog is now available.
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 to the industry, most of the 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 the acoustic information to be passed through. The C-Barrier also can be easily cleaned and replaced, if needed. The benefits of the C-Barrier are 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.
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.
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.
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.
Digital Product Line
Amplisound/United Hearing Systems Inc, Danielson, Conn, offers Avalon, with 12-band filtering and 4 channels for a precise acoustic fit. Automatic directional microphone system offers a seamless “no touch” switch from omni to a variety of unequalized or equalized cardioid patterns. Innovative open-fit shell configuration offers improved comfort and relief from occlusion. Ultraquiet performance is ideal for mild and precipitous losses.
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.
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 sp