TV Ears Goes High-Def

TV Ears, San Diego, has unveiled the first Senior-Friendly LCD high-definition television at the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January in Las Vegas. The 32-inch set includes a built-in wireless transmitter and headset, a user-friendly color-coded remote control device, and an automatic shut-off feature that engages after 4 hours of inactivity. Additionally, TV Ears TV provides an extralarge screen text for easier viewing, and comes with the company’s specialty service that includes delivery with complete hookup, programming, and one-on-one instruction service of the TV and associated TV Ears headset by a technician. The set is scheduled to become available for purchase in March on the company’s Web site, through select audiology dealers, and at specialty retailers

(888) 883-3277

ADCO Offers Sennheiser 830-S

ADCO Hearing Products, Littleton, Colo, has the Sennheiser Set 830-S available. Using infrared transmission, the sound from a TV stereo system or radio can be wirelessly transmitted from the 830-S receiver to a hearing aid with a T-switch via the included induction loop. Alternatively, induction silhouette couplers or headphones can be connected to the lightweight clip-on receiver. System features of the Set 803-S include transmission frequencies of 2.3-2.8 MHz with a range of up to 40 feet. Volume and balance controls with selectable hearing settings ensure ideal speech intelligibility

(800) 726-0851

Full Digital Amplified Freedom Phone

ClearSounds, Naperville, Ill, has announced the launch of its new Full Digital CS1000 amplified Freedom phone. This new digital platform combines design, ergonomics, and functionality with the most powerful amplification and tone management technology available—55 dB of adjustable handset amplification and a full range of tone control ensure sound clarity on every call. The Freedom phone also includes talking caller ID, a talking keypad, a full-duplex amplified speakerphone, and a digital answering machine featuring slowed speech technology

(877) 784-1961

Task-Vision TV Glasses

Vision USA, a Dentrex Company, Cherry Hill, NJ, has introduced Task-Vision TV glasses that will focus on objects from 10 feet to infinity with clarity on the enlarged image. The glasses are specially designed for watching TV, and are also ideal for most other events and activities where a magnified image is desirable and helpful (eg, lectures, sporting events, movies, theater, and golf). These hands-free head-mounted glasses provide a useful 2.0X magnification. Each scratch-resistant lens is individually adjustable by an easy dialing system that will allow for future sight-changing conditions. The frame can be worn as a regular pair of glasses or will fit over prescription glasses

(856) 795-6199

New Remote Connect Adapter

Pehratek Products, Chaska, Minn, offers the new Remote Connect Adapter (RCA), which can be used with the Oticon ConnectLine TV transmitter to remotely pick up sounds at meetings, restaurants, and other places where a remote microphone can assist hearing ability. The RCA consists of a custom handheld pouch with built-in clothes clip to attach to car visor or pocket, long-lasting built-in lithium battery, and noise-canceling directional microphone that plugs into the Oticon ConnectLine TV unit, essentially turning the TV adapter into a portable wireless microphone

(866) 470-3532

Wireless Communication Device

HARC Mercantile Ltd, Portage, Mich, has introduced the HearIt All, a wireless communication device from Phonic Ear that uses FM and Bluetooth technology to amplify speech using the microphone transmitter, connect as a hands-free headset to a Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone, and connect to a landline phone for amplification. The receiver has a built-in neckloop for hearing aid users with telecoils, or headphones can be used. The transmitter can also be connected to a TV or stereo to amplify the sound to the listener’s personal needs

(800) 445-9968

TV Listener J2 Headphones

Precision Laboratories Inc, Orlando, Fla, offers the wireless TV Listener J2 deluxe cushioned stereo headphones. Its infrared signal works interference free, in stereo or mono mode, and offers crisp, clean sound. The rechargeable headset can last more than 15 hours, is hearing aid-compatible, and can be expanded to work with multiple headsets. Comes with a 6-month limited manufacturer’s warranty

(800) 327-4792

TV Ears Loop System

Westone Laboratories, Colorado Springs, Colo, 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

(800) 525-5071

Relief for Water-Clogged Ears

Health Enterprises Inc, North Attleboro, Mass, has announced the arrival of AfterSwim for fast, alcohol-free relief of water-clogged ears. AfterSwim utilizes capillary action to remove trapped water from ears after swimming, bathing, or other water activities. AfterSwim features a tapered tip that prevents over-insertion with a special sponge-based material that absorbs a reported five times the amount of water the average ear canal can hold

(508) 695-0727

TV Talker

Warner Tech-care Products, Roseville, Minn, is now distributing two models of TV Talker, Williams Sound’s new wireless TV systems. The WIR 250 with neckloop features a versatile receiver that transfers audio from the transmitter into a hearing aid equipped with a t-coil. With a 3.5mm jack, the listener can plug in a variety of stereo or mono earphones or headphones. The WIR 240 TV Talker is ideal for TV listening, meetings, or any small group listening application. The On/Off switch is built into the arms of the receiver so it can never be left on to drain the batteries

(800) 328-4757

Audio Domino

Bellman & Symfon, Vastra Frolunda, Sweden, has announced the introduction of its Bellman Audio Domino, a personal hearing system that the company says uses digital state-of-the-art sound processing and wireless wideband technology to bring out speech in difficult listening situations. The assistive listening device reportedly delivers clear stereo sound while minimizing background noise and feedback, and can be used in a variety of situations and environments such as at work, school, and home, and in restaurants and vehicles. Fully digital, the Bellman Audio Domino features remote control of omni- and directional microphones, and all functions can be accessed using a single push of a button. Domino comes with a 2-year warranty.

+46 (0)31-682820

Phone Amplifier

Harris Communications, Eden Prairie, Minn, offers Serene Innovations’ UA-50 phone amplifier, for people who need extra amplification on their phone at work. The amplifier attaches to business phones for clear calls that are amplified up to 170 times louder on handsets or headsets. The device is available with the H141N DuoSet noise-cancelling headset with a RJ9 adapter, which is worn over the ear or over the head to enable users to multitask while keeping their hands free. Other headset options are available

(800) 825-6758

Integrated Connectivity

Somerset, NJ-based Oticon Inc’s new ConnectLine Bluetooth adaptors are plug and play, energy efficient, and part of Oticon’s integrated connectivity protocol. The TV adaptor overcomes the latency issue experienced with Bluetooth; the phone adaptor turns existing landline phones into cordless Bluetooth phones. Streamer maintains an energy efficient system for hearing aids while streaming

(800) 227-3921

Telephone Ring Amplifier

Sonic Alert, Troy, Mich, now offers the new Geemarc CL1 Telephone Ring Amplifier with strobe light to alert hard-of-hearing individuals to incoming calls using both a flasher and extra-loud (up to 95 dB) ringer alarm. The CL1 can easily be installed in any home by simply connecting the adapter to an electrical outlet and inserting the telephone line from the CL1 into the wall jack. No telephone is required for the signaler to work, just an active telephone line and electricity. Also available is an optional shaker. The signaler features tone and volume control as well as four alarm options.

(248) 577-5400


Implant Power Batteries

Implant Power Batteries from ZeniPower, Zhuhai, China, offer a reported 30%-plus improvement that can power cochlear BTE speech processors for up to 6 days. Comparison tests conducted by ZeniPower 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

(814) 825-8398

Mercury-Free, Zinc Air Hearing Aid Batteries

With more than 10 years of laboratory and field testing, Energizer’s line of mercury-free, zinc air hearing aid batteries are available in all four battery sizes—10, 13, 312, and 675

(800) 426-8268


Breakthrough Protection Technology

Boulder, Colo-based EAR Inc’s HearPlugz-DF multifunctional dual-filtered hearing protectors offer breathable, moisture-resistant, dual acoustical filters that improve sound quality when the ear is overloaded with excess noise (continuous or impact). Dual filters provide the user with a choice of two levels of noise reduction. HearPlugz-DF are available in a choice of colors, three sizes, and with a removable cord. The exterior filter can be easily removed if less attenuation is desired or to connect radio communications

(800) 525-2690

Thin-Tube/Open-Ear Fittings

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

(800) 247-3669

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

(888) 389-6684

EarPro Fit Kit

Warner Tech-care Products, St Paul, Minn, offers the EarPro Earpiece Fit Kit. This kit provides everything needed to fit hearing aid patients with perfect-fitting earpieces right on the spot. A few seconds is all it takes to make modifications. In most cases, your patients won’t need to have impressions made and can walk out the same day with comfortably fitting hearing aids. The kit contains tubing, connectors, case, and 84 earpieces

(800) 328-4757

Quick, Convenient Earplugs

McKeon Products Inc, Warren, Mich, has created Mack’s Roll Ups Wallet Earplugs that are small enough to carry anywhere, but are big on protection. Developed with patent-pending technology and featuring packaging that is smaller than a credit card, Mack’s Roll Ups include a pair of foam strips that roll up in seconds to fit any ear canal and provide quick and comfortable hearing protection

(586) 427-7560

Custom Earmolds, Earplugs

Hocks Hearing Healthcare Products, Portland, Ore, manufactures a wide variety of earplugs and custom earmolds for swimming, sleeping, and hearing protection, including the Hocks Noise Braker and Pikaso Plugs

(800) 654-6257

Passive Hearing Protection Filters

The Dynamic Ear Company, Delft, The Netherlands, has announced the introduction of its DM series of passive filters for hearing protection, which the company says offers high-quality acoustic performance in a discreet, miniature package. The filters measure 6.4 mm in diameter, and 3.5 mm in height. The series has been designed for musicians, music lovers, and concertgoers who require state-of-the-art hearing protection while maintaining clarity of sound and full music dynamics, the company says. Its DM series allows communication in music venues and the placement of instruments without removal of the filter.

+31(0) 15-2613700


Cochlear Americas Offers Implant Upgrade

Cochlear Americas, Centennial, Colo, has announced that it is offering users of Nucleus Freedom, its previous generation cochlear implants, the ability to upgrade to the new Cochlear Nucleus 5 system, which is immediately compatible with users’ current internal implants. The new system features the company’s smallest sound processor, a two-way remote assistant, exclusive dual microphone technology with ZOOM power option, and AutoPhone, an automatic phone detection through auto telecoil for user-friendly phone connection. Nucleus 5 was introduced in September, and the company is encouraging customers to take advantage of the upgrade

(800) 587-6927

Ocho Micro Open Fit BTE

Aurica USA, Longwood, Fla, now offers the Ocho Micro Open Fit BTE, an eight-channel hearing aid that provides exceptional sound quality in a small and discreet package. The Ocho features third-generation adaptive feedback cancellation systems to enable added stable gain, eight channel WDRC compression, 12 band gain adjustment, and layered noise reduction, with a 17 dB noise reduction setting available for extreme noise situations. Event Data Logging helps dispensers understand usage patterns to counsel new users.

(321) 972-3999

New S Series BTE with Sweep Technology

Starkey Laboratories Inc, Eden Prairie, Minn, has announced the introduction of a new S Series BTE with Sweep Technology, which provides a completely new way to adjust hearing aids. Sweep Technology replaces all of the traditional hearing aid buttons and dials with an innovative touch surface that allows users to adjust volume up or down and change memories with the simple sweep or touch of a finger. Sweeping a finger up increases the volume and sweeping down decreases the volume. Memory adjustments are made with a simple touch of the surface. The new S Series BTE can be fit with standard earmolds or open with thin tubing. The instrument includes Advanced HydraShield as well as T2, giving patients the ability to adjust hearing aid volume or memories with a touch-tone phone

(800) 328-8602

ReSound Offers Tinnitus Solution

ReSound, Bloomington, Minn, has recently introduced ReSound Live TS, an instrument that unites the Surround Sound experience of the company’s Live hearing instruments with a unique tinnitus sound generator. For patients who suffer from debilitating tinnitus and hearing loss, ReSound Live TS now provides an individually customizable sound that, over time, reportedly assists patients in decreasing their perception of tinnitus while simultaneously addressing their amplification needs

(800) 248-4327

Effective, Efficient Fitting

Ear Technology Corporation, Johnson City, Tenn, is now shipping its Clik open-fit BTE, an instrument that provides an innovative, efficient fitting protocol for patients with mild to moderate high-frequency hearing loss. Clik’s processor is preloaded with a variety of algorithms, so instead of programming via traditional cable connections, the appropriate setting is selected with a fingertip. Clik features digital volume control, directional microphones, and two telecoils. Clik allows for 24-bit precision computing with up to 110 dB of input dynamic range and eight channel wide dynamic range compression

(888) 382-9327

Fully Implantable Hearing System

Otologics, Boulder, Colo, has announced the introduction of Carina, a fully implantable hearing system that picks up sounds using a microphone implanted under the skin. Sounds are amplified according to the wearer’s needs and converted into an electrical signal. The signal is sent down the lead and into the transducer, the top of which is in contact with the middle ear anatomy. The implant component consists of three primary parts: a capsule that houses the electronics, a microphone system, and the middle ear transducer. It consists of four primary components: the implant, the programming system, the charger, and the remote control

(866) 390-5506


Somerset, NJ-based Oticon Inc’s Hit is a hearing solution offering a range of features and styles for budget-conscious consumers. Hit and Hit Pro offer a wide range of model choices to fit mild to severe-to-profound hearing losses up to 105 dB HL. The company’s RISE platform gives Hit and Hit Pro a high bandwidth (8 kHz) for exceptional sound quality, outcome-based automatic decision making, adaptive directionality, noise management, and dynamic feedback cancellation. Open fittings are available as RITE style or as Corda 2 thin tube adaptors. Available in 10 colors for BTE and RITE

(800) 526-3921

Surround Sound by ReSound

ReSound, Bloomington, Minn, has introduced Surround Sound by ReSound, a processor providing sound in six new hearing instruments. Surround Sound processing handles different sound inputs with the same goal as audio mixing in movie and music production—the hearing instruments capture bass and treble independently, and then blend them to create a vibrant sound, says the company. The line is available in the new product families of ReSound Live and dot2 by ReSound

(800) 248-4327

Audina Introduces Intuition 12

Audina Hearing Instruments Inc, Longwood, Fla, has announced the addition of the INTUITION 12 custom digital hearing instrument to its family of INTUITION products. The new 12-channel instrument offers exceptional power output control with eight independent compression channels and eight adjustable WDRC channels, providing broader fitting flexibility. With 110 dB dynamic range and Audina’s Softwave system, the Intuition 12 offers excellent bandwidth to achieve added stable gain in the low frequencies, providing an opportunity to fit a wider range of patients with severe hearing losses

(800) 223-7700

New OTE Features Tinnitus Sound Generator

New Orleans-based General Hearing Instruments Inc has announced the release of its Tranquil Simplicity micropoly tube OTE featuring a broadband tinnitus sound generator. The device offers a secure fit for extended wear time, and since it is not custom fit, it allows for same-day fitting scenarios. If amplification is needed to accommodate a hearing loss, tinnitus combo devices are available that combine high-tech amplification circuits with a quality sound generator in a cost-effective, in-the-ear device. Tranquil Combo is available in an open-ear design or a closed shell with venting, depending on the hearing loss. Several amplification circuits are available, including digital, with one or two manual controls

(800) 824-3021

Sonic Touch

Sonic Touch from Sonic Innovations Inc, Salt Lake City, is its first receiver-in-canal (RIC) device, and company officials say the device is the smallest receiver-in-canal product available in the market. Sonic Touch is offered at three technology levels and is available in a choice of five base colors and 15 accent color clips. The three products are readily identified by the number of processing channels. Sonic Touch 6 has six channels and two programs; Sonic Touch 12 has 12 channels and three programs; and Sonic Touch 24 has 24 channels, four programs, and voice alerts. The instrument’s natural sound quality is driven by Sonic Sound technology and its proprietary digital noise reduction and directional focus systems

(888) 423-7834

InSound’s Lyric Is Out of Sight

Newark, Calif-based InSound Medical Inc offers Lyric, the first 100% invisible extended-ear hearing device. Placement in the ear canal requires no surgery or anesthesia, and Lyric can be used 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for up to 4 months at a time. Patients can shower, sleep, and exercise with Lyric without removing the device. Both the microphone and speaker are positioned deep in the ear canal, millimeters from the tympanic membrane, providing exceptional sound quality and improved directionality, localization, high frequency gain, and reduced feedback.

(800) 941-6070


Moisture Guard

The Deflector hearing instrument moisture guard from Raycare Solutions, Lincoln, Neb, allows wearers to 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

(877) 518-1171

Hearing Instrument Dryer

Westone Laboratories, Colorado Springs, Colo, 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

(800) 525-5071

Custom Cochlear Implant Covers

Advanced Bionics, Valencia, Calif, has announced a partnership with San Diego-based Skinit Inc to offer custom-made covers for AB’s Harmony and Auria cochlear implant sound processors. With Skinit designs, recipients can customize processors to match their mood or wardrobe, or to simply make a fashion statement. Processors can be dressed with favorite colors, sports teams motifs, or works of art. From patriotic flags to popular movie characters, from leopard prints to college team logos, and much more, the Skinit Web site offers hundreds of designs to choose from or the option to upload graphics for a unique look. The designs are a new addition to the 20 colorful caps and covers already available from Advanced Bionics.

Styles for the Ears

Tube Riders, Nashville, Tenn, let kids decorate, individualize, and destigmatize their BTEs or CIs, and help children accept the aids faster by making them cool. Bright and colorful, they slip onto the tube portion of a BTE or onto the ear hook of a cochlear implant. One satisfied mother said Tube Riders changed her child from different into special and made kids love their BTEs

(615) 335-3385

Hearing Aid Sweat Band

The Hearing Aid Sweat Band from VanB Enterprises, West Valley, NY, continues to provide BTE devices the ultimate in protection from moisture, dirt, and dust. Protect your BTE with one of 17 stylish colors available in all sizes—including the new slim series allowing wearers to match the colors of a sports team, personality, or season. The natural colors that have been available for years still are. All offer the same great protection

(866) 644-2500

Ear Gear Eyeglasses

Ear Gear, Lake Country, British Columbia, Canada, offers Ear Gear Eyeglasses, the latest addition to its product line of hearing instrument security and protection devices. They offer a convenient security solution for clients who wear both a hearing instrument and glasses. The flexible rubber “o” rings attached to the Ear Gear sleeve simply slip over the arms of any pair of glasses, creating fashionable security for the wearer. The product is available in all six of the company’s models, in beige only

(888) 766-1838

Hearing Aid Dryer

The Ever-Dry Hearing Aid Saver from San Diego-based Ever-Dry is a portable, self-regenerating hearing aid dryer. It efficiently absorbs moisture from hearing aids and deposited earwax, preventing damage to delicate electronics and drying wax so it can be easily removed. Patented technology regenerates the drying agent with gentle heat while the patient is wearing the hearing aids. When hearing aids are placed in the unit, the heater turns off and moisture is absorbed onto the desiccant. The patient does not have to struggle with baking or microwaving the desiccant material, and the hearing aids are never exposed to potentially damaging heat.

(858) 442-8152


Hearing Aid Workstation

With its all-steel construction and attractive powder-coated cabinet, the Audio Repair Bench from Lightning Enterprises, Limington, Me, includes a two-speed Model 26A Red Wing Lathe with Mod Tool Kit, Dual-Lite UV Cure Unit, VAC-1B Hearing Aid Cleaning System, VAC-1D Desiccator Chamber for hearing aid drying, two Model 550 Dust Collectors with splash hoods, and CM-3 Control Module, as well as extended sides to give the technician plenty of working room. The table top is designed to resist scratching and wear, and under-shelf fluorescent light illuminates the work area

(877) 546-1797

Portable Hearing Aid Vacuum

JodiVac LLC, Portland, Ore, offers the Jodi-PRO, a portable hearing aid vacuum cleaner for hearing health care professionals. The 12-volt DC unit has a motor that provides 2,000 hours of clinical use, and two specially milled needles—one for ITE, ITC, and CIC instruments; another for BTE tubing and all other earmolds. The same replaceable filtered syringe provides ease of maintenance and infection control. Syringes and replacement needles are available in economical packages. The syringe has a built-in flow indicator to show when the needle is plugged. A brush is molded into the box for dislodging debris from the needle, and a reamer is included for blockages

(866) 856-5634

Portable UV Cure Unit

Lightning Enterprises, Limington, Me, offers the 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, 120-volt wall transformer, and 9V battery pack for remote operation. UV safety glasses and a hard-shell carrying case are included. The case includes extra space for tools and UV materials.

(800) 546-1797


The History of Implantation

Rutgers University Press, Piscataway, NJ, has scheduled a February release for The Artificial Ear: Cochlear Implants and the Culture of Deafness, by Stuart Blume, professor emeritus of science dynamics at the University of Amsterdam, and author of several books, including Insight and Industry: The Dynamics of Technological Change in Medicine. Based on interviews with researchers pivotal in the early development and implementation of the new technology, Blume’s book reconstructs the history of artificial hearing from its conceptual origins in the 1930s, to the first attempt at cochlear implantation in the 1950s, and the widespread clinical application of the “bionic ear” since the 1980s

(800) 848-6224

Hear the World 2010 Calendar

International stars such as Jude Law, Elle Macpherson, Lenny Kravitz, and Laura Pausini are just a few who have been photographed by rock star and photographer Bryan Adams for the Hear the World initiative. The pictures are exclusively available in the Hear the World 2010 Calendar. All net proceeds will go to the nonprofit Hear the World Foundation, established by Phonak, Stafa, Switzerland. The foundation is committed to using its financial resources and supplying hearing systems to improve the quality of life for people who suffer from hearing loss.

New Audiology Texts for 2010

Plural Publishing, San Diego, has announced seven new audiology texts will be available in 2010: Pure-Tone Audiometry and Masking, by Maureen Valente, PhD (available now); Objective Assessment of Hearing, by James Hall III, PhD, and De Wet Swanepoel, PhD (available now); The Basic Audiometry Learning Manual, by Mark DeRuiter, MBA, PhD, and Virginia Ramachandran, AuD (available February); Programming Cochlear Implants, by Jace Wolfe, PhD, and Erin Schafer, PhD (available March); Otoacoustic Emissions Principles, Procedures, and Protocols, by Sumitrajit Dhar, PhD, and James Hall III, PhD (available summer); Professional Communication in Audiology, by Virginia Ramachandran, AuD, and Brad Stach, PhD (available summer); Speech Audiometry, by Gary Lawson, PhD, and Mary Peterson, AuD (available fall)

(866) 758-7251


Spanish Language Auditory Test Battery

AUDiTEC Inc, St Louis, now offers The Santiago Auditory Processing Disorders (SAPD) Test Battery for native Spanish-speaking adults. Developed by Adrian Fuente, PhD, of the University of Chile, the battery includes: Dichotic Digits, Speech In Noise, Filtered Speech, and Binaural Fusion. Comprehensive normative data is included

(800) 669-9065

Frye Introduces FONIX 8000

Frye Electronics Inc, Tygard, Ore, has introduced the FONIX 8000 Hearing Aid Test System, which helps clinicians verify a hearing aid’s directional response pattern (its polar plot)—a measurement that has not typically been available in a clinical environment, according to the company. The technology, which has reportedly been in development for the past 3 years, may be a useful tool for hearing health professionals in light of the growing popularity of directional hearing aids. In the polar plot sound chamber, the hearing aid is mounted on a rotating spindle in front of the sound chamber speaker. During the test, the 8000 automatically rotates the hearing aid in a 360 degree circle, taking measurements at angles specified by the user. A special damping configuration is used within the sound chamber to minimize acoustic reflections and provide as much accuracy as possible within the small confines of the desktop chamber. Results are displayed in polar plot format on a screen, and can be printed and saved electronically for future reference

(800) 547-8209

Universal Hearing Screener

Hearing Technologies International Inc, Pinellas Park, Fla, offers the Universal Hearing Screener, which presents 40 dB tones independently at 500, 1,000, 2,000, and 4,000 Hz. Powered by two easy-to-replace AAA batteries, it 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

(800) 553-6003

Integrated Testing Solution

The ICS Chartr EP 200 is a new system for Evoked Potential (EP) testing from GN Otometrics, Schaumburg, Ill. The system builds on Otometrics’ ICS Chartr line offering comprehensive EP testing. The Chartr EP 200 can be combined with Otometrics’ VNG/ENG system, the ICS Chartr 200, creating a state-of-the-art solution. Install both Chartr EP and Chartr VNG/ENG software on the same computer and benefit from a complete test battery and a shared database

(800) 289-2150


Otovation, King of Prussia, Pa, offers the patented OTOPod and Amplitude T-Series computer-controlled, wireless audiometers powered by new Symphony software. These instruments bring efficient testing into the examination room, into the patient’s home, or into the occupational test setting. OTOPod, a diagnostic audiometer, tests AC/BC and prerecorded speech. The Symphony software suite and its NOAH Module for OTOPod are designed for on-the-go testing, especially by the hearing instrument dispenser. New features include “always on” wireless connection, customizable prerecorded word lists and audiogram symbols, and the addition of semiautomated testing

(866) 686-8284

Sound Level Meter Kit

Extech Instruments, Waltham, Mass, has introduced its Model 407732-Kit, a new Low/High Range Sound Level Meter Kit, featuring ranges measuring 35 to 100 dB (low) and 65 to 130 dB (high). The included Model 407722 sound calibrator features ±5% accuracy, allowing for the kit to meet both ANSI and IEC 651 Type 2 standards. A backlit LCD display allows for viewing in dimly lit areas, and features data hold and max hold functions. The kit includes the 407732 sound meter, a microphone wind screen, a calibration screw driver, a 9V battery, and the 407722 sound calibrator with an additional 9V battery. The included hard-plastic carrying case provides protection and organization for the meter and calibrator kit

(781) 890-7440

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

(888) 392-1234

Operating Microscopes

Oaktree Products Inc, Chesterfield, Mo, introduces affordable operating microscopes. The binocular magnification can make procedures like cerumen removal and the placement of extended wear hearing instruments much easier. Oaktree provides Seiler microscopes, one of the oldest names in the surgical magnification business. High-quality Seiler scopes use precision German lenses. Also, the new 2009 Oaktree products catalog is now available, containing 3,700 items and featuring more than 100 new items

(800) 347-1960

Visual Reinforcement Audiometry System

Pehratek Products, Chaska, Minn, offers the Wireless XM-1000 Visual Reinforcement Audiometry (VRA) system that combines motion with attention-getting multiple light patterns to successfully perform pediatric assessments. Each smoked Plexiglas box features a friendly cartoon character that lights up and quietly moves back and forth to attract attention. Additionally, 20 brightly colored LED lights flash in a wave or in a marquee pattern to create an ever-changing attractive display for reinforcing responses. This user-installable system features a RF remote control to activate the system from inside or outside the test booth to over 50 feet

(866) 470-3532

Digital Sound Level Meter

The Digital Multi-Function Sound Level Meter from Hearing Technologies International Inc, Pinellas Park, Fla, features bar graph indicating and max value holding as well as a four-digit LCD display and seven selectable sound levels from 30-80 dB to 30-130 dB with an accuracy +/- 1.5 dB. Frequency range: 31.5–8.5 kHz, with fast and slow detection characteristics.

(800) 553-6003

Equinox 2.0, Titan from Interacoustics

The Equinox 2.0 and Titan, new from Assens, Denmark-based Interacoustics, offer ease of use and speed without compromising flexibility and reliability. With them, clinicians can now combine middle ear test data with audiometric results for a more comprehensive report. Reports can be individually customized to align to local requirements with regard to content and graphical layout. Data is automatically retrieved from OtoAccess or NOAH for a particular patient and sessions and placed in the associated template. Reports can be either printed or saved as a PDF document.

(800) 947-6334

Earscan 3 Manual Audiometer

Micro Audiometrics Corp, Murphy, NC, offers its durable, palm-sized Earscan 3 Manual Audiometer, a pure tone, air conduction audiometric device that features a large, easy-to-read LCD screen, a talkover feature for communicating with test subjects, and a 3-year limited warranty. The Earscan 3 allows test frequencies and levels to be selected to meet your requirements, and can be changed at any time. Calibration mode is password protected to ensure data integrity.

(866) 327-7226

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.

(877) 848-1714