Practice Management Software Aegis Group, Portland, Ore, recently released Sycle for beta testing. The full-service hearing practice solution handles daily scheduling, management and marketing reports in real time.
Sycle’s features include: central online appointment setting; time automated, customized patient sales and communication direct mail; easy set-up and information importation from existing data; daily follow-up call lists; lead tracking ability from initial contact to final sale; and the ability to market manufacturer offers directly to patients or prospects via opt-in marketing programs. (503) 762-5815; [email protected].
Full-Color Catalog Available Great Lakes Earmold Laboratory Inc, Cleveland, is scheduled to release an updated product catalog in April 2002. The new catalog features descriptions and full-color images of more than 300 hearing health care products, including impression materials, syringes, mixing accessories, build-up materials, tubing, ear blocks, glues and cements, otoscopes and earlights, connectors, ear hooks, dampers, vacuum systems, grinding and polishing supplies, creams and drops, cleaners and disinfectants, ITE and ITC accessories, counter items, batteries and testers, listeners, and hearing aid dehumidifiers and dryers. Great Lakes Earmold will exhibit in Booth #809 at AAA. (800) 842-8184; www.greatlakesearmold.com.
Zero Bias Receiver United Hearing Systems (UHS) Inc, Central Village, Conn, recently completed a research project designed to identify the most compatible matching components based upon a reliability measurement system. The company’s audiology and engineering professionals looked at a complete range of new and traditionally utilized electronic and plastic components to create a matching matrix the is expected to enhance the reliability of UHS’s products, specifically, specially designed receivers have been incorporated into the range of analog and digital technologies that UHS offers. These receivers are made with a balanced armature design and are compatible with voltage driven class D output stages found in the company’s new hybrids. (800) 835-2001; www.unitedhearing.com.
Directional BTE Intrason, Choisy, France, announces the launch of the Digison 621MD, a digital directional BTE. The instrument’s directional algorithm was reportedly developed in cooperation with researchers at the French National Center of Scientific Research. It allows the user to switch from omni-directional to multi-directional, which, when combined with the company’s Speech Optimization System (S.O.S.®), a 32-channel noise reduction algorithm, enhances speech recognition in noisy environments, according to the company. Distributed in the United States by United Hearing Systems. (33) 1-48-53-59-00; www.intrason.com.
Fitting Software Audina Hearing Instruments Inc, Casselberry, Fla, offers ezFit. The software application features include an improved patient database, the ability to import previously saved settings into a hearing aid, new Autofit selections, the ability to back up and restore the patient database, a new help section, a preset adjustment menu for ease in troubles hooting a fitting, and a revised section for utilities such as price menus, and order forms. (407) 331-0077; www.audina.net.
Pediatric Hearing Screener Eckstein Bros Inc, Hawthorne, Calif, offers the Noise Stik II™ Model EB-23, a hearing screener for subjective testing of infants, toddlers, and older persons. The unit features an ultracompact slimline microprocessor design, audio output of warbled sine waves of four frequencies, regulated power supply with low batter indicator, color-coded push-button operation. In addition, the Noise Stik automatically presents a 2-second tone or can be adjusted to longer tone presentations such as 3, 4, or 5 seconds. Audio output can also be switched to a continuous tone whenever the instrument is to be put into calibration mode. (323) 772-6113; [email protected].
Batteries Sy Kessler Sales Inc, Dallas, imports RENATA Swiss-made batteries. According to the company, RENATA is currently introducing its latest generation of Zinc-Air batteries, which are designed to provide high performance and long life. (800) 527-0719; www.sykessler.com.
Hearing E-Business Web Site Siemens Hearing Solutions, Piscataway, NJ, has created [email protected]™, the industry’s first and only e-business Web site to offer custom hearing instrument ordering with its unique E-form. The password-protected site grants registered [email protected] members convenient access to the Siemens Ordering Center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The site’s offers the ability to order custom hearing instruments, simplifies managing account information including checking the status of orders and repairs, and allows the accessing of warranty information. Registered members receive weekly “tips” about fitting, programming, patient counseling, trouble shooting, and marketing ideas. The site is divided into five areas: E-form, Hearing Mall, My Account, Order Information, and Marketing Services. (800) 766-4500; www.siemens.medical.com.
Customized Frames Los Angeles-based Eara Advertising Resources offers two paned clear glass giveaway frames customized with company logo information for clients and employees. In addition to the frames, the company has an array of corporate gifts including clocks, watches, frames, pens, awards, keyholders, paperweights, and bar sets. The first 10 emails with “Future” in the subject line will receive a free promotional package. (Limit one per customer.) (800) 422-EARA; [email protected].
Web Site Unveiled Ear Technology Corporation, Johnson City, Tenn, has unveiled its new Web site. The site has been designed to provide greater ease of use by both consumers and professionals, and will enable visitors to download technical and product information, promotional literature, and graphics suitable for use in newsletters and advertising. (800) 327-8547; www.dryandstore.com.
TCST Testing St Louis-based AUDiTEC™ announces the pending release of the Time Compressed Sentence Test (TCST), which measures simple, declarative sentences compressed 40% and 60% which is believed to be more effective than compressing single words. Data on the TCST is being gathered at several beta sites, which will be released in the near future. In addition, Spanish language and British English versions of the TCST are being prepared. (800) 669-9065; www.auditec.com.
Amplified Telecoils Microtronic US Inc, Minnetonka, Minn, offers its Active Telecoil series equipped with a CMOS amplifier TA20. The telecoil offers EMI noise suppression and frequency response that decreases the sensitivity for spurious electromagnetic fields in the audio range of 50-60 Hz. The response also resembles the microphone response, which enables the hearing instrument designer to fulfill the requirements from the NSH Standard. (952) 543-8300; www.microtronic.org.
Digital Hearing Aid Unitron Hearing, Plymouth, Minn, offers the Unison digital hearing aid. Features include switchable directional microphones, expansion, volume control with disabling capability, and adjustable beep tone program indicator. Available in two, simple-to-fit models, Unison 2 and Unison 4. In addition, Unison offers customized fits and quick-to-learn, easy-to-use software. (800) 888-8882; www.unitronhearing.com.
Custom Style Hearing Aids Siemens Hearing Solutions, Piscataway, NJ, offers additional behind-the-ear (BTE) models and newly available custom styles to its PHOENIX™ family of hearing instruments. Following the PHOENIX 104 and 204 mini BTEs released in January 2001, Siemens added more BTEs to the PHOENIX family—the 103, 203, 303, and 304—offering a choice of size as well as power for any degree of hearing loss at any age. Plus, to complete the PHOENIX family, Siemens has now introduced custom styles—completely-in-the-canal (CIC), in-the-canal (ITC), and in-the-ear (ITE)—to provide different cosmetic solutions. PHOENIX offers a solution for every degree of hearing loss, from mild to profound, in any style. PHOENIX custom products offer a two-channel compression amplifier for precise fitting to the residual dynamics of the patient’s hearing loss. Compatible with most FM systems, PHOENIX BTEs are recommended for pediatric fittings. (800) 766-4500; www.siemens.medical.com.
Balance Assessment Micromedical Technologies, Chatham, Ill, offers Balance Quest Computerized Dynamic Posturography. The Balance Quest platform is designed to float on a spring suspension allowing a freedom that more accurately mimics natural conditions that disturb proprioceptive information. Balance Quest assesses balance function and fall risk through sensory organization and limits of stability testing. Vestibular rehabilitation and balance retraining therapy should include protocols on the Balance Quest that are custom designed for each patient to obtain the most positive functional outcome. (800) 334-4154; www.micromedical.com.
Infant Eartips E-A-R Auditory Systems, Indianapolis, offers two sizes of infant eartips for use with the E-A-RTONE 3A or 5A Insert Earphone. These disposable PVC tips, packaged in bags of 20 each, are available in both 3.5-mm and 4-mm canal sizes. Using the same stem as the E-A-RLINK 3A/3B/3C foam couplers, they will allow insert earphones to be used for subjective and objective pediatric testing in cases where the small E-A-RLINK 3B beige foam tips are too large to insert into an infant’s ear canal. (317) 692-6666; www.aearo.com.
Cerumen Protection The Ridwax Barrier system is available to manufacturers and dispensing hearing aid businesses with laboratory services through Otomed Technologies Inc, a Magnatone Corp subsidiary, located in Casselberry, Fla. The Ridwax Barrier system protects hearing instruments from cerumen damage. The device has a rotational barrier door for easy maintenance. The acoustically transparent door comes color coded for quick identification of the left and right ear. The Ridwax Barrier system can be used with SOFT canals or IROS venting and can be assembled in less than 1 minute. The unit’s display cases come in four different sizes and two styles: leather look and hard plastic. (407) 339-2422; www.magnatone.com.
Enhanced Digital Hearing Rexton, Plymouth, Minn, has released the Rexton 3D Ultra, an enhanced version of the Rexton 3D. The Rexton 3D Ultra incorporates a three-channel, six-band processing system that features as many as three independently programmable memories for maximum fitting control. In addition to the parameter assistant fine-tuning option, the unit includes the Optifit programming feature and Timeloop compression system, which assist hearing professionals in efficiently and effectively adjusting the Rexton 3D Ultra. Other features include six-band sensitive voice processing and frequency response shaping, microphone noise reduction, extended directional microphone programming options, power-on delay, as well as low battery and memory alert tones. Rexton 3D Ultra maintains the same quality and flexibility of Rexton 3D, while enhancing software functionality, resulting in an extremely sophisticated digital circuit that can be adapted to almost any lifestyle or hearing situation. (800) 876-1141; www.rexton.com.
Audiology Seminars Audina Hearing Instruments Inc, Casselberry, Fla, offers its third annual slate of National Seminars. Attendees of the seminars can earn CEUs and have the opportunity to discuss recognition and enhancement of hearing health care issues. The seminars approved by IHS and the American Academy of Audiology; and may have state approval as well. Seminar locations include North Carolina, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Washington, Kansas, Arizona, California, and Florida. www.audina.net/seminar. (407) 331-0077; www.audina.net.
Amplified Cordless Telephone Effective Communication Solutions Inc, Independence, Ky, offers the Ameriphone CL40 cordless 900 MHz phone. The product offers the convenience of a cordless telephone with a powerful 40 dB amplifier that can meet the needs of a wide range of users. The phone has a large and lighted keypad for easy dialing. (800) 838-1649; www.beyondhearingaids.com.
Impedance Audiometer Interacoustics, Eden Prairie, Minn, offers the AT235h, a high-frequency impedance instrument. The AT235h delivers a high-frequency probe tone and allows for more reliable tympanometric results in neonatal screening. Probe tone frequencies are available at 226, 678, 800, and 1,000 Hz. The AT235h offers tympanometry, ipsilateral and contralateral acoustic reflex, reflex decay, eustachian tube function, and AC audiometry. The AT235h is portable, and results can be printed using its built-in thermal printer or by downloading the NOAH Windows® program. (800) 947-6334; www.interacoustics-us.com.
Hearing Aid Sweat Band VanB Enterprises of West Valley, NY, has developed the Hearing Aid Sweat Band, a disposable soft fabric sleeve that protects behind-the-ear (BTE) devices from moisture. Available in four colors and five sizes, the Hearing Aid Sweat Band protects BTE hearing aids from perspiration, snow, and rain, as well as from infiltration of damaging dirt and grime. The sleeve is easily slipped over the microphone of a hearing aid, without the need for a tool. (716) 942-6313; www.vanbent.com.
Personal Amplifier Effective Communication Solutions Inc, Independence, Ky, offers the PockeTalker PRO, personal amplifier, from Williams Sound Corp. The durable, compact system features large, easy-to-use volume control with “ON” light indicator, and up to 100 hours of use. The unit operates on two AA batteries. Internal tone and gain controls allow audiologists additional performance flexibility. PockeTalker PRO comes with batteries, microphone extension cord, carrying case, choice of listening option, and a 5-year warranty. (800) 838-1649; www.beyondhearingaids.com.
Spanish RGDT Test AUDiTEC™, St Louis, announces the pending release of its Random Gap Detection Test in Spanish (RGDT-SP). While the test is nonlinguistic, instructions in Spanish have been added to the test to aid the non-Spanish-speaking examiner. The RGDT-SP will soon be available on either cassette or compact disc. (800) 669-9065; www.auditec.com.
Plastic Component Parts In’Tech Industries Inc, Ramsey, Minn, is a supplier of miniature plastic hearing aid component parts for hearing aid manufacturers. The company offers a variety of standard products along with in-house custom design and tooling capability to meet customers’ specific needs. (763) 576-8100; www.intech-ind.com.
3D Digital Hearing Aid GN ReSound, Bloomington, Minn, offer the Canta7 digital product line The Canta7 product line includes 100% digital signal processing, digital cochlea dynamics including “Power Fit” audiogram plus fitting algorithm, a digital dynamic directionality system, digital feedback suppression that avoids feedback without reducing gain, and up to four environmental programs including programmable telecoils. It is available in all models from Power BTE to CIC. (800) 248-4327; www.gnresound.com.
Dispensers Network Hear For You (HFY), Oklahoma City, is a network of dispensers across the United States that offers savings to the public on hearing health care products. HFY is not a buying group, however; network members receive low prices on hearing health care products. Through volume purchasing and shared economies of scale, HFY’s program is designed to maximize profits but also to pass on savings to end-users, so more people who need the help will be able to afford it. (866) 840-9008; www.hearforyouonline.com.
Wireless Infrared Listening System HITEC Group International Inc, Burr Ridge, Ill, offers ClearSounds II Wireless Infrared Hearing System. The cordless headset features stereo and mono capacity sound, as well as adjustable left and right tone and balance control, for individual TV or music listening. Hearing aid compatible, the product operates at 2.3 MHz, and has rechargeable batteries, which automatically recharge when the headset rests in its transmitter cradle. (800) 288-8303; www.hitec.com.
Hearing Payment Plan Elite Physician Services, Chattanooga, Tenn, offers the Hearing Payment Plan™, which is designed to remove the affordability concern of patients and improve cash flow via up-front payment to providers. The plan requires minimal staff. The application process can be completed via either fax or phone. The Hearing Payment Plan provides monthly payment plans to patients, which are risk-free for the provider. High approval rates and a $1,000 minimum encourage patients to accept treatment recommendations. A 90-day interest-free option is available. (877) 354-8337; www.elitedr.com.
High-Fidelity Digital Instruments United Hearing Systems, Central Village, Conn, introduces digital K-AMP hearing aids, adding to its extensive line of analog and digital products. The product was developed at Etymotic Research Inc, working with Gennum engineers, who developed the K-AMP technology. (800) 835-2001; www.unitedhearing.com.
Combination Cleaning Tool S & S Laser Productions, New Port Richey, Fla, offers the Combo Tool. The unit combines three tools in one with a soft cleaning brush, wax pick, and magnet designed to help manage batteries. The device is intended to empower users to take an active role in their hearing aid maintenance and is ideal for those with less dexterity. (800) 934-6815.
Ear Gel EarGuy™ ear-gel by Earmold Design Inc, Minneapolis, is a gel lubricant designed to make earmold and hearing instrument insertion easy and comfortable. It is water soluble and will not leave residue or buildup on the ear, according to the company. The squeeze bottle is used to apply the gel onto a Q-tip™, which is then swabbed at the opening of the ear canal. (800) 334-6466; [email protected].
Demonstration Ears Hocks Hearing Healthcare Products, Portland, Ore, reintroduces its Hocks Demonstration Ears, reportedly an improved version of the company’s demonstration ears that were first introduced in the early 1960s. The demonstration ears are made of tough and flexible silicone, and are ideal for practicing impression taking or displaying on a counter, according to the company. Able to be cleaned with soap and water, they are available as a pair or individually. The company also offers its clear demonstration ears with a full-length canal made of clear, firm material that reportedly will not become soft or sticky. (800) 654-6257; www.hocks.com.
Distribution Partnership Entered Phonak Hearing Systems Inc, Warrenville, Ill, recently announced that it and Duracell® have entered into an exclusive North America distribution agreement for Phonak to sell Duracell‚ Activair™‚ hearing aid batteries. With Phonak’s established distribution network within the hearing healthcare industry, the agreement will broaden the distribution and reach of Duracell Activair batteries to hearing health care professionals and improve service levels. Under this agreement, Phonak will become the sole distributor for Duracell Activair to hearing health care professionals in the United States and Canada. (800) 777-7333; www.phonak-us.com.
Digital Family of Products Magnatone Corp, Casselberry, Fla, offers the TruVoice® 100% digital family of products. The TruVoice features 1-, 2-, or 4-channel programming. TruVoice 100% digitals are customizable, featuring a manual VC, tunable, low-battery signal, scalable notch filter, and adjustable expansion (with the option of a programmable t-coil). TruVoice is NOAH compatible, and uses DigiPro6 software. (800) 327-5159; www.magnatone.com.
Hearing Aid Conditioning System Johnson City, Tenn-based Ear Technology Corporation has renamed its Dry & Store® hearing aid conditioning system. The new name, Dry & Store® Professional, reflects the product’s exclusive availability through hearing health care professionals. Originally an analog device, it now has digital timing for its germicidal and drying cycles. The company also markets Dry-Brik™, a custom-formulated, disposable desiccant. (800) 327-8547; www.dryandstore.com.
Acoustic Impedance/ Microprocessor Audiometer Micro Audiometrics, Murphy, NC, presents the Earscan® middle-ear analyzer and pure tone audiometer. According to the company, it is lightweight, durable, and affordable; performs an acoustic impedance test in 1 or 3 seconds, and can test ipsilateral reflexes. It reportedly presents signals from 250 through 8K, at 0 to 90 dB in a pulsed or continuous mode, and can test automatically. The Earscan comes complete with the audiometric headset, impedance probe, eartips, and a limited 3 -year warranty. The first factory calibration is free. (800) 729-9509; www.microaud.com.
Cell Phone Amplifier Oaktree Products Inc, Chesterfield, Mo, distributes the Earware Cell Phone Amplifier by Pehratek Products, which compensates for a cell phone’s low volume output to overcome background noise or poor signal connections. The unit can be used with custom earpieces or headsets, when the air cavity is increased between the transducer and the eardrum, reducing the volume output. The Earware Cell Phone Amplifier works with any hands free or headset and is easily operated with one hand. (800) 347-1960; www.oaktreeproducts.com.
Hearing Aid Battery Dispenser Energizer Battery Company, St Louis, has released the hearing aid battery dispenser, the Energizer® EZ Change® Amplifier Air Cell™, eliminates the need to handle hearing aid batteries and allows quick, easy, accurate battery insertion. The new patent-pending device features a magnetic arm that enables easy battery removal and precise placement of new batteries. while eliminating the need to remove battery tabs by hand. The Energizer EZ Change also eliminates the need to remove battery tabs by hand. It is available in most hearing aid battery sizes. (To view Energizer products, visit booth 1005 at AAA.) (800) 383-7323; www.energizer.com.
Digital Hearing Device Hansaton Akustik, GmbH, Hamburg, Germany, offers the ACTIVO unit. The digital device is designed to meet the needs of of digital newcomers and is available in mini-BTE, all ITE shell types, from CIC to full shell. +49 (40) 29 80 11-26; www.hansaton.de.
OAE Screener Otodynamics, Hatfield, Herts, England, offers the Echocheck OAE screener. The screener’s automated pass/refer system is based on TEOAE signal-to-noise ratio. The screener stores up to 97 test results with test/machine ID, ear, date/time, OAE dBSPL and other control parameters. Data is printable on an optional mini-printer or uploadable to a PC by serial line. The minimum acceptable OAE dBSPL can be programmed, and the numeric option has a digital readout of test ID, OAE dBSPL, time and date. The upload software includes exports to database programs and to OZ SIMS. Remote operation and data collection from a PC are also optional. (800) 659-7776; www.otodynamics.com.
Direct Mail Advertising Action Marketing, El Cajon, Calif, specializes in the design and production of direct mail advertising. The company’s marketing approach focuses primarily on new patients, which reportedly results in predictable and consistent business growth. In addition, the company’s products are tested before inclusion in its product line, a process that is designed to minimize the risks involved in a new advertising approach. The company further reports that it has invested heavily in the development of an extensive production facility, while refinements in its tracking and production systems increase accuracy and decrease production time. (800) 227-0819.
Custom Earpieces Mid-States Laboratories, Wichita, Kan, offers its custom earpieces that attach to standard ear buds, which are designed to enable hands-free cellular phone use. The product also reportedly increases clarity by decreasing background noise and road noise. The company can provide the complete package, including the Plantronics lightweight headset #M140 or M145. (800) 247-3669; www.mid-stateslabs.com.
Loop Amplifier HARC® Mercantile Ltd, Kalamazoo, Mich, offers the Echo-MegaLoop. “Loop” a room, office, or meeting place with the induction wire. Connect the amplifier to TV, radio, or stereo system; use the microphone to pick up room sounds and telephone or doorbell. Use hearing aids in the T-coil position to hear via induction. The unit is easy to set up, no special tools are needed. It features a small, compact size; line input gain control; AGC technology which suppresses any sudden loud noises; volume and tone controls; and includes about 100’ of loop wire. (800) 445-9968; www.hacofamerica.com.
Office Management System Siemens Hearing Solutions, Piscataway, NJ, offers the Practice Navigator™ FirstStep™ edition, a free office management software system for Hearing Health Care Professionals. FirstStep belongs to the Siemens Practice Navigator family of office management software systems. Designed to enhance the way a Hearing Health Care practice is run, FirstStep offers many of the basic features found in the Practice Navigator™ Professional edition. It includes a new, easy-to-use, electronic, custom products order form, which ensures that the information entered in the form is valid by allowing Hearing Health Care Professionals to choose only from the available options. When the order form is printed, it also includes a bar code that contains all the order information. Then when that order form is received at a Siemens production facility, the information is simply scanned and is instantly entered into the production system. (800) 333-9083; www.siemens.medical.com.
Balance Center Software Micromedical Technologies, Chatham, Ill, offers Version 9 software for Windows. Version 9 adds System 2000 Rotational Chair and Balance Quest Dynamic Posturography as a fully integrated Balance Center software that includes VisualEyes VNG and VORTEQ/DVAT. Version 9 complies with ANSI 3.45 Testing Basic Vestibular Function and HL-7 patient information networking. (800) 334-4154; www.micromedical.com.
Marketing Specialists Open House Specialists (OHS) America, Beauford, SC, offers advertising, dealer participation, sales specialists, and no risk guarantees to increase sales. The program pays for local advertising to mobilize the market, brings hearing instrument sales specialists to the dealer’s office, and provides a higher client retention rate. (866) 624-8100; www.ohsamerica.com.
Digital Microphone Phonak Systems Inc, Warrenville, Ill, offers the Claro 11 CIC, which features a digital microphone. The analog/digital converter has also been incorporated into the microphone housing, allowing the microphone to be encased in a protective shield that improves sound quality by diminishing signal distortion from cellphones and other outside noise. Like the other instruments in the Claro line, the Claro 11 uses the company’s Digital Perception Processing™ to mimic normal hearing. Other features include the ability to screen out extraneous conversation, reduce interference from steady state noise, automatically activate appropriate hearing program for the listening environment, and continually regulate volume, clarity and sound quality. (800) 777-7333; www.phonak-us.com.
Portable OAE & ABR Tester Everest Biomedical Instruments, St Louis, offers the GSI AUDIO screener™, a portable, computer-independent, hand-held device which combine to evoke otoacoustic emissions (OAE) and auditory brainstem response (ABR) tests for advanced, reliable and simple newborn hearing screening. (636) 519-7770; www.everest-co.com.
PLL System Sennheiser Electronic Corp, Old Lyme, Conn, offers the Mikroport™ 2013 PLL system. It reportedly consists of a receiver for the hearing impaired and a transmitter for the speaker, which is designed to enable those with hearing difficulties to play a fully integrated role in social settings. The 2013 also features a 16-channel selector, found on both the receiver and the transmitter, which provides the user with flexibility to switch to an interference-free channel at the turn of a dial, according to the company. (877) 736-6434; www.sennheiserusa.com.
Personal Care Products Hagemeyer Tech Care Products, Minneapolis, offers its own line of personal care products for the hearing care industry, including Earmold Cleaner, Ear-fresh, Ear-gel, Derm-aid Cream, Sta-Dri dehumidifier jar, and Tech Care ear wax removal system (not pictured). All Tech Care products are alcohol free to prevent ear irritation. (800) 328-4757; www.cambar.com.
Promotional Holograph Lollipops Eara Advertising Resources, Los Angeles, offers customized holographic and photographic promotional lollipops. The company also offers an array of food promotional products, including candy, cookies, fruit, popcorn, chocolate, mints, wine beer, and water. The first 10 emails with “Pops” in the subject line will receive a free promo package (Limit one per customer, and include mailing information in the email). (800) 422-EARA; [email protected].
Glow-in-the-Dark Earmolds Microsonic Inc, Ambridge, Pa, offers Glow-in-the-Dark® customized earmolds and swimplugs. Also available through Microsonic is a custom earmold manual and an accessories and supplies catalog. (800) 523-7672; www.earmolds.com.
Natural Ear Care Product Miracell Inc, Orem, Utah, offers a new ear care product, Miracell Botanicals, as skin conditioner that is formulated from all natural botanical extracts. This product provides nutrients needed to maintain healthy ears and acts as a lubricant for hearing instruments. (800) 748-5040; [email protected].
Ear Care Kit Earmold Design Inc, Minneapolis, offers the EarGuy™ ear care kit, which includes several products that help patients provide care for their ears, earmolds and/or hearing instruments, including: EarGuy ear gel, a lubricant for aiding insertion; EarGuy earmold cleaner, an alcohol-free cleaner and sanitizer; EarGuy Ear-fresh, an alcohol-free solution for outer-ear hygiene; and an EarGuy Desert Pouch, which is designed to provide an economical way to remove unwanted moisture. (800) 334-6466; [email protected].
Screening Audiometer Eckstein Bros Inc, Hawthorne, Calif, offers the Tetra Tone II™, a compact portable hearing screening instrument for general testing. The unit features a microprocessor, push-button operation, four intensity levels, low battery indicator, auto power shut-off, and memory recall. The TetraTone is guaranteed for one ear and meets ANSI requirements. (323) 772-6113; [email protected].
Hearing Aid Dryer S & S Laser Productions, New Port Richey, Fla, offers the Moisture Guard Electronic Hearing Aid Dryer. The Moisture Guard provides users with a way to properly maintain their hearing aids. It is safe, easy to use, and portable. The unit is made of cherry wood and carries a money-back guarantee. (800) 934-6815.
Single-Wall Screening Booths Acoustic Systems, Austin, Tex, offers single-wall screening booths for screening environments where the ambient conditions require increased attenuation, or clinical testing may be required. The booths are constructed with the company’s standard, Type 2, 4-inch-thick wall panels and provide isolation. Acoustic Systems is accredited by the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) and submits its audiometric rooms and suites to regular testing. (512) 444-1961; www.acousticsystems.com
Workstation Upgrades Lightning Enterprises, Limington, Me, offers Workstation Upgrade Kits, which transforms any existing bench or table into a workstation or repair lab by providing the equipment and control module needed to set up an efficient work space. Workstation Kits include a vacuum pump system, UV Cure Unit, Desiccator Chamber, and control module, as well as tubings and accessories. There are several kits to choose from, depending on equipment needs. Complete workstations are also available. (877) 546-1797; www.lightning-enterprises.com.
Multi-Digital Technology Interton/AHS, Minneapolis, Minn, offers its D Series of hearing instruments. This complete line of 100% digital products has been designed with ease of operation in mind. It features two channel WDRC, two frequency bands and is adjustable to most types of hearing loss. (800) 247-4741; www.ahsonline.net.
Wireless Hearing System TV Ears Inc, Park City, Utah, offers the TV Ears wireless hearing system, designed to deliver sound directly to the wearer’s ears. Television audio processing (TAP) technology ensures that all words are heard clearly, while the automatic volume control (AVC) circuit is designed to reduce loud bursts of sound. The system works separately from television speakers so that others can set the TV volume at the volume they desire. TV Ears will also work in nearly all movie theaters, play houses, concert halls, and other public places, according to the company. (888) 883-3277; www.tvears.com.
Impression Material Mid-States Laboratories, Wichita, Kan, offers its line of impression material, Yellow Stuff™. The product is available in three formulas: oil-free Yellow Stuff; Yellow Stuff II™, with oil added comfort and easy removal, and Yellow Stuff III™, made with a new “in-between” formula that allows removal ease with fewer oil-related manufacturing problems. (800) 247-3669; www.mid-states.com.
Pre-Wired Faceplate Kits Puretone Ltd, Rochester, Kent, England, offers Pre-Wired Faceplate Kits for worldwide distribution. The faceplate kits are available in all battery types and nine amplifier types including the company’s ESPII digitally programmable range. Kits can be made to customer specifications for quantity orders. 44 (0) 1634 719427; www.puretone.net.
Digital Hearing Instruments Intrason, Choisy, France, announces the launch of Digison, the company’s new family of digital products, which use an algorithm that was reportedly developed in cooperation with the French National Center of Scientific Research. Features include: level dependent compression, which is designed to independently adjust each channel in the soft and loud sound ranges as well as the speech level; the Speech Optimization System (S.O.S®), a noise reduction algorithm that uses 32 channels to reportedly improve speech recognition in noisy environments; instant output compression, which is designed to ensure protection against loud noises without distortion; and fast transient compression, which reduces the gain of sudden, harsh sound. They are available in all models from CIC to BTE, and in power and multi-directional versions. United Hearing Systems (UHS) is the distributor of the instruments in the United States. (33) 1-48-53-59-00; www.intrason.com.
Microphone/ Receiver Combo Sense-Sonic offers the Conversor. Distributed by Hal-Hen Company Inc, Garden City Park, NY, the Conversor features uni-directional and omni-directional settings. With the added benefit of noise reduction, this microphone and receiver combination will work with any hearing aid that has a telecoil. For distance listening it can transmit up to 75 feet, or, for more general use, it can simply be held in the hand. (800) 242-5436; www.hal-hen.com.
Cell Phone Amplifier Pehratek Products, Chanhassen, Minn, offers the Earware Cell Phone Amplifier, which compensates for a cell phone’s low volume output to overcome background noise or poor signal connections. The unit can be used with custom Jabra earpieces or Plantronics headsets, when the air cavity is increased between the transducer and the eardrum, reducing the volume output. The Earware Cell Phone Amplifier works with any hands-free or headset and is easily operated with one hand. (952) 470-9063; www.pehratek.com.
Patented Longer Tab Design Duracell®, Boston, features the Activair™ with EasyTab™ hearing aid batteries. According to the company, the batteries use three innovations to enhance the lifestyle of patients: the patented longer tab design, designed to make the batteries easier to see, hold, and insert into a hearing aid: the “pillbox” package makes it easy for patients to store, transport, and remove batteries. The patented longer tab design makes the batteries easy to see, hold, and insert in hearing aids. The newly-developed cell construction reportedly provides up to 30% longer life than previous Activair batteries. Activair is distributed solely through Phonak Hearing Systems. (866) 285-6264; www.duracell.com.
Lipreading Course CD ROM Audiological Engineering Corp, Somerville, Mass, offers a lipreading instructional course on CD ROM (with multimedia capabilities) for hearing health professionals and self-study programs. This CD ROM can be used alone or in combination with tactile aids or a hearing aid. The course enables adults and children to participate in home therapy. The course offers lessons from individual vowels and consonants to running speech. (800) 283-460; www.tactaid.com
Digital Sound Processing Rexton, Plymouth, Minn, introduces its newest 100% digital hearing instrument, the Sensation. Available in a range of models, from CIC to ITE (with BTE reportedly to be introduced in fall 2001), Sensation incorporates 100% digital sound processing in up to three independently programmable memories, including telecoil, according to the company. Two independent gain controls (high frequency and low frequency), two channel wide dynamic range compression, and two channel AGC-I with adjustable kneepoint are all designed to maximize the hearing health professional’s ability to fine-tune the instrument. Other features include a programmable telecoil, volume control, microphone noise reduction, manual notch filter system, power-on delay, and low battery alert tones. (800) 876-1141; www.rexton.com.
Zinc Air Batteries RENATA Consumer Batteries, solely imported by Sy Kessler Sales Inc in Dallas, offers the zinc air hearing aid battery, the battery company’s fastest growing line. RENATA is a sister company of The SWATCH Group. SWATCH is the official timekeeper of the Olympics. (800) 527-0719; www.sykessler.com.
Super Power Instrument Oticon Inc, Somerset, NJ, offers the DigiFocus II Super Power instrument providing access to sounds never heard by the profoundly hearing-impaired user. Combining a 80 dB gain and a MPO of 139 dB SPL with the Sound Perception Management system, DigiFocus II Super Power can fulfill a variety of hearing needs. (800) 526-3921; www.oticon.com.
Soft Sound Enhancer Precision Laboratories Inc, Altamonte Springs, Fla, has introduced Precision Ear, a soft sound enhancer entry level or backup hearing aid. Manufactured from pliant material for comfort, the unit fits most ears and is available for left and right ear. Canal or CIC versions are available. Precision Ear provides amplification for those needing mild to moderate hearing enhancement, and offers repair service for all brands and types of hearing instruments. (800) 327-4792; www.precisionweb.com.
Hearing Accessories Puretone Ltd, Rochester, Kent, England, are worldwide distributors of hearing accessories and batteries. The company offers a range of products for most customer needs, including anti-feedback tips, syringes, batteries, key ring testers, impression material, alarm clocks, cotton and foam blocks, otoscopes, hearing aid dehumidifiers, and cleansing sprays. 44 (0) 1634 719427; www.puretone.net.
Improved Features Starkey Laboratories, Eden Prairie, Minn, offers the Axent™ BTE utilizing the new J13 case. The unit features increased fitting flexibility, improved hearing comfort, greater directionality, and higher output and gain. Features include Adaptive Feedback Cancellation. Axent’s Multichannel Expansion technology also reduces low-level circuit and environmental noise typically associated with WDRC instruments. The Axent BTE is also available with the AV Dual Microphone Directional System on multimemory instruments. (800) 328-8602; www.starkey.com.
Portable VRA Pehratek Products, Chanhassen, Minn, offers the Wireless Reinforcer action visual reinforcement audiometry (VRA) system. It combines motion and attention-getting light patterns for performing pediatric hearing testing. Each smoked Plexiglas box features a small cartoon character that lights up and moves rapidly back and forth when activated. Additionally, a U-shaped lamp array features 20 bright LEDs that flash sequentially or in a marquee pattern to vary the combination of lights and motion reinforcement. The system uses a wireless RF remote control to operate each reinforcer box at a distance of 50 feet. (952) 470-9063; www.pehratek.com
Hearing Services Marketing Astrum Marketing Inc, Tampa, Fla, offers marketing services designed to broaden hearing aid client bases by attracting new customers. During a promotion, Astrum provides exclusive advertising and guarantees its work. (866) 988-5403.
Cerumen Protection System Starkey Laboratories, Eden Prairie, Minn, introduces the Waxceptor™, a cerumen protection system with disposable wax guards. The wax guards help prevent earwax accumulation in the hearing aid receiver, a leading cause of hearing aid repair and patient dissatisfaction. Waxceptor wax guards are quickly and easily inserted utilizing the customized removal tool. Each kit contains five wax guards and does not alter the hearing aid’s frequency response, gain, or output. Waxceptor kits are free of charge and include two complete wax guard packs and an insertion and removal tool. (800) 328-8602; www.starkey.com.
Professional Testing Stethoscope A professional testing stethoscope is available from Hocks Hearing Healthcare Products of Portland, Ore. The stethoscope comes with three easily changeable attachments —a canal insert, a bell cup, and a chest piece—allowing users to test all types of hearing aids. The ear tips are removable for easy cleaning. (800) 654-6257; www.hocks.com.
Pediatric Hearing Health Program Siemens Hearing Solutions, Piscataway, NJ, offers the kid g-ear™ program. Scheduled for release in April 2002, the kid g-ear program is a comprehensive pediatric program for hearing health care professionals, their young patients, and adult caregivers. The kid g-ear program supports the entire treatment process, from the time a hearing loss is suspected in a child, through diagnosis, and well into treatment. Aside from technical and professional information for hearing health care professionals, the kid g-ear program includes informative brochures written with special attention given to the needs of parents and teachers. (800) 766-4500; www.siemens-hearing.com.