NPR Bringing Innovative Radio Services To Market
National Public Radio (NPR), Washington, has announced its intention to move the accessible media industry forward by introducing captioned, braille, and blackboard radios, as well as a new Radio Reading Service receiver, to electronics manufacturers. The new technologies come after years of extensive research by NPR Labs, America’s only nonprofit broadcast technology research and development center. NPR Labs is seeking partnerships with manufacturers to develop the receivers that would serve millions of deaf, hard of hearing, and blind people worldwide, as well as people who are located in remote communities and need access to schools. NPR plans to award funds for research and development prototyping that would bring these cutting edge radios into production and into the hands of the consumers within 2 to 5 years.
Clarity Releases New “Unlocked” C900 Mobile Phone
Clarity, Chattanooga, Tenn, a leading supplier of communications solutions for older Americans, has announced the release of ClarityLife C900, an easy-to-use amplified mobile phone that doubles as an emergency response device. Designed specifically for seniors, the C900 provides the freedom to stay connected with loved ones and the peace of mind to know that help is just the push of a button away. Available “unlocked,” the C900 can be used on any network, such as T-Mobile and AT&T. Highlights of its seniors-friendly features include: 20-decibel amplification for seniors with hearing loss; one-touch, emergency help button to instantly contact loved ones; large four-button operation for easy navigation and dialing; large backlit display; and oversized text for easy reading.
Jitterbug Phones Provide Bridge to Hearing Aid Sales
Jitterbug mobile phones have established themselves among seniors because of their simplicity and ease of use as well as their hearing aid compatibility, which is why New Ear Wireless, West Warwick, RI, wants to show you the products’ potential to hearing health care professionals—not just as a way to generate extra income via phone sales, but, more importantly, as a way to generate hearing tests leading to potential instrument sales.
TV Ears Loop System
Westone Laboratories, Colorado Springs, Colo, now offers the latest addition to the TV Ears line. Hearing instrument wearers can now enjoy all the benefits of TV Ears without removing their instruments. TV Ears cuts down television background noise and amplifies the dialogue for better clarity and enjoyment. The TV Ears 2.3 Loop System allows users to receive the refined television audio through their hearing instrument’s manual T-coil. Users can adjust their own volume and tone without turning up the TV and disturbing others. The TV Ears TV Loop is compatible only with the TV Ears 2.3 MHz system.
Sonic Innovations Launches New Bluetooth Device
Salt Lake City-based Sonic Innovations Inc has announced the introduction of sonicBLU, a wireless communication device that allows users of Sonic Innovations Velocity hearing aids to wirelessly connect to Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones. The sonicBLU device has a reported talk time of up to 4 hours and a stand-by time of up to 70 hours. In addition, it has an operating range of up to 10 meters and uses a rechargeable lithium ion battery (with a charging time of 1.5-2 hours). SonicBLU weighs 10 grams and measures 42 x 24 x 12 mm.
iPhone Sign Language Application Released
iDev2, Lexington, Ky, creators of educational applications for children of all ages, has just announced the release of the iSign American Sign Language (ASL) tutorial and reference program for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch. With iSign, users can choose from more than 800 signs, with each gesture modeled by a fully animated 3D character. iSign offers a diverse range of ASL signs in categories such as Feelings, Colors, Clothing, Food & Drink, School, and Sports. iSign is available on iTunes. There is currently a free “lite” version of the program containing 25 signs.
Siemens Offers New Link
Siemens, Piscataway, NJ, offers Tek, a wireless accessory that allows connection of the company’s Pure hearing aids to Bluetooth-equipped devices such as cell phones, personal audio devices, TV, PCs, and more. Designed to meet the needs of today’s interactive hearing instrument wearer, Tek speaks the same language as other high-tech instruments.
Mercury-Free, Zinc Air Hearing Aid Batteries
After more than 10 years of laboratory and field testing, Energizer has announced the launch of a line of mercury-free, zinc air hearing aid batteries. The hearing aid batteries are available in all four battery sizes—10, 13, 312, and 675.
Power to Spare
Rayovac, Madison, Wis, has announced the launch of its Extreme Performance, a new, more powerful battery range for next-generation hearing instruments with wireless functionality. This latest product innovation offers a solution to the special requirements of new, high-drain hearing devices, which include wireless connectivity. Extreme Performance meets the extra power demands of these aids by delivering increased milliwatt power without compromising other areas of performance.
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. According to the company, 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.
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 that will reduce returns and remakes.
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, is 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.
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.
Digital Series Product Line Expands
Electronic Shooters Protection, Brighton, Colo, has announced the addition of the Series 3 to its digital series of custom electronic hearing protection. The Series 3 includes several preset tone modes selectable for optimum quality in different sound environments. Volume can also be controlled manually. Several new color choices include safety orange, field green, and black, in addition to tan. Unlike muffs and earplugs, they allow normal hearing and conversation, and advanced shutoff compression circuitry instantly activates at any noise of 90 dB or greater.
Hearing Protection for Small Ear Canals
Etymotic Research, Elk Grove Village, Ill, offers a second size of high-fidelity hearing protection for children and adults with small ear canals. The earplugs, called BabyBlues, have the same flat 20-dB sound reduction as Etymotic’s standard ETYPlugs HI-FI earplugs. All earplugs from Etymotic are flat attenuation to protect hearing and reduce noise fatigue while keeping music and voices clear, and can be used for playing and listening to music, attending concerts, and traveling.
Phonak Releases Audeo YES Hearing System
Phonak, Weaverville, Ill, has introduced Audeo YES, one of the world’s smallest and completely wireless hearing systems. Based on the Communication Optimized Real-Audio (CORE) platform, Audeo YES employs a variety of proprietary Phonak technologies to optimize speech comprehension. Audeo YES is compatible with wireless devices such as mobile telephones, navigation systems, and MP3 players, and wearers have the choice of 17 different color combinations.
Siemens Offers New Life, Motion Hearing Instruments
Siemens Hearing Instruments, Piscataway, NJ, has debuted its new Life and Motion BTE instruments. Smaller than most hearing instruments, Life offers three performance levels to choose from in an open fitting configuration. Life requires little maintenance thanks to its durable BTE style, ultra-thin LifeTubes, and replaceable tips. Life is also powerful with Siemens’ very latest natural-sound technologies, as well as fashionable with a palette of 16 exclusive colors and designs.
Siemens’ newly unveiled Motion line of hearing instruments is designed for people with moderate through severe hearing loss who desire an easy-to-fit, technologically full-featured, rechargeable, and versatile hearing solution. Motion is available in six different BTEs, two performance levels, 14 natural color choices, and a full line of custom models.
Oticon Announces Additions to Epoq, Vigo Families
Oticon, Somerset, NJ, has unveiled five new RITE Power hearing solutions. The new hearing devices are based on Oticon’s ultra-fast RISE platform that delivers extended bandwidth and significantly higher levels of processing power. The new Epoq RITE Power offers wireless technology that synchronizes compression, noise reduction, and directionality to preserve speech intelligibility in all listening situations. The new Vigo RITE Power provides a combination of design, size, performance, handling capabilities, and value. With more advanced signal processing for improved speech understanding and listening comfort, Vigo RITE Power gives users with hearing losses up to 100 dB an easier listening experience, a smoother adaptation period, fewer manual adjustments, and easier handling. All five versions operate on standard 312 batteries and are available with a full assortment of color choices featured in the rest of their family.
Oticon Introduces New Micro BTE
Oticon Inc, Somerset, NJ, has announced the introduction of Dual, a new hearing device designed to provide a full inventory of high-end audiological features in a stylish and discreet micro BTE. Dual’s extended 10 kHz bandwidth and binaurally coordinated compression between instruments deliver outstanding sound quality. Linking two Dual instruments into one binaural system enables Dual to surpass bilateral fittings. Dual is housed in a single-shell construction with no hinges. The shell’s nano-coating helps keep Dual moisture- and corrosion-free. The new instrument reportedly uses less power than most other RITE instruments, giving wearers up to 140 hours of battery life from a standard 312 battery.
Rexton Releases Gem, Cobalt Instruments
Rexton, Plymouth, Minn, has announced the introduction of two new RIC instruments, Gem and Cobalt. Both instruments are small and discreet, and offer state-of-the-art automatic features such as situation detection, equalizer, acclimatization, and noise reduction. The small, ergonomically shaped housing of Gem encases technology that offers increased wearability. Cobalt’s features Bluetooth wireless connectivity, enabling easy connection to mobile phones, stereos, TVs, or audio devices through the optional, state-of-the-art remote control unit, the Blu RCU. Both product families feature a color conversion concept, allowing the colors of the hearing instrument to be changed with your customer’s personal preference.
Bernafon Rolls Out New Products
The Bern, Switzerland-based, hearing system manufacturer Bernafon presented its new Avanti BTE family in the entry-level category and the new lifestyle and design hearing system Brite 50X at October’s EUHA Convention in Germany. The Avanti product range includes a small, powerful micro BTE and a compact BTE with a size-13 battery. Both instruments can be fitted with either a standard ear hook or a thin tube. Avanti features an automatic program with signal processing in seven channels, adaptive directionality and adaptive noise reduction, as well as the proven data logging. The award-winning Brite receiver-in-the-ear hearing system is now available at three price points. Brite 50X, in the mid-range category, features a highly flexible automatic program with a choice of nine different signal processing strategies.
Hearing Instrument Dryer
Westone Laboratories, Colorado Springs, Colo, now offers the latest hearing instrument maintenance device from the makers of Dry & Store. Zephyr is compact and easy-to-use, making it perfect for travel. Utilizing the same principles as clothes drying on a line, Zephyr gently circulates warm, dry air around the hearing instrument. The specially formulated Dry-Brik desiccant then captures the moisture. Used daily, Zephyr removes damaging moisture, dries earwax, and removes odor. The result is hearing instruments that sound better, last longer, and need fewer repairs.
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.
New Vacuum Offers Extreme Suction
Hearing Technologies International Inc, Pinellas Park, Fla, is now offering the Desktop Portable Hearing Aid Vacuum with powerful 26 in Hg of suction with adjustable suction control. Blunt tip needles, cone-shaped suction tips, and cleaning tools are included to clear the receiver and microphone ports. Available in 110V and 230V.
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.
New DCU Scroller with Discreet Linear Activation Mode
Pulse, San Diego, a worldwide leader in electronic component and subassembly design and manufacturing, has announced the introduction of its new high-quality hearing aid component, the DCU Scroller. Designed for both behind-the-ear (BTE) and in-the-ear (ITE) hearing devices, the new volume control has a housing diameter of just 3.8 mm (0.15 inch), enabling simple, discreet volume adjustments to the hearing device. The new digital control unit comes with a lowered flange for BTE mounting and a flush flange for ITE mounting. The DCU Scroller is a relative position indicator, meaning it emits pulses only when rotated. With 10 pulses per scroller rotation, sound attenuation is optimized for both fast and accurate volume adjustments by the user.
Custom Power-Vac Labeling Available
Hearing Technologies International Inc, Pinellas Park, Fla, now offers free custom labels for the Power-Vac portable hearing aid vacuum. Developed after observing hundreds of hearing aids being sent for repair for clogged receiver or microphone ports. Power-Vac will pay for itself; the cost is much less than repairing and shipping a hearing aid one time. Power-Vac can maintain all styles of hearing aids, including RITE and open-fit models. The Power-Vac is completely portable and operates on 2 AA batteries or DC converter. Cleaning tools are included.
Portable UV Cure Unit
Lightning Enterprises, Limington, Me, announces Spotty-P, a portable UV LED cure system capable of curing UV lacquers, coatings, and adhesives. The Spotty-P system includes handpiece, LED cure head, white light inspection head, 120V wall transformer, and nine-volt battery pack for remote operation. UV safety glasses and a hard shell carrying case are included. The case measures just 12 x 8 inches and includes extra space for tools and UV materials.
Pulse Debuts Innovative Components
Pulse, San Diego, has delivered its latest developments in microphones, receivers, telecoils, and electromechanical components for hearing instruments, including: an innovative way for adjusting hearing aid volume, the DCU Scroller; the world’s smallest dual receivers, the 4000 Series; a tactile switch available for hearing instruments, the PB 100 Click; and the 8800 Microphone Series with an improved power supply rejection ratio. The DCU Scroller provides a simple and discreet method for adjusting hearing aid volume. The wearer can change the volume of the digital control unit almost unnoticed using a linear scroll. Its body diameter of just 3.8 mm (0.15 inch) makes it small enough to be used for both behind-the-ear (BTE) and in-the-ear (ITE) hearing instruments.
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.
Mid-States Laboratories, Wichita, Kan, has added the Mark V Power Piston Driven Cleaning Pump to its product line. This heavy-duty unit produces strong vacuum power (pulling up to 27 inches of mercury) and blows up to 120 psi. Standard accessories include seven milled needles and a vacuum chamber that runs automatically for 300 seconds. In addition to the standard accessories, an optional aspirator kit is available for cerumen removal.
2009 Optical Catalog Now Available
Vision USA, Cherry Hill, NJ, has published its 2009 Optical Catalog, offering a full line of magnification, safety, and lighting products to fit all needs.
EarQ Debuts Management Programs
EarQ Group, Syracuse, NY, has announced the introduction of its Financial Freedom Program, giving private practices access to business services that are normally difficult and costly for many small companies to offer. It includes retirement planning, health insurance, human resources support, and patient information management. An EarQ Group membership is required to sign up for the program. Members can choose some or all of the services, which can be provided at no cost.
New Hearing Protection Poster
A new poster available free from Howard Leight, Smithfield, RI, details the care and maintenance of earplugs and earmuffs. Designed for placement on worksite bulletin boards or in other high-traffic areas, the color poster provides clear instructions for each type of hearing protection device. Posters are available free for download through the Howard Leight Web site or by contacting Sperian Hearing Protection’s customer care center.
Unique Mail Pieces
Chicago Advertising & Marketing (CAM), Yorkville, Ill, now has available two distinct and specialized mail pieces titled “Daisy Mailer” and “Lunch & Learn” that can be customized and used to reach out to your patients. These response-triggering mailers are available for review on CAM’s Web site.
LACE 4 DVD Released
Neurotone, Redwood City, Calif, has announced the release of its Listening and Communication Enhancement (LACE) 4 DVD, which includes many new features and expanded functionality. Most notable is the addition of a companion DVD version of LACE packaged with the standard CD-ROM, enabling users without computers to benefit from LACE training by using their TV and any standard DVD player. Users easily navigate the interface with the arrows on the DVD remote. Additional new features for PC users include flexible and unlimited training options beyond the standard 20 LACE training sessions, and a new portable registration process enabling the user to register and complete a brief LACE example session in the clinic and then re-register on their home PC to resume training.
Innovative Patient Consultation Software Launched
Eyemaginations Inc, Towson, Md, a leading provider of patient education and productivity solutions for the health care industry, is set to unveil an all new software system for otolaryngology professionals. Designed to fit seamlessly into a practice’s existing workflow, Eyemaginations Office—ENT helps streamline and enhance the patient consultation process by taking on the burden of time-consuming and repetitive procedural education. Eyemaginations Office can be implemented in the exam room, waiting room, and dedicated consultation and audiology rooms, depending on the size and layout of the practice. Driven by 3D animated visuals and easy-to-understand descriptions of diagnoses, treatments, and procedures, Eyemaginations Office helps patients leave the practice confident in their diagnosis and armed with the knowledge they need to ensure a successful course of treatment.
Warner Tech-care Can Provide That Personal Touch
Warner Tech-care Products Inc, St Paul, Minn, can personalize a counter display for your practice. The Tech-care Step comes complete with personal care retail products that encourage ear hygiene and hearing aid maintenance. The set includes earwax removal kits, earmold cleaners, Ear-gel, Ear-fresh, and Sta-dri jars. And by submitting a logo to Warner, the display can be personalized for your office.
New Pediatric Audiology Reference Published
From Thieme Medical Publishers, New York, comes Pediatric Audiology by Jane Madell, PhD, and Carol Flexer, PhD. Pediatric Audiology is a practical “how-to” reference for the diagnosis and technological and educational management of infants and children with hearing disorders. Distilling decades of expertise, the book provides step-by-step descriptions of testing and treatment protocols, with a special emphasis on specific pediatric behavioral assessment techniques, such as behavioral observation audiometry. A DVD-ROM accompanying the 352-page text features videos of the various pediatric behavioral assessments with audio commentary that provides straightforward explanations of key concepts. Also included on the DVD-ROM is a video on cochlear implant surgery.
Ida Institute Launches New Web Site
The Ida Institute, Skodsborg, Denmark, has unveiled a newly designed Web site that provides a virtual gathering place for hearing care professionals and others seeking to develop a more holistic understanding of the human dynamics of hearing loss. The Web site features educational resources ranging from lectures presented by Ida Institute faculty, commentary on current topics and issues in hearing care by advisory board members, and viewpoints and perspectives from audiologists and others who have participated in the Institute’s first seminar, “Defining Hearing.” The Ida Speaks interactive blog invites Web site visitors to share viewpoints, contribute experiences, and submit articles for publication on the Web site.
Unitron Debuts Instrument Style, Color Selector
Unitron Hearing, Plymouth, Minn, has introduced myStyle, a comprehensive digital hearing instrument style and color selector that lets consumers see how various styles and colors will appear when worn, before making a purchase. The customer and/or hearing health professional can choose any device style and colors offered by the company and apply the choices to view on the ear from various angles for all hearing instrument models. Customers select a shell style, which can be rotated 360 degrees, and zoom in closer to see how the hearing instrument looks on the ear. Styles and colors can be changed to automatically update the model for all views.
CareCredit Offers Solutions During Slowed Economy
When credit gets crunched, CareCredit, Costa Mesa, Calif, knows many patients choose to deny themselves treatment or technology because of concerns about costs. To make it easier for patients to get recommended hearing aid instruments, CareCredit offers a range of no-interest and low-interest payment plans that allow patients to spread the cost of care out over time and within their budget.
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Innovative Educational Posters, Brochures Offered
Oaktree Products Inc, St Louis, now offers a cost-effective product designed to promote patient counseling and your clinical practice. Healthscapes posters are engaging teaching tools designed to inform patients about common audiological conditions, including presbycusis, tinnitus, noise-induced hearing loss, Meniere’s disease, and unilateral hearing loss. The durable 20 x 24-inch posters are constructed of premium quality materials. They are gallery-wrapped and ready to hang in the reception area or examination rooms. Each poster can be customized to include your practice name or logo. Take-home brochures for each condition are also available.
Staff Scheduling Software
Atlas Business Solutions Inc, Fargo, ND, has introduced Visual Staff Scheduler Pro (VSS Pro) employee scheduling software. With VSS Pro, users can produce any type of schedule for any time frame in minutes and display staffing levels to eliminate error-prone calculations and assure all shifts remain properly covered. Schedules can be printed, sent via e-mail, or posted online to keep staff up-to-date. VSS Pro allows users to automatically copy schedule patterns and rotations to cut time needed to create recurring schedules. In addition, VSS Pro tracks staff skills, credentials, and training to immediately find qualified personnel for open shifts.
Customized Patient Reminder Cards Offered
Hearing Practice Solutions, Minneapolis, invites you to “turn up the volume on your practice” with its customizable patient reminder cards. The 5- x 7-inch folded cards feature full-color printing on both sides and high-quality paper and envelopes, and can be ordered in quantities of 500, 1,000, or more. There is no additional charge for art direction and layout.
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, allowing consumers to make purchases as low as $400 and still take up to 12 months to pay off the account, interest free. With no-interest plans or reduced-interest options, consumers will have every reason to say yes to purchasing needed hearing instruments.
Patient Finders Program
AudioCare Inc, San Diego, presents the AudioCare Patient Finders Program. New patients are the lifeblood of a practice. Future growth and future success helping individuals who have a hearing impairment are directly related to the number of new patients who come to you for help. The AudioCare Patient Finders Program, which blends together multimedia advertising, has a 45-year track record. The components of the Patient Finders Program are: direct-response mail, newspaper ads, and point-of-purchase help.
Add ALDs to Your Web Site
In an effort to extend assistive listening devices along with product knowledge and customer service into virtual communities, Beyond Hearing Aids Inc, Erlanger, Ky, now offers a full-featured online ALD store that can be added to practice Web sites. This affiliate program matches the Internet industry’s accepted affiliate practices. There is no cost to participate.
New Tinnitus Reference
Westone Laboratories, Colorado Springs, Colo, has The Consumer Handbook on Tinnitus, by Richard Tyler, PhD. This reference guide helps patients take charge of the ailment by recognizing how it relates to their total emotional and spiritual life. Common issues among sufferers, such as communication difficulties, sleep issues, and hyperacusis, are discussed. They will learn the causes of tinnitus, discover ways to modify their reactions, and review treatment options.
Hearing Health Care Suppliers
All Audiology Inc, Ingleside, Ontario, Canada, supplies and distributes a wide variety of audiometric products and sound control applications across North America. Audiometric screening booths, clinical rooms (single and double wall) and suites, industrial and clinical audiometers, as well as the most comprehensive calibration and analysis of audiometers are just a few of the products and services provided.
Small Audiometer, Big Features
Otovation LLC, King of Prussia, Pa, has announced the release of OTOPod, a wireless diagnostic audiometer whose small size makes it ideal for testing in the office or in a patient setting. Utilizing Bluetooth connectivity, the OTOPod can be used with a variety of transducers and wirelessly connects with a computer running Otovation’s new Symphony software. Features includes manual and automated air and bone conduction testing, and speech testing with prerecorded wordlists.
Interacoustics Delivers Equinox 2.0
The new Equinox 2.0 from Interacoustics USA, Eden Prairie, Minn, is a two-channel clinical audiometer controlled from an external computer. With features required for advanced clinical audiometry plus all the electronic functions needed to communicate directly with databases (NOAH3, OtoAccess, and AuditBase) as well as medical record systems, Equinox 2.0 offers a new intuitive user interface that provides all relevant parameters for fast and competent daily use of the instrument, supporting the professionalism of the clinician. The Equinox 2.0 provides three different interfaces for interaction: PC keyboard, mouse, or programmable dedicated audiometer keyboard, each accommodating individual user preferences.
MedRx Offers AVANT REM Speech+ and A2D+
MedRx Inc, Largo, Fla, offers two new systems: The AVANT REM Speech+ Real Ear and Live Speech Mapping System, and the AVANT A2D+ diagnostic audiometer, both featuring an advanced ergonomic design. New features of the REM Speech+ include the Sure Probe microphone system with lighted visual cues and an adjustable loop design that will fit any ear. Also new is a selectable dual probe measurement option that allows the user to do live speech mapping on both ears simultaneously. The AVANT A2D+ is a two-channel, air, bone, and speech audiometer with a new integrated Quick SIN testing feature. The A2D+ audiometer comes standard with insert ear phones and custom carrying case. Both systems weigh less than a half pound each, connect to a USB port, and are NOAH System 3 and TIMS compatible.
New Battery Tester Offered
Hearing Technologies, Pinellas Park, Fla, is now selling the DigitelTM key-chain Battery Tester plus battery holder. An easy-to-see LCD display shows remaining battery life and makes an ideal promotional or accessory item. Packaged to place on your battery rack.
How Suite It Is
Viewport from Audioscan, Dorchester, Ontario, Canada, offers the first complete testing suite for fitting, counseling, and verifying the function of digital instruments. The new test suite, available only on the Verifit system, allows the hearing care professional to verify and demonstrate audibility, directionality, noise reduction, and feedback suppression. All of these tests are integrated and presented on one screen or printout, providing a window to hearing instrument performance.
In-Ear Sound Level Analyzer
Sensaphonics Hearing Conservation Inc, Chicago, has introduced the dB Check in-ear sound level analyzer, the first device capable of accurately measuring sound pressure levels (SPL) with the earphones inserted. Designed to work with Sensaphonics custom earphones, the dB Check is a handheld unit that measures and displays the actual A-weighted SPL and, more importantly, the recommended safe exposure time for that level on both the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) scales.
Two Pi Launches Integrated Hearing Aid Algorithm Suite
Two Pi, Vienna, Austria, has announced the launch of Quadrate, an integrated hearing aid algorithm suite that combines signal processing and fitting software. Designed to fully exploit the processing capabilities of the Ezairo 5900 DSP audiology processor from ON Semiconductor, Quadrate targets sophisticated hearing aid products in the premium price category. Incorporating the Q-Fit fitting software, Quadrate reportedly delivers a complete software solution for any hearing aid brand. Based on .NET technology, the package fully supports all SQL-databases and provides fine-tuning tools for in situ verification. Q-Fit is optionally equipped with the NAL-NL1 fitting rule and can be customized by automatically introducing corporate identity attributes such as logos, colors, and pictures.
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User-Friendly Otoscope System from MedRx
MedRx Inc, Largo, Fla, offers its user-friendly Video Otoscope System. Features include a miniature color video camera and a deluxe otoscope probe with an aluminum body and stainless steel conical tip that tapers down to 3 mm. The hearing health care practitioner has several configurations to choose from, such as an external light source or battery LED light source as well as software and a USB 2.0 capture device for computer interface, or a 19-inch flat-screen monitor for general application. The MedRx Video Otoscope System requires no focusing and is the perfect tool for performing cerumen management.
MedRx Offers AVANT Stealth Audiometer
The AVANTTM Stealth Audiometer from MedRx, Largo, Fla, 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 the testing protocol. Features include dual channel audiometry, speakers, plug and play USB single cable connection from a PC into a sound booth, and high-power internal amplifiers (2 x 25 watts into 4 ohms). Available options include High Frequency and Quick SIN testing capability. The system is small and lightweight and has optional mounting capability inside or outside a sound booth; it is NOAH and TIMS compatible.
Ear Inc Offers Free Online Hearing Device Testing
In response to the variety of issues regarding how well hearing protection works, Ear Inc, Boulder, Colo, has announced the availability of a free online Fit Check test to help determine if a choice of hearing products is working properly. It is based on providing reference tones across a number of frequencies similar to a standard hearing test. Ear Inc also provides a free Quick Check using broadband sound in addition to environmental sounds to determine intensity differences. Ear Inc emphasizes this is not the same as the results obtained from a certified clinic or laboratory environment, but can be informative in demonstrating shifts caused by wearing selected products.
Starkey Announces Product Enhancements
Starkey Laboratories Inc, Eden Prairie, Minn, has announced enhancements to its products thanks to BluWave signal processing, which includes the introduction of the Zon XM 50 receiver, providing 50 dB of gain, and the ability to use Integrated Real Ear Measurement (IREM) in most Starkey devices. BluWave allowed for the addition of the Zon XM 50, which offers usable high-frequency gain paired with Starkey’s revolutionary feedback system (AFI), giving patients significantly improved sound quality and speech audibility. Enhancements also extend IREM to nearly all Zon and Destiny hearing aids. IREM allows hearing professionals to quickly and accurately conduct real-ear measurement, providing the most precise fit possible. The system helps professionals counsel patients, reducing the number of adjustments needed for a comfortable fit and better addressing the challenges hearing aid users are facing in their environments.
Handheld Digital Otoscope
Oaktree Products Inc, St Louis, presents the Dino-Lite, a handheld digital video otoscope that measures 4 inches long and 1.26 inches wide, and uses a USB connection to a Windows-based laptop or desktop computer where still images and video can be saved in JPG, BMP, and AVI formats. Included with the scope is video capture software, five Welch Allyn disposable specula, storage bag, built-in LED light source, and all cables.
Oaktree Products Inc, St Louis, introduces the Welch Allyn Digital MacroView Otoscope. Offering clear, live, and still images of the ear canal and tympanic membrane, the Digital MacroView Otoscope requires no additional purchase of software and plugs directly into your computer via a USB port. A zoom feature allows for enhanced viewing, and digital images can be stored in patient records for enhanced documentation of examination findings. It is compatible with the range of Welch Allyn 3.5V power sources.
Hearing Technologies Releases Universal Hearing Screener
Hearing Technologies International Inc, Pinellas Park, Fla, announces the release of the Universal Hearing Screener, which presents 40 dB tones independently at 500, 1,000, 2,000, and 4,000 Hz. It is powered by two easy-to-replace AAA batteries, and comes equipped with a foam cushion pad to help reduce ambient noise and allow for firm positioning of the speaker to the ear. Universal Hearing Screener is distributed by: Hal-Hen, (800) 242-5436; Oaktree Products, (800) 347-1960; Warner Tech-Care, (800) 328-4757; and Westone Labs, (800) 582-4771. Custom label and designs available.
An Oasis of Relief
Neuromonics’ noninvasive, FDA-cleared Oasis device is customized to the patient’s unique hearing and tinnitus profile. It delivers a customized stimulus that promotes neural changes, allowing the brain to filter out the disturbing tinnitus sound. This stimulus is delivered within spectrally modified, customized music, which engages the brain’s emotional response center and the limbic system, and thereby reduces tinnitus-related disturbance.
Hearing Health Micronutrient Supplement
Premier Micronutrient Corp, Nashville, Tenn, offers its Hearing Health micronutrient supplement designed to reduce tinnitus (ringing in the ear) and provide cellular protection against hearing impairment and balance disorders. Clinical findings indicate that patients receiving the Hearing Health supplement in addition to standard therapy performed better on all measures than those receiving standard therapy alone.
Clearly Heard Inc, Glendale, Calif, has introduced Hear Reliever, a new supplement formulated to assist patients with the symptoms associated with ringing or buzzing in the ear. Hearing supplements have been shown to be effective in reducing and/or eliminating tinnitus in some patients. Hear Reliever’s formula includes glutathione (a key element in preventing free radical damage), CoQ10 (an antioxidant that promotes cellular energy), and NAC (an amino acid shown to repair damaged hair cells of the inner ear). Health Care Professional discounts and affiliate programs are available.
Ear Inc, Boulder, Colo, offers RingSTOP, an all-natural product for people with tinnitus. 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.