Cylindrical Microphone SonionMicrotronic, Minnetonka, Minn, introduces the Series 8000 Cylindrical Microphone. The 2.54 mm cylindrical design features advanced flex technology, low noise, high PSR, and very low sensitivity to environmental humidity changes. Easy-to-use in any application, the microphone offers stability of sensitivity, impedance, and current consumption across different voltage supply levels. Also, the stability across all frequencies enables excellent matching characteristics. The small size contributes to ease of hearing instrument design and manufacture. (952) 543-8300; www.sonion.com.
Battery Distribution Westone Laboratories, Colorado Springs, Colo, is the main distributor for Power One batteries. Power One batteries deliver consistently high, stable voltage for cochlear implants and high-power digital hearing instruments and meet all requirements of the new high power IEC testing standard. Power One batteries are available only through hearing health care professionals. In addition, there is a consumer bonus program and cash rebate to the dispenser. (800) 525-5071; [email protected], or www.westone.com.
Tinnitus Treatment E.A.R. Inc, Boulder, Colo, introduces RingSTOP™, an all-natural product for people suffering from tinnitus. RingSTOP™ is a homeopathic formula that is available in capsule form. Ingredients include amino acids, herbal extracts, antioxidants, and vitamins that have been reported to reduce the symptoms of tinnitus, for which there is no known cure. (800) 525-2690; www.earinc.com; www.freehearingtest.com.
Rechargeable System Casselberry, Fla-based Magnatone Corporation has announced that the TruVoice 100% Digital Hearing Instrument is now available with the Liberty Rechargeable System. The Liberty Rechargeable System offers digital sound processing, digital programming, and lower power requirements. The system recharges hearing instruments within 8 hours and offers up to 16 hours of use, eliminating the need to change batteries. The rechargeable cell is designed to last from 3 to 5 years. (800) 327-5159; www.magnatone.com.
Free Online Hearing Test FreeHearingTest.com, an online resource for hearing-related products and services, also offers an online hearing test. While encouraging regular audiometric testing by certified medical or audiological professionals, the site is a compilation of hearing health care resources and information. Visitors will find the database of worldwide hearing health care professionals particularly useful, according to the company. Practices may be included in the database by completing the registration form on the site. (800) 525-2690; www.freehearingtest.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.
Directional Digital ITC A directional digital ITC is now 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
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 Fit In-Ear Monitors Westone Laboratories’ Music Products division, Colorado Springs, Colo, introduces the Elite Series™ line of custom fit in-ear monitors. The Elite Series line features the ES1™ single driver unit and the ES2™ dual driver unit. For use by musical performers, each product offers excellent response across frequencies and over 20 dB of ambient noise separation. In addition, the Elite Series monitors are less expensive than comparable custom monitors. Custom color, finish, and shape are available for a small additional charge. All custom fit monitors require impressions be taken by a hearing health care professional. (800) 525-5071; [email protected]; or www.westone.com
Last Minute Holiday Gifts EARA Advertising, Los Angeles, has “thank you” and incentive gifts for clients and employees—and will make certain they are delivered on time. Emails received with “Oops! I forgot” in the subject line will receive a free promotional package. Limit one item per customer. Send name, address, phone, and fax information in the email. (800) 422-EARA; [email protected].
Triplet Matched Microphone SonionMicrotronic, Minnetonka, Minn, supplies three matched microphones. The magnitude and phase are matched at specific frequencies, enabling higher order directionality solutions and increased speech intelligibility in noisy environments. The two-spout configuration allows for any left and right hearing instrument applications on all BTE packages. (952) 543-8300; www.sonion.com.
Wireless Doorbell/Phone Signaler Hal-Hen Company, Garden City Park, NY, offers the Wireless Doorbell and Phone Signaler assistive alert system. The unit, model DB-200 (catalog #3535), plugs into a modular phone jack, and attaches to a lamp that will flash a series of alerts when the doorbell or telephone rings. The system works with all Sonic Alert receivers. (800) 242-5436; www.halhen.com.
Software Package Casselberry, Fla-based Magnatone Corporation has released the TruVoice PocketPro software package for use with its PocketPC 2002 handheld computers. Among the PocketPro’s features are portable fitting sessions for office use. (800) 327-5159; www.magnatone.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.
Physician Marketing Video A video about a physician newsletter publishing service is being offered by the publishers of Hearing HealthCare News®, White Plains, NY. The 9-minute presentation, available on CD or VHS, describes how a physician newsletter can benefit an audiology practice. (800) 342-1643; www.hearinghealthnews.com.
Winter Promotional Gifts EARA Advertising, Los Angeles, has jackets, fleece, vests, sweaters, woolen mittens and gloves, knit hats, hand warmers, and more for promotional items. Wearable items can be embroidered or screen-printed with names and logos for employee and client gifts. Emails received with “It’s Snowing” in the subject line will receive a free promotional package. Limit one item per customer. Send name, address, phone, and fax information in the email. (800) 422-EARA; [email protected]
Evoked Potential Diagnostic System SYNAPSYS, Austin, Tex, offers AURIS™, a full-featured auditory evoked potential diagnostic system, designed for objective evaluation of auditory function. Whether it is 1- or 2-channel, portable or desktop, the specific technical features of the AURIS line are high performance and ergonomic software. AURIS allows the collection of superior clinical information necessary for any otoneurological diagnostic examination by covering the whole range of evoked potentials. (800) 874-9889; www.synapsysusa.com.
Universal Fit Earpieces Westone Laboratories, Colorado Springs, Colo, offers UM1 in-ear monitors, universal fit earpieces. The devices offer stereo sound and hearing protection from ambient noise. UM1s are compatible with most sound systems, computers, MP3, and CD players. In addition to the standard beige color, they are now also available in brown, black, and clear. UM1 monitors come standard with crushable foam eartips. (800) 525-5071; [email protected]; www.westone.com.
Financing Information Brochure CareCredit®, Anaheim, Calif, is offering a free copy of the pamphlet “Helping Your Patients Say ‘Yes’ to Optimal Treatment and Technology.” Written by Pamela Best, PhD, a leading consultant in the field of audiology, the pamphlet cites the benefits of offering third-party financing in the current market. CareCredit offers a complete range of payment options, including 3-, 6-, and 12-month interest-free payment plans, as well as low-interest extended payment plans. (800) 300-3046, ext 519; www.carecredit.com.
ITE Push Button Switch SonionMicrotronic, Minnetonka, Minn, offers the PB 100, a push button switch for use in ITE 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 SonionMicrotronic. (952) 543-8300; www.sonion.com.
Multi-Functional TTY HITEC Group International Inc, Burr Ridge, Ill, introduces the Worldview TTY 2200. The multi-functional TTY integrates elements of advanced TTY and computer technology, and is ideal for use in small or large businesses. Users can shift between telephone calls and regular office tasks without leaving their workspace or activating a different device. The technology will be useful and economical for organizations and businesses with hard-of-hearing clients or employees. The product also fills the need of organizations, agencies, and public entities required to meet provisions cited in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; Section 255 of the Federal Communications Commission’s Telecommunications Act of 1996; and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. (800) 288-8303; www.hitec.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.
Patient Education Materials Audiology Incorporated, Arden Hills, Minn, offers patient education materials developed by Robert H. Margolis, PhD. The materials are designed to enhance counseling by educating patients about the nature of their hearing loss, as well as the benefits and limitations of hearing aids. Custom orders with clinic information are available. For information and free samples, contact [email protected] (800) 328-6709 (Medical Technologies); (800) 347-1960 (Oaktree Products); www.audiologyonline.com.
Digital Hearing Instruments Rexton, Plymouth, Minn, introduces the Voyage™ line of digital hearing instruments. Features include four programmable memories, 16 channel gain adjustments, 16 channel Speech Preservation, 16 channel adaptive noise reduction, 16 channel microphone noise reduction, 6 independent compression areas with flexible crossover frequencies, and independent CK, CR, and compression dynamic adjustments. In addition, the line includes the Delta-Logic™ fitting protocol and an easy-to-use graphic interface that enables quick and efficient professional programming. (800) 876-1141; www.rexton.com.
Rotational Chair SYNAPSYS, Austin, Tex, offers the Ulmer™ VNG-enabled MED4™ Rotational Chair. The combined features of the chair allow for enhanced vestibular testing, without requiring the patient to move to various locations during the course of testing. A rotary chair is necessary to assess the whole range of frequencies to obtain the most positive clinical outcome of vestibular patients (866) 796-2779; www.synapsysusa.com.
Vent Cleaner Hal-Hen Company, Garden City Park, NY, offers the Vent Cleaner Brush. The brush fits most CIC and ITE vents and is designed to clean trapped cerumen and debris. Listed as catalog #3541, the brushes are available in packages of 12. (800) 242-5436; www.halhen.com.
Turning Unit Lightning Enterprises, Limington, Me, introduces the Lite-Isserie Turning Unit. Designed to be used with UV cure systems, the Lite-Isserie securely holds and turns the hearing aid under UV lamps for an even cure. The device is powered by a small DC wall transformer and will work with any open-lamp cure system. (877) 546-1797; www.lightning-enterprises.com.
Free Custom Imprinting Hocks Hearing Healthcare Products, Portland, Ore, offers free custom imprinting on Energizer 4 and 8 cell spin pack batteries, with a minimum order of 10 cartons. Also available are battery racks, information brochures, window decals, and ID cards. A consumer rebate program is available with the purchase of three cards. All purchases through Hocks qualify for Energizer’s American Express gift check dealer rebate program. Hocks also carries the Energizer EZ Change. (800) OK-HOCKS (654-6257); www.hocksproducts.com.
Wire-Free Digital Product Line United Hearing Systems, Central Village, Conn, introduces its “wire-free” Freedom digital custom product line. The Freedom digital line incorporates all the advantages of DSP in a simple-to-fit instrument, without cords or software. Featuring custom-tailored matrices from 103/30 to 125/55, the Freedom digital line covers a wide range of solutions for most types of hearing losses. Second memory with audible beep provides choice of noise mode, telecoil, and directional. (800) 835-2001; www.unitedhearing.com.
Digital Hearing Aids Oticon Inc, Somerset, NJ, introduces the Atlas family of affordable digital hearing aids. The Atlas line includes a full range of dependable and attractive product styles from CIC to BTE, and uses multi-channel NAL-NL and DSL i/o fitting rationales. Features include options for volume control, programmable telecoil, and directional microphones. Atlas also offers four fitting bands, the Adaptation Manager, and Automatic Feedback Manager programmed with Genie 2.0 software for better fitting flexibility. (800) 526-3921; www.oticonus.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.
Silicone Earmold Material Westone Laboratories, Colorado Springs, Colo, introduces OtoClear™ material for earmolds. The silicone earmold material has a “water-clear” appearance, and features high tear resistance and a high durometer, which reduces the possibility of radiation feedback. In addition, TRS and Tube-Lock tubes tend to anchor better in OtoClear. (800) 525-5071; [email protected]; www.westone.com.
Amplified Cordless Phone HITEC Group International Inc, Burr Ridge, Ill, introduces its new 900 MHz 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.
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.
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.
Solvent Spray Cleaning Brushing Kit Hal-Hen Company, Garden City Park, NY, introduces the Solvent Spray Cleaning Brushing Kit, an advanced cleaning system for electronic equipment (catalog #3548). For use with aerosol cleaners, the fingertip-control device enables accurate, pinpoint cleaning access. Aerosol cleaners (catalog #1056, #2250, and #2252) can be ordered separately. (800) 242-5436; www.halhen.com.
Digital Equipment Oticon Inc, Somerset, NJ, offers Adapto, a premium digital instrument that addresses the most prevalent user challenges of poor speech understanding, feedback, and occlusion. The unit features VoiceFinder™, a combined speech detection and comfort system to maximize speech understanding; OpenEar Acoustics™, a dynamic feedback cancellation system that allows for larger vents to virtually eliminate occlusion; and Client-Focused Fitting™, an individualized hearing solution adjusted to the user’s lifestyle and hearing aid experience. Adapto is available in a variety of styles, and offers multiple programs, directionality, and power models. (800) 526-3921; www.oticonus.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 (600-2,400 Hz) 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.
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.
Swiss-Made Batteries Sy Kessler Sales Inc, Dallas, offers RENATA Swiss-made batteries. A subsidiary of the Swatch Group watch company, RENATA features Zinc-Air hearing aid batteries, available in dial packs of four and eight, as well as cartons of 40 and 80. Each card features multi-language text and an expiration date. Private label is available. When ordering, be sure to ask which promotion the company is offering. Sy Kessler Sales Inc is the sole importer of RENATA consumer batteries. (800) 527-0719; www.sykessler.com.
Eye Movement Analysis Technology SYNAPSYS, Austin, Tex, offers Ulmer VideoNystagmoGraphy (VNG), a real-time eye movement analysis technology, that meets the demand and standards of vestibular testing. VNG normative data enhance the effectiveness of diagnosis for patients with balance disorders. SYNAPSYS offers 2- or 4-channel VNG, with torsional recording capabilities, comfortable video goggles for reliable eye tracking, and LCD projection stimulus for OPK. Currently, more than 650 SYNAPSYS systems are in use worldwide. (866) 796-2779; www.synapsysusa.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.
Cell Phone Headsets HATIS hearing aid telephone headsets are offered by Effective Communication Solutions Inc, Independence, Ky. 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.
Advertising Specialty Products Westone Laboratories, Colorado Springs, Colo, features Promotional Products, a full-service source for advertising specialty products. A variety of specialty promotional items are available including, magnets, pens, bags, mouse pads, and hearing instrument cases. All items are custom imprinted. (800) 525-5071; [email protected]; www.westone.com.
Stethoscope with Headphones Effective Communication Solutions Inc, Independence, Ky, introduces the newly released ESCOPE II amplified stethoscope, a solution for CIC and ITE hearing aid users who do not want to remove their hearing aids every time they use a scope. The ESCOPE II has a swivel belt clip, volume controls in the bell, and an output jack for headphones. The same output jack can also be used with a direct audio input cord to BTE hearing aids. (800) 838-1649; www.BeyondHearingAids.com
Mini Vacuum Cleaner Hal-Hen Company, Garden City Park, NY, offers a compact power mini vacuum cleaner for hearing aids (catalog #3549). The unit operates on one “C” alkaline battery and removes debris from all types of hearing aids. A combination cleaning tool is included. (800) 242-5436; www.halhen.com.
Infrared Video Goggles SYNAPSYS, Austin, Tex, offers NYSTAGView infrared video goggles. NYSTAGView is for use by audiologists, neurologists, physicians, and physical therapists for routine qualitative screening of patients with labyrinthine or neuro-vestibular disorders. The lightweight, portable goggles are ideal for observing and recording eye movements in all lighting conditions. The affordable unit can display images on monitors, televisions, or video projectors. Effects can be videotaped for later viewing. (866) 796-2779; www.synapsysusa.com.
Electronic Corporate Brochure CareCredit®, Anaheim, Calif, offers an electronic corporate brochure that highlights its payment plan options. The brochure can be emailed or faxed on request. CareCredit has contracted with more than 35,000 health care practices, and offers plans with payments as low as 3% of the balance. (800) 300-3046, ext 519; www.carecredit.com.
New Database Platform Interacoustics, Eden Prairie, Minn, introduces the IaBase2000, a new database platform for integration of test data. The IaBase2000 data storage system enables the examiner to conduct audiometric, impedance, ABR, OAE, and VNG tests and store them on a common database platform. The unit also features networking capabilities, as well as import and export functions that allow clinicians to review and analyze information from remote sites. (800) 947-6334; www.interacoustics-us.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.
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.
Otoscope System Hocks Hearing Healthcare Products, Portland, Ore, offers the Sabre Medical complete otoscope system. The product is made of high-impact polycarbonate resin, and comes with two AAA batteries, otoscope head and extra bulb, six disposable adult specula, straight plastic probe, cerumen wire loop, cerumen nylon loop, and cerumen spoon scoop. (800) OK-HOCKS (654-6257); www.hocksproducts.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Assistive Device Sense-Sonic Ltd, Macclesfield, Cheshire, England, offers the Conversor™, a compact and portable wireless assistive device. The Conversor consists of a dual microphone design combined with stable FM technology to improve sound quality. The unit can be used in tandem with most existing hearing aids via T-coil. The Conversor improves and focuses sound for those suffering from mild to severe hearing loss. The US distributor for the Conversor is the Long Island, NY-based Hal-Hen Company Inc, which will also provide technical and customer support. Hal-Hen: (800) 242-5436; www.halhen.com; or Sense-Sonic: +44 (0) 1625 443333; www.sense-sonic.com.
Online Resource Center CareCredit®, Anaheim, Calif, offers its Online Resource Center. Enrolled customers can order supplies, request training, download and/or print online application instructions, and update practice information. Access to CareCredit’s Digital Media Kit, which contains tools to customize and enhance practice Web sites, is also available. CareCredit offers a full range of patient payment options, including its 3-, 6-, and 12-Month Interest Free Payment Plans and a low-interest Extended Payment Plan, with no upfront costs and low monthly payments. (800) 300-3046, ext 519; www.carecredit.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].
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-inch 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.
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].
Screening Audiometer Eckstein Bros Inc, Hawthorne, Calif, offers the Tetra Tone II™, a compact portable hearing screening instrument for general testing. The unit features a microprocessor, push-button operation, four intensity levels, low battery indicator, auto power shut-off, and memory recall. The TetraTone is guaranteed for one ear and meets ANSI requirements. (323) 772-6113; [email protected].
Single-Wall Screening Booths Acoustic Systems, Austin, Tex, offers single-wall screening booths for screening environments where the ambient conditions require increased attenuation, or clinical testing may be required. The booths are constructed with the company’s standard, Type 2, 4-inch-thick wall panels and provide isolation. Acoustic Systems is accredited by the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) and submits its audiometric rooms and suites to regular testing. (512) 444-1961; www.acousticsystems.com.
Interest Free Payment Plan CareCredit®, Anaheim, Calif, offers its 12-Month Interest Free Payment Plan. The plan enables patients to receive immediate treatment and technology, and pay over time. CareCredit offers a full range of patient payment options, including its 3-, 6-, and 12-Month Interest Free Payment Plans and a low-interest Extended Payment Plan, with no upfront costs and low monthly payments. (800) 300-3046, ext 519; www.carecredit.com.
Balance Product Line & VNG SYNAPSYS, Austin, Tex, offers a full line of balance assessment technologies, including: Ulmer™ VNG; TORSIO™; NYSTAGView™ Video Goggles; VISIO™; AURIS™ EP; and MED4™ Rotational Chair Video ENG enabled. SYNAPSYS VNG provides real-time analysis of eye movements, and a unique set of meaningful VNG normative data enhancing the effectiveness of diagnosis for patients with balance disorders. Currently, more than 650 SYNAPSYS systems are in use worldwide. SYNAPSYS is considered a leading manufacturer of VNG. (866) 796-2779; www.synapsysusa.com.
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.
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.
Maintenance Kit S & S Laser from New Port Richey, Fla, introduces the Moisture Guard Hearing Aid Maintenance Kit, which includes: the Moisture Guard (an electronic hearing aid dryer), the User Vac (a personal vacuum system), a combo tool (a wax pick, brush, and magnet), and a battery tester. Included in the kit is a container of 36 Audio Wipes. Items may be purchased separately. (800) 934-6815.
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.
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 Battery Dispenser Oaktree Products Inc, Chesterfield, Mo, features 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) 347-1960; www.oaktreeproducts.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.
Warranty and Insurance Programs Starkey Laboratories Inc, Eden Prairie, Minn, offers extended warranty coverage for hearing health care patients. Several programs are available, including full warranty coverage for up to an additional 4 years on existing coverage. Coverage for mechanical failure repair for all makes and models of hearing devices is offered under Starkey’s Worry Free Repair Warranty. Also available is Starkey’s Professional Benefit Services (PBS) insurance. PBS provides patients with loss and visible damage insurance without a deductible or co-payment. (800) 328-8602; www.starkey.com.
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.
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.hocksproducts.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.
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.hocksproducts.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.
Training Seminars Auric Hearing Systems Inc, Charlotte, NC, offers training seminars for physicians, audiologists, and dispensers enabling the physicians to fit the RetroX tube, and audiologists and dispensers to fit the RetroX hearing aid. The training emphasizes a team outlook in treating patients with the RetroX Hearing Aid System. The FDA-approved system will improve hearing while leaving the ear canal open. Designed for mild to moderate-severe high frequency hearing loss, the RetroX Hearing Aid System works by sending sound through a titanium tube that a physician has inserted through soft tissue between the back of the ear and the outer ear canal. The RetroX increases clarity and improves 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.
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 25