productDirectional BTE
Intrason, Choisy, France, announces the launch of the Digison 621MD, a digital directional BTE. The instrument’s directional algorithm was reportedly developed in cooperation with researchers at the French National Center of Scientific Research. It allows the user to switch from omni-directional to multi-directional, which, when combined with the company’s Speech Optimization System (S.O.S.®), a 32-channel noise reduction algorithm, enhances speech recognition in noisy environments, according to the company. Distributed in the United States by United Hearing Systems. (33) 1-48-53-59-00; 

productEar Wash System
Oaktree Products Inc, Chesterfield, MO, offers the new Welch Allyn Ear Wash System,® which is designed to allow for clean, safe cerumen removal. The system connects to any faucet via a special adapter. Once the water has reached a comfortable temperature—detected by a temperature sensor on the device—its HydroVac Action feature dispenses water with controlled pressure at the same time that it vacuums out the ear canal. According to the company, the procedure is safe for all types of patients, including pediatric patients. (800) 347-1960;

productHearing Aid Battery
Rayovac, Madison, WI, offers its ULTRA® ProLine® hearing aid battery. The batteries are purchased directly from the manufacturer, either over the phone from a product consultant or online, ensuring product freshness. The company also provides full merchandising and marketing support, which features company spokesperson Arnold Palmer. (800) 356-7422; [email protected]

productFree Online Hearing Test, an online resource for hearing-related products and services, also offers an online hearing test. While encouraging regular audiometric testing by certified medical or audiological professionals, the site is a compilation of hearing healthcare resources and information. Visitors will find the database of worldwide hearing healthcare professionals particularly useful, according to the company. Practices may be included in the database by completing the registration form on the Web site. (800) 525-2690;

productNon-Programmable BTEs
Siemens Hearing Instruments, Piscataway, NJ, has added four new models to its Phoenix line of BTEs, the 103, 203, 303, and 304. The 103 mini-BTE suits mild to moderate hearing loss; the 203 mini-BTE is appropriate for moderate to severe loss; and the 303 full-size BTE is intended for patients suffering from severe to profound loss. All have three fitting controls and digital signal processing. The 304 full-size BTE is a high-power instrument that features four fitting controls, two channels, and digital signal processing. (800) 766-4500;

productFitting Software
Authorized Hearing Systems (AHS), Plymouth, MN, introduces the latest version of its software, QuikFit 3.6. The software features UltraLink multi-memory BTEs and UltraLink Express instant-fit CICs, as well as other improvements. According to the company, the software is designed to be user-friendly, and offers state-of-the-art programming with a powerful graphic interface and sophisticated fitting protocols. (800) 247-4741;

productMusicians’ Earplugs
Perfect Seal, Wichita, KS, offers the Er 15 & 25 musicians’ earplugs, which are countersunk into the molds. In addition, the company reports that the sound bore of every mold is carefully measured, ensuring that the correct volume of air is present to achieve flat attenuation. All of the molds are made of a durable silicone. (800) 311-9810

productHand Held Screening Audiometer
The DSP Pure Tone Audiometer® from Micro Audiometrics, Murphy, NC, is a 10 ounce, battery operated, hand held audiometer. Signals can reportedly be presented in a pulsed or continuous mode, pure tone or warble, and from 250 through 8000 Hz at levels from -10 to 80 dB, according to the company. The audiometer also contains an Automatic Sequencing™ function, which is designed to enable a screening test to be conducted without operator intervention. It comes with headset, batteries, carrying case, and a limited 3 year warranty. (800) 729-9509;

Rayovac, Madison, WI, offers its ULTRA® ProLine® hearing aid battery. According to the company, benefits include: high-quality product performance; the ability to purchase directly from the manufacturer; online ordering capabilities; free marketing support; a reloadable AmericanExpress® gift card program; and celebrity spokesperson Arnold Palmer. (800) 356-7422; [email protected]

productProvider Network
Hear for You (HFY), Oklahoma City, is a network of hearing health care providers. According to HFY, the network utilizes a proven business model, aggressive advertising, and ongoing support to help hearing aid dispensers prepare their businesses for the future. Members of the network, reportedly a by-product of a successful hearing aid practice, own their own practices and control their futures. (866) 840-9008;

productAudio Repair Workstation
Kingwood Industrial Products, Hackettstown, NJ, introduces its audio repair workstation, an all-steel bench with two locking shelves that extend to a width of 5 feet. The workstation includes a 26A two-speed Redwing motor, two resin splash hoods with shields, a steel spindle on the left side of the motor and a chuck on the right. The station includes a model 62 Super Sucker dust collector and a complete Gast vacuum pump system, inluding a handwand, five needle tips and an inline debris filter. It also comes equipped with a portable handwand UV light curing system with a timer. A fluorescent light is mounted under the shelf, and the wires and tubing are located in the back of the unit for easy access. In addition, the sides of the cabinet flip up to increase workspace. (908) 852-8655; [email protected]

product  Tinnitus Combination Instrument
General Hearing Instruments, New Orleans, offers the Harmony™ tinnitus combination instrument, designed for patients experiencing both tinnitus and hearing loss. The instrument combines a programmable WDRC amplification circuit with a noise generator in one in-the-ear device. Available in either the company’s open-ear design or a full shell, the instrument can be ordered with programmable or manual amplifier volume control. (800) 824-3021;

productWeb Site
The Web site of E.A.R., Inc features products and specialized systems for protecting or enhancing hearing. Featuring an online brochure, visitors can learn about the company’s many hearing products. The site includes testimony from professional race car driver Johnny Unser, and offers links to other sites such as; the company’s email newsletter; an explanation of how hearing works; a list of providers in the visitor’s area; and information about becoming a provider. (800) 525-2690;

productExpress Fitting
Authorized Hearing Systems (AHS), Plymouth, MN, offers the UltraLink Express, which is designed to allow clients to be fit with state-of-the-art, programmable, completely-in-the-canal instruments in less than an hour. Five different sized fitting sleeves and interchangeable, color-coated wax protection reportedly make fittings simple and fast. The instrument offers the features of the company’s UltraLink products, including: reduced quiet in noise; low distortion; pre- and post-emphasis circuitry; feedback management; and accurate, flexible fitting. (800) 247-4741;

productAGCo Non-Programmable Circuit
Magnatone, Casselberry, FL, introduces the AGCo II non-programmable circuit, which uses AGC output compression to compress loud sounds without the distortion caused by peak clipping circuits. The compression ratio is fixed at 8:1. The circuit is designed to drive class D receivers and the frequency response of each hearing instrument will be dialed in using the active low cut filter (AFT). Additional features include averaging detector circuitry and a full array of trimmers and options. It includes two trimmers on all aids—the active low cut trimmer provides flat to high frequency response control. The output control will reportedly reduce the OSPL90 up to 15 dB. Optional choices include T-coil, low cut switch, on/off switch/ screw set VC and feedback trimmer. (800) 327-5159;

productEar Balm
Hocks Hearing Healthcare Products, Portland, OR, offers ear balm made with 1% hydrocortisone and an antipruritic (anti-itch) solution. This alcohol-free formula is designed to heal itchy and irritated ears. According to the company, the balm is an excellent lubricant and sealer for the insertion of hearing aids and earmolds. (800) 654-6257

productProgrammable Instruments
Electone, Longwood, FL, offers its Pointe™ and SDM™ programmable hearing instruments. The Pointe provides two-channel wide dynamic range compression; variable fitting ranges; a multiple memory push button option; two independently adjustable memory options in the canal, mini, and CIC models; and up to three independently adjustable memory options in the full shell model. According to the company, the Pointe and SDM both provide low distortion of sound, allow input sound comparisons during the fitting process, offer optional telecoil for telephone use, and are available in all custom models as well as a BTE hearing instrument. (800) 432-7483;  

productAdvertising Agency
Media Partners of America Inc, Oklahoma City, is an advertising agency that reportedly shares its commissions with its partner clients through its commission share program. Partner clients earn money through both the results of advertising and through discounts on advertising expenditures. The company reports that it is experienced in the marketing of hearing aid companies. (866) 840-9399;

productPortable VRA
Pehratek Products, Chanhassen, MN, offers the Wireless Reinforcer action visual reinforcement audiometry (VRA) system. It combines motion and attention-getting light patterns for performing pediatric hearing testing. Each smoked Plexiglas box features a small cartoon character that lights up and moves rapidly back and forth when activated. Additionally, a U-shaped lamp array features 20 bright LEDs that flash sequentially or in a marquee pattern to vary the combination of lights and motion reinforcement. The system uses a wireless RF remote control to operate each reinforcer box at a distance of 50 feet. (952) 470-9063

productDemonstration Ears
Hocks Hearing Healthcare Products, Portland, OR, re-introduces its Hocks Demonstration Ears, reportedly an improved version of the company’s demonstration ears that were first introduced in the early 1960s. The demonstration ears are made of tough and flexible silicone, and are ideal for practicing impression taking or displaying on a counter, according to the company. Able to be cleaned with soap and water, they are available as a pair or individually. The company also offers its clear demonstration ears with a full-length canal made of clear, firm material that reportedly won’t get soft or sticky. (800) 654-6257

productDigital Sound Processing
Rexton, Plymouth, MN, introduces its newest 100% digital hearing instrument, the Sensation. Available in a range of models, from CIC to ITE (with BTE reportedly to be introduced in fall 2001), Sensation incorporates 100% digital sound processing in up to three independently programmable memories, including telecoil, according to the company. Two independent gain controls (high frequency and low frequency), two channel wide dynamic range compression, and two channel AGC-I with adjustable kneepoint are all designed to maximize the hearing health professional’s ability to fine-tune the instrument. Other features include a programmable telecoil, volume control, microphone noise reduction, manual notch filter system, power on delay and low battery alert tones. In addition, the company reports that the instrument’s new approach to fitting, Lifestyle with Optifit, automatically determines the best fitting parameters for a patient’s lifestyle. (800) 876-1141;

productSize 675 Rechargeable Hearing Aid Battery System
Energex Batteries, Plainview, NY, offers the Aid-Mate 675 rechargeable hearing aid battery system, which consists of a charging system and a nickel-metal hydride size 675 rechargeable hearing aid battery. Features include: battery life reportedly up to 3 years; the ability to charge either one battery, or two batteries simultaneously; 6-hour automatic charge cycle; and one full day of operation per charge. International models are available. (800) 642-2354;

Westone Laboratories, Colorado Springs, CO, offers hand-crafted earmolds. The company makes earmolds that are designed to be invisible and earmolds that are designed to be easily seen. Its DisappEar™ material reportedly works like camouflage to make earmolds virtually undetectable, while visible earmolds come in a variety of bright colors. Customers can also “Swyrl™” colors together, and have earmolds custom tinted, filled with glitter, decorated with rhinestones, and made to glow in the dark. (800) 525-5071;

productSound Control Enclosure
Bio-Medical Technologies, Mandeville, LA, announces the availability of its sound control enclosure. The enclosure features: a laminated cabinet; anti-vibration soundcoat; Sonotex acoustical interior foam; stereo soundfield speakers; full torso door with window; three-way jack panel for headphones and bone conductor; patient response buttons on both arms; and locking caster wheels. The door can be ordered to swing to either the right or the left. The enclosure measures 62 x 32 x 27 inches and weighs approximately 165 pounds. (800) 344-7261;

productOAE Screener
Otodynamics, Hatfield, Herts, England offers the Echocheck OAE screener. The screener’s automated pass/refer system is based on TEOAE signal-to-noise ratio. The screener stores up to 97 test results with test/machine ID, ear, date/time, OAE dBSPL and other control parameters. Data is printable on an optional mini-printer or uploadable to a PC by serial line. The minimum acceptable OAE dBSPL can be programmed, and the numeric option has a digital readout of test ID, OAE dBSPL, time and date. The upload software includes exports to database programs and to OZ SIMS. Remote operation and data collection from a PC are also optional. (800) 659-7776;

productCell Phone Listening Pad
Pehratek Products, Chanhassen, MN, offers the CELL-U-HEAR listening pad, designed for hearing aid wearers who use cell phones. The design of the pad reportedly directs sound into the listener’s ear to reduce feedback and improve comfort while talking on a cell phone. It comes with two different-sized pads to accommodate most cell phones. Soiled or damaged pads are easy to remove and replace. (952) 470-9063

productRechargeable Hearing Instruments
Magnatone, Casselberry, FL, offers the Liberty™ rechargeable. Patients can select from the canal to the half- and full-shell models. Three faceplate options are available depending on the model size; sealed, swing out and cradle, using either a #13 or #V40H Ni-MH rechargeable cell. For added convenience, a conventional #13 battery can replace the cell on the swing-out faceplate option. The charging box comes with a two-year warranty. (800) 327-5159;

productMono System
Sennheiser Electronic Corp, Old Lyme, CT, offers the DirectEar™ SET 100 mono system, which consists of an infrared transmitter and receiver that reportedly permits cordless television listening without disturbance to others. The transmitter connects directly into the audio output of a TV, VCR or compatible audio source. A high quality audio signal is transmitted on the 95 kHz infrared carrier frequency to the stethophone receiver. The SET 100 also has a radiating power sufficient for rooms up to 435 sq. ft in diameter, according to the company. It is backed by a 2-year warranty. (877) 736-6434;

productDigital Hearing Instruments
Intrason, Choisy, France, announces the launch of Digison, the company’s new family of digital products, which use an algorithm that was reportedly developed in cooperation with the French National Center of Scientific Research. Features include: level dependent compression, which is designed to independently adjust each channel in the soft and loud sound ranges as well as the speech level; the Speech Optimization System (S.O.S®), a noise reduction algorithm that uses 32 channels to reportedly improve speech recognition in noisy environments; instant output compression, which is designed to ensure protection against loud noises without distortion; and fast transient compression, which reduces the gain of sudden, harsh sound. They are available in all models from CIC to BTE, and in power and multi-directional versions. United Hearing Systems (UHS) is the distributor of the instruments in the United States. (33) 1-48-53-59-00;

productScreening and Data Management Program
Otodynamics, Hatfield, Herts, England, offers the EZ-Screen screening and data management program to address the needs of newborn hearing assessment. Integrated with a choice of OAE screening instrument formats, the program can conduct the screen, merge test data from multiple instruments, transmit data to other sites and rpovide a wide range of reports. The system allows test result data from multiple instruments to be stored alongside patient records in an industry-standard client-server database. It also offers the ability to import from non-Otodynamics products and to export to HiTrack and OZ. EZ-Screen is compatible with the company’s other products. (800) 659-7776;

productCuring Equipment
Bio-Medical Technologies, Mandeville, LA, has added a new line of UV curing equipment and shell materials designed for manufacturers and office assembly labs. The UV Resource line includes curing ovens, curing guns, and a complete line of shell materials and related chemicals. According to the company, repairs and even complete new shells can be ready in minutes. (800) 344-7261;

productOmni-plus-Directional Microphone
The TP series microphone from Knowles Electronics, Itasca, IL, combines an omni-plus-directional microphone into one package. Designed to be ideal for both omnidirectional and directional applications, the microphone features all-metal case construction and reportedly provides AIDI of up to 5.2 dB (free field). The microphone requires only four wires to provide full omni-plus-directional performance, and requires only two sound ports, saving layout space and assembly time. (630) 250-5100;

productImpression Material
Westone Laboratories, Colorado Springs, CO, introduces SiliClone Firm™ impression material. It is designed to offer the benefits and ease of use of a cartridge material with viscosity comparable to the company’s manually-mixed Pink Silicast. It eliminates droop and sag, and provides users with more accurate impressions, according to the company. In addition, the material uses the new S-50 cartridge system, which is designed to prevent early contact between the base and catalyst. (800) 525-5071;

productTelephone Ear Pads
Hocks Hearing Healthcare Products, Portland, OR, offers its deluxe telephone ear pads, designed to fit any handset. These ear pads reportedly increase comfort and reduce whistle feedback and background noise. The pads are made of white, high-quality, closed-cell foam, and come individually packaged in a case of 24. (800) 654-6257

productAcoustic Impedance/ Microprocessor Audiometer
Micro Audiometrics, Murphy, NC, presents the Earscan® middle-ear analyzer and pure tone audiometer. According to the company, it is lightweight, durable and affordable, performs an acoustic impedance test in 1 or 3 seconds, and can test ipsi-lateral reflexes. It reportedly presents signals from 250 through 8K, at 0 to 90 dB in a pulsed or continuous mode, and can test automatically. The Earscan comes complete with the audiometric headset, impedance probe, eartips, and a limited 3 year warranty. The first factory calibration is free. (800) 729-9509;

productEarmolds and Earplugs
Precision Laboratories, Altamonte Springs, FL, offers a variety of products, including: custom earmolds; Catamaran swim plugs; hands free cell phone adapters with custom ear pieces; VS 100 silicone impression material; and specially produced earmolds. The company also offers Renata and Activair® batteries and direct-ear assistive listening products. (800) 711-7317;

productReady-Wear Tinnitus Device
Simply Tranquil™, a ready-wear noise generator from General Hearing Instruments, New Orleans, is designed to offer patients both hearing comfort and affordability. The instrument’s broad-band noise circuit is housed in the company’s patented all-soft canal body, and the open design reportedly permits the sound to be comfortably delivered without occlusion. The instrument can be used for temporary relief or with tinnitus treatment protocols. (800) 824-3021;

productHearing Aid Cleaning and Disinfecting
Oaktree Products Inc, Chesterfield, MO, is introducing a new, improved version of its AudioWipe® brand towelletes. The wipes are designed for cleaning and disinfecting hearing aids, earmolds, and headphones. The no-alcohol formula will reportedly not harm rubber, plastic, silicone or acrylic. In addition, the new version features a more durable towel that will not shred. The wipes are available in individually wrapped packets and in a 36-count patient size. (800) 347-1960;

productCoupling Device
Microsonic Inc, Ambridge, PA, has added a new coupling device to its tube lock line of slip-proof connectors, the Invisi•lock for soft material earmolds. The device is designed to be virtually invisible when inserted. In addition, the device can be used in smaller diameter earmolds than standard collared connectors can. The device requires no glue or cement, and has patented ridges that lock the tubing securely into the earmold, yet reportedly allow tubing replacement as needed. In addition, the company reports that it will not cause feedback or shift the gain curve when compared to conventional tubing. (800) 523-7672;

productPLL System
Sennheiser Electronic Corp, Old Lyme, CT, offers the Mikroport™ 2013 PLL system. It reportedly consists of a receiver for the hearing impaired and a transmitter for the speaker, which is designed to enable those with hearing difficulties to play a fully integrated role in social settings. The 2013 also features a 16-channel selector, found on both the receiver and the transmitter, which provides the user with flexibility to switch to an interference-free channel at the turn of dial, according to the company. (877) 736-6434;

productPlastic Component Parts
In-Tech Industries, Ramsey, MN, is a supplier of miniature plastic hearing aid component parts for hearing aid manufacturers. The company offers a variety of standard products along with in-house custom design and tooling capability to meet customers’ specific needs. (763) 576-8100;

productDigital Hearing Instrument
Widex Hearing Aid Company, Long Island City, NY, introduces the Bravo series of 100% digital hearing instruments. According to the company, features include: CD-quality fully digital signal processing; compression with expansion so that conversational speech is natural and soft speech is audible; an efficient fitting procedure; automatic performance (there can be a toggle-switch volume control if patients prefer); long battery life, with beep tone warnings for battery replacement; inaudible microphone noise; and high immunity to interference from digital phones.The Bravo is available in CIC models that are designed to be nearly invisible, as well as ITE and BTE models. (800) 221-0188;

productCustom Earpieces
Mid-States Labs, Wichita, KS, offers its custom earpieces that attach to standard ear buds, which are designed to enable hands-free cellular phone use. The product also reportedly increases clarity by decreasing background noise and road noise. The company can provide the complete package, including the Plantronics lightweight headset #M140 or M145. (800) 247-3669;

productWireless Hearing System
TV Ears Inc, Park City, UT, offers the TV Ears wireless hearing system, designed to deliver sound directly to the wearer’s ears. Television audio processing (TAP) technology ensures that all words are heard clearly, while the automatic volume control (AVC) circuit is designed to reduce loud bursts of sound. The system works separately from television speakers so that others can set the TV volume at the volume they desire. TV Ears will also work in nearly all movie theaters, play houses, concert halls, and other public places, according to the company. (888) 883-3277;

productLight-Curing Unit
Egger offers the EL1 N2 light-curing unit, in which the nitrogen for the unit replaces the LP cleaner necessary for repolymerization. This is designed to provide clean working conditions for the production of ITE shells along with complete hardening of the ventings and a reportedly trouble-free application of the adhesive coating. The unit can also be used for lacquer works and for manufacturing earmolds. The unit is available in 110 and 220 V versions. Call toll-free. (866) EGGER US;

productSwim Plugs
Perfect Seal, Wichita, KS, offers Aqua-Tite swim plugs, which are reportedly made from medical grade silicone. The are hypoallergenic and can be tinted to almost any color, or swirled up to three colors for the same price. Each plug comes with embedded handles, which are designed to make them easier to insert and remove. A connecting cord can also be ordered. (800) 311-9810

productSNR Enhancement
Lori/Unitron & Argosy, Plymouth, MN, offer the Axiom hearing instrument, which features SNR enhancement. The instrument reportedly adapts to provide the best hearing instrument for each listening situation. In addition, the instrument can be upgraded through software as the latest advancements become available. Lori/Unitron: (800) 888-8882;; Argosy: (800) 328-6105;

productCIC and Mini-Canal
Widex Hearing Aid Company, Long Island City, NY, introduces the P-CIC and P-Series Mini-Canal, the latest additions to the SENSO Performance Series line of 100% digital hearing instruments. The P-CIC features reportedly include three-channel DSP with Varioslope filters, a sound stabilizer, enhanced dynamic range compression, an automatic feedback manager, Direct Digital Drive (DDD) and a low battery beeptone indicator. (800) 221-0188;

productPrecision Probe Tubes
Oaktree Products Inc, Chesterfield, MO, announces the release of a new Value Pack of precision probe tubes for the AudioScan system. The 120-tube pack is designed to offer a discount over standard packaging. (800) 347-1960;

productLive Speech Mapping
MedRx, Seminole, FL, offers the OtoWizard counseling and fitting system, which incorporates a tympanometer designed for easy use. The hand-held tympanometer reportedly downloads data to the system by infrared, removing the clutter of cables. The system also incorporates a live speech mapping feature, which monitors live speech input while a hearing instrument is programmed. The aided response can be further explored by using ICRA simulated speech signals or an audio CD. According to the company, this fitting approach was developed with dynamic graphic presentations for effective counseling and fitting. (888) 392-1234;

productModelling Kit
Egger offers the EL-3 modelling kit, a light-curing kit that is designed to be used in such settings as laboratories, acousticians’ institutes and home visits. According to the company, the unit is particularly suitable for the application of adhesive coatings and for carrying out modification work. In addition, the modelling pastes and lacquers can be combined with hard synthetic material. Call toll-free. (866) EGGER US;

productOffice Management System
Bio-Medical Technologies, Mandeville, LA, offers the Clarity office management system, designed by TOS Systems of New York. The software enables users to track and maintain evaluations, fittings, types of loss, instruments, dates, and schedules. Information can be retrieved for selective marketing and mailing, and NOAH-compatible equipment can be integrated into a one-entry system that includes order generation. In addition, the system is designed for networking capabilities, between either test suites or satellite offices. A full accounting package that handles general ledger, receivables, payables, inventory, automated check printing, returns, insurance and state coding is available. (800) 344-7261;

productAccessory Catalog
Microsonic Inc, Ambridge, PA, offers its free 2001 accessory, materials, supplies, and tools catalog, featuring hundreds of hearing healthcare products for professionals and patients. Many of the products are shown at actual size. The catalog is divided into the following sections: impression supplies, materials, and tools; earmold tubing, supplies, and accessories; acoustic modification and venting accessories; testing accessories; tools, cleaning, and finishing products; SafeTouch products, including new disposable curettes, wax removal kits, earmold and ear care products; and a miscellaneous section, featuring products such as the company’s free custom earmold manual. [email protected];  (877) 376-7139

productWireless Hearing System
TV Ears Inc, Park City, UT, offers the TV Ears wireless hearing system, designed to deliver sound directly to the wearer’s ears. Television audio processing (TAP) technology ensures that all words are heard clearly, while the automatic volume control (AVC) circuit is designed to reduce loud bursts of sound. The system works separately from television speakers so that others can set the TV volume at the volume they desire. TV Ears will also work in nearly all movie theaters, play houses, concert halls, and other public places, according to the company. (888) 883-3277;

productSize 13 Rechargeable Battery System
Energex Batteries, Plainview, NY, offers the Aid-Mate 13 rechargeable hearing aid battery system. It consists of a charging system plus a nickle-metal hydride size 13 rechargeable hearing aid battery. Features include: battery life reportedly up to 3 years; the ability to charge either one battery, or two batteries simultaneously; 6-hour automatic charge cycle; the availability of international models; and over one full day of operation per charge. (800) 642-2354;  

productTesting Stethoscope
Hocks Hearing Healthcare Products, Portland, OR, offers its professional testing stethoscope. The stethoscope comes complete with three changeable attachments—a canal insert, a bell cup, and a chest piece—allowing users to test all types of hearing aids. The ear tips are easily removed for cleaning. (800) 654-6257

productOcclusion Effect Meter
Mid-States Labs, Wichita, KS, offers the ER-33 occlusion effect meter, which is designed to measure the amount of occlusion and allow professionals to determine if it is an earmold problem, a hearing instrument problem, or a counseling issue. According to the company, the meter is a portable, hand-held unit that makes troubleshooting easier and reduces remakes while identifying the amount of occlusion and the sources of feedback. (800) 247-3669;

productFaceplates and Components
Electone, Longwood, FL, offers faceplates and components. According to the company, it offers state-of-the-art technology in digital, programmable, compression, analog, and rechargeable circuitry with no minimum order requirements, plus 24-hour service for stock items. The company distributes hearing instrument components for major brand manufacturers and offers training for in-office assembly and repair. (800) 432-7483; 

productInfrared Wireless Personal Hearing System
Hal-Hen, Garden City Park, NY, offers the DynaLife II infrared wireless personal hearing system, which offers gain of up to 115 dB SPL and an operating range of 40 feet, according to the company. Fully self-contained, the wireless headset incorporates an exclusive charge- preserving, on/off switch that turns the receiver off when not in use. Input is user-selectable in monaural or stereo, with gain and tone individually adjustable for each ear. The headset is charged by placement in the transmitter cradle, which can charge two additional batteries at the same time. The system includes: headset, cradle, rechargeable battery, hookup cables and microphone. (800) 242-5436

productDirect Mail Advertising
Action Marketing, El Cajon, CA, specializes in the design and production of direct mail advertising. The company’s marketing approach focuses primarily on new patients, which reportedly results in predictable and consistent business growth. In addition, the company’s products are tested before inclusion in its product line, a process that is designed to minimize the risks involved in a new advertising approach. The company further reports that it has invested heavily in the development of an extensive production facility, while refinements in its tracking and production systems increase accuracy and decrease production time. (800) 227-0819

productAmplified Stethoscope
Oaktree Products Inc, Chesterfield, MO, carries a full line of amplified stethoscopes, including the Hewlett Packard Stethos electronic stethoscope, which reportedly utilizes state-of-the-art stethoscope technology. According to the company, the product will help hearing-impaired physicians and nurses. The company also carries the E-scope electronic stethoscope, which utilizes a headset and can be worn with hearing aids. (800) 347-1960;

productDigital Hearing Instrument
Electone, Longwood, FL, introduces the Sierra 100% digital hearing instrument, designed for patients ready to move from analog to digital technology. Up to four potentiometers provide control over low-frequency gain, maximum gain, input compression for soft sounds, and output compression for loud sounds. Should a patient’s hearing needs change, the instrument’s features reportedly allow the hearing professional to make quick adjustments. The instrument is available in all custom models and a BTE model. (800) 432-7483; 

productEar Gel
EarGuy™ ear-gel by Earmold Design Inc, Minneapolis, is a gel lubricant designed to make earmold and hearing instrument insertion easy and comfortable. It is water soluble and will not leave residue or buildup on the ear, according to the company. The squeeze bottle is used to apply the gel onto a Q-tip™, which is then swabbed at the opening of the ear canal. (800) 334-6466; [email protected]

Resistance Technology Inc, Arden Hills, MN, offers the compact, single-chip Clari-D line of amplifiers, which incorporate an improved type of class-D output stage technology. The technology is designed to allow lower noise and lower power supply ripple. Three amplifiers are available: The Clari-D 2 programmable (size: .185 x .105 x .080 inches), which offers true two-channel WDRC and 11 programmable parameters; the Clari-D 285 (size: .160 x .085 x .060 inches), an amplifier for linear and AGC-O applications, from CIC to BTE; and the Clari-D 272 (size: .115 x .060 x .050 inches), a class-D output stage that can reportedly replace the use of integrated receivers with any amplifier. A CD-ROM with further information about the products is available from the company. (651) 636-9770;

Sy Kessler Sales Inc, Dallas, imports RENATA Swiss-made batteries. According to the company, RENATA is currently introducing its latest generation of Zinc-Air batteries, which are designed to provide high performance and long life. (800) 527-0719;

productProgrammable Faceplate System
Resistance Technology Inc, Arden Hills, MN, introduces a new line of programmable faceplates. They are available with a three- or four-pin module that uses the current flex strip to program. The system is available for the 10A, 312, and 13 size faceplates with both flat and domed styles. Battery doors are available in either the half- or full-ring styles. The system is designed to improve the manufacturing of hearing aids while providing a more reliable programming system. (651) 636-9770;

productBTE Instruments
Electone, Longwood, FL, offers behind-the-ear hearing instruments that reportedly provide power, clarity, and options that allow fitting applications from mild to profound hearing losses. Designed to meet a variety of hearing needs, the company’s BTEs are available in digital, programmable, compression, conventional, and power circuitry. The instruments feature up to four potentiometers, direct audio input, three position O-T-M switch, numbered volume control, and battery sizes of 13, 312, and 675. (800) 432-7483; 

productScreening System
Everest Biomedical Instruments, St. Louis, offers the AUDIOscreener,™ which combines evoked otoacoustic emissions (OAE) and auditory brainstem response (ABR) screens with key diagnostic features, providing a solution to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommendation for universal newborn hearing screening. The system is a hand-held portable device with the capability to store 300 records at a time using wireless data transmittal to a desktop system or printer. With real-ear calibration for both OAE and ABR, it reportedly provides 94% specificity. The device comes in three styles: OAE, ABR or OAE and ABR combination. Included with the screener is the AudioTrac,™ PC-based data retrieval and storage software that reportedly enables the user to store an unlimited number of records. (866) 66-AUDIO;

productWord Recognition Test
Auditec™ of St. Louis introduces the Lexical Neighborhood/Multisyllabic Lexical Neighborhood Test (LNT-MLNT). The test was developed by Karen Kirk, PhD, of the University of Indiana School of Medicine and is intended primarily for children using cochlear implants. It is based on the assumptions of the neighborhood activation model (NAM). Stimuli on the test are separated into easy and hard word lists. The package includes both single-talker and multiple-talker recordings of the word list, a test manual and scoring forms. (800) 669-9065; [email protected]

productDirectional Hearing Instruments
United Hearing Systems (UHS), Central Village, CT, announces the addition of the Intrason 621MD digital/directional BTE to complete its line of directional hearing aid products. The Digison directional algorithm was developed in cooperation with researchers at the French National Center of Scientific Research. Features include: user-operated multi/directional switch; Intrason’s Speech Optimization System (S.O.S.®), a 32-channel noise reduction algorithm; small case size with #13 battery; and sophisticated software designed to be user-friendly. Directional custom products are available in models as small as mini ITC with digital, programmable and analog amplifiers. (800) 835-2001;

productVideo Otoscope
Hal-Hen, Garden City Park, NY, offers the Welch Allyn video otoscope system. The otoscope is pre-focused and is designed to be easy to use. Fully self-contained, the unit attaches to most video monitors or computers that accept standard RCA-style video input. Available with a choice of standard nickel cadmium or new technology lithium ion style rechargeable handle, the system is compatible with standard Welch Allyn 3.5V handles. The system includes video cable, power handle, and disposable specula. Real-time images of the ear canal and tympanic membrane are obtained and archived using optional video cards and printers. (800) 242-5436

productIntelligent Noise Reduction
Lori/Unitron & Argosy, Plymouth, MN, offer the Nexus hearing instrument, which features intelligent noise reduction, a digital dual-directional microphone, multi-memory and upgrade capability, according to the company. The instrument further features 15 bands grouped into nine independent channels and adaptive, intelligent narrowband noise suppression designed to provide clear sound quality and increased comfort in noise. The system allows the I/O curve controlling expression, dynamic range compression, unity gain, and compression limiting to be sculpted. Lori/Unitron: (800) 888-8882;; Argosy: (800) 328-6105;

productEar Care Kit
Earmold Design Inc, Minneapolis, offers the EarGuy™ ear care kit, which includes several products that help patients provide care for their ears, earmolds and/or hearing instruments, including: EarGuy ear gel, a lubricant for aiding insertion; EarGuy earmold cleaner, an alcohol-free cleaner and sanitizer; EarGuy Ear-fresh, an alcohol-free solution for outer-ear hygiene; and an EarGuy Desert Pouch, which is designed to provide an economical way to remove unwanted moisture. (800) 334-6466; [email protected]

productHalogen Headlight Illuminator
Bio-Medical Technologies, Mandeville, LA, announces the addition of a new halogen headlight illuminator to its line of cerumen management products. The headlight is effective for cerumen management and otoblock placement procedures, according to the company. It includes a transformer, an 11-foot cord set, and a connector switch, and provides 10 watts of halogen light at 3,250° K to emulate the color rendition of natural white light. The projected beam can be focused from a small 3/4 in. to 4 in. spot size and is fully adjustable. In addition, the unit weighs only four ounces. A spare bulb is included, and a battery power source style is also available. (800) 344-7261;

productTinnitus Management Device
General Hearing Instruments, New Orleans, offers the Tranquil™ custom, in-the-ear noise generator for use in tinnitus and hyperacusis treatment. The stable, broad-band noise is delivered via the non-occluding canal open ear design. The instrument is designed to be cosmetically appealing, and its design reportedly allows patients to hear normally without occluding the ear and exacerbating the tinnitus. The broad-band noise remains constant, even with head movement, and the device can be worn while sleeping. (800) 824-3021;

productAmplified Cordless Phone
HITEC, Burr Ridge, IL, introduces its new 900MHz amplified cordless phone with caller ID. Amplified up to 30 dB, the phone also has a headset jack for use with an optional under-the-chin headset, providing hands-free operation. Hearing- aid compatible, the phone provide