Custom Earpieces for RIC Instruments

Westone Laboratories Inc, Colorado Springs, Colo, introduces custom fit earpieces designed for use with Siemens Receiver in Canal (RIC) instruments, furnishing a solution for patients who would benefit from more available gain and better retention with an RIC instrument. The style #87 earpiece fits securely to the RIC receiver and incorporates the Siemens C-Guard wax protection system. It is offered in acrylic and silicone, and can be ordered with or without a removal line. After navigating to the Westone order form, select RIC Custom Molds. Practices with a Siemens account can also order via

(800) 525-5071

Ear Scope

Vision USA, Cherry Hill, NJ, introduces The Communicator ear scope, digital camera/microscope (10x to 50x continuous magnification). The 5-inch device provides a real-time solution for communicating, and is useful for examination. It can quickly be joined to most computers via USB cable. Users can instantly e-mail, text, save images and videos, edit, and add text or draw images on the computer. The product includes software and a 1-year unconditional warranty.

(800) 257-5782

New Generation of Video Otoscopy

GN Otometrics, Schaumburg, Ill, has recently introduced the Aurical OTOcam 300—a new generation of video otoscopy that offers hearing care professionals advanced video technology and data management. The product is a lightweight, portable professional tool that provides support for diagnostics, counseling, training, and documentation. It is a fully integrated device, combining a powerful light source with advanced software for displaying crisp, full-color video and images on a standard laptop or desktop computer—or on a large screen.

(800) 289-2150

Signal-Processing Overview

Digital Hearing Aids, written by James M. Kates, EE, Plural Publishing Inc, is a 464-page book featuring an overview of the signal-processing strategies implemented in modern digital hearing aids. Algorithms ranging from dynamic-range compression and directional microphones, to sound classification and binaural noise suppression are explained. Basic equations detailing the signal-processing algorithms are paired with detailed explanations for those less comfortable with the mathematics, and each processing strategy is accompanied by a summary of its effectiveness. The text is intended for a graduate audiology course in hearing aids and hearing-aid technology.

(866) 758-7251

Tinnitus Aid

Clearly Heard Inc, Glendale, Calif, has introduced Hear Reliever, a new supplement formulated to assist patients with symptoms associated with ringing or buzzing in the ear. Hearing supplements have been shown to be effective in reducing and/or eliminating tinnitus in some patients. The formula includes glutathione (a key element in preventing free-radical damage), CoQ10 (an antioxidant that promotes cellular energy), and NAC (an amino acid reportedly shown to repair damaged hair cells of the inner ear). Health care professional discounts and affiliate programs are available.

(800) 677-2616

Wireless Connection

The Tek from Siemens, Piscataway, NJ, is a wireless accessory that facilitates connection of the company’s Pure hearing aids to Bluetooth-equipped devices, such as cell phones, personal audio, TV, and PC. Designed to meet the needs of today’s interactive hearing-instrument wearer, the unit speaks the same language as other high-tech instruments.

(800) 766-4500