Hearing Instrument for Active Lifestyles
Siemens Hearing Instruments, Piscataway, NJ, introduces CENTRA Active™for physically active wearers. CENTRA Active’s AquaProtect™ technology resists sweat, moisture, and humidity and features a GORE™ clip-on microphone cover to protect against damage from liquids. CENTRA Active’s C-Guard™ barrier protects the dome tip against ear wax and humidity. The device is ergonomically shaped and available in a wide selection of open tips and colors. Options include ePocket™ remote control and a charger that can charge both instruments simultaneously. With Siemens’ e2e wireless™ technology, the left and right hearing instruments communicate with each other, and the device’s DataLearning™ technology learns the wearer’s volume preferences in different settings and automatically adjusts the instrument’s volume. www.usa.siemens.com/hearing.
Practice Development Program
Hearing HealthCare News®, White Plains, NY, developed the Practice Development ProgramTM to stimulate practice growth by marketing to current patients and local physicians. The program improves patient retention, increases sales to current patients, and increases patient and physician referrals. Dozens of tips and strategies, developed with leading audiology practices over the past 20 years, are provided. (800) 342-1643; www.hearinghealthnews.com.
Binaural Microchip Platform
Oticon, Inc, Somerset, NJ, introduces RISE, a new microchip platform that enables high-speed binaural sound processing 100 times faster than what is now possible with wireless digital sound processing in hearing instruments. RISE’s microchip design with built-in wireless broadband capabilities makes real time connectivity a reality for people with hearing loss. Hearing instruments equipped with “RISE inside” connect wirelessly with Bluetooth™-enabled devices such as mobile phones and other audio/visual devices. The RISE-powered link provides direct connectivity that is fully digital and uninterrupted from the source to the hearing aids. RISE’s proprietary broadband technology, EarStream™, creates a wireless sphere in which two hearing devices communicate synchronously at hyperspeed. (800) 526-3921; www.oticonusa.com.
Training Software To Increase User Satisfaction
New users of Oticon hearing instruments will now have access to auditory training software designed to enhance listening and speech recognition skills. Neurotone, Inc’s Listening and Communication Enhancement (LACE) interactive aural training software will now be provided to hearing care professionals whose patients choose Oticon hearing solutions. LACE enables practitioners to supplement clinic-based counseling with customized Web-based aural rehabilitation. The interactive computerized training program, suitable for all levels of user, is designed for home use and adaptable to individual listening levels. (800) 526-3921; www.oticonusa.com.
Hearing Aid Sweat Band
VanB Enterprises, West Valley, NY, introduces the “Slim Series” Hearing Aid Sweat Band™. The “Slim Series” is designed to protect smaller, more slender hearing aids from moisture, dirt and grime, and feedback from wind. The “Slim Series” is available in Mini, Small, and Medium in three colors. It is the same length as the standard Hearing Aid Sweat Bands™ but smaller in diameter. This introduction joins the 2005 launch of the 5XL, designed for FM systems. Hearing Aid Sweat Bands™ are now available in nine sizes and six colors and provide ease of operating the controls through the fabric. (866) 644-2500; www.vanbenterprises.com.
Hansaton Releases AQ
Hansaton Hearing Systems, USA, Tampa, Fla, announces the AQ, a new digital hearing system with a battery that lasts a full 20 hours. AQ instruments use a charging station engineered with an inductive charging process: AQ instruments can be dropped into the station at the end of the day and removed fully charged the next morning. The AQ service station provides an electronic display that monitors the hearing instruments to assure all components are working properly. The AQ service station also reminds users about service appointments. AQ has options for a variety of tastes and budgets. AQ features fully automatic, adaptive directional microphone technology, 8-, 12-, or 16-channel signal processing, phase cancellation feedback management, and a host of digital signal processing and fittings in half-shell, full-shell, BTE (ear mold), or open. (800) 449-9575; www.hearing-usa.com.
Micro Hearing Systems
Phonak, Stäfa, Switzerland, introduces the microStyle generation hearing systems. The functional design of the micro housing provides the perfect acoustic positioning of the directional microphones that are standard in all microStyle instruments, further improving speech intelligibility in difficult hearing situations. microStyle hearing systems intelligently and automatically switch to the appropriate hearing program to give all-around, hassle-free listening. The comprehensive product offering covers a large fitting range and offers an ergonomic design combined with thin tubing. The micro tube fits the contours of the ear and leaves it naturally open. Choice of standard tone hook, tubing, and dome size, plus earmold options for each microStyle generation instrument. The fitting software, iPFG Successware, makes fitting and fine-tuning the microStyle systems straightforward. All microStyle instruments—except for micro eXtra—are remote compatible. 011-41-44-928-01-01; www.phonak.com.
Prospective Patient Finder Program
AudioCare Inc, San Diego, presents the AudioCare Patient Finder Program. Your future growth and your future success helping those who suffer from hearing impairment are directly related to the number of new prospective patients who come to you for help. The components of the Patient Finder Program are: direct response mail, newspaper ads, and point-of-purchase help. (800) 974-4100; www.audiocare.inc.
Testing and Fitting System
MedRx Inc, Largo, Fla, offers the AVANT™ computerized testing and fitting system that consists of the AVANT A2D audiometer and the AVANT REM Speech Live Speech Mapping. The entire system weighs less than 7 pounds.The A2D audiometer allows fast and accurate air, bone, and speech testing, and offers an intuitive user interface for data collection, patient monitoring, and counseling. Speech system and fittings can be verified via Live Speech Mapping or traditional real ear measurement. Both instruments are NOAH™, System 3, and TIMS® compatible. (888) 392-1234; www.medrx-usa.com.