Soundbridge Implant

MED-EL, Durham, NC, announces the Soundbridge® middle ear implant. The Soundbridge leaves the ear canal completely open and reportedly features a 94% improvement in patient satisfaction with sound quality. The Soundbridge is indicated for use in adults who have moderate to severe sensorineural hearing loss and desire an alternative to an acoustic hearing aid. The product utilizes hearing technology that directly drives the ossicular chain, bypassing the ear canal and tympanic membrane. It consists of two major components: 1) the implanted component called the Vibrating Ossicular Prosthesis™ and 2) the externally-worn receiver called the Audio Processor™. The Soundbridge is a direct-drive prosthetic that mechanically vibrates the bones in the middle ear without surgically altering the structures of the middle ear. (888) 633-3524; .

Conditioning System

Ear Technology Corporation, Johnson City, Tenn, offers the Dry & Store conditioning system to help kill germs. Dry & Store’s patented conditioning system kills 99.9% of the germs most likely to cause itching and irritation of the external ear canal. It is said to be the only appliance for hearing care with this sanitizing benefit. (800) 327-8547;

NOAH-Compatible Audiometer Module

Frye Electronics Inc, Tigard, Ore, offers the FONIX NOAH Module, which allows the clinician to connect a FONIX audiometer or hearing aid analyzer to a computer running NOAH and perform most measurements from the computer. The audiometer module upgrades include the addition of a new speech audiogram window, allowing clinicians to plot the speech score by amplitude, improving the printout and interface for changing settings. The hearing aid test module upgrades include adding linear targets to the already existing NAL-NL1 and DSL i/o targets, improving the ability to copy and paste test results to Excel, as well as improving the real-ear and coupler test automation capabilities. (800) 547-8209;

Wireless Communication System

Oaktree Products Inc, St. Louis, has introduced the Contego, a full-performance wireless communication system designed to improve and enhance the quality of sound. Both the microphone (transmitter) and receiver have built-in zoom microphones which are user adjustable for maximum customization of sound. The microphones can be set for omni-directional or directional based upon conditions, and the volume level can be remotely adjusted. (800) 347-1960;

Flexible Light Bar

GN Otometrics, Schamburg, Ill, introduces a new light bar for its ICS Chartr 200™ solution. The light bar comes in a lightweight and flexible design that supports the portable VNG/ENG solution launched by GN Otometrics in early 2006. The new light bar has a small footprint and telescopic extensions for the 30° visual angle, saving space whether wall-mounted or used with a tripod. At 5.3 lbs, the light bar is 68% lighter than the previous version. Its compact design and sleek carrying case give clinicians the freedom to move easily. (800) 289-2150;

Ultra-Small BTE

Unitron Hearing, Plymouth, Minn, announces Moxi™, the first Canal Receiver Technology (CRT) offering cosmetics, performance, and a full fitting range. The ultra-small BTE offers a comprehensive fitting range within one product line and ensures dispensing professionals can fit more clients with a wide range of hearing losses and preferences. Two different sized external receivers that fit directly in the ear canal provide six different fitting options for clients with mild to severe hearing losses. Moxi is the smallest hearing device with a multifunctional onBoard™ control, programmed with U:fit™ fitting software that can be either a volume control or a program selection button. Moxi is available at four distinct prices from premium to the advanced and essential categories with Indigo™ and the Element™ series. All Moxi products are offered with a choice of standard or power external receivers. (800) 888-8882;