Easy-to-Replace Batteries Duracell Activair with EasyTab™ is the first easy-to-replace hearing aid battery. EasyTab features three innovations. The “pillbox” package makes it easy for patients to store, transport, and remove batteries. The patented longer tab design makes EasyTab batteries easy to see, hold, and insert in hearing aids. In addition, the new battery cell construction delivers up to 30% longer life than previous Activair batteries. Contact Phonak at (866) 285-6264; www.phonak-us.com, or Unitron Hearing, (800) 888-8882; www.unitronhearing.com.
Software Package Magnatone Corporation, Casselberry, Fla, introduces the PocketPro™ software package for its TruVoice®, 100% digital instruments. Made to run on Windows PocketPC 2002 handheld computers, the PocketPro offers portable, space-saving fitting solutions that hearing health care professionals have been craving. The intuitive, user-friendly PocketPro software system works with a MicroConnect compact flash card (no HI-PRO™ needed) and a PocketPC. In addition, programming and client information can be downloaded into a desktop or laptop computer. (800) 327-5159; www.magnatone.com.
Hearing Screening Booth Acoustic Systems, Austin, Tex, introduces the RE-125 hearing screening booth. Shipped preassembled, the RE-125 offers improved isolation and meets OSHA standards. The unit is easily moved through most office doors and is kept in stock for rapid delivery. Acoustic Systems is accredited by the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) and submits its audiometric rooms and suites to regular testing. Factory-trained representatives help with selection and installation. (512) 444-1961; www.acousticsystems.com.
Workstation Upgrade Kits Lightning Enterprises, Limington, Me, offers Workstation Upgrade Kits, which transform any existing bench or table into a workstation or repair laboratory by providing the equipment and control module needed to set up an efficient work space. Workstation Kits include a vacuum pump system, UV Cure Unit, Desiccator Chamber, and control module, as well as tubings and accessories. There are several kits to choose from, depending on equipment needs. Complete workstations are also available. (877) 546-1797; www.lightning-enterprises.com.
Loop Amplifier HARC® Mercantile Ltd, Kalamazoo, Mich, offers the Echo-MegaLoop. “Loop” a room, office, or meeting place with the induction wire. Connect the amplifier to TV, radio, or stereo system; use the microphone to pick up room sounds and telephone or doorbell. Use hearing aids in the T-coil position to hear via induction. The unit is easy to set up, no special tools are needed. It features a small, compact size; line input gain control; AGC technology that suppresses any sudden loud noises; and volume and tone controls; and includes about 100 feet of loop wire. (800) 445-9968; www.hacofamerica.com.
Extended Payment Plan CareCredit®, Anaheim, Calif, offers an extended payment plan, designed to help individuals with treatment fees of more than $1,500. The plan features a 48-month term and payments as low as $41 per month. The company also offers 3-, 6-, and 12-month interest-free payment plans. All CareCredit patient payment plans are nonrecourse and the practice receives full treatment fees within 2 business days. (800) 300-3046, ext 519; www.carecredit.com.
10th Anniversary Catalog Oaktree Products, Chesterfield, Mo, has announced it will release the company’s 10th anniversary catalog this fall. The free 100-page catalog features more than 3,000 products. (800) 347-1960; www.oaktreeproducts.com.
Clinical Software Otodynamics, Hatfield, Herts, England, announces that V6 Clinical OAE software is now available for ILO DPOAE systems. ILO V6 is Windows XP fully compatible and provides advanced TE+DPOAE clinical facilities with data management and a user-friendly interface. V6 complements the popular EZ.Screen software. The Otodynamic Web site can be consulted for information on purchasing supplies and accessories, as well as for advice and support. (800) 659-7776; www.otodynamics.com.
Interest-Free Financing Elite Physician Services, Chattanooga, Tenn, offers Elite’s Hearing Payment Plan, an affordable monthly payment option for patients. For example, $3,000 may be as affordable as $68 per month. The application can be made by fax or phone. Patients may choose 90-day interest-free financing along with extended terms for up to 60 months. Elite pays up front, giving providers improved cash flow. There are no sign-up or annual fees for using the service. (877) 354-8337; www.elitedr.com.
High-Frequency Impedance Instrument Interacoustics, Eden Prairie, Minn, offers the AT235h, a cost-effective, high-frequency impedance instrument. Neonatal screening programs will benefit from the high-frequency probe tone, allowing for more reliable tympanometric results in neonates. Probe tone frequencies available are 226, 678, 800 and 1,000 Hz. The AT235h offers tympanometry, ipsilateral and contralateral acoustic reflex, reflex decay, eustachian tube function, and AC audiometry. The AT235h is lightweight enough to use as a portable diagnostic instrument. Results can be printed with the built-in thermal printer or by downloading to a Windows® database program or NOAH. (800) 947-6334; www.interacoustics-us.com.
Prewired Faceplates Interton/AHS, Minneapolis, is offering prewired faceplates for global distribution. Assembled with 100% digital or programmable circuits, the faceplates meet the needs of small manufacturers, enabling them to build hearing devices using their own brand names. (800) 247-4741; www.interton-usa.com.
Phone Cards EARA Advertising, Los Angeles, offers prepaid phone cards embossed with company logos and messages for thank-yous, holidays, incentives, and promotions. The cards can be used to generate more leads, increase brand awareness, open more doors, learn about customers, and increase sales. If you have already ordered your company’s holiday cards, EARA Advertising can match the design and have these prepaid phone cards attached to the cards. The first 10 emails EARA receives with Call Me in the subject line will receive a free promotional package. Limit one request per customer. Send name, address, phone, and fax information in the email. (800) 422-EARA; [email protected].
Swiss-Made Batteries Sy Kessler Sales Inc, Dallas, imports and distributes RENATA Swiss-Made Zinc-Air premium hearing aid batteries, noted for their high performance and longevity. RENATA is a subsidiary of the Switzerland-based company, The Swatch Group. (800) 527-0719; www.sykessler.com
Full-Color Brochure In-Tech Industries Inc, 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.
Soundfield Amplification System Sennheiser, Old Lyme, Conn, offers DirectEarSAS Soundfield Amplification System for classroom amplification. The wireless transmitter and comfortable headset allow freedom of movement. The high-quality condenser microphone and loudspeakers deliver life-like fidelity and protection from feedback. The Sennheiser DirectEarSAS installs easily and requires very little maintenance. Moreover, its day-to-day use is simple and intuitive. The system ships with a Sennheiser ME3 head-worn microphone with an adjustable microphone boom. (860) 434-9190, ext 153; www.sennheiserusa.com.
VNG Enabled Electronic Chair SYNAPSYS, Austin, Tex, offers the MED4™ VNG Enabled Electronic Rotary Chair, synchronized with a video eye image data for enhanced vestibular testing. Ulmer™ VNG and MED4 Rotary Chair testing is possible in the same room, with video goggles recording, within 45 minutes. (866) 796-2779; www.synapsysusa.com.
Cordless Amplified Telephone AMERIPHONE Products by Walker, a Division of Plantronics Inc, Garden Grove, Calif, offers the CL-40 Cordless Amplified Telephone, which increases incoming sounds up to 40+dB and features a separate tone control (600-2,400Hz) for high-frequency sounds. The unit’s 900 MHz technology and an automatic channel scanner provide a stable, extended operating range and static-free transmission. The large, lighted keypad makes dialing easy, and there are 10 speed-dial buttons, along with flash and redial. The CL-40 also features an extra-loud ringer, and base-to-handset paging and is wall-mountable. It is also hearing-aid T-coil compatible and has an audio output jack for connection to a headset, neckloop, or cochlear implant. The CL-40’s included NiMH rechargeable battery pack delivers a 3-hour talk time between battery charges. (800) 874-3005; [email protected];www.ameriphone.com.
Single-Memory Entry-Level Digital Solution Rexton Inc, Plymouth, Minn, offers the Reflection family of digital hearing instruments. Available in CIC to ITE models, Reflection is a single-memory, entry-level digital solution featuring six programmable parameters. (800) 876-1141.
Wireless Listening System Sennheiser, Old Lyme, Conn, has reintroduced its DirectEar SET100. Blending state-of-the-art electronics and superior design, the SET100 offers transmission reliability and clear, natural sound reproduction.The 95 kHz frequency is compatible with thousands of infrared systems currently installed in public venues. SET100 wearers can enjoy the flexibility of using their receivers in conjunction with these systems or as a complete system at home. The SET100 features the TI100 transmitter, RI100 stethophone receiver, and a rechargeable battery. The transmitter provides a radiating power of 435 square feet and connects directly into the audio output of a TV, VCR, or compatible audio source via an RCA plug with 1/8” mono mini plug adapter. An automatic gain control ensures optimal transmission. A rechargeable battery powers the receiver for 6 to 8 hours per charge. The receiver and a spare battery can be simultaneously charged and stored in the transmitter. An auxiliary microphone is available for audio pickup from the television speaker when an audio output jack is not present. (860) 434-9190, ext 153; www.sennheiserusa.com.
Impression Material Mid-States Laboratories Inc, Wichita, Kan, offers its line of impression material, Yellow Stuff™. The product is available in three formulas: oil-free Yellow Stuff; Yellow Stuff II™, with oil-added comfort and easy removal, and Yellow Stuff III™, made with a new “in-between” formula that allows ease of removal with fewer oil-related manufacturing problems. (800) 247-3669; www.mid-stateslabs.com.
Full Shell Spectrum Interton/AHS, Minneapolis, offers a complete spectrum of shells, ranging from smooth-solid to soft-solid. The shells are available in a variety of materials, and are custom fitted to comfortably suit each patient’s needs. Of the variety of materials available, the company reports that customers respond favorably to its SilFlex™ soft-solid option over more rigid compounds. Representatives from the company report that there are plans to expand the types of materials it offers for crafting custom hearing aid shells. (800) 247-4741; www.interton-usa.com.
Cell Phone Headsets Effective Communication Solutions Inc, Independence, Ky, offers HATIS hearing aid telephone headsets. The headsets feature precise comprehension on virtually every mobile, cordless, or landline phone for BTE, ITE, or cochlear implant users who have telecoils. In addition, digital cell phones can be used without an interference. The product features a strong telecoil induction for even the most severe hearing losses. (800) 838-1649; www.BeyondHearingAids.com.
Speech Audiometer Interacoustics, Eden Prairie, Minn, introduces the AD229e, a small, lightweight diagnostic air, bone, and speech audiometer. The AD229e has all standard clinical test protocols plus binaural speech presentation, Stenger (pure tone or speech), auto HL function, external printer function, PC interface/ NOAH compatibility, and master hearing aid. The sleek, lightweight design of the AD229e presents a professional image as a stand-alone or portable instrument. (800) 947-6334; www.interacoustics-us.com.
Balance Assessment Technologies SYNAPSYS, Austin, Tex, offers a full line of balance assessment technologies, including Ulmer™ VNG TORSIO™, NYSTAGView™ Video Goggles, VISIO™, AURIS™ EP, and the MED4™ Rotary Chair VideoENG enabled. A unique set of meaningful VNG normative data enhances the effectiveness of diagnosis for patients with balance disorders. (866) 796-2779; www.synapsysusa.com.
DP Echoport USB An updated ILO292 DP Echoport clinical OAE system, featuring a simple USB PC connection, is now available from the pioneers of OAE instrumentation, Otodynamics, Hatfield, Herts, England. The ILO292 USB is a plug-n-play unit with full TEOAE and DPOAE analysis and ILO compatibility, and is supplied with the new XP compatible ILO V6 clinical OAE software. The product is part of the Echoport USB series, which includes the economical ILO288 Screener and research instruments. The ILO292 USB is upgradable for dual-probe operation to meet tomorrow’s demanding requirements. (800) 759-7776; www.otodynamics.com.
Hearing Screening Pen Oaktree Products, Chesterfield, Mo, introduces the HearPen, a calibrated, pocket-size device used for quick and accurate hearing screening. HearPen, a useful tool for general practitioners, features a 25 dB HL tone, centered around 3,000 Hz—an area known to be critical for speech understanding—to each ear. Instructions are included. (800) 347-1960; www.oaktreeproducts.com.
Time Compressed Sentence Test AUDiTEC™ of St Louis recently released the Time Compressed Sentence Test (TCST) developed by Dr Robert W. Keith. The purposes of the TCST are to identify and quantify disorders of auditory processing. It is believed that time compressing sentences is a more valid measure of central processing than time compressing single words. The sentences are simple declarative sentences at zero (0) compression and 40% and 60% compression. This test will further enable audiologists, teachers, and other professionals to institute intervention programs for children who have problems learning due to deficits in the auditory modality. (314) 781-8890; (800) 669-9065; [email protected].
Direct Mail Advertising Action Marketing, El Cajon, Calif, specializes in the design and production of direct mail advertising. The company’s marketing approach focuses primarily on new patients, which reportedly results in predictable and consistent business growth. In addition, the company’s products are tested before inclusion in its product line, a process that is designed to minimize the risks involved in a new advertising approach. The company further reports that it has invested heavily in the development of an extensive production facility, while refinements in its tracking and production systems increase accuracy and decrease production time. (800) 227-0819.
Ear Care Kit The EarGuy™ ear care kit is offered by Earmold Design Inc, Minneapolis. The care kit 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].
Accessible Digital Solution Unitron Hearing, Plymouth, Minn, offers Unison™. The easy to fit Unison series incorporates an advanced range of features and flexibility. The device’s features includes multiple listening programs, four bands for detailed frequency shaping, and selectable processing schemes. Unison is available with a VECTOR directional microphone and in CIC through mini BTE models. (800) 888-8882; www.unitronhearing.com.
Hearing Product Catalog Starkey Laboratories Earmold Division, Eden Prairie, Minn, has developed a comprehensive catalog featuring the industry’s widest variety of hearing conservation, enhancement, and earmold solutions. From shell molds to pilot headset molds, Starkey’s long history of custom manufacturing is represented in the more than 100 different styles of products showcased in the catalog. (800) 328-8602; www.starkey.com
Wireless Microphone HARC™ Mercantile Ltd, Kalamazoo, Mich, is distributing the Link-it wireless microphone array. Worn over the ear, the Link-it has directional microphones that pick out sounds in noisy environments and transmit them to a BTE or ITE through the hearing aid’s T-coil. Link-it is designed for use by hearing aid users who have difficulty understanding speech in noisy surroundings. (800) 445-9968; www.harcmercantile.com.
Portable Hearing Aid Conditioning System Ear Technology Corporation, Johnson City, Tenn, offers Dry & Store Global, its newest version of the Dry & Store hearing aid conditioning system. Designed for portability and versatility, the Global accommodates all types of hearing aids and cochlear implant hardware, including body-worn processors. The Global model was developed as a full-featured product that can be used for travel and where space is a consideration. Co-developed as the export version of the Dry & Store family, Global will operate on all worldwide power supplies with the proper AC adapter and plug configuration. A variety of additional plugs and adapters will be available as optional accessories for overseas travelers. (800) 327-8547; www.dryandstore.com.
Tinnitus Manager Professional Audiology Services, Bedford, Nova Scotia, Canada, offers the AudioMedic Tinnitus Manager, a comprehensive approach to the management of tinnitus. The system can be used to determine if a patient would best respond to accurately set multi-channel digital hearing aids, frequency specific residual inhibition and masking available on CD or a combination of approaches. (877) 815-7722; www.svdinc.com/audiomedic.
UV Cure Equipment Lightning Enterprises, Limington, Me, offers the Dual-Lite UV Cure Unit. Specifically designed for hearing aid repair and modification, Dual-Lite utilizes two 9-watt UV lamps and a mirrored interior, which can be cleaned or replaced. It has a footprint measuring just 73¼4” x 4” x 33¼8”, and is constructed of durable plastic. (877) 546-1797; www.lightning-enterprises.com. i
Audioscan Audioscan, Dorchester, Ontario, Canada, offers the Verifit System, a state-of-the-art hearing assessment analyzer that implements real speech and DSP measurements. (800) 265-2093; www.audioscan.com
Wireless Patient Response System Pehratek Products, Chanhassen, Minn, offers the PATIENT-LINK wireless patient response system, a wireless alternative to standard wired patient response buttons that tangle and limit freedom in small sound rooms or for people in wheelchairs. The PATIENT-LINK can be added to most audiometric testing systems that have a built-in patient response light system. To upgrade the current wired patient response to a wireless version, the receiver just needs to be plugged into the audiometer jack. The lighted handheld unit is lightweight and features a large push button with LED that lights up when pressed to give the patient feedback during the test procedure. (952) 470-9063; www.pehratek.com.
High-Fidelity Digital Instruments United Hearing Systems, Central Village, Conn, introduces digital K-AMP hearing aids, adding to its extensive line of analog and digital products. The product was developed at Etymotic Research Inc, working with Gennum engineers, who developed the K-AMP technology. (800) 835-2001; www.unitedhearing.com.
Custom Earmolds Precision Laboratories Inc, Altamonte Springs, Fla, features a variety of products. Available from the company are custom earmolds for behind-the-ear hearing aids, custom earpieces for pilots and musicians, sound protection, hands-free headsets with cellphone adapters, as well as the Catamaran swim plugs in assorted colors for water protection. A selection of impression materials including Blue Ultra Cartridge System and hearing aid batteries are also available. (800) 327-4792; www.precisionweb.com.
Custom Earpieces Mid-States Laboratories, 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.
Full Shells, BTE Models Oticon Inc, Eriksholm, Denmark, features the Adapto Power digital line of hearing instruments, offering a selection of full shell and BTE models for individuals with severe hearing loss. Adapto Power includes the Dynamic Feedback Cancellation System for more usable high-frequency gain without causing feedback and distortion, the VoiceFinder™ for relief from high output levels when speech is not present, as well as dedicated rationales for severe hearing loss. All instruments are tailored to individual needs and preferences. (800) 227-3921; www.oticon.com.
Digital Amplified Cordless Phone HITEC Group International Inc, Burr Ridge, Ill, offers the 2.4 GHz HT-2400A digital amplified cordless phone with caller ID. The HT-2400A is a high-performance amplified phone with caller ID and call waiting. It also features a 2.5 mm headset jack and a 3.5 mm amplified audio jack for a neckloop. Amplified to 30 dB this new cordless phone is hearing aid compatible with a T-coil built directly into the handset. It has a broad operating range while maintaining clarity. A notification indicator lets users know they are out of range. (800) 288-8303; www.hitec.com
Demonstration Ears Hocks Hearing Healthcare Products, Portland, Ore, reintroduces its Hocks Demonstration Ears, reportedly an improved version of the company’s demonstration ears that were first introduced in the early 1960s. The demonstration ears are made of tough and flexible silicone, and are ideal for practicing impression taking or displaying on a counter, according to the company. Able to be cleaned with soap and water, they are available as a pair or individually. The company also offers its clear demonstration ears with a full-length canal made of clear, firm material that reportedly will not become soft or sticky. (800) 654-6257; www.hocks.com.
Handheld Screening Audiometer The DSP Pure Tone Audiometer® from Micro Audiometrics Corp, 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
ITE Push Button Switch SonionMicrotronic, Minnetonka, Minn, offers the PB 100, a push button switch for use in TE hearing instruments. The PB 100 has a diameter of 1.9 mm and is 1.4 mm in length. At almost half the area of the existing push button PB 95, the PB 100 is a step forward in the continuing miniaturization at Sonion Microtronic. (952) 543-8300; www.sonion.com.
Portable Sound System ELT Group, West Palm Beach, Fla, offers the ChatPACK™ Totable Soundfield System. The system can be ordered complete with the 55-channel Comtek® FM system (216 MHz), or a la carte for use with existing FM systems. Rechargeable, the ChatPACK operates for more than 20 hours on a single charge. Included is a ballistic nylon tote with hand/shoulder strap for easy transport, NiMh batteries, and a charger. ChatPACK carries a 2-year warranty. (800) 286-3481, (866) 845-2537 (Canada). www.eltgroup.com.
Hearing Aid Batteries HITEC Group International Inc, Burr Ridge, Ill, is the exclusive distributor of the POWER ONE hearing aid batteries. A new rebate program is available to hearing care professionals. Find out about earning bonus checks by purchasing as few as 150 six-cell cards of these high performance batteries. (800) 288-8303; www.hitec.com.
Digital Microphone SonionMicrotronic, Minnetonka, Minn, offers the 7446 digital microphone. This microphone is a combination of the 9000 series cartridge, the industry’s workhorse, and the latest in A/D converter ASIC design. The output signal from the 7446 is an unformatted serial digital bit stream. The microphone also features EMI suppression and compatibility with digital/DSP systems and the data stream. The size of the microphone is equal to the 9000 series. For the electrical connections, only one extra lead (clock) is required. (952) 543-8300; www.sonion.com.
Discounted Credit Card Processing Elite Physician Services, Chattanooga, Tenn, offers discounted credit card processing to health care providers. The processing program can be used for all major credit cards with rates as low as 1.599%. A complimentary comparison of a provider’s existing processing program to Elite’s program is available to ensure cost savings for providers, with no obligation. Special features include no fee application and no setup or programming costs. (877) 354-8337; www.elitedr.com.
Acoustic Impedance/Microprocessor Audiometer Micro Audiometrics, Murphy, NC, introduces the Earscan® middle-ear analyzer and pure tone audiometer. According to the company, the device 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
Ear Balm Hocks Hearing Healthcare Products, Portland, Ore, offers ear balm made with 1% hydrocortisone and an antipruritic (antiitch) solution. This alcohol-free formula is designed to heal itchy and irritated ears. According to the company, the balm is an excellent lubricant and sealer for the insertion of hearing aids and earmolds. (800) 654-6257; www.hocks.com
Listening Pad Pehratek Products, Chanhassen, Minn, offers the CELL-U-HEAR listening pad, designed for hearing aid wearers who use cell phones. The design of the pad reportedly directs sound into the listener’s ear to reduce feedback and improve comfort while talking on a cell phone. It comes with two different-sized pads to accommodate most cell phones. Soiled or damaged pads are easy to remove and replace. (952) 470-9063; www.pehratek.com.
Soft Sound Enhancer Precision Laboratories Inc, Altamonte Springs, Fla, has introduced Precision Ear, a soft sound enhancer entry level or backup hearing aid. Manufactured from pliant material for comfort, the unit fits most ears and is available for left and right ear. Canal or CIC versions are available. Precision Ear provides amplification for those needing mild to moderate hearing enhancement, and offers repair service for all brands and types of hearing instruments. (800) 327-4792; www.precisionweb.com
Affordable Digital Family Oticon Inc, Eriksholm, Denmark, introduces the Atlas family of affordable digital hearing aids. Atlas includes a full range of dependable and attractive product styles from CIC to BTE, and offers multi-channel NAL-NL and DSL i/o fitting rationales, volume control options, programmable telecoil, and directional microphones. Atlas also features four fitting bands, the Adaptation Manager, and Automatic Feedback Manager programmed with Genie 2.0 software for greater fitting flexibility. (800) 227-3921; www.oticon.com
Infrared Listening System ELT Group, West Palm Beach, Fla, offers the AudioLink® PLS-951A Infrared Listening System—the AudioLink-II®. The TV listening system works with any TV, and is compatible with most public 95 KHz systems. Features include an auto power switch, low IR carrier mute, individual tone control, balance control (adjusting tool provided), 115 dB maximum SPL, two rechargeable NiMh batteries, TV microphone, and a 2-year warranty. (800) 286-3481, (866) 845-2537 (Canada). www.eltgroup.com.
Directional Digital ITC A directional digital ITC is available from United Hearing Systems Inc, Central Village, Conn. A miniaturized multi-microphone design allows for the smallest model configuration with maximum directionality. Directional performance is switched between omni and directional as a multi-memory function. T-Coil option is also a programmable function. (800) 835-2001; www.unitedhearing.com
Hearing Health Care Card Starkey Laboratories Inc, Eden Prairie, Minn, introduces its Hearing Health Care Card (HHCC), for hearing health care practices to finance patients’ purchases. The HHCC gives patients purchasing power without a practice directly extending credit. By accepting the HHCC, patients have the opportunity to purchase on credit, while payment is guaranteed to the health care practice. (800) 328-8602; www.starkey.com.
Personal Care Products Hagemeyer Tech-care Products (formerly Warner Technologies), Minneapolis, offers its own line of personal care products, including Earmold Cleaner, Ear-fresh, Ear-gel, Derm-aid Cream, Sta-Dri dehumidifier jar, and Tech-care ear wax removal system. All Tech-care products are alcohol-free to prevent ear irritation. (800) 328-4757; www.cambar.com.
Fitting System Auric Hearing Systems Inc, Charlotte, NC, offers the RetroX Simulator to enable persons with mild to moderate-severe high frequency hearing loss to experience the potential benefits of the RetroX Hearing Aid System prior to making a commitment. The RetroX Simulator is programmed via industry standard equipment and can be fit in minutes. The RetroX will improve hearing while leaving the ear canal open. The RetroX Simulator is intended for hearing professionals interested in offering and fitting the FDA-approved RetroX Transcutaneous Hearing Aid System. (866) 872-8742; www.auricusa.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.
Automated Loan Application CareCredit®‚ Anaheim, Calif, offers a new automated phone application program, which will enable patients to apply for financing within minutes by calling a toll-free number. The confidential process takes a few minutes and provides a credit decision instantly. In addition, the patient automated phone application saves administrative time by eliminating paperwork, review of loan documentation, and eligibility follow-up. CareCredit provides financing options to more than $25,000, including 3-, 6-, and 12-month interest-free payment plans, as well as a low-interest extended payment plan. (800) 300-3046, ext 519; www.carecredit.com.
Holiday Promotional Stickers EARA Advertising, Los Angeles, offers Holiday Stickers, which can be sent in the mail or handed out to customers to say thank-you. A coupon or special offer can be added to help create repeat business. Many other holiday, gift, giveaway, and specialty items are also available from EARA Advertising. The first 10 emails EARA receives with Santa’s Coming in the subject line will receive a free promotional package. Limit one per customer. Send name, address, phone, and fax information in the email. (800) 422-EARA; [email protected].
Engineering Expertise At In-Tech Industries Inc in Ramsey, Minn, engineering experts strive to produce a product that matches its customers’ design criteria. Whether producing a complete design based on generic sketches or integrating an existing design into a final product, combining the company’s services with its customers’ creativity is the key. (763) 576-8100; www.intech-ind.com.
Natural Ear Care Product Miracell Inc, Orem, Utah, offers a new ear care product, Miracell Botanicals, a skin conditioner that is formulated from all natural botanical extracts. This product provides nutrients needed to maintain healthy ears and acts as a lubricant for hearing instruments. (800) 748-5040; [email protected].
Marketing Specialists Open House Specialists (OHS) America, Beaufort, SC, offers advertising, dealer participation, sales specialists, and no-risk guarantees to increase sales. The program pays for local advertising to mobilize the market, brings hearing instrument sales specialists to the dealer’s office, and provides a higher client retention rate. (866) 624-8100; www.ohsamerica.com.
Full-Color Catalog Available Great Lakes Earmold Laboratory Inc, Cleveland, offers its updated 2002 catalog. 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 earlights, connectors, ear hooks, dampers, vacuum systems, grinding and polishing supplies, creams and drops, cleaners and disinfectants, ITE and ITC accessories, counter items, batteries and testers, listeners, and hearing aid dehumidifiers and dryers. (800) 842-8184; www.greatlakesearmold.com.
Random Gap Test in Spanish AUDiTEC™ of St Louis has released the Random Gap Detection Test for the Spanish language patient (RGDT-SP). While the test itself is nonlinguistic, instructions in Spanish have been added to the test recording to aid the non-Spanish-speaking examiner. The RGDT-SP will soon be available on both cassette and compact disc. It will also be available in the Expanded version of the RGDT. (314) 781-8890; (800) 669-9065; [email protected].
Wireless Hearing System TV Ears Inc, Park City, Utah, offers the TV Ears wireless hearing system, designed to deliver sound directly to the wearer’s ears. Television audio processing (TAP) technology ensures that all words are heard clearly, while the automatic volume control (AVC) circuit is designed to reduce loud bursts of sound. The system works separately from television speakers so that others can set the TV volume at the level they desire. TV Ears will also work in nearly all movie theaters, play houses, concert halls, and other public places, according to the company. (888) 883-3277; www.tvears.com
Dispensers Network Hear For You (HFY), Oklahoma City, is a network of dispensers across the United States that offers savings to the public on hearing health care products. HFY is not a buying group, however; network members receive low prices on hearing health care products. Through volume purchasing and shared economies of scale, HFY’s program is designed to maximize profits but also to pass along savings to end-users, so more individuals who need the help will be able to afford it. (866) 840-9008; www.hearforyouonline.com
FDA-Approved Hearing Aid System Auric Hearing Systems Inc, Charlotte, NC, offers the RetroX, an FDA-approved hearing aid system that leaves the ear canal open. The device allows sound to be delivered to the outer ear canal via a titanium tube that a doctor has inserted through soft tissue between the back of the ear and the outer ear canal, increasing clarity and improving comfort in an inconspicuous fitting. The open fitting maintains natural outer ear resonance and comfort with no pressure and no accumulation of heat or moisture from an earmold or device in the outer ear canal. The hearing aid component is hidden behind the ear when in use. (866) 872-8742; www.auricusa.com.
Hearing Seminars Audina Hearing Instruments Inc, Casselberry, Fla, is presenting national seminars in a variety of locations around the United States, including North Carolina, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Washington, Kansas, Arizona, California, and Florida. The seminars are approved by the International Hearing Society and the American Academy of Audiologists and earn CEUs. (800) 223-7700; www.audina.net
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.
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].
Patching Kit Hagemeyer Tech-care Products (formerly Warner Technologies), Minneapolis, offers a patching kit designed for laser shell patching. The patching kit contains a small portable UV light, polymers, buffing wheel, UV Loctite adhesive, carbide cutter, and Tech-care Products’ new Clean-wipes, pop-up wipes especially formulated for cleaning hearing products. (800) 328-4757; www.cambar.com.
Presentation Products Egger, Havertown, Pa, offers a variety of presentation and demonstration products, including demo-columns with a silicone ear in three different sizes and various colors. Custom colors are also available upon request. (866) 344-3787; www.egger-labor.com.
Evoked Potential Diagnostic System SYNAPSYS, Austin, Tex, offers the AURIS™, a full-featured auditory evoked potential diagnostic system designed for objective evaluation of the auditory function. The system allows coverage of the whole range of evoked potentials: otolythic EP (myogenic), auditory EP (EChoG 0-10ms, ABR 0-20ms, middle range 0-100ms, cortical 0-300ms), and visual EP (neurological). (800) 874-9889; www.synapsysusa.com
Amplified Telephone AMERIPHONE Products by Walker, a Division of Plantronics, Inc, Garden Grove, Calif, offers the XL-40 Amplified Telephone. The unit delivers up to 43+dB extra amplification and features a separate adjustable tone control (500-2,400 Hz) for high-frequency sounds. Its back-lighted keypad with big buttons makes it easy to dial. Other features include an extrabright ring flasher, a superloud ringer with adjustable tone control, and voice mail and missed call indicators. The XL-40 includes 12 memory buttons, plus redial, hold and flash buttons, is wall-mountable, and has a battery backup in case of power outage. The XL-40 is hearing aid telecoil compatible and has an audio output jack for connection to a headset, neckloop, or cochlear implant. (800) 874-3005; [email protected]; www.ameriphone.com.
Fast, Precise-Fitting Software Unitron Hearing, Plymouth, Minn, offers Unifit™, its fully integrated fitting software, which allows for a quick, simple, customizable fit. Unifit delivers unprecedented flexibility, accuracy, and ease of use for experienced to new fitters of Unitron Hearing products, allowing the audiologist or dispenser to use as many or as few of the fitting tools as they choose. (800) 888-8882; www.unitronhearing.com.
Hearing Aid Batteries Varta Batteries Inc, Elmsford, NY, offers the Power One line of hearing aid batteries. Power One features “Long Tabs” to remove and insert batteries comfortably. These batteries are optimized for all types of hearing aids and eliminate the need to stock two separate battery lines. Power One delivers long life for Super-High-Power Hearing Aids, and meets all requirements of the industry’s high power standard. (800) 431-2504; www.powerone-batteries.com
Impression Taking Technique Egger, Havertown, Pa, offers an extensive selection of impression materials, including addition or condensation-vulcanizing material in tubs, and additional vulcanizing material for both cartridge systems (standard and S50). (866) 344-3787; www.egger-labor.com
Digital Hearing Instrument Audina Hearing Instruments Inc, Casselberry, Fla, offers the Paragon 4 DSP. The digital instrument features WDRC, linear, and AGC-o processing strategies, adjustable time constants, four channels, eight bands, antifeedback notch, low battery indicator, and dual microphone directional capability. Also available are multi-memory and external VC. (800) 223-7700; <