Portable UV Cure Unit
Lightning Enterprises, Limington, Me, announces Spotty-P, a portable UV LED cure system capable of curing UV lacquers, coatings, and adhesives. The Spotty-P system includes handpiece, LED cure head, white light inspection head, 120V wall transformer, and nine-volt battery pack for remote operation. UV safety glasses and a hard shell carrying case are included. The case measures just 12 x 8 inches and includes extra space for tools and UV materials.
Configurable Otoscope System
MedRx Inc, Largo, Fla, offers its user-friendly Video Otoscope System. Features include a miniature color video camera and a deluxe otoscope probe with an aluminum body and stainless steel conical tip that tapers down to 3 mm. The hearing health care practitioner has several configurations to choose from, such as an external light source or battery LED light source, as well as software and a USB 2.0 capture device for computer interface, or a 19-inch flat-screen monitor for general application. The MedRx Video Otoscope System requires no focusing and is the perfect tool for performing cerumen management.
Digital Volume Control
Sonion, Minnetonka, Minn, introduces the DCU Scroller, a digital volume control whose continuous rotation makes it suitable for advanced HI designs. The unique features are ideal for both ITEs and BTEs. With ITEs, DCU Scroller’s linear movement makes it more discreet to operate and also eliminates the need for L/R versions. Its small size and tactile feel well suit it for use with small BTE types such as “Thin Tube” and “RIC.”
Entry-Level FM Transmitter
Phonak US, Warrenville, Ill, offers ZoomLink, an entry-level FM transmitter. ZoomLink features three different microphone modes for an optimal reception angle in all listening situations. Easy to use, the ZoomLink transmitter is compatible with all Phonak receivers. A special bundle of a ZoomLink transmitter and the universal MyLink receiver is also available.
Comprehensive Brochure for Teens
Oticon Pediatrics, Somerset, NJ, offers a new comprehensive brochure, Unique Hearing Solutions for Teens, designed for hearing care professionals. The 21-page brochure focuses on Oticon Delta and Epoq as excellent solutions to appeal to concerns that teenagers have about cosmetics and style, without compromising performance. New support materials offering advice to parents and teachers working with teens are also highlighted in the brochure. Companion consumer brochures written specifically for teens are also available.
Loud and Clear
TV Ears Inc, Spring Valley, Calif, has introduced a brand-new line of GE amplified telephones designed for mild, moderate, and severe hearing loss. Features include amplified volume up to 104 dB; amplified ringer up to 85 dB; vibrating handset call alert; and backlit keypad and screen.
Wireless TV Listening System
Warner Tech-care Products, Roseville, Minn, now carries the complete line of Sennheiser Listening Systems. Included in this offering is the affordable Set 50, an infrared wireless TV listening system that sets up quickly and easily to most television and sound systems. It transmits clear sound quality within a 40-foot range and allows the user to have separate controls for each ear. The headset recharges in the included transmitter stand.
Eye on the Ion
Sonic Innovations, Salt Lake City, offers the Ion 200, part of the Ion family of products known for their cosmetic appeal, comfort, and clear sound. Offering a variety of directional technologies, the Ion 200 features a small dual microphone and an updated case design for enhanced moisture protection. Available with either thin tube or ear hook fittings.
CareCredit Gets Personal
As part of an ongoing commitment to make patient payment plans easy to integrate into practices, CareCredit, Costa Mesa, Calif, is now offering personalized on-site staff training that gets enrolled practices up and running with the CareCredit program. With enrollment, practices are contacted to schedule a session and have a certified CareCredit trainer come to their location. The 1-hour session, which can be customized for one team member or the entire staff, includes an overview of the program, information on how to effectively present CareCredit to patients, and keys to successfully processing patient applications and transactions.
(800) 300-3046, ext 4125
Complete Clinical Solution
MedRx Inc, Largo, Fla, offers the AVANT™ computerized testing and fitting system that consists of the AVANT A2D audiometer and the AVANT REM Speech Live Speech Mapping and real ear measurement system. Each device weighs less than a half pound, connects to a USB port, and arrives in a compartmentalized carrying case. The entire system, with all of its accessories, weighs less than 7 pounds.The A2D audiometer allows fast and accurate air, bone, and speech testing, and offers an intuitive user interface for data collection, patient monitoring, and counseling. With the AVANT REM Speech system, fittings can be verified via Live Speech Mapping or traditional real ear measurement. Both instruments are NOAH™, System 3, and TIMS® compatible.
Portable Vacuum Pump Kit
Lightning Enterprises, Limington, Me, announces the Lightning Vac Traveler, a completely portable suction system designed for professional hearing aid cleaning and maintenance. New improved design includes the popular Lightning Vac 2 suction unit with blower, vacuum jar desiccator for fast drying, five various needle tips, Slip-Luer with replaceable filter, and durable hard-shell carrying case.
Performance Meets Style
Unitron Hearing US, Plymouth, Minn, offers its Moxi line of Canal Receiver Technology hearing instruments featuring a comprehensive fitting range and a choice of two receivers to satisfy patients with hearing loss from mild to severe. Thirty-seven percent smaller than traditional BTEs, Moxi instruments feature a choice of volume control or a program button that is incorporated into the battery door, allowing them to be tailored to individual preferences.
Warner Tech-care Products, Roseville, Minn, introduces its new direct-fit Instant Earmold Material. The new gun-dispensed silicone is ideal for temporary or demo molds and superior to cumbersome stock molds. After it is dispensed into the ear canal, the material sets in 5 to 7 minutes. Instant Earmold provides practices with a custom mold that can be made, tubed, and vented in the office while patients wait. Available by individual cartridge, Instant Earmold Material is clear, very high strength, and thixotropic with a 45-shore value.
Advanced-Performance Hearing Instruments
Siemens Hearing Instruments Inc, New York, announces ARTIS™ 2 and CIELO™ 2. Designed for advanced performance, the ARTIS 2 is equipped with DataLearning technology that automatically learns and adjusts to wearers’ volume preferences. DataLearning allows a faster, more precise fitting by recording usage data that enables the hearing care professional to fine-tune the instrument and counsel the wearer. ARTIS 2 also offers Siemens’ proprietary e2e wireless technology, designed to provide a natural and effortless binaural hearing, including precise sound localization, harmonized volume and program settings, and better hearing comfort in noisy environments. CIELO 2 is equipped with a data-logging feature that collects information on hearing preferences, such as duration of instrument use, volume control position, hearing environments, volume changes, and program usage. The information obtained from data logging can be used for easier fine-tuning of the instruments, resulting in a more customized fitting.
Lipreading Instructional Guide
ADCO Hearing Products Inc, Englewood, Colo, offers Learn to Lipread, an educational guide for consumers. It is designed to develop skill through speech-reading practice and thereby reduce frustration for those who cannot understand enough conversation to participate. The lessons consist of lip-reading and auditory training on DVD, with a manual to provide additional practice. For adolescents and adults, Learn to Lipread will supplement linguistic auditory information and increase communication skills. These lessons provide an excellent supplement to training from a class or for home study.
Portable Hearing Aid Vacuum
JodiVac LLC, Portland, Ore, offers the Jodi-PRO, a portable hearing aid vacuum cleaner for hearing health care professionals. The 12-volt DC unit has a motor that provides 2,000 hours of clinical use, and two specially milled needles—one for ITE, ITC, and CIC instruments; another for BTE tubing and all other earmolds. The same replaceable filtered syringe provides ease of maintenance and infection control. Syringes and replacement needles are available in economical packages. The syringe has a built-in flow indicator to show when the needle is plugged. A brush is molded into the box for dislodging debris from the needle, and a reamer is included for blockages.
iCellTech Corp, Seoul, Korea, introduces its 10DS batteries with 105-mAh capacity. Strong stainless steel housing cuts bulging and is guaranteed to be rust-free under any weather conditions. Nickel plating promotes better conduction, and high technology provides extra running time.
Hearing Components, Oakdale, Minn, introduces Comply™ Platinum Soft Tips to help maintain a regular schedule for patient visits to replace earpieces. This allows clinicians to demonstrate their newest BTE technology as part of the diagnostic session (no waiting for custom earmolds) and build another office profit center. For patients, the Soft Tip is easy to attach, with a clear click when it engages, and it is easy to insert with no squeezing needed. Once the Soft Tips are inserted, patients will experience reduced occlusion. The built-in wax guard will minimize repairs and cleaning caused by wax buildup. Up to 60% of BTE patients can benefit from increased comfort provided by the easy-to-use Comply Platinum Soft Tips. The Soft Tips are 6 mm thick and available in three diameters—small, medium, and large—for vented (star-shaped) and nonvented styles. Assorted diameter packs are available in both styles to help the clinician choose the proper size.
(800) 872-8986 or (651) 739-9427
Health Care Financing
The HELPcard, Springdale, Ark, introduces new, lower minimums for no-interest financing options. According to the company, no-interest financing options have revolutionized the hearing industry, and consumers who previously turned down recommendations for hearing instruments are now buying in record numbers. In the past, high-minimum charge amounts prohibited some consumers from making necessary health care purchases on a no-interest plan. The HELPcard has eliminated that problem, allowing consumers to make purchases as low as $400 and still take up to 12 months to pay off the account, interest free. By offering no-interest plans or reduced-interest options, consumers will have every reason to say yes to purchasing needed hearing instruments.
Lightning Enterprises, Limington, Me, announces its Workstation Kits. An economical alternative to an expensive repair lab, these kits include all equipment typically found in high-end workstations. The user supplies the bench or table, then simply installs the desired Workstation Kit. Easy to use and easy to install, Workstation Kits can turn virtually any workspace into an efficient workspace and include vacuum pump, vacuum desiccator dryer, UV cure unit, and control module.
Wireless Video Otoscope Line
Pehratek Products, Chaska, Minn, presents a new addition to the Scope-Link wireless video otoscope line. The DVR 1000 is a portable, wireless video recorder that will permit real-time recording of otoscopic evaluation in full-motion video for storage and/or playback on a computer. This new compact system uses a flash memory card to store up to 50 full-motion videos for immediate playback using the built-in 2.5-inch LCD screen on the recorder, or to transfer these images to a computer for later viewing or storage. Instead of limiting the view of the external ear canal or hearing aid to a single still photo image, the DVR 1000 offers full-motion video recording to show the entire otoscopic story. Additional flash memory cards can be used to expand the recording capability of the system or to save files permanently. The system comes complete with the Welch-Allyn video otoscope, Scope-Link wireless video sender, DVR 1000 digital video recorder/receiver, and flash memory card.
Hearing Aid Sweat Band
VanB Enterprises, West Valley, NY, offers the Hearing Aid Sweat Band™, a disposable, soft-fabric sleeve that protects BTE devices from moisture and other infiltrating contaminants. This spring, the company introduced the “Slim Series” of sweatbands in Mini-Slim, Small-Slim, and Medium-Slim sizes. The Hearing Aid Sweat Band is available in nine sizes, including 5 XL (specifically designed for FM systems), and in six colors. It slips easily over the aid, extending to the microphone, without the need for a tool.
EAR Inc, Boulder, Colo, offers RingSTOP™, an all-natural product for people with tinnitus, a condition for which there is no known remedy. The product is a homeopathic formula available in capsule form containing amino acids, herbal extracts, antioxidants, and vitamins that have been reported to reduce the symptoms of tinnitus.
Telephone with Captions
WCI, Santa Monica, Calif, offers the new Captioned Telephone (CapTel®), which shows word-for-word captions of everything a caller says during a telephone call, making it the ideal phone for anyone with hearing loss. Users can listen to their callers and check the captions for added clarity. Captions are provided by a free service (availability varies by state). Learn more through WCI, the “one-stop shop” for hearing technology.
(800) 233-9130 (V/TTY)
Westone Laboratories Inc, Colorado Springs, Colo, offers the Acu-Life Audio-Kit™ Hearing Aid Cleaner, featuring five cleaning tools built into a comfortable, easy-to-hold handle. The Audio-Kit was designed to make it easy for the average 70-year-old hearing instrument user to clean the instrument effectively. The five-in-one tool contains a wax removal brush, wax removal pick, battery replacement magnet, tube and vent cleaner, and battery door opener. It also acts as a spare battery container.
Digital Hearing Aid Family
Starkey Laboratories Inc, Eden Prairie, Minn, offers Destiny™ hearing aids. Powered by nFusion™ technology, Destiny hearing aids are sensitive, adaptive, and nearly as intuitive as the human ear. These devices easily transition from one acoustic environment to the next and allow for highly customized adjustments through data logging. Additionally, all Destiny products feature Active Feedback Intercept, which provides feedback erasure; automatic telephone response; adaptive indicator tones; and standard direction speech detector, a directivity index.
Patient Finder Program
AudioCare Inc, San Diego, presents the AudioCare Patient Finder Program. New patients are the lifeblood of a practice. Future growth and future success helping individuals who have a hearing impairment are directly related to the number of new patients who come to you for help. The AudioCare Patient Finder Program, which blends together multimedia advertising, has a 45-year track record. The components of the Patient Finder Program are: direct-response mail, newspaper ads, and point-of-purchase help.
S & S Laser Productions, New Port Richey, Fla, introduces the Digitel Battery Tester. This tester includes a liquid crystal display bar graph, a slide-out battery drawer, and a keychain attachment. The product comes individually packaged for display.
Cordless Amplified Phone
Potomac Technology, Rockville, Md, offers the Clarity C420 Cordless Amplified phone. Incoming sounds are amplified up to 30 decibels making phone conversations louder and clearer. Caller ID and 50 name and number memory make it easy to keep all your family’s and friends’ phone numbers handy!
(800) 433-2838 (V/TTY)
SeboTek Hearing Systems, Tulsa, Okla, has launched its newest hearing instrument, the PAC Voice-Q 721. A premium-level device, the Voice-Q 721 leads a multiple-model lineup of SeboTek receiver-in-the-ear, thin-tube digital hearing instruments, designed to eliminate the traditional challenges associated with most other hearing instruments and focus on what matters most to the end user: superior sound quality, comfort, and cosmetic appeal. At the heart of Voice-Q 721 is an advanced digital sound processor capable of processing 42 million instructions per second, compared to 3 million to 4 million in most other premium digital hearing instruments. Among the premium features are IntelliSound™ 128-channel adaptive noise reduction, AFX™ adaptive feedback eliminator, ultrawideband dual directionality, multichannel compression, 16-frequency shaping controls (including an 8-band graphic equalizer), programmable power on delay, four customizable memories, and large dynamic range (input 95 dB; output 83 dB).
CareCredit, Costa Mesa, Calif, has developed a new SoundChoice Resource Guide to help hearing health care professionals promote, present, and integrate SoundChoice patient payment plans into their practice to increase sales. Designed and formatted to provide quick and easy access to information needed to achieve optimal results and practice growth, the resource guide features an overview of SoundChoice and the benefits the program offers to practices and patients. The guide explains how the program works and details each of the no-interest and low-interest payment plans available through SoundChoice. Sample scripts illustrate how to discuss SoundChoice and use the program effectively as a tool to improve business. The resource guide concludes with an overview of the support materials provided to help educate patients on the payment options to overcome cost concerns and increase acceptance of optimal hearing aid technology. Practices that offer SoundChoice can order a copy of the new resource guide.
Rayovac, Madison, Wis, offers the Rayovac ProLine Advanced, which delivers powerful results across the most critical performance criteria. Offering consistent and reliable long-lasting power. Celebrating 100 powerful years.
(800) 331-4522 in the United States
(800) 387-3529 in Canada
Lightweight Digital RIE
Beltone, Glenview, Ill, has recently added a new receiver-in-the-ear product to its digital product line. The Marq17 is Beltone’s smallest, most lightweight instrument to enter this class. The Marq17’s receiver system provides more midfrequency gain so the device can fit a wider range of hearing losses.
Warner Tech-care Products Inc, Roseville, Minn, offers DirectLink’s line of Bluetooth® devices for individuals who are hearing impaired. These new products are designed to connect a BTE to a variety of Bluetooth-compatible electronics, such as mobile phones, home phones, iPods, MP3 players, computers, and televisions. Powered by a rechargeable Li-polymer battery, the Blue Freedom™ and Mach 2™ offer 6 hours of hands-free talk time and 250 hours of standby time. The Blue Freedom is standard mono, while the Mach 2 is a stereo headset. The devices both offer one-touch answer, reject, and voice-dial calling.
New Bluetooth LoopSet
Westone Laboratories Inc, Colorado Springs, Colo, introduces the Artone Bluetooth LoopSet, offering hearing instrument wearers wireless communication without interference or feedback. When a call is received, a signal from the mobile phone is wirelessly sent to the Bluetooth LoopSet. The call is processed, cleared, and amplified and then sent to the hearing instrument’s telecoil where the instrument processes the signal once again and adjusts it to the wearer’s personal level. The LoopSet microphone transmits the wearer’s replies to the handset while reducing unnecessary background noises. It also works with MP3 players and other Bluetooth-compatible music devices.
Digital Directional BTE
Starkey Laboratories Inc, Eden Prairie, Minn, now has a Destiny option for patients with severe to profound hearing loss. Thanks to AFI, the new Destiny 1200 Power Plus is a powerful digital directional BTE. This robust (140/80) hearing instrument has all the standard features of the Destiny 1200—unique indicator tones, automatic telephone response, continuous data logging, and Acoustic Signature for fully automatic environmental switching. Added features that are important when fitting patients with severe to profound hearing loss include unique output compression control and a selectable automatic telecoil.
Handsfree Stereo Headset Works with Telecoils
Available from Oaktree Products Inc, St Louis, the new NoizFree Beetle H2-2T allows hearing instrument users with Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones to hear conversations through the telecoil of their hearing aid. At 10 grams, the small unit comes with a neckloop and induction hook so that the user can choose their preferred listening method; it also works with other Bluetooth devices such as MP3 and CD players.
Clock Offers Multiple Combinations
Potomac Technology, Rockville, Md, presents its Sonic Boom Alarm Clock, an all-in-one model that lets you select any combination of sound, flashing light, or optional bed vibrator wake-up signals. A built-in receiver allows it to pick up transmissions from other signalers.
Oticon Inc, Somerset, NJ, presents the new Oticon Epoq. Its proprietary binaural, high-speed wireless technology enables a pair of Epoq hearing devices to communicate at data transfer speeds 100 times faster than hearing instruments on the market. This real-time connectivity with voices and other sounds provides accurate, stereophonic auditory information that is in sync with a user’s visual experience. The same wireless connectivity enables Epoq to provide a new and previously unavailable hearing solution to the use of cell phones. With the addition of the small, sleek Streamer, Epoq becomes the equivalent of a hands-free Bluetooth®-intelligent headset without having to attach bulky devices or wires to the hearing instrument. The Streamer, an optional wearable device that functions like an MP3 player, facilitates effortless audio streaming from cell phones, personal computers, GPS systems, and other popular electronic devices. Epoq is available in two performance levels: the premium choice Epoq XW, and Epoq W.
Custom Earmolds, Earplugs
Hocks Hearing Healthcare Products, Portland, Ore, manufactures a wide variety of earplugs and custom earmolds for swimming, sleeping, and hearing protection, including the Hocks Noise Braker® and Pikaso Plugs.
Cerumen Remover Kit
General Hearing Instruments Inc, New Orleans, announces the availability of the SpinDoctor Pro, a lab-quality centrifuge designed to expel cerumen from within the receiver, internal tubing, and diaphragm area. This is where problematic wax blockage typically occurs. The SpinDoctor will spin any size ITE hearing device at a precise speed, generating a gravitational force great enough to expel all internal wax and other debris, but will not damage the receiver or other components. SpinDoctor is quick to use; an average cleaning cycle lasts only 20 seconds. The SpinDoctor features adjustable rotor with clear collection cone, antivibration shock mount, nonskid base, and automatic shutoff timer. Items included in the Pro kit: cleaning solution, wax wire tool, color instruction book, quick-start DVD, and 1-year warranty.
Ear Hair Remover
Hearing Technologies, Pinellas Park, Fla, introduces a new ear hair remover. Design safely and painlessly removes hair in the ear canal. Operates on one AA battery (included).
Precision Laboratories, Altamonte Springs, Fla, offers Blue Ultra ear impression silicone cartridges. This thixotropic formula has a low viscosity that resists slumping and distributes the material evenly. Pressure-free delivery eliminates distortion from stretching of the ear. Blue Ultra responds to the increasing need for high-quality ear impressions—a perfect fit for today’s high-tech hearing aids.
Telephone Office Display
ADCO Hearing Products Inc, Englewood, Colo, offers a turnkey marketing tool for practices. The Clarity telephone office display holds four Clarity Professional Digital Clarity Power™ phones, sets up easily in minutes, is freestanding, and is small enough to fit in tight spaces. Clarity’s office display is the perfect solution for a busy office or waiting room.
Harris Communications, Eden Prairie, Minn, offers the new Portable Clipboard with Induction Loop. With a built-in induction telecoil, it runs on rechargeable batteries and can be used indoors and outdoors, making it ideal for one-on-one conversations and small group meetings, the workplace, and more (within five feet). Harris Communications is celebrating 25 years of providing assistive products to the deaf and hearing impaired. For dealership opportunities and a free catalog, call Bill Williams.
WCI, Santa Monica, Calif, offers Simplicity™, which alerts you to the important sounds of everyday life, from the telephone ringing to the doorbell chime or a baby’s cry. Simple and easy to use, Simplicity’s system comprises attractive signalers working individually or all together, and it’s compatible with other common brands, making it easy to add on to any existing system. Just one of the many assistive devices available from WCI, the “one-stop shop” for hearing technology.
(800) 233-9130 (V/TTY)
TV Listening Device
ADCO Hearing Products Inc, Englewood, Colo, offers the Sennheiser Model IS-410, a new device for TV listening. With a sleek design that will appeal to younger patients, this product gives ALDs a whole new look. It features adjustable volume and balance control on the headset and operates on 2.3 to 2.8 MHz mono or stereo frequency. This system also has a compression feature, which suppresses loud passages and boosts soft passages for a more even audio level. The transmitter easily connects to audio-out jack, and charges the ultralightweight receiver and an optional spare battery. There is a 2-year manufacturer’s warranty.
Specially Designed VRA/COR System
Pehratek Products, Chaska, Minn, presents a specially designed VRA/COR system to fit into small booths where space is at a premium. Triangular-shaped reinforcer boxes fit compactly into the corners of the sound room. Dimensions are 7 x 7 x 5/14 inches. Wired or wireless control versions are available.
A Dryer for All Hearing Aids
Hearing Technologies International, Pinellas Park, Fla, offers its Universal Hearing Aid Dryer whose accelerated heat removes harmful moisture and reduces earwax damage to receivers to help prevent costly repairs while maintaining peak performance. The unit’s hinged cover provides maximum temperature and moisture removal. Cleaning tools are included.
Sonic Innovations, Salt Lake City, offers Velocity, a hearing instrument that uses environmental sound cues to automatically adjust settings to a particular listening situation without requiring the wearer to press a button. Velocity features patented digital signal processing and advanced noise reduction, patent-pending adaptive directional technology, automatic directionality, adaptive feedback cancellation and several advanced user options, including patient-friendly voice alerts and automatic telephone listening.
Westone Laboratories Inc, Colorado Springs, Colo, offers the new and improved XL50D that amplifies incoming calls up to 60 dB. Designed especially for hearing instrument users, the XL50D features adjustable ringer volume (up to 100 dB), a superbright visual ring indicator, and large, easy-to-use buttons. The amplifier automatically resets when the phone is hung up. Additional features include tone control, an antifeedback filter, signal processor to minimize background noise, and 11 memory dialing buttons.
Wireless Communication System
Oaktree Products Inc, St Louis, has introduced the Contego, a full-performance wireless communication system designed to improve and enhance sound quality. The microphone (transmitter) and receiver have built-in zoom microphones that are user-adjustable for maximum customization. The microphones can be set for omnidirectional or directional, based on conditions, and the volume level can be adjusted by remote.
Wax Protection System
Rexton Inc, Plymouth, Minn, has released C-Guard, its latest advancement in wax protection, available on all Calibra premier digital custom instruments. C-Guard effectively seals the receiver with a membrane barrier that protects against cerumen and moisture. This low-maintenance technology works without affecting the hearing instrument response curve. It is available on all custom instrument styles, from CIC to full shell, and is fitted during initial production. A replacement kit with removal/replacement tool and additional guards is available for customer use. For best results, C-Guard should be changed every 3 months. A specially designed tool is supplied for removing and inserting the guard.
Digital Hearing Aid Line
Magnatone, Casselberry, Fla, introduces POWER to its digital line. The Monet™ and Claret™ Full Shell POWER ITE have a maximum output of 130 dB and peak gain of 65 dB. The POWER line, with LazerVeyor™ Digital Shell technology, ensures a perfect fit that can maximize gain with up to 15 dB of adaptive feedback phase cancellation.
Bone-Conduction Hearing Aid
Ear Technology Corp, Johnson City, Tenn, announces the next generation of the TransEar® bone-conduction hearing aid for single-sided deafness: the TransEar 270. Using a new, improved, and smaller oscillator, TransEar can now fit patients with small ear canals, including children. The new, soft wire connector and half-shell design almost eliminate the possibility of feedback, while making the new model much less visible without compromising performance.
ALD Marketing Products
Beyond Hearing Aids, Florence, Ky, offers several ALD print products for professionals. A stylish poster, catalog, brochures, and telephone demonstration board that describe the benefits of ALDs are available. The poster can be placed outside the testing booth for family members to see, helping them begin a conversation on ALDs and how the devices may be helpful. Measures 17 x 24 inches.
Hearing Instrument Series
Hansaton Hearing Systems, Tampa, Fla, offers at the center of its full line of hearing instrument technology two midrange hearing instruments, RELAXX Pro and RELAXX Exclusive. The RELAXX series features the latest in hearing instrument technology in a new design housing that looks as good as it sounds. The RELAXX series is available in all ITE models, while its BTE can be fitted with a conventional earmold or an open minitube. RELAXX Pro is a midrange digital hearing instrument for those with medium to moderately severe hearing loss. In addition to a new housing in a wide variety of colors, RELAXX Pro also features a multimicrophone system, situation manager, 8-channel signal processing, noise reduction, speech detection, and enhanced phase-cancellation feedback management. RELAXX Exclusive is an upper midrange hearing instrument that has all of the great features of the RELAXX Pro, plus 12-channel signal processing, wind-noise reduction, and 4D noise canceller.
Mid-States Laboratories, Wichita, Kan, offers a variety of thin-tube/open-ear fittings. Choose from a selection of styles to custom fit each client’s hearing needs. When possible, Mid-States prefers to use its Apollo or Marveltex/vinyl materials, which allow for friction fit, an advantage when considering the need to retube.
Volume Control with Digital Output
Sonion, Minnetonka, Minn, offers the DCU 254, its smallest volume control with digital output. With a body diameter of only 0.1 inch (2.54 mm), it is ideal for small ITEs and ITCs. The digital output format allows for advanced hearing instrument functionality. The DCU 254 is size-compatible with the analog volume control PJ 185, so hearing instruments can be fitted with either the DCU 254 or PJ 185 without changing the faceplate. The DCU 254 is available for sampling and orders now.
Integrated Faceplate Module
Knowles, Itasca, Ill, announces its fully integrated, removable 8200 Faceplate Module. In partnership with In’Tech, Knowles brings to the industry a product to enhance efficiency. The 8200 features an integrated push button, microphone, battery door, and flex programming module block. This module securely fastens to a frameless faceplate, and can be removed using a single extraction tool. It not only addresses ease of manufacturing and serviceability, but also remains flexible to a variety of applications. Customers may order the module preassembled to the flex, ready-for-hybrid attachment, or the entire hybrid may be preassembled.
Benchtop Polishing Unit
Kingwood Industrial Products Inc, Hackettstown, NJ, offers a new Multifunction Bench Top Polishing Unit that provides customers with a clean, easy way to do grinding and polishing in the office. The unit is designed as a self-contained workstation with an adjustable shield to protect the technician from flying debris. The dust collectors remove smaller particles from the air, eliminating dust and odor from the work area. The unit comes complete with a grinder and polisher, twin dust collectors with replaceable filters, and two dust hoods with removable trays for easy cleanup. The cabinet is equipped with a shelf armrest for comfortable, sustained operation. This unit will ease grinding and polishing in small laboratories and offices, as well as in larger manufacturing plants.
Triangular-Shaped Hearing Aid
Oticon Inc, Somerset, NJ, offers the Oticon Delta, a hearing device that combines cutting-edge technology with contemporary design to attract image-conscious users. With its trendy triangular shape and stylish colors, Delta is aimed at boosting speech understanding in difficult listening situations for people with all configurations of hearing loss up to 80 dB flat. The Delta XR extended range enables hearing care professionals to fit high-frequency losses—often found with first-time users—and more traditional flat-broadband hearing losses. With the expanded range, hearing care professionals can fit more than 80% of their patients with a hearing device that users want and can continue to wear, even if their hearing loss progresses. Delta XR is available in three models—including a new lower-priced Delta 4000—and in 17 colors and styles, from Cabernet Red and Samoa Blue to the exotic Wildlife leopard pattern and Diamond Black.
Oaktree Products Inc, St Louis, introduces its latest catalog of hearing health care accessories, commemorating the company’s 15th year in business. The 110-page catalog features more than 3,000 items, of which 90 are new to the catalog.
Mid-States Laboratories, Wichita, Kan, has added the Mark V Power Piston Driven Cleaning Pump to its product line. This heavy-duty unit produces strong vacuum power (pulling up to 27 inches of mercury) and blows up to 120 psi. Standard accessories include seven milled needles and a vacuum chamber that runs automatically for 300 seconds. In addition to the standard accessories, an optional aspirator kit is available for cerumen removal.
Micro-BTE Sound Generators
Amplisound/United Hearing Systems Inc, Danielson, Conn, offers digital micro-BTE sound generators for the treatment of tinnitus. The sound generator frequency response can be tuned to the patient’s preference. The micro-BTE is designed with the receiver in the canal, providing optimum performance while keeping the canal open. The company also offers a combination unit featuring a programmable sound generator and an advanced 4-channel digital processor to provide exceptional sound quality.
Natural Ear Treatment
MiraCell Inc, Orem, Utah, offers MiraCell natural ear treatment, which eases cerumen removal, makes wearing hearing aids and earmolds more comfortable, and relieves sore, dry, flaking, or itching ears, caused by detaching keratin and tympanic membrane plaque. MiraCell Inc offers an income-making opportunity that will reduce returns and remakes.
Individualized Fit Technology
Starkey Laboratories Inc, Eden Prairie, Minn, presents Inspire OS 2.0 and Destiny 1600. Using best-fitting practices once required a great deal of time. But with Starkey’s Inspire OS 2.0 and Destiny 1600, a more accurate, individualized fit actually takes less time than a fitting using averaged data. That’s because this new hearing system works in perfect sync, using real-ear data immediately throughout Inspire OS. Auto Path provides one screen that leads users through a fast, automatic fitting protocol in less than 2 minutes. Additionally, all Destiny instruments have expanded output controls for greater fitting flexibility, access to maximum stable gain through active feedback intercept, and a visible indicator of all screens accessed during the fitting session. All Destiny products will be compatible with the newest Surround Town scene: a dynamic theater that allows the patient to experience a virtual theater environment.
Cable Management System
Pehratek Products, Chaska, Minn, introduces the NOAH’S ARC Cable Management/ Storage System for the many programming cables that dispensers have to store and find to fit programmable hearing instruments. This new system neatly and efficiently winds up programming cables into color-coded pods that store on top of the HI-PRO box or on any flat surface. Up to 10 cable pods can be stored in each NOAH’S ARC tray within easy reach of the computer. This new system eliminates tangled cords and the time spent searching for the right cable in a drawer or hanging behind a door. Each NOAH’S ARC comes with 10 cable pods, storage rack, Mylar cable combiners (to wrap right and left cables together in one pod), and manufacturer’s labels to find the right pod quickly. Save time and the trouble of always have to untangle programming cables before each fitting.
Perfect Seal Laboratories, Wichita, Kan, offers many styles of hearing protection. No matter what the client’s needs, Perfect Seal can accommodate them. From the electronic series (shown) to solid plugs, Perfect Seal can provide solutions for many specific industrial applications.
Sound Room Monitoring Recorder
Pehratek Products, Chaska, Minn, offers the BEAR CAM, a wireless video camera disguised as a cuddly bear that can transmit clear audio and video motion to a monitor in another room for viewing or recording a session. Capture testing sessions, pediatric evaluations, and patient reactions on a digital video file for later reviewing or permanent storage as an MPEG 4 computer file. Powered by batteries or a plug-in adapter, the bear can be placed in the sound room to view patient testing from a totally new angle and record for further review or discussion. Sessions can be stored as computer files to compare children’s responses or to document their progress. System comes complete with the BEAR CAM wireless video camera, DVR-1000 Digital Receiver/Recorder, and computer interface card. Use Windows Media Player to view motion videos.
Comprehensive Auditory Test Introduced
AUDiTEC, St Louis, has announced the introduction of the Multiple Auditory Processing Assessment (MAPA) battery, a comprehensive series of tests developed to identify patients ages 8 through adult with auditory processing disorders. MAPA’s purpose is to provide professionals with an auditory examination that is both thorough and convenient. Standardized with two forms, the battery covers the three most important auditory processing domains as defined by ASHA, and uses convenient CD technology for application in the classroom or sound booth. The test areas covered are monaural, temporal, and binaural, and supplementary tests include pattern perception, speech in noise, and gap detection. Administration of the test is approximately 21 minutes, with scoring taking an additional 5 minutes.
Etymotic Research Inc, Elk Grove Village, Ill, introduces the new ETYPlugs™ BabyBlues™ high-fidelity earplugs for small ear canals. The reusable blue earplugs offer the same 20 dB sound reduction as the standard white ER-20 earplugs. A patented technology reduces noise fatigue while keeping music and voices clear. Used by musicians and audio enthusiasts while listening to music, attending concerts, and traveling.
Implant Power Batteries
ZeniPower, Zhuhai, China, presents a new generation of Implant Power batterie