Widex Hearing Aid Co, Long Island City, NY, has completed the first phase of implementation of its CAMISHA Laser-Fit Technology. CAMISHA (Computer Aided Manufacturing of Individual Shells for Hearing Aids) uses a 3D scanner, a high-powered modeling computer, and the Laser-Fit technology. Replication of the ear impression is extremely accurate and hearing instruments are more comfortable for patients to wear, according to the company. Results of the first phase have shown that patient acceptance is extremely high, remakes are significantly lower than with standard shell manufacturing techniques, and the Laser-Fit process is working with the precision and efficiency that it was designed to achieve. (800) 221-0188; www.widexusa.com.
Lightning Enterprises, Limington, ME, announces the new Lightning Vac 2, a compact vacuum pump designed for effective hearing aid cleaning and maintenance. The Lightning Vac 2 system offers exceptional performance and includes a suction port with vacuum tubing, compressor port for blowing air, compressor tubing with luer lock fitting for cleaning or obstruction removal, Filter Wand for trapping debris, and five various size needle tips. Options include a vacuum desiccator jar and carrying case. (877) 546-1797; www.lightningenterprises.com.
Kinetic Instruments, Bethel, Conn, introduces the Spot Cure-PUV, a dual capability instrument that provides high intensity curing as well as 6000°K white light for general inspection of hearing aid shells. The illuminator is capable of detecting cracks, crazing lines, and the smallest of areas. The 400 nm wavelength output is specifically matched to adhesives used in hearing aid bonding and adjustment procedures. Battery operated in design, high intensity NiMH super-cells keep the SpotCure-PUV operating for many weeks before recharging is needed. Other features include light weight ergonomic probe handles, removable swivel probes, automatic timed operation, and a low battery warning indicator. (800) 233-2346.
Phonak Inc, Warrenville, Ill, introduces its latest FM technology, a multi-frequency technology that enables children with hearing instruments to move freely between classrooms, without the need for frequency re-setting. For wearers and teachers, the new FM technology ensures that children and not technical issues are the focus of the education process. The key breakthrough behind the new technology is the digital frequency synthesizer, reportedly unique to Phonak. It has been integrated into several new productsthe Campus S transmitter, specially designed for use in learning environments; the MicroLink MLxS, Perseo, and Claro dAZ FM S; and the Microlink CI S receiver for cochlear implant users. Automatic Frequency Synchronization (AFS) for a class or group can be carried out via the new WallPilot, a picture-frame like device hung by the entrance of a room. This automatically sets the MicroLink of each child entering to the correct frequency for that particular room. (800) 777-7333; www.phonak.com.
Sebotek Hearing Systems, Tulsa, Okla, introduces the latest upgrade for Pro-VES 4.0 (Programmable Voice Enhancement Software) for the Voice-Q digital sound processor. The new features include: a print function allowing parameter settings and audiograms to be printed; a restore function for saving and retrieving previous burn information; enhanced copy/balance function allowing ear-to-ear and memory-to-memory options; and an advanced AutoFit function that quickly programs one or all memories. (800) 388-9041; www.SeboTek.com.