Laura Voll, audio business manager of GSI-VIASYS, Madison, Wis, recently told HR about some of the audiometric equipment available for audiologists.

What’s new at your company?
Grason-Stadler Inc (GSI) has been through many changes in the past few years. Through a recent acquisition we are now part of VIASYS Healthcare Inc, a global, research-based medical technology company focused in respiratory, neurocare, and medical/surgical products. VIASYS products are marketed under well-recognized brand names such as Grason-Stadler®, Nicolet®, Nicolet Vascular, Toennies, Sensormedics®, Bird®, Bear® and Jaeger.

What is unique about your product line?
GSI is without equal in the field of audiometric equipment, both diagnostic and screening systems. Our flagship system, GSI Audera, is a platform-based electrophysiologic device that can be ordered with any combination of modalities, including AEP/CAEP, ASSR, and DP OAE. All of these modalities share a common database and patient records are linked so all the data can be found quickly and easily. The professional report generator makes it easy to pull information into a report for transfer to patient records or referring physicians.

The GSI 61 and GSI Tympstar are favorites among audiologists for audiometric and middle ear testing. We have over 50 years of experience in delivering the performance and precision that clinicians seek.

Finally, the GSI AUDIOscreener is ideal for screening hearing through ABR and/or OAE testing. For neonates, children, and adults, the GSI AUDIOscreener allows you to choose the modality that you prefer, and achieve fast accurate results. The AudioTrak database will compile and store the data, or the results can be printed directly via an infrared connection to an ink jet printer.

How do you see the market evolving in the next few years?
There are several trends that are having a large impact on the hearing industry. Neonatal hearing screening is one of the strongest. With equipment like AUDIOscreener, hearing loss can be identified within the first few days of life. Technology like ASSR make it possible to get reliable hearing thresholds for hearing aid fitting within the first months of life. These changes are very important to the cognitive and linguistic development of children with hearing loss.

 Allan H. Gross
Senior Brand Manager
E-A-R Auditory Systems

HR caught up with Allan H. Gross, senior brand manager, E-A-R Auditory Systems, Indianapolis, to discuss what his company has to offer the hearing care industry.

Tell us about your company.
E-A-R® Auditory Systems is a division of The Aearo Company, a major developer and manufacturer of personal protection products. Auditory Systems products, designed specifically for hearing health care providers and communications equipment manufacturers, are sold respectively through special instrument distributors and to original equipment manufacturers worldwide. Our
E-A-RTONE® 3A and 5A Audiometric Insert Earphones minimize or resolve many of the problems a hearing health care professional may encounter when using a supra-aural earphone. Insert earphones make the testing process more reliable and less time consuming for the provider, and more comfortable for the patient. Auditory Systems also offers a variety of foam and thermoplastic eartips for communication applications and personal listening devices. We also manufacture the Professional Musician EAR Plugs.

How do you stay on top of industry trends?
As a member of audiology and related professional associations, I take advantage of both the meetings and journals these organizations offer. Either as a registrant for instructional courses, or an exhibitor, these opportunities provide an excellent perspective of industry trends. Hearing health care journals also provide a convenient and effective way to keep abreast of industry trends and issues that affect the community.

Which of your products are you most enthusiastic about?
I’m certainly enthusiastic about our E-A-RTONE® 3A and 5A Insert Earphones, but the real magic in those devices resides primarily in the small yellow and beige foam eartips—the E-A-RLINK®. The advantages in ambient and inter-aural attenuation, infection control, elimination of collapsed canal artifact, and patient comfort can all be attributed to the insert earphone’s unique coupling to the ear. There are now five sizes of tips available, three (3A, 3B and 3C) foam eartips, and two PVC (3.5 mm and 4.0 mm) “Infant Eartips.” All are compatible with either the 3A or the 5A E-A-RTONE Insert Earphone models.