Advanced Reporting Options
CareCredit, Orlando, Fla, has integrated new advanced reporting options on its Web site, helping enrolled practices to manage the financial part of their business and motivate more patients to accept recommended hearing aid technology. The application summary and the cardholder available credit report let practices view patients’ approved or available credit. Practices can use the summary report to review their activity, including transaction amounts, dates processed, processing fees, and payment plans. They can also access statements online and review their merchant activity.
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Wireless Connection to Bluetooth
Sonic Innovations Inc, Salt Lake City, introduces sonicBLU, a wireless communication device that allows users of the company’s Velocity hearing aids to wirelessly connect to Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones. The device features talk time of up to 4 hours, and a standby time of up to 70 hours. It has an operating range of up to 10 meters, uses a rechargeable lithium-ion battery (with a charging time of 11/2 to 2 hours), weighs 10 grams, and measures 42 mm long by 24 mm wide by 12 mm thick.
Light, Stylish Design, High-end Features
People who require higher amplification can experience superior performance, wireless connectivity, excellent cosmetics, and a range of price options in five new RITE Power hearing solutions from Oticon Inc, Somerset, NJ. The hearing devices are based on the ultrafast RISE platform that delivers extended bandwidth and significantly higher levels of processing power. Epoq RITE Power features high-speed wireless technology that synchronizes compression, automatics, noise reduction, and directionality. Vigo RITE Power combines design, size, performance, handling capabilities, and value. The lighter, sleeker versions operate on standard 312 batteries and are offered in assorted color choices.
50 dB Gain Receiver and Integrated Real Ear Measurement
Starkey Laboratories Inc, Eden Prairie, Minn, offers enhancements to its products with BluWave Signal Processing (SP), a proprietary system with the flexibility to make evidence-based enhancements to products. Enhancements include the new Zon XM 50 receiver—providing 50 dB of gain, and the ability to use Integrated Real Ear Measurement (IREM) in most of the company’s devices. Similar to an operating system on the computer, BluWave SP coordinates multiple complex systems, processes system data, and manages inputs, then allocates resources to control output parameters, reportedly resulting in patients experiencing clarity in noise, virtually zero feedback, and high-resolution sound imaging.
Courtroom Listening System
The Comfort Contego HD courtroom listening system from Swedish-based Comfort Audio, Park Ridge, Ill, helps improve conditions for the ADA-dependent hearing-impaired public, jurors, defendants, lawyers, court reporters, and interpreters. The wireless digital system sends coded radio transmissions digitally over secure channels, providing encryption, portability, versatility, and HD-quality sound without the need for installation. The company has developed proprietary noise-filtering processes to deliver clear, enhanced sound. Hearing aid users with a T-coil or a personal headset can access the same audio feed to expand its accessibility.
New Product Families
Phonak, Warrenville, Ill, introduces Versáta in the advanced segment, and Certéna in the basic segment, two new product families based on the CORE platform. Along with Exélia and Naída, these products form a collection to meet client needs, addressing all levels of hearing loss, personal preferences, lifestyle, age, and budget. The CORE collection now includes Power CIC (completely in the canal) hearing systems, which help people with severe hearing loss benefit from the advantages of a cosmetically attractive, virtually invisible CIC hearing system.