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Dalloz Safety (formerly Willson Safety), Reading, PA, introduces the new Bilsom® 202 NST™ disposable earplugs. The earplugs provide hearing protection for all types of noise environments and reportedly allow speech and other sounds to be heard in a natural and unmuffled way. The company reports that this is due to the use of the globally patented Natural Sound Technology (NST), which enables hearing protector wearers to hear sound naturally while still providing them with protection against noise. The earplugs are available in two colors (blue and green) to allow for easy identification and selection, and are environmentally friendly.

Available in two sizes, the Bilsom super-attenuating EarDown™ and foam material combination reportedly provides uniform and moderate attenuation, enabling the wearer to hear co-workers’ voices, warning signals, machinery and other sounds.. Foils are made from non-harmful polyethylene film, and Bilsom EarDown contains no additives. Bilsom 202 NST earplugs extend the product offerings of the Real World Solutions hearing protection program developed and recently introduced by Dalloz Safety.

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DB’s Hearing Aid Service LLC, Portland, OR, introduces jodi®, reportedly the first home-use hearing aid vacuum cleaner. A daily maintenance tool for the hearing aid user, jodi is designed to keep sound levels within factory specifications. Unlike a pick, brush or dehydrator, jodi reportedly removes unwanted debris and moisture, making all hearing aids more reliable, and less than two minutes a day will maintain any hearing aid. Developed by a hearing aid repair technician and a hearing aid specialist, jodi is compact, easy to maintain, and is rated to last a lifetime, according to the company.

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Ameriphone, Inc., Garden Grove, CA, introduces the Dialogue Voice Carry Over (VCO) telephone, which lets the user speak into the handset and read the text of the conversation on a screen built into the base of the telephone. This allows those who suffer from hearing loss to carry on conversations through a toll-free relay service using VCO. The phone uses a protocol called Hi-Speed™ code, which reportedly sends text at twice the rate of other text telephones. A speed dial button provides one-touch access to the relay service. A preset message initiates VCO calls, eliminating the need to type the VCO request. The Dialogue VCO can also be used with Ameriphone’s Large Visual Display (LVD) to provide users with a large viewing area. The text is displayed in one-inch characters, which reportedly allows VCO users to read messages easily. The LVD features adjustable display brightness, a 32K memory, and the option of two different lens colors (red or amber) to suit the user’s preference. The Dialogue VCO is also an amplified telephone that can increase incoming sounds up to 30 times louder than a standard telephone, according to the company. Adjustable tone control and amplification allow each individual to tailor the incoming sounds to their needs. An audio output jack allows the phone to be connected to other assistive listening devices such as a headset, neck loop, or cochlear implant. The handset is also hearing aid T-coil compatible.

Siemens Hearing Instruments, Piscataway, NJ, introduces a new line of BTEs, Siemens PHOENIXTM 104 and 204 models, which are designed to feature advanced technology in combination with the use of manual fitting controls. The instrument offers a two-channel compression amplifier that can be adjusted with trimmer controls. The two-channel compression parameters automatically adapt with the 4-step fitting process for minimal adjustment. The expanded signal dynamics limit electro-magnetic interference for better performance with cordless or cell phones.

PHOENIX mini-BTEs are designed to provide distortion-free output. They offer an MTO switch, audio input, VC, battery compartment locks and acoustic signaling for low battery voltage as standard features. Siemens new PHOENIX BTEs are designed to offer improved sound quality. Model 104 is suitable for mild-to-moderate loss while model 204 is preferable for moderate-to-severe loss.

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Insta-Mold Products, Oaks, PA, introduces the Insta-Mold Process, designed for hearing professionals to make high quality swimmolds, noise protectors and earmolds directly in the patient’s ear on the spot, according to the company.