Hearing Aid Sweat Band
The Hearing Aid Sweat Band from Van B Enterprises, West Valley, NY, continues to provide BTE devices the ultimate in protection from moisture, dirt, and dust. New for 2008, protect your BTE with stylish new colors. Now available are 17 colors in all sizes, including the new slim series allowing wearers to match the colors of a sports team, personality, or season. The natural colors that have been available for years still are. All offer the same great protection.
EarPro Fit Kit
Warner Tech-care Products, St Paul, Minn, introduces the EarPro Earpiece Fit Kit. This kit provides you with everything needed to fit hearing aid patients with perfect-fitting earpieces right on the spot. A few seconds is all it takes to make modifications. In most cases your patients won’t need to have impressions made and can walk out the same day with comfortably fitting hearing aids. The kit contains tubing, connectors, case, and 84 earpieces. Call Warner to receive the new full-color seventh edition catalog.
Celebrating its 10-year anniversary, Sonic Innovations Inc, Salt Lake City, recently debuted its Velocity miniBTE, one of the smallest fully featured BTEs available. Using a size 13 battery, the Velocity miniBTE has a memory switch with access to up to four listening programs; it’s convertible between thin tube and earhook fittings, and has digital volume control, an audio input, and a tamper-resistant lock.
InSound Medical, Newark, Calif, presents breakthrough hearing aid technology in the form of its Lyric Hearing device, which is the first 100% invisible extended-wear solution that was developed by ENT physicians and audiologists to be used 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for months at a time. Lyric is positioned completely inside the ear canal so it uses the ear’s anatomy to provide natural sound quality. Lyric is considered appropriate for people with mild to moderately severe hearing loss. A patient’s ear size and shape, medical conditions, and lifestyle are also taken into consideration.
Clearly Heard Inc, Glendale, Calif, has introduced Hear Reliever, a new supplement formulated to assist patients with the symptoms associated with ringing or buzzing in the ear. Hearing supplements have been shown to be effective in reducing and/or eliminating tinnitus in some patients. Hear Reliever’s formula includes glutathione (a key element in preventing free radical damage), CoQ10 (an antioxidant that promotes cellular energy), and NAC (an amino acid shown to repair damaged hair cells of the inner ear). Health Care Professional discounts and affiliate programs are available.
Oticon Pediatrics Expands National Loaner Bank Program
Oticon Pediatrics, Somerset, NJ, has instituted a series of new products, features, and services for its National Loaner Bank Program. The enhancements are designed to make it easier for both practitioners and patients to take full advantage of this innovative hearing solution loaning service. The new additions include: Amigo FM transmitters T10 and T20 and Amigo receivers R2, R7, and the R12 models; pediatric-friendly Vigo Pro and Vigo; earmolds at no charge; and loss and damage coverage at no charge for the duration of the loaner period.
2008 Product Selection Guide
Howard Leight, Smithfield, RI, has released its 2008 Product Selection Guide. The new guide covers the diverse portfolio of Howard Leight earplugs, earmuffs, and accessories. At 52 pages, the guide contains a wealth of hearing conservation information in addition to technology advances, product specifications, and accessories. Included are a Best Practices Guide for setting up an OHSA-approved hearing conservation program, descriptions of hearing loss symptoms, fitting instructions for earplugs and earmuffs, and an extensive product selection guide keyed by industry and exposure level.
Add ALDs to Your Web Site
In an effort to extend assistive listening devices along with product knowledge and customer service into virtual communities, Beyond Hearing Aids Inc, Erlanger, Ky, now offers a full-featured online ALD store that can be added to practice Web sites. This affiliate program matches the Internet industry’s accepted affiliate practices. There is no cost to participate.
A Great Impression
Warner Tech-care Products, a distributor of hearing accessory products in St Paul, Minn, supplies a wide range of impression materials. Providing specialists with cartridge and with hand mix materials ensures that a provider’s individual preferences will be met. Warner has ear impression material that has been developed and manufactured for Tech-care Products. These easy to mix prelubricated, thixotropic materials are available in several shore values, and cure in 4 to 6 minutes. Call Warner for impression material, accessory products, and our new full color catalog.
New Velocity Series
Sonic Innovations Inc, Salt Lake City, has launched a new series of Velocity brand hearing aids: Velocity 24, Velocity 12, and Velocity 4. Velocity 24 is the premium offering in the new Velocity series. It is suited for patients who are constantly in challenging listening environments that typically include background noise. Velocity 24 features automatic and adaptive directionality, adaptive feedback cancellation, and automatic noise reduction. Other features include automatic telephone, data logging, voice alerts, 13 pre-configured listening environments and Bluetooth® compatibility. Velocity 24 is available in a wide variety of custom models, a standard-size BTE model, and the smallest fully featured miniBTE available. The miniBTE can be fit with either an ear hook or thin tube configuration.
Junior Fitting Mode Expanded
Phonak Hearing Systems, Warrenville, Ill, is expanding its Junior Fitting Mode by adding printable, tailored materials for parents, caregivers, and teachers. An invaluable counseling support, the reports provide important information needed to understand the child’s hearing loss and their hearing system.
Zounds Has Got the Power
Zounds Hearing, Mesa, Ariz, has announced the availability of its Z1 Power BTE hearing aid. The Zounds Power BTE is designed and manufactured specifically for those individuals suffering from severe to profound hearing loss. With the release of the Power BTE, Zounds’ line of hearing aids offers solutions for all individuals with treatable hearing loss. The Z1 Power BTE is discreet compared to other power models and also offers the following technological and performance features found in all Zounds aids: amplification capabilities for severe and profound hearing loss; patented noise cancellation technology eliminates up to 90% of background noise.
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.
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.
Medical-Grade Silicone Swim Plugs
Perfect Seal Laboratories, Wichita, Kan, offers Aqua-Tite swim plugs made from medical-grade silicone. They are hypoallergenic and can be tinted to almost any color, or swirled with a combination of up to three colors. Each plug comes with embedded handles, designed to make them easier to insert and remove. A connecting cord also can be ordered.
Staff Scheduling Software
Atlas Business Solutions Inc, Fargo, ND, has introduced Visual Staff Scheduler Pro (VSS Pro) employee scheduling software. With VSS Pro, users can produce any type of schedule for any time frame in minutes and display staffing levels to eliminate error-prone calculations and assure all shifts remain properly covered. Schedules can be printed, sent via e-mail, or posted online to keep staff up-to-date. VSS Pro allows users to automatically copy schedule patterns and rotations to cut time needed to create recurring schedules. In addition, VSS Pro tracks staff skills, credentials, and training to immediately find qualified personnel for open shifts.
Multiuse Earplugs Enhance Communication, Safety
Designed to keep workers connected to their environment without compromising protection, Smithfield, RI-based Howard Leight’s new Clarity multiple-use earplugs help to improve worker safety and communication by blocking hazardous noise while allowing voice and signal frequencies to be heard more naturally. Utilizing Bilsom Technology’s patented Sound Management Technology, the Clarity earplug delivers uniform attenuation that blocks low and medium frequency noise while enhancing the perception of higher voice and warning signal frequencies without distortion.
Clarity is available in two sizes—regular and small—to accommodate a wide range of ear canal shapes and sizes. A corded version also includes an exclusive attached Cord Adjuster that allows workers to adjust the woven cord’s length to their personal preference or application requirements.
Tinni-Fix from Gen5Labs, Orem, Utah, is designed for the symptomatic relief and prevention of tinnitus symptoms, ringing and/or buzzing in the ears, and sensitivity to noise. It contains quality all-natural herbal extracts, specific amino acids, important antioxidants, and special vitamins and minerals formulated specifically for the relief of ear noise including tinnitus. Tinni-Fix has also been found successful in aiding overall hearing function.
In-Ear Sound Level Analyzer
Sensaphonics Hearing Conservation Inc, Chicago, has introduced the dB Check in-ear sound level analyzer, the first device capable of accurately measuring sound pressure levels (SPL) with the earphones inserted. Designed to work with Sensaphonics custom earphones, the dB Check is a handheld unit that measures and displays the actual A-weighted SPL and, more importantly, the recommended safe exposure time for that level on both the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) scales.
IR Speaker Unit
FrontRow, Petaluma, Calif, has announced the launch of the newest addition to its product line. The IR Speaker unit, which works with the FrontRow Pro Digital classroom sound system, is a single-speaker unit that integrates three speakers and an IR sensor. Now installations just include two IR Speakers per classroom, instead of four individual speakers and up to two IR sensors. Fewer components to install means quicker and more efficient installations, saving schools money.
TOC of the Town
Open ear and RITE styles have changed the way hearing professionals are fitting patients, and Vivatone Hearing Systems, Shelton, Conn, has led this change since announcing Totally Open Canal (TOC) technology. With Vivatone’s TOC, an advanced digital processor is placed behind the ear and connected to a tiny speaker located directly in the ear to keep the canal open. The result eliminates any “echo chamber effect” and preserves a patient’s ability to perceive sound. Vivatone has recently expanded the fitting range by adding a power receiver (VivaPower) to make this style available to all patients—even those with severe and profound hearing loss. And Viva-Link is now available to provide wireless compatibility for telephone, television, and all Bluetooth devices. New VivaSet Fitting software supports the power and wireless applications as well as unique applications for tinnitus and music.
Mercury-Free, Zinc Air Hearing Aid Batteries
After more than 10 years of laboratory and field testing, Energizer has announced the launch of a line of mercury-free, zinc air hearing aid batteries. Set to hit shelves in October, the hearing aid batteries will be available in all four battery sizes—10, 13, 312, and 675.
New Generation of Video Otoscopy
GN Otometrics, Schaumburg, Ill, has recently launched the Aurical OTOcam 300—a new generation of video otoscopy, offering hearing care professionals the latest in advanced video technology and data management. The Aurical OTOcam 300 is a lightweight and portable professional tool providing an easy and effective support for diagnostics as well as counseling, training, and documentation. This new video otoscope is a fully integrated device that combines a powerful light source with advanced software for displaying crisp, full-color video and images on a standard laptop or desktop computer or even a large screen.
Touch-Screen Control Center
Pehratek Products, Chaska, Minn, introduces The Client Center: the first system designed to integrate the display information from various audiological, diagnostic, and fitting equipment into one centrally controlled system to present information to the client in an organized and easy-to-understand format. With the touch of the Command Controller Display, audiograms, REM graphs, hearing aid pictures, otoscopic images, and almost any other image can be displayed on a large-screen LCD that is center stage to the client. A built-in media player stores presentation graphics to streamline product presentations or dynamic video presentations on hearing aid features, pricing, or payment options.
New Wireless Loopset for T-coil Users
Nokia, Espoo, Finland, has announced its development of the Nokia Wireless Loopset, an accessory designed specifically for improved mobile communications for people with hearing aids. Compatible with handsets that use Bluetooth connectivity, the Loopset enables mobile calls to be accessed wirelessly through the hearing aid. Key features of the Nokia Wireless Loopset include a vibrating alert, user-adjustable sidetone level for enhanced clarity and control of own voice, and optimized volume range and frequency response. With ease of use in mind, it comes with a comfortable neck loop and a single button for call handling.
Sonic Alert Now Offers Geemarc Telecom Products
Sonic Alert Inc, Troy, Mich, has been appointed the exclusive US and Canadian distributor for Geemarc Telecom Products of Europe. The established line of amplified telephones, marketed throughout Europe for more than 15 years and designed for the hearing and vision impaired, has been added to the portfolio of Sonic Alert products. The products feature unique amplified telephones with high audible ring tones, bright alerting lights, large easy to read numbers, and caller ID displays. The telephones are designed to make communication with family and friends much easier without the frustration of missing an important call.
Siemens Offers New Link
Siemens, Piscataway, NJ, offers Tek, a wireless accessory that allows connection of the company’s Pure hearing aids to Bluetooth-equipped devices such as cell phones, personal audio devices, TV, PCs, and more. Designed to meet the needs of today’s interactive hearing instrument wearer, Tek speaks the same language as other high-tech instruments.
A Brite Idea
Swiss hearing system manufacturer Bernafon, Somerset, NJ, offers its “red dot” award-winning Brite line not just as innovative hearing instruments that offer state-of-the-art technology, but ones that offer fashion as well as functionality. Brite incorporates a hearing system that is fully programmable to each user’s individual listening needs. Brite utilizes Bernafon’s unique Lifestyle Profile where information about a client’s individual listening needs and priorities is assessed during the fitting and used throughout the fine-tuning of the device. The choice of acoustic options is expanded by three additional micro-mold styles to further improve retention in the ear canal and enlarge the fitting range.
Oticon Inc, Somerset, NJ, has delivered its new mid-priced Vigo and Vigo Pro product families. Both are based on Oticon’s ultrafast RISE chip platform, delivering more bandwidth (8 kHz) and significantly higher levels of processing power. Vigo and Vigo Pro are available in a broad range of colors and a full range of styles from small CICs to slim BTEs. Both families offer a new Corda2 thin tube style and discreet RITE styles, providing users with the best options for natural sound quality.
Phonak Hearing Systems, Weaverville, Ill, has introduced the Exélia Micro, a unique combination of cutting-edge technology, audiological expertise, and wireless connectivity that delivers hearing performance and user interaction together with easy access to modern communication and entertainment systems. At the heart of the Exélia system is its CORE (Communication Optimized Real-audio Engine) technology. The Exélia Micro’s performance is based on SoundFlow, an automatic system that creates an infinite number of situation-specific programs. This is backed by VoiceZoom, an adaptive, multichannel directional system, and WhistleBlock technology, which sets a new benchmark in feedback cancellation.
Small Audiometer, Big Features
Otovation LLC, King of Prussia, Pa, has announced the release of OTOPod, a wireless diagnostic audiometer whose small size makes it ideal for testing in the office or in a patient setting. Utilizing Bluetooth connectivity, the OTOPod can be used with a variety of transducers and wirelessly connects with a computer running Otovation’s new Symphony software. Features includes manual and automated air and bone conduction testing, and speech testing with prerecorded wordlists.
Digital Series Product Line Expands
Electronic Shooters Protection, Brighton, Colo, has announced the addition of the Series 3 to its digital series of custom electronic hearing protection. The Series 3 includes several preset tone modes selectable for optimum quality in different sound environments. Volume can also be controlled manually. Several new color choices include safety orange, field green, and black, in addition to tan. Unlike muffs and earplugs, they allow normal hearing and conversation, and advanced shutoff compression circuitry instantly activates at any noise of 90 dB or greater.
Magnatone Quality Hearing Aid Corp, Casselberry, Fla, offers the new Evok. This mini-BTE is a versatile hearing instrument designed to fit cosmetic needs as well as a wide range of hearing losses. The Evok offers an ear hook that allows for high sound quality, comfort, and remarkable cosmetic appeal. Much like Magnatone’s Monet Shadow, the Evok instrument is virtually invisible. It’s also a multimemory, programmable instrument that is equipped with adaptive directionality, noise reduction, and adaptive feedback cancellation, and allows up to 52 dB of gain. Using a size 312 battery for longer battery life, the Evok has a power-on delay feature for feedback-free hearing aid insertion.
Power to Spare
Rayovac, Madison, Wis, has announced the launch of its Extreme Performance, a new, more powerful battery range for next-generation hearing instruments with wireless functionality. This latest product innovation offers a solution to the special requirements of new, high-drain hearing devices, which include wireless connectivity. Extreme Performance meets the extra power demands of these aids by delivering increased milliwatt power without compromising other areas of performance.
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.
Quad VRA Reinforcer System
Pehratek Products, Chaska, Minn, announces the new WR-500 QUAD wired VRA system that is designed to control up to four reinforcer boxes simultaneously in the sound booth. The new product can control two or four boxes plus the centering box either independently or locked for upper and lower synchrony of operation. The control console has been redesigned with quiet membrane switches for good tactile feel to operate without needing to search out the correct button visually. The unit is versatile and smart offering programmable stimulus selection, presentation timing function, last right/left side presentation memory indicator, and optional footswitch.
New Software Version for Fonix FP35 Analyzer
Frye Electronics, Tigard, Ore, has announced that its Fonix FP35 Hearing Aid Analyzer is now available with a new release of software version 4.0. This release includes an improved new interface with simplified menus and a cleaner display. Also included is an Auto Stop feature that runs real-time measurements such as Digital Speech and composite curves for a set amount of time, eliminating the need for the clinician to stop the measurement manually.
Marketing Goes Virtual
Partnering with private practice physicians to help grow their practices, Practice Builders, Orange, Calif, has announced its new Virtual Marketing House Call, which features a no-travel, all-phone-and-Internet format, a step-by-step customized marketing plan, two private consultations, and a 100% money-back satisfaction guarantee.
On the Dot
Unveiled by ReSound, Bloomington, Minn, dot is one of the smallest hearing instruments presently available, and its tiny ergonomically designed size belies a micro BTE packed with more features than any RITEs. The proprietary technologies—and choice of 14 colors—enable maximum patient satisfaction.
All in the Family
The newest product from Hansaton, Tampa, Fla, is the Style family of hearing instruments combining technological innovation with exceptional design. Style hearing aids are available in eight different colors and three models—Style Premium, Style Exclusive, and Style Pro—each as a BTE or Mini BTE. Synchronized continuously with Hansaton’s i-com technology, Style provides an enhanced binaural fitting with well-balanced sound, optimal speech comprehension, and clearer localization. All Style BTEs allow for conventional open fittings. Hansaton’s eMote remote control can be used with all models.
AVANT REM Speech+
MedRx Inc, Largo, Fla, has introduced a new ergonomic Real Ear and Live Speech Mapping System. The AVANT REM Speech+ includes an improved housing design that is available in black or white. New features include the Sure Probe microphone system with lighted visual cues and an adjustable loop design that will fit any ear, ensuring the probe tube will always be correctly placed in the ear canal. Also new is a selectable dual probe measurement option that allows the user to do live speech mapping on both ears simultaneously. This new device weighs less than a half pound, connects to a USB port, and is NOAH System3, Sycle.net, and TIMS compatible.
New Series of Monitors Available
Microsonic Inc, Ambridge, Pa, has introduced its new Epic line of Musicians’ Monitors. Available in two models that fit any size ear, these universal monitors feature the patent-pending swiveling nozzle that offers the best fit of any universal product. Designed for a wide range of wearers, from the professional musician to the everyday iPod user, the EPIC Series offer a number of benefits, including noise isolation, comfort, and the very best in quality, and are available as custom-molded products.
Comfort Audio’s Contego HD
The Comfort Contego HD from Comfort Audio, Park Ridge, Ill, is a unique, high-definition wireless communication system designed to improve and enhance the quality of sound. Unlike other wireless systems, the Comfort Contego’s digital radio system provides high-quality sound over 38 secure coded channels and can be used with or without hearing aids as well as with TV audio systems. Both the transmitter and receiver have user-adjustable microphones for maximum customization of sound. The microphones can be set for omni-directional or directional based on conditions, and volume level can be remotely adjusted.
Avada Introduces Blulink, HearO M Systems
Avada Audiology and Hearing Care Centers, Louisville, Ky, has introduced the Blulink M180 and the HearO M Series, two affordable communication systems designed to keep up with today’s active lifestyles. Both the HearO M Series and Blulink feature small designs, durability, and ease of listening while moving from one environment to another. The Blulink M180 offers hands-free connectivity to Bluetooth-enabled cell phones and other wireless electronic devices. The new HearO M Series, which includes the M100 and M120, is a family of mid-priced hearing instruments suitable for all types of hearing losses within the mild to severe range. The M Series constantly monitors a user’s listening environment to enhance the speech sounds they want to hear, while limiting the annoying background noises that can be so troublesome.
Inspire Climbs Higher
Starkey Laboratories, Eden Prairie, Minn, introduces the next level of its Inspire OS 3.0, created to assure patient fittings are accurate and engaging. The new Hearing Loss Simulator visually provides an effective demonstration of hearing loss, and can be used to help educate patients, friends, and family. Inspire 3.0 also enables the verification that hearing aids are performing at their best, through Integrated Speech Mapping.
TV Ears Loop System
Westone Laboratories, Colorado Springs, Colo, now offers the latest addition to the TV Ears line. Hearing instrument wearers can now enjoy all the benefits of TV Ears without removing their instruments. TV Ears cuts down television background noise and amplifies the dialogue for better clarity and enjoyment. The TV Ears 2.3 Loop System allows users to receive the refined television audio through their hearing instrument’s manual T-coil. Users can adjust their own volume and tone without turning up the TV and disturbing others. The TV Ears TV Loop is compatible only with the TV Ears 2.3 MHz system.
Rexton Inc, Plymouth, Minn, has unveiled its rechargeable Revo instruments that are ready to run all day after only a 5-hour charge. All Revo instruments will also run on regular size 13 batteries for added convenience. Rexton’s new hearing instrument incorporates an extremely small and cosmetically appealing design with the most advanced technology available in a receiver-in-the-canal hearing instrument. The receiver can be fit for an individual’s ear with a comfortable, custom-sized soft tip. Revo instruments are suitable for hearing losses ranging from mild to moderately severe.
Headphones Provide Frequency Boost
Able Planet Inc, Wheat Ridge, Colo, offers Sound Clarity Noise-Canceling Headphones that feature Linx Audio technology, which alters the audio signal to increase the intensity of higher frequency harmonics and increases the perception of loudness without forcing users to crank up the volume to potentially damaging levels. Users with mild to moderate hearing loss will enjoy the same full, rich sound experience as those with normal hearing.
Hearing Protection for Small Ear Canals
Etymotic Research, Elk Grove Village, Ill, offers a second size of high-fidelity hearing protection for children and adults with small ear canals. The earplugs, called BabyBlues, have the same flat 20-dB sound reduction as Etymotic’s standard ETYPlugs HI-FI earplugs. All earplugs from Etymotic are flat attenuation to protect hearing and reduce noise fatigue while keeping music and voices clear, and can be used for playing and listening to music, attending concerts, and traveling.
Oaktree Products Inc, St Louis, introduces the Welch Allyn Digital MacroView Otoscope. Offering clear, live, and still images of the ear canal and tympanic membrane, the Digital MacroView Otoscope requires no additional purchase of software and plugs directly into your computer via a USB port. A zoom feature allows for enhanced viewing, and digital images can be stored in patient records for enhanced documentation of examination findings. It is compatible with the range of Welch Allyn 3.5V power sources.