Test Sequence Frye Electronics, Tigard, Ore, introduces the ANSI 03 test sequence for the FONIX 7000, FP35, FP40, 6500-CX Hearing Aid Analyzers. This test sequence is expected to replace the ANSI 96 currently required in the manufacturing process. (800) 547-8209; www.frye.com.
CIC Modular Multi-Functional Unit Getting rid of faceplates in ITE production eliminates cost associated with cutting, buffing, and grinding. Sonion, Minnetonka, Minn, makes this possible by introducing the CU 10 Frame. Using SLS/SLA shell technology, the Sonion CU 10 modular unit, and CU 10 Frame, it is possible to mount the entire CIC module directly in the shell. (952) 543-8300; www.sonion.com.
Shooter’s Protection Electronic Shooters Protection, Brighton, Colo, offers the ESP-Digital, its state-of-the-art digital high-fidelity ITE hearing protectors for shooting enthusiasts. This digital technology enables sound to be processed using bits and bytes, which are noise free unlike analog circuitry. With an effective dynamic range of 95 db, and 16-kHz bandwidth, the ESP-Digital offers low noise, while providing true high-fidelity audio processing without compromise. The difference to the shooter is comparable to hearing music played on a CD versus a cassette tape. Standard electronic hearing protectors shut down when excessive noise levels are detected, removing the shooter’s ability to hear. All ESP amplifiers are designed to limit their output to 90 db without shutting down, leaving the shooter with their sense of hearing intact. This safety factor is relied upon by instructors and competition shooters who depend on being in touch with their students, fellow competitors, and surroundings. (800) 767-7791; www.espamerica.com.
Personal Sound Amplifier Warner Tech-care Products, Minneapolis, introduces the affordable SuperEarPlus Personal Sound Amplifier for slightly to moderately hearing impaired individuals. Perfect for listening to TV, theater, lectures, worship services, or simple conversations, the unit is ADA compliant. It increases ambient sound gain by more than 40 decibels and picks up sounds from up to 100 yards. The SuperEarPlus kit features a volume control wheel, swiveling microphone, a 30-minute shut-off control, a set of headphones and earbuds, and two AAA batteries for up to 80 hours of listening. (800) 328-4757; www.warnertechcare.com.
Security Tools St Paul, Minn-based HIMSA Inc’s NOAH System security tools have been improved to assist hearing care professionals in complying with the security rules of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Registered NOAH 3 users can download version 3.5.2 for free at www.himsa.com or from their NOAH supplier. (800) 435-9246; www.himsa.com.
Educational CD CareCredit, Anaheim, Calif, a national payment program, is offering a FREE educational CD entitled “Enhancing the Patient Experience,” featuring Gyl Kasewurm, AuD. In the informative audio program, Kasewurm explains how practices can capture more of the hearing health care market by moving from an audiologist-driven to a patient-driven model of care. The program highlights tips and techniques practices can use to set themselves apart from the competition. With more than 20 years’ experience in the field of audiology, Kasewurm is president of Professional Hearing Services Ltd, a state-of-the-art facility that includes the HearWorld Center, the first-ever virtual hearing care experience. CareCredit offers a comprehensive range of no- and low-interest finance plans. (800) 300-3046, ext 4519; [email protected].
Open Ear BTE Micro-Tech Hearing Instruments, Eden Prairie, Minn, has released the Seneca Open Ear BTE, a new open-ear digital solution for patients with mild-to-moderate, sloping or precipitous high-frequency hearing loss. The case design hides discreetly behind the ear, and the thin tube from case to earbud is almost invisible. The unique radial-fin earbud leaves the ear open, eliminating any risk of occlusion, reducing low-frequency output naturally, and maximizing comfort. The Seneca Open Ear BTE offers the wearer superb feedback management to expand the range of open-ear fittings, full-time directionality as a standard feature, acoustically transparent radial-fin earbud and nearly invisible tube, four-channel, ten-band digital processor, and two settings of expansion to reduce unwanted soft sounds. Additional features include a comfortable fit, straightforward user interface and instantaneous programming with Meridian software, a unique, discreet case design available in three colors, fast programming speed using standard Micro-Tech cables, and programming ribbons. (800) 745-4327; www.hearing-aid.com.
Digital Open Canal CIC United Hearing Systems Inc (UHS), Central Village, Conn, offers digital feedback reduction, which enables all UHS custom products to be made with larger IROS and sculpted vents—a UHS specialty. Nuance, the company’s premier digital device, features: four channels, 12 bands, multi-microphone, and four programs. The software is fast and easy to use. (800) 835-2001; www.unitedhearing.com.
Cell Phone Accessories Hal-Hen Company Inc, Garden City, NY, now features a full line of cell phone accessories for the hearing impaired, ranging from in-line amplifiers, induction loops, boom mikes/headsets/earbuds to inexpensive ear pads for feedback reduction. Hal-Hen accessories are compatible with most popular brands including Motorola®, Nokia®, and LG®. Many of these items provide compatibility with Walkman® players and iPod® and other popular MP3 players. (800) 242-5436; www.halhen.com.
Otoscope Oaktree Products Inc, Chesterfield, Mo, introduces the Welch Allyn Macro View™ Otoscope. The Macro View provides twice the field of view of standard otoscopes providing a full view of the TM. It also provides 30% more magnification and enables the practitioner to focus on the image for variable canal lengths or farsighted eyes. It fits on any 3.5 volt Welch Allyn power handle. (800) 347-1960; www.oaktreeproducts.com.
Alarm Clock with Bed-Shaker Reizen Incorporated, Farmingdale, NY, features the Mega Quake Bed-Shaker (model #906555). The phone features a lighted snooze button and extra bright green LED display with large numbers (1.8 inches), AM/PM radio, and alarm on/off indicators that are right on the display. Wake up with your choice of superloud, adjustable alarm buzzer, or “Mega Quake” vibrations. Equipped with a battery backup (9 volt battery not included). The product has a 1-year warranty. (800) 881-4327; www.hearmore.com.
Wireless VRA/COR System Pehratek Products, Chanhassen, Minn, introduces the XM-1000 Wireless Reinforcer VRA/COR system, a versatile and creative pediatric testing system. This unique visual reinforcer testing system offers multiple stimulus options to attract and maintain a child’s attention throughout the testing period—all via a wireless handheld remote control. The XM-1000 can be operated both inside and outside the booth to aid in the testing style. Complete control over the animation/motion, figure lighting, and light-bar lighting patterns can all be quickly adjusted from the wireless handheld remote control up to 50 feet away. The XM-1000 VRA/COR system comes complete with two Reinforcer plexiglass boxes (triangular-shaped to fit into the corners of the sound room above the sound field speakers), low-voltage power pack, and handheld wireless remote control. Optional centering box, mounting brackets, or CENTER-FOCUS hidden camera built-in the centering box for monitoring of the child’s attention outside the booth. (866) 470-3532; www.pehratek.com.
Cordless Amplified Telephone Clarity, a division of Plantronics Inc, Chattanooga, Tenn, introduces the C4205, the first cordless amplified telephone available through its Clarity Professional™ brand, a specialized product line that features hearing solutions for those who experience a moderate to severe hearing loss. The C4205 amplifies sound up to 40 dB and uses Digital Clarity Power™ technology. Digital Clarity Power provides high sound quality by using technology that makes soft sounds audible while keeping loud sounds bearable. The C4205 features a bright, flashing visual ring indicator on the handset and base of the telephone; a vibrating handset to signal incoming call, and 2.4 GHz cordless technology. In addition, it includes a large lighted dial pad, vibrating handset ringer, and a 2.5 mm headset jack for hands-free telephone calls and a 3.5 mm audio output port. Available through Clarity authorized distributors. (800) 552-3368; www.clarityproducts.com; www.mywalker.com.
Flex Strips Deltek, the electromechanical solutions division of Knowles Electronics, Elgin, Ill, has released Models 9200 and 9201 battery door style programming flex strips. The Model 9200 is a replacement flex strip that can be used with existing press-fit modules. The Model 9201 incorporates a Deltek Model 0009 four-pin socket at one end to accommodate a standard micro-plug/mini-DIN style programming cable. Its design offers superior resistance to lead fracture as a result of torsion or flexion during use. Deltek does not seal the contact ends in Kapton (popular among existing products) eliminating the need for overprinting of gold-plated contacts, known to be susceptible to contact fracture through normal use. Deltek’s design provides a consistent and reliable contact point and minimizes contact resistance. (847) 841-3000; www.deltekelectronics.com; www.knowles.com.
Engineering Expertise At In’Tech Industries Inc in Ramsey, Minn, engineering experts strive to produce a product that matches its customers’ design criteria. Whether producing a complete design based on generic sketches or integrating an existing design into a final product, combining the company’s services with its customers’ creativity is the key. (763) 576-8100; www.intech-ind.com.
Multimedia Program Oticon, Somerset, NJ, offers eCAPS, a new multimedia program designed to enhance the entire counseling and rehabilitation process. It combines Oticon’s experience with the original CAPS (client assisted product selection) counseling tool, Syncro Counseling, and best practices from today’s most successful hearing care professionals. eCAPS provides a framework that can be customized to suit a practitioner’s own fitting, counseling, and sales process. Highlights of the program include: a hearing loss simulator, a tour through the ear, everyday listening situations, a full product portfolio, and a comprehensive aural rehabilitation section. (800) 526-3921; www.oticonus.com.
Amplified Telephone Clarity, a Division of Plantronics Inc, Chattanooga, Tenn, offers the Clarity® W425 featuring Clarity Power™ technology, which makes phone conversations not only louder, but also clearer and easier to understand. With amplification of incoming sounds up to 30 decibels and an ergonomic design, the W425 is the perfect solution for those who experience a mild-to-moderate hearing loss. (800) 552-3368; www.clarityproducts.com.
Phone Line Simulator Beyond Hearing Aids Inc, Florence, Ky, offers a phone line simulator that keeps phone lines open while testing amplified phones. A prerecorded message is played when the amplified phone handset is picked up, allowing a patient to test the volume and tone controls. The unit can be placed anywhere for client demonstrations. (800) 838-1649; www.beyondhearingaids.com.
Advanced Hearing Technology HIMSA Inc’s NOAHlink provides hearing care professionals with the freedom to explore the potential of advanced hearing instrument technology. The St Paul, Minn-based company’s NOAHlink features: wireless Bluetooth hearing instrument programming, cross-manufacturer cable compatibility, and no line-of-sight limitations, and is completely portable and rechargeable. (800) 435-9246; www.himsa.com.
Single-Wall Screening Booths Acoustic Systems, Austin, Tex, offers single-wall screening booths for screening environments where the ambient conditions require increased attenuation, or clinical testing may be required. The booths are constructed with the company’s standard, Type 2, four-inch-thick wall panels and provide isolation. Acoustic Systems is accredited by the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) and submits its audiometric rooms and suites to regular testing. (512) 444-1961; www.acousticsystems.com.
Extended Payment Plan CareCredit, Costa Mesa, Calif, presents its new 18-Month No Interest Payment Plan. Ideal for higher-end hearing aids, the plan is an optional addition to the company’s 3, 6-, and 12-month no-interest payment plans. For treatment fees from $1 to more than $25,000, CareCredit offers a comprehensive range of plans, including 24-, 36-, and 48-month low-interest payment plan options, and is currently at work in more than 45,000 practices nationwide. (800) 300-3046; www.carecredit.com.
New Digital Technology Interton, Minneapolis, presents its new digital product, BIONIC, with ADRO™ (adaptive dynamic range optimization) signal processing. BIONIC provides a more natural listening experience for hearing patients, without the use of traditional WDRC. ADRO has been used successfully in cochlear implants, and has now been adapted by Interton for use in BTE and ITE hearing instruments. The easy-to-use software utilizes in situ comfort scaling as a means to a more successful fitting. (800) 247-4741; www.interton-usa.com.
Marketing Tool Sycle.net, San Francisco, is a practice management and automated direct mail marketing tool designed specifically for audiology practices. It combines the efficiencies of real-time electronic appointment scheduling and patient outcome management with a unique electronic direct mail fulfillment function. Patient retention direct mail is automatically printed and sent to patients. Be instantly HIPAA compliant, submit insurance claims electronically, and sync sales data with Quickbooks. (888) 881-7925; www.sycle.net.
Small-Size Components Sonion, Minnetonka, Minn, offers the CU 10, which is the smallest combination of six HI components ever seen. This high degree of integration results in such a small size that it allows for programmable CICs with push button functionality. Sonion can brand the CU 10 according to a company’s requirements. (952) 543-8300; www.sonion.com.
Hearing Aid Sweat Band VanB Enterprises of West Valley, NY, offers the Hearing Aid Sweat Band, a disposable soft fabric sleeve that protects behind-the-ear (BTE) devices from moisture. Available in four colors and five sizes, the Hearing Aid Sweat Band protects BTE hearing aids from perspiration, snow, and rain, as well as from infiltration of damaging dirt and grime. The sleeve is easily slipped over the microphone of a hearing aid, without the need for a tool. (716) 942-6313; www.vanbenterprises.com.
NOAH 3 Modules Frye Electronics, Portland, Ore, now has NOAH 3 modules available for all of its analyzers and audiometers. This module enables the user to remotely control FONIX hearing aid analyzers and audiometers from a computer. All test data is saved in the NOAH 3 database. Hearing aid fittings can be performed using the NAL-NL1 and the DSL protocals. New live speech mapping software is included in release 1.10. (800) 547-8209; www.frye.com.
Customized Newsletter Hearing HealthCare News®, a customized newsletter for patients published since 1986, and Audiology HealthCare News®, a customized newsletter for physicians and other health care providers, are both edited by Dennis Hampton, a dispensing audiologist based in White Plains, NY. The newsletters are valuable resources for marketing a practice to patients and physicians. The newsletters are published quarterly, and delivered ready to mail. Samples and marketing videos are available. (800) 342-1643; www.hearinghealthnews.com.
Audiometric Technology The AVANT from MedRx, Largo, Fla, is a complete integrated audiological system designed to provide quality professional hearing health care. The AVANT features USB connectivity in order to accommodate rapidly advancing computer technology. This system has a modern design that is easy to use and equipped with excellent counseling and fitting tools. Features include dual channel audiometry; real ear measurements; live speech mapping; hearing loss simulator; occlusion effect; integrated Hi-Pro, 3-D speech mapping; AVANT testing, fitting, and presentation software; and NOAH™ compatibility. The AVANT also comes with video otoscopy and tympanometry software modules. (888) 392-1234; www.medrx-usa.com.
Consumer Vacuum jodi-vac LLC, Portland, Ore, offers jodi®, the first hearing aid vacuum for consumers. The 12-volt DC portable unit weighs less than two pounds, and is 3 x 4 inches in size. A filtered syringe assembly is replaceable, enabling ease of maintenance. Also, the syringe has a flow indicator built in, showing when the needle is plugged with debris. A toothbrush is included to clear debris blockages from the needle. A reamer is also included to keep in the needle between uses. The unit is effective with all hearing aids. (866) 856-5634; www.jodivac.com.
Hearing Loss Book The new book How Hearing Loss Impacts Relationships: Motivating Your Loved One by nationally recognized audiologist Richard Carmen, AuD, is available at Harris Communications. The book is directed toward families who have a loved one with a hearing loss. It explains how family members can manage the frustrations of a resistant loved one who will not seek treatment for hearing loss, and exposes the most common reasons behind the resistance. In addition to the fascinating insights into the psychology behind the resistance, it clarifies the family’s role in shifting their loved one from “struggling to hear” to “hearing independence.” (800) 825-6758; www.harriscomm.com.
Clear Speakerphone The AT&T959 Speakerphone offered by Beyond Hearing Aids Inc, Florence, Ky, provides clear and loud speakerphone capability. This is an economical phone that solves the problem of feedback and meets the needs of clients who prefer to listen binaurally to a speakerphone. The AT&T959 Speakerphone is simple to operate and includes caller-ID. (800) 838-1649; www.beyondhearingaids.com.
Screening Device Oaktree Products Inc, Chesterfield, Mo, introduces the new EarPeace hearing screener. This simple, inexpensive screening device is about the size of a credit card and emits a pulsed tone at 500 Hz, 1,000 Hz, 2,000 Hz, and 4,000 Hz. It is perfect for giving to physicians for referrals. The units can be custom printed with the individual practice information. According to Oaktree representatives, “It is to ears what an eye chart is to eyes.” (800) 347- 1960; www.oaktreeproducts.com.
Artificial Intelligence Oticon, Somerset, NJ, introduced Syncro, the first hearing instrument with artificial intelligence. Now Syncro 2 introduces a range of innovative new features to this highly successful product: SYNCRO ACTIVITY ANALYZER, AUTOMATIC ADAPTATION MANAGER, and SYNCRO 2 POWER. It is all part of the Oticon promise to continuously improve everything we do—to help the practitioner build higher levels of client satisfaction and practice success. (800) 526-3921; www.oticonus.com.
Omni-Directional Microphone The 8000 series cylindrical shape omni-directional microphone from Sonion, Minnetonka, Minn, is expanding into other market applications. Some non-hearing instrument applications, like headset boom related microphones, require higher dynamic range. Sonion has developed the 8040 model with increased dynamic range to 100 dB SPL. As with our other 8000 models, the user will get the superior performance from environmental extremes and industry leading EMI and ESD protection. (952) 543-8300; www.sonion.com.
Earlight Kit Hal-Hen Company Inc, Garden City Park, NY, offers its new super bright Deluxe Earlight Kit. The new LED-PRO earlight is compatible with its previous earlight tips, loops, and accessories; a super-bright white light is supplied using the latest in long life LED technology. The LED-PRO is powered by two inexpensive AAA alkaline batteries, included with two earlight tips and storage case. (800) 242-5436; www.halhen.com.
Hearing Screening Booth Acoustic Systems, Austin, Tex, introduces the RE-125 hearing screening booth. Shipped preassembled, the RE-125 offers improved isolation and meets OSHA standards. The unit is easily moved through most office doors and is kept in stock for rapid delivery. Acoustic Systems is accredited by the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) and submits its audiometric rooms and suites to regular testing. Factory-trained representatives help with selection and installation. (512) 444-1961; www.acousticsystems.com.
Practice Management Software Sycle.net, San Francisco, offers Sycle®, practice management software, specifically designed for hearing health care professionals. Sycle users can implement an easy-to-use appointment scheduling and patient tracking system, leverage automated mail to drive more sales, and meet HIPAA security standards instantly. Also, the software enables the management of one or more clinics from anywhere at anytime, the submission of insurance claims electronically, as well as the ability to sync sales data with Quickbooks Pro. (888) 881-7925; www.sycle.net.
Hearing Aid Test System Frye Electronics, Portland, Ore, offers its top of the line replacement for the 6500-CX, the FONIX 7000. This instrument has great flexibility and a high-resolution display on a LCD monitor, and is computer upgradeable. Manufacturers, researchers, and dispensers are currently using the 7000. It is designed with a worldwide market in mind. This system has the advantage of being a standalone unit and can be conveniently used with a computer. The team at Frye is willing and able to help when custom programs are designed by customers. (800) 547-8209; www.frye.com.
Portable, Amplified Telephone Clarity, a Division of Plantronics Inc, Chattanooga, Tenn, has unveiled its Clarity® C440 2.4 GHz amplified telephone. The C440 is lightweight, portable, and ideal for use by people with varying degrees of hearing loss. The phone offers enhanced clarity, reduced interference, and increased range of movement to telephone users. The C440 features amplification of sound up to 30 decibels, adjustable ringer volume, a bright visual ringer in base and handset to alert users to incoming calls, a large lighted dial pad, and hearing aid compatibility. In addition, it features caller-ID with 50 number and name memory, a customizable handset ringer, a one-touch emergency key, as well as redial, flash, mute, and page functions. The C440 also includes a belt clip and a 1-year limited warranty. (800) 552-3368; www.clarityproducts.com.
Universal Cell Phone Amplifier Pehratek Products, Chanhassen, Minn, offers the Earware Cell Phone Amplifier, which compensates for a cell phone’s low volume output to overcome background noise or poor signal connections. The unit can be used with custom Jabra earpieces or Plantronics headsets, when the air cavity is increased between the transducer and the eardrum, reducing the volume output. The Earware Cell Phone Amplifier works with any hands-free or headset and is easily operated with one hand. (952) 470-9063; www.pehratek.com.
ITE Technology Hansaton Hearing Systems, Hamburg, Germany, offers its cosmetically appealing FUSION ITE technology. The semi-modular faceplate technology is now available in ITC and CIC designs. FUSION combines the latest digital hearing instrument technology with an ingenious design to achieve a maximum in precise tone perception and hearing comfort. FUSION canal technology is available with the digital technologies Leonardo, Premio, Vital, Activo, and Dynamic. FUSION CIC technology comes with Leonardo, Vital, Activo, and Dynamic technology. Hansaton products are available in the United States through: Discovery Hearing Aid Co-op Inc, (800) 736-9903; R & L Hearing Services, (800) 444-8920; and Trillium Hearing Technologies Inc, (866) 449-9757; www.hearing-usa.com.
Amplified Cord Phone Clarity, a division of Plantronics Inc, Chattanooga, Tenn, introduces the first corded, amplified telephone available through its Clarity Professional™ brand. The C2210 amplifies incoming sound up to 40 dB and incorporates Digital Clarity Power™ technology—a technology usually found in hearing aids—which makes soft sounds audible while keeping loud sounds bearable. The C2210 features a bright, flashing visual ring indicator on the front of the phone. An optional Bed Shaker accessory is available for separate purchase. A remote, wireless lamp flasher is also available to alert of an incoming call by flashing a light located up to 30 feet away. Standard features include: caller ID and voice mail indicator, large lighted dial pad, built-in alarm clock, a 2.5 mm headset jack for hands-free telephone calls, and a 3.5 mm audio output port. Available through Clarity authorized distributors. (800) 552-3368; www.clarityproducts.com; www.mywalker.com.
New Microphone Technology Interton, Minneapolis, announces the release of a new twin microphone system with Adaptive BeamForming (ABF) technology. ABF provides a variable polar pattern that changes as the acoustic environment changes, creating different polar patterns as needed. ABF positions the null, or the angle of attenuation, toward the location of the noise source. When the sound source moves in space, ABF moves the directivity pattern to correspond with it, reducing the noise and maximizing the signal to noise ratio. In quiet environments, ABF functions as an omni-directional microphone. ABF twin microphone systems are available on Interton’s premium digital product lines. (800) 247-4741; www.interton-usa.com.
Custom Open Fit Instruments United Hearing Systems, Central Village, Conn, offers a complete line of custom ITEs and micro BTEs with custom open fit earmold. The Nuance Digital with feedback supression will provide open fittings up to 50 dB loss. (800) 825-2001; www.unitedhearing.com.
Small Volume Control Sonion, Roskilde, Denmark, introduces the PJ 185—the world’s smallest volume control with built-in on/off switch. Sonion’s latest addition to its wide range of volume controls recently passed the Sonion Quality Certificate (SQC) test. The PJ 185 enables hearing instrument designers to make smaller ITE/ITC instruments. The body volume of the PJ 185 is just 33% of its predecessor, the PJ 88. However, it still offers a large diameter knob (only 25% smaller than the PJ 88). The focus in developing the PJ 185 has been to preserve the high quality of the PJ 88 while significantly reducing its size—verified by the SQC test. +45 4630 6649; www.sonion.com.
Hand and Power Tools Hal-Hen Company Inc, Garden City, NY, provides a very comprehensive offering of fine hand and power tools for every application. Of special note is the new ergonometrically designed Dremel XBR rotary tool, which fits in the palm of your hand. The XBR series combines comfortability and functionality rolled into one. Hal-Hen offers Dremel®, X-Acto®, Foredom®, Handler®, and much more. If the item is not in the catalog, call and request it. (800) 242-5436; www.halhen.com.
Newsletter CareCredit, Anaheim, Calif, offers up-to-the-minute tips in its quarterly newsletter. Past topics have include: How to Attract More Patients, Making Hearing Aids Accessible, and Maximizing Acceptance of Optimal Technology. The newsletter also features the best ways to present financing and price to patients, how to increase the patient’s credit line, and how to effectively display and discuss CareCredit to ensure successful fee presentations. CareCredit is a nationwide company, offering a comprehensive range of plans including 3-, 6-, and 12-month no-interest and 24-, 36-, and 48-month low-interest payment plan options. (800) 300-3046, ext 4519; [email protected].
Lipreading Course CD-ROM Audiological Engineering Corp, Somerville, Mass, offers a lipreading instructional course on CD-ROM (with multimedia capabilities) for hearing health professionals and self-study programs. This CD-ROM can be used alone or in combination with tactile aids or a hearing aid. The course enables adults and children to participate in home therapy. The course offers lessons ranging from individual vowels and consonants to running speech. (800) 283-4601; www.tactaid.com.
Portable Hearing Aid Vacuum jodi-vac LLC, Portland, Ore, offers jodi®-PRO, a portable hearing aid vacuum cleaner for hearing professionals. The 12-volt DC unit offers a motor with 2,000 hours of clinical use, and two specially milled needles (one for ITE, ITC, and CIC instruments; another specially designed 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 indicate 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; www.jodivac.com.
Swiss Batteries According to SY KESSLER SALES INC, Dallas, after more than 12 years of research and development, Renata, the Swiss battery producer, offers the Maratone battery. Renata representatives state that the company’s new generation battery has plenty of power to supply even the most demanding digital units for a “long run time.” Based on the battery’s marathon performance, Renata is launching it under the name Maratone. (800) 527-0719; www.renata.com; [email protected].
Financial Presentation Materials CareCredit, Costa Mesa, Calif, now offers presentation materials to make financial discussions easier, which result in increased hearing aid sales. The new materials include proven scripting techniques and updated presentation charts that can be used to effectively integrate financing into face-to-face presentations, and easily guide patients through fee presentations. In addition, practices will receive new “No Interest” counter displays, window decals, and updated patient brochures to display, ensuring all patients are familiar with their payment options and aware that financing is available—even before the financial discussion. (800) 839-9078; www.carecredit.com.
Portable Vacuum Pump Kit Lightning Enterprises, Limington, Me, announces the Lightning Vac Traveler, a completely portable suction system designed for professional hearing aid cleaning and maintenance. The recently improved design includes: the popular Lightning Vac 2 vacuum pump with suction and blower ports (which can also be used as a stand-alone system in the office); a vacuum jar desiccator for fast drying; five various needle tips, with convenient Slip-Luer fitting; and a durable hard-shell carrying case. (877) 546-1797; www.lightning-enterprises.com.
Scented Silicone Impression Material Warner Tech-care Products Inc, Minneapolis, a single source supplier, introduces Tickled Pink, a scented, custom-blended silicone impression material. The clean and convenient cartridge material mixes easily through the cannula tip. Nongreasy, Tickled Pink produces a firm impression without distorting the ear canal. Patients can enjoy the fresh and soothing mint scent, during the 3- to 5-minute setup. Tickled Pink is a 35 shore material, and is suitable for standard and CIC impression taking. The cartridge will make four or five impressions using the standard style impression gun. Tickled Pink is sold by individual cartridge, allowing the user the choice of mixing tip size. (800) 328-4757; www.warnertechcare.com.
Wireless ABR System Vivosonic Inc, Toronto, offers Integrity™, the only Bluetooth® wireless ABR system, extensible to TEOAE, DPOAE, and ASSR. Unique resistance to interferences enables ABR testing in nonshielded rooms and with non-relaxed patients—impossible with conventional equipment. With many other features, Integrity is ideal for testing patients of all ages—in hospitals and private practices. (877) 255-7685; www.vivosonic.com.
Upgraded Hearing Instrument Verification System Software Audioscan, Dorchester, Ontario, the manufacturer of the Verifit® hearing instrument verification system, announces the release of software version 2.4. New features include a fitting system for CROS instruments using insertion gain or Speechmap—when CROS is selected, the Verifit automatically uses the reference microphone on the nontest ear; a real-ear occlusion effect test; ANSI S3.22—2003 and ANSI S3.22—1996; new, reorganized, and updated help files; cursor readout on most graphs; support for shared and networked printers; manual control that shows SPL, gain, and distortion as bar graphs and values; last-used fitting method, transducer type, stimulus type, and level may be saved when power is turned off; tests can be run in Speechmap with no need to enter an audiogram first. (800) 265-2093; www.audioscan.com.
Mid-Priced Hearing Aid Family Oticon, Somerset, NJ, features Tego, a complete mid-priced hearing aid family. Using its unique DecisionMaker™ system, Tego employs artificial intelligence to manage its advanced systems, which include automatic directionality, adaptive directionality, noise management, and OpenEar Acoustics™. This system allows Oticon Tego to provide a new level of benefit for clients who choose a mid-priced hearing solution. (800) 526-3921; www.oticonus.com.
Smoke Detector System Beyond Hearing Aids Inc, Florence, Ky, offers a reliable solution to being awakened by the smoke detector. The Shake-up Smoke Detector system from Silent Call features a smoke detector with transmitter and either a vibrating receiver or strobe receiver to alert the person when the smoke detector is activated. “Would you be awakened by the smoke detector?” is a valid question to ask anyone with a severe high frequency hearing loss, and the Shake-up system provides the solution. The smoke detector emits both an audible alarm and a transmission to the receiver that is placed next to the bed (up to 100 feet from the smoke detector). (800) 838-1649; www.beyondhearingaids.com.
Portable Procedure Head Light Oaktree Products Inc, Chesterfield, Mo, introduces the Welch Allyn Solid State Portable Procedure Head Light. Rechargeable batteries (charger included) are housed in the soft, replaceable terry cloth headband. The entire unit weighs less than four ounces. The circumference of the bright beam can be adjusted, and the light will run for 90 continuous minutes on a full charge. (800) 347-1960; www.oaktreeproducts.com.
Hearing Aid Protection Discovery Hearing Aid Warranties, Mobile, Ala, provides loss, damage, and/or component failure protection for all makes and models of hearing aids, including cochlear implants and bone-anchored processors. A unique compensation plan generates continuous extra income for dispensers. Discovery Hearing Aid Repair is a rapid response, full-service, all-make repair laboratory. (800) 525-7936.
Custom Music Earmolds iPod has become a favorite music source of choice for active people, so Westone Laboratories Inc, Colorado Springs, Colo, has introduced the Style #7i custom earmold. Since most generic fit earbuds do not always stay in place when a person is in motion, the 7i earpieces are created to accept stock iPod earbuds, hold them securely, and channel the music directly down the canal. Depending on the size of the ear, the earbuds may be imbedded in the earmold or attached with a provided adapter. Style 7i earpieces are made in acrylic white to match iPod earbuds. (800) 525-5071; www.westone.com.
New Personal Listening Device Clarity, a Division of Plantronics Inc, Chattanooga, Tenn, a national supplier of products for the hearing loss community, recently introduced the Clarity Professional™ Personal Listener Plus (model PL100). The lightweight, pocket-sized portable personal listening amplifier is for people with varying degrees of hearing loss. The Personal Listener Plus is the first product from the new Clarity Professional product line, which features hearing solutions designed specifically for the special needs community. Containing a small omni-directional microphone and a comfortable earhook, the Personal Listener Plus is sleek and lightweight and amplifies incoming sounds up to 40 dB; it contains a Max Boost switch that enables the user to maximize the amplification of all incoming sounds, or reduce harsh sounds and background noise with its Automatic Gain Control setting. It includes a carrying case, charger, and extension cord for listening to TV or music. Also, the unit works in conjunction with other hearing devices. (800) 552-3368; www.clarityproducts.com.
Custom Label Batteries Qualitone Hearing Systems, Eden Prairie, Minn, offers premium custom label batteries imprinted with the business name, logo, address, and phone number right on the package. Qualitone can also assist with marketing plans designed to improve not only battery income, but also customer loyalty. Programs include battery clubs, point-of-sale displays, full-service care, and other special promotions. (800) 328-3897; www.qualitonehearing.com.
Bur Kit Warner Tech-care Products Inc, Minneapolis, can supply the repair material needs of hearing care professionals. The Hearing Practice Bur Kit provides cutters, buffers, wheel points, and mandrel in a see-through storage case. The kit provides burs needed for in-house repair of hearing aids when using Dremel hand pieces. (800) 328-4757; www.warnertechcare.com.
Master Digital Super Power Oticon Inc of Somerset, NJ, introduces Sumo DM, an advanced digital super power instrument. The compact new Sumo DM improves listening performance in noise by using Oticon’s unique tri-state noise management system to differentiate between speech and noise inputs—and apply narrow band noise reduction accordingly. Dynamic feedback cancellation effectively eliminates feedback without the loss of gain. A new gain and compression strategy for severe and profound hearing losses—dynamic speech enhancement—balances speech understanding and loudness compensation across eight individual frequency channels. The instrument also contains another industry first—a programmable LED light to indicate power on, preferred VC level, and program changes—making Sumo DM the ideal super power choice for children. (800) 526-3921; www.oticonus.com.
24-Hour Service Hocks Hearing Healthcare Products, Portland, Ore, offers 24-hour, 7-day service through its Web site, www.hocksproducts.com. Available inventory includes batteries, ear plugs, drills and accessories, hearing protection, infection control/cleaners, demonstration ears, testing tips, tubing, polishing materials, and impression materials. (800) 654-6257; www.hocksproducts.com.
Full Service, All-Make Repair Lab Discovery Hearing Aid Repair, headquartered in Mobile, Ala, is staffed with personnel who have extensive experience in all facets of repairing and reconditioning hearing aids. The team offers high-quality repairs, rapid response time, and competitive pricing. Discovery Hearing Aid Repair is one of the Discovery Companies, which also includes Discovery Hearing Aid Warranties and Hansaton. (800) 736-9903.
Design Award Hansaton Hearing Systems, Hamburg, Germany, has won the prestigious Reddot Design Award for its Leonardo high-tech hearing systems. The Reddot Design Award is one of the most respected of the international design scene. According to the competition’s jury, the Leonardo VC is a “first-class digital hearing system of extremely small size. With its dynamic, two-colored design, the Leonardo VC is no longer perceived as a hearing device, but rather as a high tech helper.’’ Leonardo also offers a dual-shell design—making individual color choice possible by changing the housing shell. Hansaton products are available in the United States through: Discovery Hearing Aid Co-op Inc, (800) 736-9903; R&L Hearing Services, (800) 444-8920; and Trillium Hearing Technologies Inc, (866) 449-9757; www.hearing-usa.com; [email protected].
Hearing Health Care Products Reizen Incorporated, Farmingdale, NY, specializes in creating innovative products for the deaf and hard of hearing, as well as offering them wholesale to companies in the United States and abroad. The company offers low prices, a large product selection, and profitability in helping grow a hearing health care business. (800) 881-4327; www.hearmore.com; www.ReizenUSA.com.
Physician Marketing Video A video about a physician newsletter publishing service is being offered by the publishers of Hearing HealthCare News®, White Plains, NY. The 9-minute presentation, available on CD or VHS, describes how a physician newsletter can benefit an audiology practice. (800) 342-1643; www.hearinghealthnews.com.
Digital Hearing Instruments Qualitone Hearing Systems, Eden Prairie, Minn, offers Marquise, the company’s premier digital technology. Its exclusive feature set offers dynamic Integrated Directional Processing, which automatically activates the instrument’s advanced directional microphone to enhance speech understanding in noisy environments. Adaptive feedback cancellation continuously eliminates feedback, without degradation of signal quality. Indicator tones for low-battery warning, memory switching, and volume control settings increase hearing comfort by making it easier to find the appropriate listening level. Available in styles ranging from BTE to CIC. (800) 328-3897; www.qualitonehearing.com.
High Energy UV Wand System Henkel Corporation, Rocky Hill, Conn, has introduced the Loctite® ZETA® 7760, a high energy UV wand system featuring a 200 watt HPMA lamp that outputs up to 20 watts/cm2 of UV light at 250 to 410 nm. This extremely high energy output provides very rapid tack-free cure cycles and excellent depth of cure. A single Loctite ZETA 7760 light source can power up to four separate cure areas, an extremely cost-effective cure option. Designed for spot curing applications, this system performs best on cure areas up to 1¼2 inch in diameter. The Loctite ZETA 7760 features an auto-ranging (90-265 VAC, 50-60 Hz) solid state power supply, a 200-watt high pressure mercury arc lamp, a universal power supply, and an optional liquid light guide. An hour meter monitors use of the system’s 1,000 hours of expected UV lamp life. This high intensity light source performs extremely well on hard to cure UV adhesive products. Optional UVC light guides and filters further enhance curing. The system can be operated manually or using timed shutter light exposure, from 0 to 99.9 seconds. (800) LOCTITE; [email protected], or www.loctite.com.
PC-Based Clinical Audiometer Interacoustics, Eden Prairie, Minn, introduces the Equinox stand-alone unit, a PC-based, two-channel, clinical audiometer. Desktop or mounted in a sound booth, it connects from the hardware to your PC with just one cable to the USB. A better connection means fewer errors, and less time spent readjusting equipment. (800) 947-6334; www.interacoustics.com.
BTE Instrument Line Audina® Hearing Instruments Inc, Longwood, Fla, recently launched a new line of 100% digital BTE hearing instruments: INTUITION D, INTUITION 4, and INTUITION 2. These are fully programmable, 100% digital BTE instruments. The INTUITION series offers fitting flexibility with layered noise reduction and intuitive feedback reduction. These features provide comfort and relief from irritating noise and whistling feedback. The INTUITION is available in 10- or 12-band gain adjustment for precise target matching, and offers up to four memories that provide versatility with independent channel compressor characteristics, in addition to dynamic con