In-Ear Monitors Westone Laboratories, Colorado Springs, Colo, presents UM1 in-ear monitors—your introduction to a whole new market. The UM1 universal fit earpieces deliver high-quality stereo sound along with hearing protection from ambient noise. UM1s are compatible with most sound systems, computers, and MP3 and CD players, making them perfect for musicians, gamers, or anyone who is looking for quality sound from a personal listening device. The UM1 can bring brand-new customers in your door.
The monitors come standard with easily molded foam eartips. Upgrade the sale with a pair of Westone style #56 custom earmolds, and offer comfort and sound quality your customers never thought possible.
UM1 by Westone: the sound of an entirely new market for your practice. (800) 525-5071; www.westonelabs.com.
Fast-Drying Cements Hocks Hearing Healthcare Products Cements, Portland, Ore, offers three fast-drying cements in acrylic, vinyl, and acrylic. Each cement provides a specific use; acrylic and vinyl are used on earmolds, and silicone is used on earmolds and soft materials. Hocks Cements have been used by hearing aid professionals for years. Hocks guarantees high quality and competitive pricing. (800) 654-6257; www.hocks.com.
Soft Foam Tips Cameron & Barkley/Warner Technologies, Minneapolis, offers Comply Snap Tips. The tan tips are made of high-tech slow recovery foam that can replace a custom earmold. The foam softens when it reaches body temperature to form an active seal in the ear canal. The built-in cerumen filter is acoustically transparent and snaps easily onto Comply earpieces. It offers feedback control. (800) 328-4757; www.cambar.com.
Hearing Aid Sweat Band VanB Enterprises of West Valley, NY, has developed the Hearing Aid Sweat Band, a disposable soft fabric sleeve that protects behind-the-ear (BTE) devices from moisture.
Available in four colors and five sizes, the Hearing Aid Sweat Band protects BTE hearing aids from perspiration, snow, and rain, as well as from infiltration of damaging dirt and grime. The sleeve is easily slipped over the microphone of a hearing aid, without the need for a tool. (716) 942-6313; www.vanbent.com.
Swiss-made Batteries Sy Kessler Sales Inc, Dallas, imports and distributes Renata Swiss-made batteries. A subsidiary of The Swatch Group watch company, Renata offers Zinc-Air hearing aid batteries that are noted for their high performance and longevity. Private label is available. (800) 527-0719; www.sykessler.com.
Soundfield Amplification System Sennheiser Electronic Corporation, Old Lyme, Conn, offers the Direct Ear SAS Soundfield Amplification System. The Direct Ear SAS system features the SK500 transmitter, the EMP2015 receiver, the ME 3 head-worn microphone, and two DAS Factor 5 speakers with wall mounts. The EMP2015 is a voice amplification unit designed for use in a classroom environment. Direct Ear SAS offers 1,280 frequencies for interference-free transmission. The system also features multimedia adaptable inputs and team teaching capabilities, and can be coupled with FM listening systems ensuring full classroom participation for the hearing impaired. All its components are metal. The system is easy to install and requires minimal maintenance. (860) 434-9190; www.sennheiserusa.com.
Analysis Computer Program Tartan Products, Finneytown, Ohio, introduces Scanware tm, a Windows-based computer program used for analysis and interpretation of SCAN-C and SCAN-A tests of central auditory processing. The program provides complete data analysis of all subtest and total scores, and prints a report of test result interpretation. The examiner can modify the report for individual subjects by using Word or WordPerfect word processing programs. For information, contact [email protected]; or www.capdtest.com.
Sound Enhancer Precision Laboratories Inc, Altamonte Springs, Fla, has introduced Precision Ear tm, a soft sound enhancer starter hearing aid. Designed from pliant material for comfort, the unit fits most ears and is available for left and right ear canals; CIC versions are available as well. Precision Ear provides amplification for those needing slight sound enhancement. (800) 327-4792; www.precisionweb.com.
Sound Field System Phonic Ear Inc in Petaluma, Calif, recently announced its newest sound field system, the Radium. Effortless to install, the unit’s FM receiver is housed in a stand-alone column with two built-in speakers. The Radium has a built-in handle and weighs only 11 pounds, which makes it extremely portable (it can move from room to room with a student or a teacher). It also features 20 wide-band frequencies and two built-in channels for team teaching or pass-the-microphone uses.
Radium’s phase-angled speakers project sound out toward the listeners, not up and down toward the ceiling and floor, so there is less reverberation and a better sound distribution—students in the back corners can easily hear the teacher’s voice while those in the front are not subject to loud amplification.
As with Phonic Ear’s other sound field systems, Radium is available for a 45-day free evaluation period. (800) 227-0735; www.phonicear.com.
Professional Testing Stethoscope A professional testing stethoscope is available from Hocks Hearing Healthcare Products of Portland, Ore. The stethoscope comes with three easily changeable attachments —a canal insert, a bell cup, and a chest piece—allowing users to test all types of hearing aids. The ear tips are removable for easy cleaning. (800) 654-6257; www.hocks.com.
Academic Brochure The Audiology Foundation of America (AFA), Lafayette, Ind, has compiled a brochure for academic advisors, students, and audiologists. The brochure, Audiology: A Doctoring profession, provides a list of educational institutions that offer degrees in audiology. In addition, the brochure defines audiology, the responsibilities of an audiologist, as well as the demand for practitioners.
The brochure is also a useful resource for audiologists who participate in high school career programs and community presentations. The brochure can be viewed online at www.AuDfound.org/Doctor_Brochure.htm. For complimentary hard copies, email [email protected]. (765) 743-6283; www.AuDfound.org.
Implantable Middle Ear Hearing Device Digital processing and direct drive technology are combined in The Vibrant® Soundbridge™, from Symphonix Devices Inc, San Jose, Calif. The device provides a revolutionary advancement in the treatment options available for sensorineural hearing loss. It is not a hearing aid; it is a new category of implantable middle ear hearing device, the first to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
The device is made up of two components, one internally implanted and the other externally worn, that work together to enhance the normal middle ear function and provide a better signal to the cochlea. The implant, the VORP™, consists of a signal detector and Symphonix’ patented core technology, the Floating Mass Transducer™ (FMT™).
The external component, the Audio Processor (AP), picks up sound from the environment and transmits that sound across the skin to the VORP.The VORP sends the signal to the FMT. The FMT is the electromagnetic transducer that directly vibrates the ossicles by mimicking the natural motion of the ossicular chain, sending an enhanced signal to the cochlea.
The Vibrant Soundbridge is intended for adults, 18 years of age or older, who have been diagnosed with moderate to severe sensorineural hearing loss. Prior to receiving the device, it is recommended that the patient have experience with appropriately fit hearing aids. (800) 833-7733; www.symphonix.com.
Clinical Screening Audiometer Interacoustics, Eden Prairie, Minn, offers the AT235h Impedance Audiometer. This audiometer is designed for clinical screening and diagnostic work, including high probetone tympanometry, acoustics reflex testing, ipsilateral and contralateral reflex decay testing, eustachian tube function testing, and AC audiometery. The AT235h also offers high-frequency tympanometry, normal tympanometry, two acoustics reflex tests, ETF test, audiometry, printing options, Windows®-based software, and portability. (800) 947-6334; www.interacoustics.com.
OAE Screener Otodynamics, Hatfield, Herts, England, offers the Echocheck OAE screener. The screener’s automated pass/refer system is based on TEOAE signal-to-noise ratio. The screener stores up to 97 test results with test/machine ID, ear, date/time, OAE dBSPL and other control parameters. Data is printable on an optional mini-printer or uploadable to a PC by serial line. The minimum acceptable OAE dBSPL can be programmed, and the numeric option has a digital readout of test ID, OAE dBSPL, time and date. The upload software includes exports to database programs and to OZ SIMS. Remote operation and data collection from a PC are also optional. (800) 659-7776; www.otodynamics.com.
Tinnitus Combination Instrument General Hearing Instruments, New Orleans, offers the Harmony™ tinnitus combination instrument, designed for patients experiencing both tinnitus and hearing loss. The instrument combines a programmable WDRC amplification circuit with a noise generator in one in-the-ear device. Available in either the company’s open-ear design or a full shell, the instrument can be ordered with programmable or manual amplifier volume control. (800) 824-3021; www.generalhearing.com.
Custom Earpieces Mid-States Labs, Wichita, Kan, offers its custom earpieces that attach to standard ear buds, which are designed to enable hands-free cellular phone use. The product also reportedly increases clarity by decreasing background noise and road noise. The company can provide the complete package, including the Plantronics lightweight headset #M140 or M145. (800) 247-3669; www.mid-stateslabs.com.
Rechargeable Hearing Aid Battery System Energex Batteries, Plainview, NY, offers the Aid-Mate 675 rechargeable hearing aid battery system, which consists of a charging system and a nickel-metal hydride size 675 rechargeable hearing aid battery. Features include: battery life reportedly up to 3 years; the ability to charge either one battery, or two batteries simultaneously; 6-hour automatic charge cycle; and one full day of operation per charge. International models are available. (800) 642-2354; www.energexbatteries.com.
Musicians’ Earplugs Perfect Seal, Wichita, Kan, offers the Er 15 & 25 musicians’ earplugs, which are countersunk into the molds. In addition, the company reports that the sound bore of every mold is carefully measured, ensuring that the correct volume of air is present to achieve flat attenuation. All of the molds are made of a durable silicone. (800) 311-9810.
Portable VRA Pehratek Products, Chanhassen, Minn, offers the Wireless Reinforcer action visual reinforcement audiometry (VRA) system. It combines motion and attention-getting light patterns for performing pediatric hearing testing. Each smoked Plexiglas box features a small cartoon character that lights up and moves rapidly back and forth when activated. Additionally, a U-shaped lamp array features 20 bright LEDs that flash sequentially or in a marquee pattern to vary the combination of lights and motion reinforcement. The system uses a wireless RF remote control to operate each reinforcer box at a distance of 50 feet. (952) 470-9063; www.pehratek.com.
Batteries Sy Kessler Sales Inc, Dallas, imports RENATA Swiss-made batteries. According to the company, RENATA is currently introducing its latest generation of Zinc-Air batteries, which are designed to provide high performance and long life. (800) 527-0719; www.sykessler.com.
Ear Gel EarGuy™ ear-gel by Earmold Design Inc, Minneapolis, is a gel lubricant designed to make earmold and hearing instrument insertion easy and comfortable. It is water soluble and will not leave residue or buildup on the ear, according to the company. The squeeze bottle is used to apply the gel onto a Q-tip™, which is then swabbed at the opening of the ear canal. (800) 334-6466; [email protected].
Earmolds and Earplugs Precision Laboratories Inc, Altamonte Springs, Fla, offers a variety of products, including the Precision Ear Enhancer (a starter hearing aid), custom earmolds, hearing protection plugs for pilots and musicians, and hands-free cell phones with adapters. In addition, the company also carries sound plugs, Catamaran swim plugs in assorted colors, a selection of impression materials, and hearing aid batteries. An all-brand repair service is also available for digital and programmable devices. (800) 327-4792; www.precisionweb.com.
Nonlinear Hearing Instrument Phonic Ear Inc of Petaluma, Calif, has introduced Sprite 216, the latest version of Sprite, a digitally programmable, nonlinear hearing instrument with a built-in FM receiver. Sprite 216 features an additional 19 channels in the 216 MHz band, along with a shorter antenna. Similar to the original 72 MHz Sprite, Sprite 216 offers Wide Dynamic Range Compression to ensure that soft sounds are intelligible while loud sounds are not too loud. For hearing at a distance or in a noisy environment, Sprite features two interchangeable FM channels (or one FM channel and a telecoil). Sprite is available in translucent green or traditional tan. (800) 227-0735; www.phonicear.com.
Amplified Stethoscope Oaktree Products Inc, Chesterfield, Mo, carries a complete line of amplified stethoscopes, including the Hewlett Packard Stethos electronic stethoscope, which reportedly utilizes state-of-the-art stethoscope technology. According to the company, the product will help hearing-impaired physicians and nurses. The company also carries the E-scope electronic stethoscope, which utilizes a headset and can be worn with hearing aids. (800) 347-1960; www.oaktreeproducts.com.
Ultrasonic Cleaning Solution Hocks Hearing Healthcare Products, Portland, Ore, is reintroducing its Ultrasonic Cleaning Solution to the market. The new purple-colored formula is odorless and safely cleans, disinfects, sanitizes, and deodorizes. It is safe to use on instruments, probe tips, or earmolds and is highly concentrated—diluting 15 to 1. Ultrasonic Cleaning Solution is available at the same price as the original formula. (800) 654-6257; www.hocks.com.
Hearing Aid Battery Dispenser Energizer Battery Company, St Louis, has introduced the Energizer® EZ Change® Amplifier® Air Cell™ hearing aid battery dispenser. The patent-pending device eliminates the need to handle hearing aid batteries. A magnetic arm enables easy battery removal, as well as precise placement of new batteries. Available in most hearing aid battery sizes, the Energizer EZ Change also eliminates the need to remove battery tabs by hand. (800) 383-7323; www.energizer.com.
Eara Advertising Resources Eara Advertising Resources, Los Angeles, is donating 10% to 100% of the profits from its Americana line to relief funds for those affected by the September 11 terrorist attacks. The Americana line includes promotional t-shirts, bags, hats, mugs, calendars, cards, pens, mints, pins, and office products.The first 100 emails Eara receives with “flag” in the subject line will receive a free patriotic promotional package. Limit one per customer. Send mailing information in the body of the email. (800) 422-EARA; [email protected]; www.EaraAdvertising.com.
K-AMP Hearing Aids United Hearing Systems, Central Village, Conn, offers its K-AMP hearing aids. This new line is the result of the development team at Etymotic Research Inc working with Gennum engineers who developed the K-AMP technology. (800) 835-2001; www.unitedhearing.com.
Hearing Aid Battery Dispenser Oaktree Products Inc, Chesterfield, Mo, offers the Energizer® EZ Changetm Amplifier® Air Celltm hearing aid battery dispenser. The patent-pending device eliminates the need to handle hearing aid batteries. A magnetic arm enables easy battery removal, as well as precise placement of new batteries. Available in most hearing aid battery sizes, the Energizer EZ Change also eliminates the need to remove battery tabs by hand. (800) 347-1960; www.oaktreeproducts.com.
Amplified Telecoils Microtronic US Inc, Minnetonka, Minn, offers its Active Telecoil series equipped with a CMOS amplifier TA20. The telecoil offers EMI noise suppression and frequency response that decreases the sensitivity for spurious electromagnetic fields in the audio range of 50-60 Hz. The response also resembles the microphone response, which enables the hearing instrument designer to fulfill the requirements from the NSH Standard. (952) 543-8300; www.microtronic.org.
Ear Care Kit Earmold Design Inc, Minneapolis, offers the EarGuy™ ear care kit, which includes several products that help patients provide care for their ears, earmolds and/or hearing instruments, including: EarGuy ear gel, a lubricant for aiding insertion; EarGuy earmold cleaner, an alcohol-free cleaner and sanitizer; EarGuy Ear-fresh, an alcohol-free solution for outer-ear hygiene; and an EarGuy Desert Pouch, which is designed to provide an economical way to remove unwanted moisture. (800) 334-6466; [email protected].
BTEs and Custom Models Siemens Hearing Solutions, Piscataway, NJ, has introduced four new models to its Phoenix™ series of behind-the-ear (BTE) model hearing aids, the 103, 203, 303, and 304. The 103 mini-BTE suits mild to moderate hearing loss; the 203 mini-BTE is appropriate for moderate to severe loss; and the 303 full-size BTE is intended for patients suffering from severe to profound loss. Each model features three fitting controls and digital signal processing. The 304 full-size BTE is a high power instrument that features four fitting controls, two channels, and digital signal processing. Custom styles offer completely-in-the-canal (CIC), in-the-canal (ITC), and in-the-ear (ITE) models. (800) 766-4500; www.siemens-hearing.com.
Live Speech Mapping MedRx, Seminole, Fla, offers the OtoWizard counseling and fitting system, which incorporates a tympanometer designed for easy use. The hand-held tympanometer reportedly downloads data to the system by infrared, removing the clutter of cables. The system also incorporates a live speech mapping feature, which monitors live speech input while a hearing instrument is programmed. The aided response can be further explored by using ICRA simulated speech signals or an audio CD. According to the company, this fitting approach was developed with dynamic graphic presentations for effective counseling and fitting. (888) 392-1234; www.medrx-usa.com.
Digital Hearing Instruments Intrason, Choisy, France, announces the launch of Digison, the company’s new family of digital products, which use an algorithm that was reportedly developed in cooperation with the French National Center of Scientific Research. Features include: level dependent compression, which is designed to independently adjust each channel in the soft and loud sound ranges as well as the speech level; the Speech Optimization System (S.O.S®), a noise reduction algorithm that uses 32 channels to reportedly improve speech recognition in noisy environments; instant output compression, which is designed to ensure protection against loud noises without distortion; and fast transient compression, which reduces the gain of sudden, harsh sound. They are available in all models from CIC to BTE, and in power and multi-directional versions. United Hearing Systems (UHS) is the distributor of the instruments in the United States. (33) 1-48-53-59-00; www.intrason.com.
Cordless Impression System Westone Laboratories, Colorado Springs, Colo, has introduced the ImpressEar powered impression system. The ImpressEar is a lightweight and powerful cordless impression system, operating off a rechargeable battery. With many additional features, the ImpressEar can be ordered to accept any style material cartridge available.
For best results, the SiliClone line of impression materials is recommended. SiliClone Firm offers viscosity comparable to the company’s manually mixed Pink Silicast, with the convenience of a S-50 cartridge. Original SiliClone is available in both the standard cartridge and S-50. (800) 525-5071; www.westonelabs.com.
Microminiature Leaded Tantalum Capacitor BREL International, Sarasota, Fla, has released the Type CLT-Microminiature Leaded Tantalum Capacitor, the latest addition to the BREL Precision Components Inc product line. The Type CLT tantalum capacitor is one of the smallest on the market. Primarily supplied to the hearing aid industry, it is suitable for other medical and industrial applications.
The Type CLT tantalum capacitor is available in three popular case sizes, with axial or radial leads. These precision microminiature polarized capacitors are especially suitable for general filtering, decoupling, bypassing, and RC timing application. The CLT series operates to +85C without derating and up to +125C with derating. The favorable capacitance to volume ratio makes this series perfect for such high-density applications as hearing aids.
The Type CLT leaded tantalum capacitor was designed in cooperation with a major supplier of electronic components. Additional features include digital marking of capacitance value, color-coded tolerance marking, and robust pure nickel leads with solder coating that is suitable for soldering or welding. Units are priced to $1.69 each, depending on quantity, with up to 6 weeks stock delivery.
BREL Precision is part of the BREL International group of companies, which includes BREL International Components Inc. (800) 237-4564; www.brelintl.com.
Patient Satisfaction Program Audiology Foundation of America (AFA), Lafayette, Ind, offers the Audiology Patient Satisfaction Program. The program was developed as a practice management tool to help audiologists measure their patients’ satisfaction with the care and service they provide.
The program includes: easy-to-follow implementation instructions; precalculated number of survey forms to ensure statistically significant data; a sealed ballot box; a survey tool customized for audiologists; data processed and analyzed by an experienced research firm; and national benchmarking data. It also offers customized, easy-to-understand reports, as well as action plans to help improve satisfaction levels. (765) 743-6283; www.AuDfound.org.
BTE Instruments Electone, Longwood, Fla, offers behind-the-ear hearing instruments that reportedly provide power, clarity, and options that allow fitting applications from mild to profound hearing losses. Designed to meet a variety of hearing needs, the company’s BTEs are available in digital, programmable, compression, conventional, and power circuitry. The instruments feature up to four potentiometers, direct audio input, three position O-T-M switch, numbered volume control, and battery sizes of 13, 312, and 675. (800) 432-7483; www.electoneonline.com.
Sound Control Enclosure Bio-Medical Technologies, Mandeville, La, announces the availability of its sound control enclosure. The enclosure features: a laminated cabinet; anti-vibration soundcoat; Sonotex acoustical interior foam; stereo soundfield speakers; full torso door with window; three-way jack panel for headphones and bone conductor; patient response buttons on both arms; and locking caster wheels. The door can be ordered to swing to either the right or the left. The enclosure measures 62 x 32 x 27 inches and weighs approximately 165 pounds. (800) 344-7261; www.bmtproducts.com.
Occlusion Effect Meter Mid-States Labs, Wichita, Kan, offers the ER-33 occlusion effect meter, which is designed to measure the amount of occlusion and allow professionals to determine if it is an earmold problem, a hearing instrument problem, or a counseling issue. According to the company, the meter is a portable, hand-held unit that makes troubleshooting easier and reduces remakes while identifying the amount of occlusion and the sources of feedback. (800) 247-3669; www.mid-stateslabs.com.
Consumer Marketing Package Starkey Laboratories, Eden Prairie, Minn, offers a consumer marketing package to complement the release of its Genesis product line. The material includes office signage urging consumers to have their hearing checked and an in-depth flip chart on what to expect when visiting a hearing care professional. During testing, the consumer material earned high marks from hearing professionals. (800) 328-8602; www.starkey.com.
Web Site Unveiled Ear Technology Corporation, Johnson City, Tenn, has unveiled its new Web site. The site has been designed to provide greater ease of use by both consumers and professionals, and will enable visitors to download technical and product information, promotional literature, and graphics suitable for use in newsletters and advertising. (800) 327-8547; www.dryandstore.com.
Full-Color Catalog Available Great Lakes Earmold Laboratory Inc, Cleveland, is scheduled to release an up-dated product catalog in April 2002. The new catalog features descriptions and full-color images of more than 300 hearing health care products, including impression materials, syringes, mixing accessories, build-up materials, tubing, ear blocks, glues and cements, otoscopes and ear-lights, connectors, ear hooks, dampers, va-cuum systems, grinding and polishing supplies, creams and drops, cleaners and disinfectants, ITE and ITC accessories, counter items, batteries and testers, listeners, test tips, and hearing aid dehumidifiers and dryers. No minimum orders are required. (800) 842-8184; www.greatlakesearmold.com.
Amplified Cordless Phone Oaktree Products, Chesterfield, Mo, introduces the CL40 by Ameriphone. The CL40 is a powerful amplified cordless phone offering a 40dB gain. This phone features 900MHz technology for extended operating range, an adjustable tone control for boosting high or low frequencies, advanced noise reduction filters, an audio jack for connection to headset or cochlear implant, and a visual ring indicator. (800) 347-1960; www.oaktreeproducts.com.
Video Oculography Interacoustics, Eden Prairie, Minn, announces the VO25 Video Oculography. The VO25 offers a complete vestibular analysis system that is easy to administer while being comfortable for the patient. The VO25 provides all of the standard vestibular examinations, as well as a Visual Lab for optimal presentation of a selection of optokinetic patterns, which can be displayed on a flat wall or on a color video TV. The VO25 operates with a Windows®-based examination software making it easier to run through a test, analyze data, and generate a professional report. The VO25 comes in a binocular or monocular configuration and is adjustable to fit a variety of patients. (800) 947-6334; www.interacoustics-us.com.
True To Life Sound Processing Unitron Hearing, Plymouth, Minn, offers the Axiom by Argosy. Featuring SNR enhancement, the Axiom has true to life sound processing. It adapts to each listening situation. The unit can be upgraded using computer software. (800) 888-8882; www.unitronhearing.com.
Hearing Aid Conditioning System Johnson City, Tenn-based Ear Technology Corporation has renamed its Dry & Store® hearing aid conditioning system. The new name, Dry & Store® Professional, reflects the product’s exclusive availability through hearing health care professionals. Originally an analog device, it now has digital timing for its germicidal and drying cycles. The company also markets Dry-Brik™, a custom-formulated, disposable desiccant. (800) 327-8547; www.dryandstore.com.
Amplified Cordless Phone HITEC, Burr Ridge, Ill, introduces its new 900MHz amplified cordless phone with caller ID. Amplified up to 30 dB, the phone also has a headset jack for use with an optional under-the-chin headset, providing hands-free operation. Hearing-aid compatible, the phone provides excellent volume and clarity in noisy situations and long-range communications, according to the company. (800) 288-8303; www.hitec.com.
Eara Advertising Resources Eara Advertising Resources, Los Angeles, offers advertising gift items. Eara has holiday food promotional gift boxes, chocolate roses, custom coffee, and apothecary jars, tins, and bottles, which can be filled with a choice of food items, including popcorn, jelly beans, chocolate, mints, cookies, and fresh fruit. No matter the holiday—from Valentine’s Day to Halloween—Eara offers a holiday gift selection. The first 10 customers to email Eara at [email protected] will receive a chocolate roses and vase gift. (800) 422-EARA; www.EaraAdvertising.com.
Software System CD-ROM In November, more than 3,000 hearing health care practitioners were sent a free copy of the Practice Navigator™ FirstStep™ software system CD-ROM by Siemens Hearing Solutions, Piscataway, NJ. It has introduced a free office management software system for hearing health care professionals. The program includes several basic Practice Navigator features, such as easy-to-use product order forms, patient management tools, hearing aid data, tracking devices, and run reports. (800) 333-9083; www.siemens-hearing.com.
Custom-Fit Earpieces Westone Laboratories, Colorado Springs, Colo, presents custom earmolds and hands-free headsets for mobile phones. A custom-fit earpiece by Westone coupled with a hands-free headset will provide mobile phone convenience with all-day comfort and security. Westone’s custom earpiece will fit almost any hands-free headset that is currently on the market.
Westone also makes it easy to provide customers with the entire package. To stay in contact safely, there is nothing better than a Plantronics hands-free headset. Plantronics headsets from Westone are available with a variety of features and will fit most mobile phones. If needed, adapters are available for many other models. (800) 525-5071; www.westonelabs.com.
Personal Care Products Cameron & Barkley/Warner Technologies, Minneapolis, offers its own line of personal care products for the hearing care industry, including Earmold Cleaner, Ear-fresh, Ear-gel, Derm-aid Cream, Sta-Dri dehumidifier jar, and Tech Care ear wax removal system (not pictured). All Tech Care products are alcohol free to prevent ear irritation. (800) 328-4757; www.cambar.com.
Microminiature Axial Leaded Resistor BREL Precision Components Inc, of BREL International, Sarasota, Fla, has released the RMB16-Microminiature Axial Leaded Resistor. The RMB16 is one of the smallest leaded resistors on the market. Primarily supplied to the hearing aid manufacturing industry, the RMB16 is suitable for other medical and industrial applications.
Key features of the RMB16 include a uniform shape with its extremely small size (0.036×0.075 inches), digital marking of resistance value on two sides, and robust leads of pure nickel with solder coating suitable for soldering or welding. (A radial lead version as well as other products for similar applications will follow the RMB16.) Units are priced from $0.55 to $0.65 each, depending on quantity, with up to 5 weeks stock delivery.
BREL Precision is part of the BREL International group of companies, which includes BREL International Components Inc. (800) 237-4564; www.brelintl.com.
Zero Bias Receiver United Hearing Systems (UHS) Inc, Central Village, Conn, recently completed a research project designed to identify the most compatible matching components based upon a reliability measurement system. The company’s audiology and engineering professionals looked at a complete range of new and traditionally utilized electronic and plastic components to create a matching matrix the is expected to enhance the reliability of UHS’s products, specifically, specially designed receivers have been incorporated into the range of analog and digital technologies that UHS offers. These receivers are made with a balanced armature design and are compatible with voltage driven class D output stages found in the company’s new hybrids. (800) 835-2001; www.unitedhearing.com.
Magnatone swimmers plugs are available in a variety of colors, including blue, black, red, green, orange, white, swirl, and yellow. Each plug is a solid unit featuring finger notches molded into a floatable silicone material for easy removal. BTE custom ear molds are available in eight styles, to suit different levels of hearing loss and comfort demands. The molds are also available in a variety of materials, including acrylic, MagnaFlextm translucent, acrylic with a flex canal, as well as UV Lucite® and clear silicone for patients with allergies. A fiber camouflage ear mold will soon be available. (800) 327-5159; www.magnatone.com.
Transportable Fitting and Counseling System MedRx, Seminole, Fla, offers its transportable OtoWizard fitting and counseling system. The system reportedly uses live speech mapping to demonstrate hearing loss and to program hearing aids in real time. Features of the software include audiometry with binaural speech testing, hearing loss simulator, master hearing aid, real ear measurements, automated occlusion effect, loudness scaling, hearing instrument test box, and patient database. In addition, the company reports that the system includes an “on-top” mode for real time programming of hearing aids in NOAH while simultaneously monitoring the aided response. The system will interface with the Video Otoscope and the company’s tympanometer. (888) 392-1234; www.medrx-usa.com.
Battery Faceplate Kits Puretone, Rochester, Kent, England, offers Pre-Wired Faceplate Kits. The kits are available in all battery types and nine amplifier types including the company’s ESPII digitally programmable range. Kits can be made to customer specifications for high quantity orders. 44 (0) 1634 719427; www.puretone.net.
Provider Network Hear for You (HFY), Oklahoma City, is a network of hearing health care providers. According to HFY, the network utilizes a proven business model, aggressive advertising, and ongoing support to help hearing aid dispensers prepare their businesses for the future. Members of the network, reportedly a by-product of a successful hearing aid practice, own their own practices and control their futures. (866) 840-9008; www.hearforyouonline.com.
Handheld Screening Audiometer The DSP Pure Tone Audiometer® from Micro Audiometrics, Murphy, NC, is a 10-ounce, battery-operated, handheld audiometer. Signals can reportedly be presented in a pulsed or continuous mode, pure tone or warble, and from 250 through 8,000 Hz at levels from -10 to 80 dB, according to the company. The audiometer also contains an Automatic Sequencing™ function, which is designed to enable a screening test to be conducted without operator intervention. It comes with headset, batteries, carrying case, and a limited 3-year warranty. (800) 729-9509; www.microaud.com.
Steady-Flow Irrigator Bio-Medical Technologies, Mandeville, La, offers its new Hydro-Flo irrigator. The irrigator provides a steady flow of irrigation solution by means of an air cushion within the sealed 1,500-mL reservoir. The irrigator wand creates a fan pattern whereby the canal walls are washed, moving the wax to the canal opening. The sealed reservoir is designed to prevent any contamination of the irrigation solution. Solution flow is controlled on the handpiece by a thumb-operated valve. According to the company, the irrigator is light and compact, making it ideal for off-site procedures. (800) 344-7261; www.bmtproducts.com.
Digital Sound Processing Rexton, Plymouth, Minn, introduces its newest 100% digital hearing instrument, the Sensation. Available in a range of models, from CIC to ITE (with BTE reportedly to be introduced in fall 2001), Sensation incorporates 100% digital sound processing in up to three independently programmable memories, including telecoil, according to the company. Two independent gain controls (high frequency and low frequency), two channel wide dynamic range compression, and two channel AGC-I with adjustable kneepoint are all designed to maximize the hearing health professional’s ability to fine-tune the instrument. Other features include a programmable telecoil, volume control, microphone noise reduction, manual notch filter system, power-on delay, and low battery alert tones. In addition, the company reports that the instrument’s new approach to fitting, Lifestyle with Optifit, automatically determines the best fitting parameters for a patient’s lifestyle. (800) 876-1141; www.rexton.com.
Directional BTE Intrason, Choisy, France, announces the launch of the Digison 621MD, a digital directional BTE. The instrument’s directional algorithm was reportedly developed in cooperation with researchers at the French National Center of Scientific Research. It allows the user to switch from omni-directional to multi-directional, which, when combined with the company’s Speech Optimization System (S.O.S.®), a 32-channel noise reduction algorithm, enhances speech recognition in noisy environments, according to the company. Distributed in the United States by United Hearing Systems. (33) 1-48-53-59-00; www.intrason.com.
Infrared TV Listening System HITEC, Burr Ridge, Ill, offers its ClearSounds 2000 infrared TV listening system. It is hearing-aid compatible and can be used with 95KHz public IR systems. The system allows one person to watch TV at the level that works best for him or her, while allowing others to listen at a different sound level, according to the company. The system is designed to deliver high-quality sound from any TV or audio source. (800) 288-8303; www.hitec.com.
Digital Hearing Instrument Widex Hearing Aid Company, Long Island City, NY, introduces the Bravo series of 100% digital hearing instruments. According to the company, features include: CD-quality fully digital signal processing; compression with expansion so that conversational speech is natural and soft speech is audible; an efficient fitting procedure; automatic performance (there can be a toggle-switch volume control if patients prefer); long battery life, with beep tone warnings for battery replacement; inaudible microphone noise; and high immunity to interference from digital phones.The Bravo is available in CIC models that are designed to be nearly invisible, as well as ITE and BTE models. (800) 221-0188; www.widexusa.com.
Ear Wash System Oaktree Products Inc, Chesterfield, Mo, offers the new Welch Allyn Ear Wash System®, which is designed to allow for clean, safe cerumen removal. The system connects to any faucet via a special adapter. Once the water has reached a comfortable temperature—detected by a temperature sensor on the device—its HydroVac Action feature dispenses water with controlled pressure at the same time that it vacuums out the ear canal. According to the company, the procedure is safe for all types of patients, including pediatric patients. (800) 347-1960; www.oaktreeproducts.com.
Precision Probe Tubes Oaktree Products Inc, Chesterfield, Mo, announces the release of a new Value Pack of precision probe tubes for the AudioScan system. The 120-tube pack is designed to offer a discount over standard packaging. (800) 347-1960; www.oaktreeproducts.com.
Plastic Component Parts In-Tech Industries, Ramsey, Minn, is a supplier of miniature plastic hearing aid component parts for hearing aid manufacturers. The company offers a variety of standard products along with in-house custom design and tooling capability to meet customers’ specific needs. (763) 576-8100; www.intech-ind.com.
New Digital Line Magnatone, Casselberry, Fla, introduces the TruVoicetm 100% digital family of products. TruVoice offers one-, two-, or four-channel programming. TruVoice 100% digital line offers flexible hearing solutions that are customized for patients’ needs. Among the features of these affordable products are manual volume control, tunable low-battery signal, scalable notch filter, and an adjustable expansion, with a programmable T-Coil option.
Acoustic Impedance/ Microprocessor Audiometer Micro Audiometrics, Murphy, NC, presents the Earscan® middle-ear analyzer and pure tone audiometer. According to the company, it is lightweight, durable, and affordable; performs an acoustic impedance test in 1 or 3 seconds, and can test ipsilateral reflexes. It reportedly presents signals from 250 through 8K, at 0 to 90 dB in a pulsed or continuous mode, and can test automatically. The Earscan comes complete with the audiometric headset, impedance probe, eartips, and a limited 3 -year warranty. The first factory calibration is free. (800) 729-9509; www.microaud.com.
Hearing Aid Cleaner and Disinfectant Oaktree Products Inc, Chesterfield, Mo, is introducing a new, improved version of its AudioWipe® brand towelettes. The wipes are designed for cleaning and disinfecting hearing aids, earmolds, and headphones. The no-alcohol formula will reportedly not harm rubber, plastic, silicone, or acrylic. In addition, the new version features a more durable towel that will not shred. The wipes are available in individually wrapped packets and in a 36-count patient size. (800) 347-1960; www.oaktreeproducts.com.
Infrared Wireless Hearing System Hal-Hen, Garden City Park, NY, offers the Dynalife II Infrared Wireless Hearing System, a television and radio personal listening system. The system features fully automatic on/off switching functions, mono or stereo modes, a remote pick-up microphone, and a built-in charger. The Dynalife II has an operating range of over 40 feet and high volume and will operate with all televisions and radios regardless of model or age. (800) 242-5436.
Express Fitting Interton/AHS, Plymouth, Minn, offers the UltraLink Express, which is designed to allow clients to be fit with state-of-the-art, programmable, completely-in-the-canal instruments in less than an hour. Five different-sized fitting sleeves and interchangeable, color-coated wax protection reportedly make fittings simple and fast. The instrument offers the features of the company’s UltraLink products, including: reduced quiet in noise; low distortion; pre- and post-emphasis circuitry; feedback management; and accurate, flexible fitting. (800) 247-4741; www.ahsonline.net.
Faceplates and Components Electone, Longwood, Fla, offers faceplates and components. According to the company, it offers state-of-the-art technology in digital, programmable, compression, analog, and rechargeable circuitry with no minimum order requirements, plus 24-hour service for stock items. The company distributes hearing instrument components for major brand manufacturers and offers training for in-office assembly and repair. (800) 432-7483; www.electoneonline.com.