Receiver-In-The-Ear Hearing Instrument
Bernafon, Somerset, NJ, introduces Vérité, which combines proprietary signal processing, multienvironment technology, and wireless connectivity, with high-resolution performance based on proprietary ChannelFree signal processing. The multi-environment technology controls an array of advanced adaptive features that automatically adjust to changes in the environment. Wireless binaural communication between the hearing instruments is designed to supply a realistic experience of the auditory world, datalogging, and learning to help determine the best settings possible for each individual. It offers wireless connectivity to external sound sources such as mobile phones, TV, music players, and computers via the new SoundGate.
Phone-Answering Skills Program
CareCredit, Costa Mesa, Calif, introduces the Telephone Skills Improvement Program, which offers hearing care professionals tools, techniques, and scripts to help translate phone inquiries into hearing aid sales. The program, available free to CareCredit-enrolled practices, consists of three audio CDs, each containing three educational sessions. Each session is approximately 10 to 15 minutes long. Exceptional phone skills help practices increase sales, enhance patient satisfaction and loyalty, attract new patients, increase patient referrals, differentiate the practice from the competition, and communicate the practice’s brand to the community.
Discreet Hearing Solutions
Oticon Inc, Somerset, NJ, introduces the new Oticon Hit, comprised of two product lines, Hit and Hit Pro, which enhance its portfolio of modern hearing solutions based on the RISE platform. The devices provide model choices to fit mild to severe-to-profound hearing losses up to 105 dBHL. The RISE platform fosters high bandwidth (8 kHz) for first-rate sound quality, and offers features such as outcome-based automatic decision-making, adaptive directionality, and dynamic feedback cancellation. A range of styles is offered, from tiny RITE and CIC to Power BTE hearing aids. Open fittings are available as RITE style or as Corda 2 thin-tube adaptors.
Hearing Solution with Wide Fitting Application
With the introduction of Exélia Art from Phonak, Warrenville, Ill, SoundRecover technology is available for the first time in a fitting range covering mild to severe hearing losses in all models, including the smallest CIC, micro with slim tubes, and standard BTEs. Consumers can rediscover subtle high-pitched sounds, and understanding on the phone is improved with the new DuoPhone feature. ZoomControl, now with DirectTouch, combines real-audio streaming with directional beamforming. Offering a choice of 15 styles, including tiny CICs, the new micro Petite, and powerful BTEs.
Sonic Innovations Inc, Salt Lake City, recently introduced Sonic Touch, its first receiver-in-canal (RIC) device. It is offered at three technology levels and 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. Touch provides natural sound quality, driven by DIRECTIONALfocus technology.
New Family of Hearing Aids
Starkey Laboratories Inc, Eden Prairie, Minn, introduces S Series with Drive Architecture, developed with the company’s evidence-based design approach. It is available in custom and a first-ever full line of receiver-in-canal (RIC) options. Drive Architecture, the company’s newest, state-of-the-art integrated circuit platform, delivers maximum performance, power, and patient satisfaction. Features include PureWave feedback eliminator, Acoustic Scene Analyzer, InVision, AudioScape, Automatic Telephone Solution, and T2 (touch-tone), which allows patients to control their hearing aids using any cell or touch-tone phone. The line also includes the new S Series Absolute Power, a patient-proven RIC that offers between 60 and 71 dB of peak gain.