productNew Product Line
In’Tech Industries Inc, Ramsey, Minn, a leading supplier of miniature plastic hearing aid components, introduces its new VTM™ product line. Services include providing high-quality, highly accurate, digitally created ear shell services and rapid manufacturing to hearing instrument manufacturers. Proven technology includes precision scanning, electronic detailing, and stereo-lithography services while offering multiple surface finishes and color options that can improve your customer satisfaction ratings. This service is now available to all hearing aid manufacturers. www.intech-ind.com.


productImpedance Screener
Maico-Diagnostics, Eden Prairie, Minn, offers the MI 34 impedance screener with the added function of reflexes and reflex decay tests that are usually found only on more expensive diagnostic equipment. The screener/diagnostic tympanometer also features ipsi and contra tests, as well as perforated and intact ETF testing. (888) 941-4201; www.maico-diagnostics.com


productHigh-Frequency Hearing Instrument
Starkey Laboratories Inc, Eden Prairie, Minn, introduces the new AristaLite digital BTE. AristaLite offers patients an ideal blend of high-frequency amplification and open-ear acoustics without altering lower-frequency sounds. An open-ear design results in a natural balance and clarity of sounds with improved listening comfort. Common frustrations like “my voice sounds hollow” or feeling “plugged up” are greatly reduced. A seven-band equalizer also allows you to fine-tune the high-fidelity circuit to your patient’s exact listening needs. This reduces the risk of overamplification and distortion—common problems with many open-ear fittings. (800) 328-8602; www.starkey.com.


productMultipurpose Clinical Audiometer
Interacoustics, Eden Prairie, Minn, features the AD229e, a powerful multipurpose clinical audiometer in a small package. Connect a keyboard to input patient data, transfer data to NOAH, and generate professional reports with a direct printer connection. (800) 947-6334; www.interacoustics.com.


productReceiver Series
Knowles Electronics, Itasca, Ill, announces the addition of three new series to the Pantograph Receiver line of high-output, vibration—reduced receivers—the VPHF, PHD, and PHI series receivers. The VPHF series combines the original high-output vibration-reduction technology of the PHF receiver with elastic surrounds assembled into an external metal can. The result is greatly improved gain-before-feedback and less telecoil interference. The PHD series receiver (which debuted at AAA 2004) shrinks the Pantograph technology for use in mini-BTE and ITE applications. Another AAA 2004 introduction—the PHI receiver—takes the Pantograph high-output vibration-reduction technology to new extremes by applying it to a Super Power BTE receiver. All Pantograph Receivers use a “mass-balanced diaphragm and armature system” to greatly decrease the vibration problems common to traditional receivers. Combined with Knowles’ high-output armature geometry, Pantograph Receivers provide increased acoustic output with reduced vibration. The result is maximum gain-before-feedback, hearing aid stability, and superior acoustic gains for all ranges of BTE and custom instruments. (630) 250-5100; www.knowleselectronics.com.


productFlex Strips
Deltek, the electromechanical solutions division of Knowles Electronics, Elgin, Ill, has released Models 9200 and 9201 battery door style programming flex strips. The Model 9200 is a replacement flex strip that can be used with existing press-fit modules. The Model 9201 incorporates a Deltek Model 0009 four-pin socket at one end to accommodate a standard micro-plug/mini-DIN style programming cable. Its design offers superior resistance to lead fracture as a result of torsion or flexion during use. Deltek does not seal the contact ends in Kapton (popular among existing products) eliminating the need for overprinting of gold-plated contacts, known to be susceptible to contact fracture through normal use. Deltek’s design provides a consistent and reliable contact point and minimizes contact resistance. (847) 841-3000; www.deltekelectronics.com;   www.knowles.com.


productAmplified Trimline Phone
HITEC Group, of Burr Ridge, Ill, introduces the Liberty Phone, the ClearSounds 30T, a new amplified Trimline phone. It has three-level volume control with up to a 30 dB gain, has a visual ring indicator, and is wall mountable. It is hearing aid compatible and attractive in design, making this cost-effective phone an ideal phone for every household. One-year warranty. (800) 288-8303; www.hitec.com.


productPresentation Chart
CareCredit, Anaheim, Calif, a national patient payment program, has developed a new patient presentation chart to assist dispensers in the discussion of fees and payment options. The chart is designed specifically for the unique needs of the hearing aid patient. Included are details on no-interest and low-interest payment plans in an easy-to-read format. As part of the practice resource center, which includes other promotional, marketing, and patient education materials, the Audiology Patient Payment Presentation Chart is available to enrolled practices at no cost. For treatment fees from $1 to more than $25,000, CareCredit offers a comprehensive range of payment plans, including 3-, 6-, and 12-month no-interest and 24-, 36-, and 48-month low-interest payment plan options, and is currently at work in more than 40,000 practices nationwide. (800) 300-3046, ext 4519; www.carecredit.com.


productIncreased Volume Battery
Energizer®, St Louis, recently introduced an increased volume size 10 battery. The Energizer Amplifier® offers enhanced power designed to operate high-drain digital devices, as well as traditional hearing aids. It will be offered in Energizer Amplifier spin packs and Energizer EZ Change™ dispensers. (800) 426-8268, ext 7534; www.energizer.com.


productAmplified Telephone
Clarity®, a Division of Plantronics Inc, Chattanooga, Tenn, offers the XL50 Amplified Telephone. The unit delivers up to 48 dB extra amplification and features a separate adjustable tone control (600 Hz-2,400 Hz) for high-frequency sounds. Its backlighted keypad with big buttons makes it easy to use. Other features include an extrabright flasher, a superloud ringer with adjustable volume control, voice mail, and missed call indicators. The XL50 includes 12 memory buttons, plus redial, hold, and flash buttons. The product is wall-mountable and has a battery backup in case of power outage. The XL50 is hearing aid telecoil compatible and has an audio output jack for connection to a headset, neckloop, or cochlear implant. (800) 426-3738; www.clarityproducts.com.


productBrochure Series
Westone Laboratories Inc, Colorado Springs, Colo, introduces a new series of eight tri-fold product category brochures. The exciting new campaign is aimed at promoting your practice by educating the consumer. The unique brochures each provide information on two complementary product lines in the following categories: AquaNot Custom Swim Plugs/Swimming Gear, Hearing Protection for Musicians/Hands-Free Mobile Phone Solutions, Hearing Protection for Hunters and Shooters/TV Ears, Secure Clips for Hearing Instruments/Fun Clips for Children’s Hearing Instruments, Custom Solutions for Music Lovers/Universal Fit Musicians Monitors, Telephones and ALDs/HATIS, Custom Hearing Protection/Hearing Instrument Storage and Care, and Skin Tone Earpieces for Hearing Instruments/Fashion-Forward EarArt. The brochures are available free of charge to all hearing health care providers. Each initial order of brochures will also include attractive, clear acrylic display racks at no charge. Reorders of brochures and purchases of additional displays can be entered online at westone.com/supply. (800) 525-5071; www.westone.com.


productEngineering Expertise
At In’Tech Industries Inc in Ramsey, Minn, engineering experts strive to produce a product that matches its customers’ design criteria. Whether producing a complete design based on generic sketches or integrating an existing design into a final product, combining the company’s services with its customers’ creativity is the key. (763) 576-8100; www.intech-ind.com.


productNew Software
In order to give greater flexibility for dispensers, Interton, Minneapolis, has released an updated version of its fitting program, CompuFit 3.7.2. The driving force behind the upgrade was the availability of Interton’s Adaptive Beamforming (ABF) technology for its IQ line of hearing products. ABF is a new directional capability that offers improved noise control over background noise. In noisy environments, ABF automatically switches to a directional mode. ABF positions the null, or angle of attenuation, toward the location of the noise source. When the sound source moves in space, ABF tracks the directivity pattern to correspond with it; thus reducing noise and maximizing the signal to noise ratio. In quiet environments ABF functions as an omni-directional microphone. The 3.7.2 edition includes enhanced fitting protocols and new safety features to prevent loss of patient information. In addition to these improvements, Interton engineers were careful to safeguard CompuFit’s properties as a very user-friendly program. CompuFit 3.7.2 can be used with Noah 3 or as a stand alone program. (800) 247-4741; www.interton-usa.com.


productFlex Strips
Deltek, the electromechanical solutions division of Knowles Electronics, Elgin, Ill, has released Models 9200 and 9201 battery door style programming flex strips. The Model 9200 is a replacement flex strip that can be used with existing press-fit modules. The Model 9201 incorporates a Deltek Model 0009 four-pin socket at one end to accommodate a standard micro-plug/mini-DIN style programming cable. Its design offers superior resistance to lead fracture as a result of torsion or flexion during use. Deltek does not seal the contact ends in Kapton (popular among existing products) eliminating the need for overprinting of gold-plated contacts, known to be susceptible to contact fracture through normal use. Deltek’s design provides a consistent and reliable contact point and minimizes contact resistance. (847) 841-3000; www.deltekelectronics.com;   www.knowles.com.


productNew Directional Technology
Starkey Laboratories Inc, Eden Prairie, Minn, introduces Precision Directional Imaging (PDI) available for all Genesis digital products. A unique software addition to the Precision Audio Imaging operating system, PDI improves speech understanding in difficult listening situations found in restaurants, parties, and other loud environments. PDI’s single microphone design also eliminates drift and yields significantly quieter directional performance in true in-the-canal instruments. Unlike manual systems, Axent II instruments equipped with PDI’s dynamic algorithm continuously monitor signal strength in both the omni and directional modes. When the system senses that directional processing will provide noise reduction benefit, it automatically activates a preprogrammed directional pattern. Arista, Sequel, and Endeavour feature user-activated PDI technology. (800) 328-8602; www.starkey.com.


productAmplified Phone
HITEC Group, Burr Ridge, Ill, announces the release of the Freedom Phone. The ClearSounds 40XLC has Caller ID, amplification up to 50 dB, and hands-free operation with both a 2.5 mm and 3.5 mm audio jack for use with any headset, neckloop, T-hook silhouette, or patchcord. It is a speaker phone with volume control, and it has a built-in signaling system including a loud ringer, a flashing strobe, or an optional bed shaker. A three-level speech output control enables volume adjustment of outgoing voice control. Large buttons and memory dial make it easy to use. It is stylish, elegant, and hearing aid compatible with a 2-year warranty. (800) 288-8303; www.hitec.com.


productHigh-Output Receivers
Knowles Electronics, Itasca, Ill, announces the expansion of its family of Pantograph high-output receivers by offering the PHF+, an increased high-frequency output version of the PHF receiver. The designs offer additional output in the critical 2 kHz to 6 kHz range under both nominal drive (low-power levels) and maximum power output level conditions. The PHF+ can help provide additional sound quality and speech clarity for patients with high-frequency hearing loss, as well as increased output for patients with moderate to severe losses that require significant acoustic gain. (630) 250-5100; www.knowleselectronics.com.


productAutomatic Impedance Audiometer
Interacoustics USA, Eden Prairie, Minn, offers the AT235h automatic impedance audiometer with functionality for clinical, screening, and diagnostics work. Neonatal screening programs will particularly benefit from the presence of high-frequency probe tone tympanometry, which provides more reliable tympanometric results in newborns. (800) 947-6334; www.interacoustics.com.


productCustom Sleep Plugs
Products from Westone Laboratories Inc, Colorado Springs, Colo, work all night. Westone’s custom sleep plugs are made from the softest vinyl earmold material available. They are small enough to cause no discomfort when lying down on the pillow, and yet offer big noise protection with 36 dB of attenuation and an NRR of 25. (800) 525-5071; www.westone.com.


productPayment Plans
CareCredit®, Anaheim, Calif, a nationwide patient payment program, offers a 48-month extended payment option for the purchase of hearing technologies, which average a cost of $2,500 per instrument for better models. CareCredit’s 48-month low-interest extended payment plan has no initial costs and manageable monthly payments as low as $68. Shorter term and no-interest plans are also available. A comprehensive range of plans are available, including 3-, 6-, and 12-month no-interest arrangements, and 24-, 36-, and 48-month low-interest payment plan options. CareCredit is currently serving more than 40,000 practices nationwide. (800) 300-3046, ext 519; [email protected].


productArtificial Intelligence
Oticon, Somerset, NJ, offers Syncro, a new breed of hearing instrument that uses artificial intelligence to improve hearing performance. Syncro reinvents directionality, noise management, and compression and employs a unique application of artificial intelligence to manage the synchronous interaction of these complex systems. The decisions that are made are based on real-time analyses of actual outcomes of the various features, and several solutions are evaluated before the actual outcome is chosen. Syncro is available in a full range from CIC to BTE. (800) 526-3921; www.oticonus.com.


productTympanometer
Maico-Diagnostics, Eden Prairie, Minn, features the MI 24 tympanometer, which offers an optional high-probe tone feature with automatic impedance testing, as well as ipsi and contra reflex testing. The lightweight, portable model includes a backlit LCD screen and an internal thermal printer, making it a strong performer in its price category. (888) 941-4201; www.maico-diagnostics.com.


productDigital Sound Processor
SeboTek® Hearing Systems introduces the Voice-Q™ 720 Digital Sound Processor, the latest addition to the Voice-Q series of PAC hearing instruments. The new model features a water-resistant, easy-touch activation switch for high moisture environments and algorithms to automatically manage feedback, reduce background noise; and provide a more focused listening experience for conversation. New Pro-VES™ 4.2 software includes “Modification Wizard,” a quick reference guide that directs the hearing professional to recommended adjustments in response to wearer comments. (800) 388-9041; www.sebotek.com.


productDigital Product Line
Audina Hearing Instruments, Longwood, Fla, introduces the INSTINCT to Audina’s digital product line. The Instinct is a 16-band, four-channel WDRC product with adaptive phase cancellation feedback management and adaptive noise reduction. The noise reduction algorithm is designed to minimize distortion and applies attenuation only to the bands in which the noise predominates thus maximizing gain for the patient. Concurrently, the feedback cancellation system continuously and adaptively self-adjusts for varying conditions in the feedback pathway, which cancels the feedback without gain reduction. (800) 223-7700; www.audina.net.


productNew Wireless Instruments
Interton, Minneapolis, introduces the new IQ Wireless CROS/BiCROS instruments. This new product line will include the world’s first ITE to ITE system. CROS and BiCROS systems are ideal for patients who have normal or aidable hearing loss on one ear but suffer an unaidable loss in the other. These wireless systems represent a break from the limitations of older technology and incorporate all new wireless technology, a new transmission scheme, and the latest digital hybrid. By using the latest digital hybrid, hearing professionals can take advantage of modern fitting algorithms and fit targeted hearing solutions with greater flexibility than previously possible. (800) 247-4741; www.interton-usa.com.


productCordless Amplified Telephone
Clarity®, a Division of Plantronics Inc, Chattanooga, Tenn, offers the CL40 Amplified Cordless Telephone, increasing incoming sounds up to 40 dB and featuring a separate tone control (600 Hz-2,400 Hz) for high-frequency sounds. The unit’s 900 MHz technology and an automatic channel scanner provide a stable, extended operating range and static-free transmission. The CL40 is hearing aid telecoil compatible and has an audio output jack for connection to a headset, neckloop, or cochlear implant. (800) 426-3738; www.clarityproducts.com.


productMarketing Specialists
Open House Specialists (OHS) America, Beaufort, 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.


productSoftware Updates
Audioscan, Dorchester, Ontario, Canada, has released the 2.0 version of software for its Audioscan® Verifit® real-ear hearing aid analyzer. Among the program’s improvements are a real-time Speech Envelope, which offers a clearer picture of how a fitting is mapping speech into the residual auditory area, and Speechmap®, with a choice of DSL®, NAL-NL1, or auditory-area mapping approaches to hearing aid fitting. NAL-NL1 is also provided as an insertion gain fitting method. Additional features include networking of screen images and data that may be exported to network files via the Verifit LAN port. This software update is free, and is automatically mailed to all Audioscan Verifit owners. (800) 265-2093; www.audioscan.com.