AMPAREX GmbH, Leinfelden, Germany, formerly known as MTF Impulse, was founded in 1995. The company established itself as a pioneer of innovative technologies, and its expansion at an international level led to the company’s renaming in 2008. Amparex’s core business is Internet/Intranet applications, such as its revolutionary software that allows hearing health care professionals to manage patients, devices, stock, appointments, and insurance billings. The program includes document handling (OpenOffice.org), billing, and statistics and has a NOAH 3 integration. Amparex’s one-of-a-kind online design allows access to the entire program’s applications from any location. Real-time data from branch offices is available anywhere and anytime. But if you don’t want to or can’t work online, you can also order a classic version of AMPAREX.
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Beltone Electronics, Glenview, Ill, makes high-quality hearing care available because the company believes everybody has the right to good hearing. To do so, the company develops technically optimal hearing solutions without ever losing focus on the individual’s needs.
In 1940, Sam Posen founded Beltone on the act of helping a friend to enjoy life more by addressing his hearing problems. Since then, the company’s goal has been to provide the hearing impaired with the best hearing care available, from products to counseling to service. It is Beltone’s belief that no individual should be denied the possibility of an improved life with better hearing.
One of the largest manufacturers of hearing instruments, Beltone products are sold in the United States, Canada and over 40 countries worldwide. In addition to providing outstanding service and support for our U.S. hearing care network, operating in over 1,300 offices in North America, Beltone remains the most trusted brand for quality products and care among its patients and adults aged 50 and older.
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Comfort Audio AB is the technology leader of modern hearing products and their advanced applications. Comfort Audio applies its core competencies and R&D resources to make living easier for hearing impaired people. The company was founded in 1994 in Halmstad, Sweden, and is today growing rapidly and strengthening its position on global markets.With a focus on quality and technology innovation, Comfort Audio has earned an international reputation and offers a range of hearing systems to enable active work environments and systems to promote learning in schools.
Comfort Contego is a wireless communication system that improves and enhances the quality of sound. Its digital radio system provides high-quality sound over secure-coded channels.
Comfort Duett is a small, rechargeable assistive listening device with superior sound. Stylish and ergonomically designed, the Comfort Duett amplifies speech, conversations, and sounds from a variety of external sources such as TVs, radios, and telephones.
Comfort Audio has its US headquarters in Park Ridge, Ill. For more information, please see our ad on page 11 and visit us at our booth at the EUHA show.
Etymotic Research Inc
In 2008, Etymotic Research Inc, Elk Grove Village, Ill, celebrates 25 years of research and development of products for the ear. Established in 1983 by Mead Killion, PhD, Etymotic has remained an engineering-driven company with a mission to develop products that measure, improve, and protect hearing. Scientists, engineers, and audiologists working together have generated more than 100 patents issued and pending.
Etymotic invented many of the products used and recommended daily by audiologists worldwide, such as insert earphones for audiometry and ABR, OAE test systems, custom Musicians Earplugs™, and two sizes of ready-fit high fidelity, flat-attenuation earplugs.
K-AMP® integrated circuits, the first single-channel wide-dynamic-range compression circuitry, and Class D receivers were developed by Etymotic Research. Directional microphones for in-the-ear hearing aids, array microphones, and the single-listener/multi-talker system Companion Mics™ were developed by Etymotic, as were the QuickSIN and BKB-SIN speech-in-noise tests, which are used to estimate signal-to-noise ratio loss in order to counsel patients and recommend advanced features on hearing aids.
A decade before MP3 players like the iPod® became available, Etymotic morphed its insert earphone technology to create the first noise-isolating, high-fidelity earphones for in-ear monitoring by musicians, critical listening by audiophiles, and flat frequency response earphones for the recording and acoustic research industries. Etymotic now makes earphones and wireless Bluetooth headsets for the consumer electronics and cellular industries, but remains true to its core mission. Etymotic (et-im-oh-tik) means “true to the ear.”
Frye Electronics Inc
Frye Electronics Inc, Tigard, Ore, has been designing, building, and selling hearing aid analyzers for 35 years and audiometers for 24 years. Soon the company will be manufacturing and marketing the HEARLab, designed by the National Acoustics Laboratory in Australia. This product provides cortical auditory evoked potentials to measure thresholds and fit hearing aids, using tones and speech sounds. It will be very useful for infants and noncooperative adults.
Frye’s FONIX 7000 Hearing Aid Test System, which is used by most of the world’s hearing aid manufacturers, provides the testing standards used around the world. In addition, unique tests of digital hearing aids provide information that would otherwise not be available. Digital processing delay and phase differences impact a successful fitting. Being able to demonstrate noise reduction features and directionality is also important. Frye’s FONIX FP35 Portable Hearing Aid Analyzer is popular around the world. Relatively inexpensive, it can be ordered with real ear and other features needed in different parts of the world.
As the world has become ever more computerized, Frye Electronics has created great computer programs like the FONIX NOAH Module for analyzers and one for audiometers. Its Visible Speech programs allow the user to see the response of the hearing aid on-top while the programmer is making changes. NAL and DSL-5 targets are available as are other traditional target programs.
We support and upgrade our programs for many years. Many Frye employees remain with the company for years and are knowledgeable and dedicated to customer support.
GRAS Sound & Vibration
GRAS Sound & Vibration A/S, a privately owned Danish company, was founded in 1994 by the acoustic pioneer and innovator Gunnar Rasmussen. GRAS Sound & Vibration concentrates its efforts and expertise on the development and production of acoustic front-end products. This includes all products necessary for the precise and reliable measurement and recording of acoustic signals, from the transducer to the input of the analyzer system.
The main line of instrumentation features a broad range of standard measurement microphones and preamplifiers, all designed and manufactured in accordance with international standards.
These are complemented by a full standardized range of ear simulators and head and torso simulator (KEMAR) for audiology; from development to quality control and service, regarding both hearing conversation and hearing protection. All ear simulator systems are modular and can easily be updated from one standard to another to fit your specific application.
The company’s international headquarters are in Holte, Denmark. Its US headquarters are in North Olmsted, Ohio.
Hearing Technologies International Inc
Hearing Technologies International Inc, Pinellas Park, Fla, is a leading designer and supplier of hearing aid care products to many of the world’s leading manufacturers and distributors. Founder Harvey Romanek has over 30 years of hearing aid industry experience in manufacturing, wholesale distribution, and dispensing. His exposure to hearing aids began with his childhood experience communicating with his hearing-impaired grandmother and father. He is dedicated to create or source consumer products that are designed for ease of use.
Hearing Technologies is proud to introduce our new Universal Hearing Screener. It presents a calibrated 40dB tone at 500, 1,000, 2,000, and 4,000 Hz, and is powered by two AAA easy-to-change batteries for reliable use. The cost-saving design provides hearing care professionals an opportunity to increase referrals from physicians and medical providers and creates positive relationships with the medical community. Custom labeling is available.
Hearing Technologies custom designs hearing aid cleaning tools to your specifications or you may choose from our more than 20 variations, including our new open fit cleaning tool + brush + magnet, combination tool with a wax loop + brush + magnet, and our RITE combination brush + magnet tool.
Hearing Technologies offers professional (220 volt) hearing aid cleaning systems, Digitel Battery Testers, strap-on portable telephone amplifiers, and digital sound level meters. We welcome all inquiries, including new product development. Please contact Harvey Romanek.
JodiVac LLC, Portland, Ore, was established in 1998. JodiVac is owned and operated by John and Kathy Maidhof. John has 12 years of hearing aid repair experience and developed Jodi products based on technical needs. Kathy has 4 years of experience in a dispensing office and runs JodiVac’s daily business.
The hearing aid has been around for decades and so has the problem of how to effectively clean one. With little available in the way of existing technology, the Maidhofs began to explore the possibility of using some type of vacuum.
Today, JodiVac manufactures the Jodi, Jodi Pro, Jodi XL, and Jodi Elite vacuums, each one a high-quality professional cleaner used for the removal of cerumen lodged in hearing aids. Their products are powered by a universal transformer and interchangeable AC power cords. JodiVac also offers a vacuum cleaner for the hearing aid user to maintain their own hearing aids in the comfort of their home.
Aside from national sales, JodiVac products are available in Australia, Canada, Cyprus, France, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom. Please refer to our advertisement on page 32 for further information.
MedRx Inc, Largo, Fla, entered the hearing health care market in 1994 after developing a superior video otoscope. The market for video otoscopy was in its infancy with a few high-priced products that were bulky, cumbersome, and not providing clinically acceptable images. MedRx patented a unique design feature that significantly improved the image quality, provided affordable value, and subsequently captured a commanding share of the domestic market.
Once the video otoscopy market was becoming saturated, the company embarked on a long-term strategic plan to design, develop, and market a family of advanced computer-based testing and diagnostic technologies to replace the stand-alone mechanical instrumentation prevalent in the market. MedRx recognized the impact that computerization was having in the medical field, in the programming and fitting of digital hearing devices, and in running modern health care practices. The company determined that the computer could be the primary engine for diagnostics, testing, and archiving results.
The company successfully launched a multifunctional PC platform that provided complete audiometry, real ear measurement, hearing aid testing, and hearing aid programming.
In 2004, a more modular approach was embarked upon, utilizing remarkably smaller components and advanced electronics. The AVANT family of products, including audiometers, live speech mapping/real ear measurement, and hearing aid testing, was launched in 2005, forever changing the image of diagnostics and testing in the market.
MedRx subsequently received international ISO 13485 certification and CE marking, allowing the company to export internationally. Today, in addition to the United States, MedRx sells in more than 20 international markets.
The earmold laboratory at Microsonic Inc, Ambridge, Pa, was established in 1964 and has continued to set high standards providing quality service, craftsmanship, products, and materials. In addition to attention to quality, Microsonic is continually researching, testing, and developing new ideas.
Microsonic has a wide range of custom products for almost any application including open-fit earmolds, cell phone ear pieces, and musician products. If there are needs for unique products, Microsonic is just a phone call away and its technical support team will be able to walk you through the process.
Microsonic’s accessory department is one of the industry’s leading suppliers of top-quality impression material and supplies, fitting supplies, office tools, and accessories, as well as consumer products. A wide variety of these products are always in stock.
Microsonic continues to pledge its best—to assure you of consistent high quality and to inform you of the most current earmold technology so that together it can bring the hearing impaired the finest custom products.
At the National Board for Certification in Hearing Instrument Sciences (NBC-HIS), Livonia, Mich, we always stress, “Be the Best. Be Board Certified.” But what does it mean to be the best? Why should you become board certified?
You can put your trust in NBC-HIS. We have provided more than 25 years of service to the hearing health care industry. NBC-HIS is the only hearing certification board that has accreditation by the National Commission of Certifying Agencies (NCCA), an organization created to ensure the health, welfare, and safety of the public. However, our reach is not only national—we have attained international status and recognition as a certification agency in the hearing health field.
There is a wealth of benefits that you and your company can experience. Certification allows you to better meet the ever-changing demands of the industry and keep up with the technology of tomorrow through continuing education and frequent newsletters. It also commits you and your company to a strict code of conduct, “The NBC-HIS Code of Ethics.” Your continued professional development and adherence to the Code of Ethics ensure that you meet the highest level of professional competency, giving your patients comfort in your credibility and expertise.
NBC-HIS Board Certification truly symbolizes the highest standards of skill and knowledge. Being certified increases personal confidence in your profession, but perhaps more importantly, it increases your customers’ confidence too. Professional visibility and customer recognition both increase dramatically with the symbol of certification (BC-HIS). It’s a powerful marketing tool that can help take your practice to the next level.
So what does NBC-HIS Board Certification all come down to? Simply—“Be the Best.”
The ReSound brand provides excellent sound by offering innovative hearing solutions that combine original thinking and design with solid technology—all based on deep audiological insight and understanding of users. ReSound, Bloomington, Minn, constantly strives to develop better solutions that help people rediscover hearing—so they can live rich, active, and fulfilling lives.
Key to the ReSound philosophy is the recognition that technological innovations make sense only if they deliver actual user benefit. That’s why ReSound looks for inspiration in the everyday realities faced by people with hearing loss.
ReSound has been responsible for a number of hearing industry firsts: Wide Dynamic Range Compression (WDRC) broke new ground for sound processing. Digital Feedback Suppression (DFS) was the first system to effectively eliminate howling and sound distortion. The world’s first open-standard digital chip set a new standard for flexibility in programming. And the introduction of AIR Open Instruments meant that it was finally possible to avoid plugging the ear canal—and that sound became more natural than ever before.
Today, ReSound is represented in almost every country in the world. The company draws on a vast pool of resources at technology centers around the world where our researchers work to apply technology to real human situations. Learn about our new premium hearing aid, dot by ReSound, ReSound Azure, and our total product portfolio.
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SoundBytes, Hicksville, NY, has been a leader in serving the deaf and hard of hearing communities in the United States and abroad since 1996, through catalogs, Internet, and retail.
Providing a complete line of auxiliary products to improve communication over the telephone and face to face, as well as lifestyle aids such as television amplifiers, and lots more, SoundBytes has launched a number of innovative programs in recent years to assist both the hard of hearing and the professionals who serve them, including the HEAR program, which allows audiologists and other hearing professionals to educate consumers on the many options available for hard of hearing individuals. This program offers hearing health care professionals wholesale pricing so they can display and stock this equipment in their offices for resale or for demonstration purposes.
SoundBytes ships its products around the world, and its comprehensive, user-friendly Web site offers wholesale pricing, its complete product line, and online chat support.
Unitron Hearing International
Unitron Hearing International is committed to providing world-class hearing solutions that make everyday listening easier for people with hearing loss. Working closely with customers across the globe, Unitron Hearing develops products that deliver exceptional quality with easy to use features to help people quickly realize the benefits of their hearing instruments. In fact, the company has made it a cornerstone of its business to incorporate purpose-driven innovations into every product category.
Unitron Hearing offers a complete range of digital hearing instruments in the premium through the essential categories to satisfy every hearing loss, lifestyle, and budget.
Unitron Hearing’s global Development Center is located in Kitchener, Canada, and serves people with hearing loss through international offices and its distribution partners in more than 70 countries. e-mail: .
Vivatone Hearing Systems LLC
Vivatone Hearing Systems LLC, Shelton, Conn, developed the first open ear hearing aid that placed the receiver directly in the ear canal. The Totally-Open-Canal (TOC) Receiver-in-the-Ear hearing aid was introduced to the world at the American Academy of Audiology annual convention in 2008. Innovative design and modern digital technology are combined to create a hearing aid that has dramatically changed the way hearing professionals are fitting hearing aids and positively changed the lives of those with hearing loss around the world.
In an effort to reduce common patient complaints in his own practice, audiologist Dr Natan Bauman created the first Vivatone hearing aid. One patient, Leon Hirsch, previous owner of US Surgical, was so pleased with the results, he created the company Vivatone Hearing Systems LLC. Since that time, Vivatone has continued to incorporate technological advances to create the most complete RITE product line in the hearing industry.
What began as a niche product has quickly become the product choice for many professionals. Now, everyone can enjoy the cosmetic appeal and acoustic benefits of our RITE design, even those patients with severe and profound losses!
The continuing mission of the company is to provide the greatest level of satisfaction through our products and service to our hearing professional partners, and in turn to the hearing impaired public that we serve.
Five decades of intensive research and development have made Widex a world leader in hearing aid manufacturing.
The company became world famous when it introduced the first digital in-the-ear hearing aid in 1995, and the pace of progress has been swift ever since. Today, Widex employs 1,850 people worldwide, including approximately 900 in Denmark, and its products are distributed in more than 90 countries.
All research and development, as well as administration and most of production, is based at Widex headquarters in Vaerloese, north of Copenhagen. The company is owned and managed by the Tøpholm and Westermann families, who founded Widex in 1956.
It is Widex’ mission, through originality, perseverance, and reliability, to develop high-quality hearing instruments that give people with hearing loss the same opportunities for communication as those with normal hearing.
(+45) 44 35 56 00
With 20 years experience in making hearing aid batteries, ZeniPower, Zhuhai, China, has become one of the top manufacturers on both quality and quantity. Supplying hospitals as well as the largest hearing aid manufacturers, ZeniPower batteries offer top performance and reliability at the best value.
With patented cathode technology, ZeniPower batteries such as the Implant Power batteries are superior on high drain performance and suitable for cochlear implant devices as well as the latest wireless Bluetooth hearing aids. Stable voltage above 1.1V will amply power full digital hearing aids at the best value. Private labeling service is available.
+86 756 252 6620