Patient Payment Presentation Chart CareCredit, Anaheim, Calif, has developed an Audiology Patient Payment Presentation Chart specifically for the unique needs of the hearing aid patient. Under the guidance of a marketing consultant who specializes in developing visual presentation materials for adults age 55 and older, the new payment chart is designed to provide details on the No Interest and Low Interest Payment Plans in an easy-to-read format, helping to minimize confusion, questions, and concerns. In addition to the online resource center and other patient education materials, the Patient Payment Presentation Chart is available to enrolled practices at no cost. (800) 300-3046, ext 519; [email protected].
Consumer Guide Wilson & Company, Fort Worth, Tex, offers a lead generating system with a 7-year track record called The Consumers Guide to Hearing Aids. Here is how it works: (1) Place the ad provided in the local daily newspaper. (2) The phone will ring with qualified buyers. (3) Use the proven telephone script to set the appointment. (800) 346-6279, ext 11; www.jameswwilson.com.
Ultrasonic Cleaner ADCO Hearing Products Inc, Littleton, Colo, offers the Branson B200 Cleaner. With a perfect size for the hearing health care industry, the ultrasonic wave action deep cleans the areas brushes cannot reach. Basket size is 6.5 inches x 3.5 inches x 2.25 inches, perfect to clean earmolds, otoscopes, specula, curettes, and more. Most cleaning requires only 2 to 3 minutes. For safety, an internal timer turns off the cleaner after 5 minutes. Use the Branson B200 Cleaner with Wavecide or Ultrasonic Cleaners, also available through ADCO. (800) 726-0851; (303) 794-3928; www.adcopro.net.
Lipreading Course CD ROM Audiological Engineering Corp, Somerville, Mass, offers a lipreading instructional course on CD ROM (with multimedia capabilities) for hearing health professionals and self-study programs. This CD ROM can be used alone or in combination with tactile aids or a hearing aid. The course enables adults and children to participate in home therapy. The course offers lessons ranging from individual vowels and consonants to running speech. (800) 283-460; www.tactaid.com.
10th Anniversary Catalog Oaktree Products, Chesterfield, Mo, has announced the release of the company’s 10th anniversary catalog. The free 100-page catalog contains information on more than 3,000 products. (800) 347-1960; www.oaktreeproducts.com.
Pocket PFS Starkey Laboratories Inc, Eden Prairie, Minn, introduces the Pocket Professional Fitting System, a fast, flexible, and portable handheld programming device. Pocket PFS supports Starkey’s Genesis product line and provides full access to fitting algorithms to assist in the selection of linear and nonlinear systems including DSL [i/o] and NAL-NL1. In addition, patient complaints can be easily addressed utilizing the built-in Expert Assistant to troubleshoot a wide array of hearing aid issues. The Pocket PFS patient database is quickly synchronized with PFS 3.0 or higher desktop software to transfer patient data between the two platforms. (800) 328-8602; www.starkey.com.
Payment Plans That You Choose The Citi Health Card, Chattanooga, Tenn, enables providers to choose the payment plans that are offered by their practice from a wide variety of plans that will fit within any patient budget. Choices in payment options are important, especially the ability to finance treatment over time for hearing instruments dispensed today. Offering patient financing eliminates guessing as to whether they may or may not need financing, while adding value to a practice and growing business. The patient financing plan offers a number of convenient options, including No Interest Payment Plans for 3-18 months, and a Budget Payment Plan of 48 Months with 12.96% APR. Each plan is accompanied by varying Merchant Discount Rates and payment terms. With a combination of flexibility, simplicity, and practicality, the Citi Health Card can make a significant difference for health care providers and patients. (877) 354-8337; www.healthcard.citicards.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) 827-8547; www.dryandstore.com.
Laser Shell 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.
Cerumen Protection System Starkey Laboratories Inc, Eden Prairie, Minn, introduces the Waxceptor™, a cerumen protection system with disposable wax guards. The wax guards help prevent earwax accumulation in the hearing aid receiver, a leading cause of hearing aid repair and patient dissatisfaction. Waxceptor wax guards are quickly and easily inserted utilizing the customized removal tool. Each kit contains five wax guards and does not alter the hearing aid’s frequency response, gain, or output. Waxceptor kits are free of charge and include two complete wax guard packs and an insertion and removal tool. (800) 328-8602; www.starkey.com.
Infection Control Book Oaktree Products Inc, Chesterfield, Mo, offers the book Infection Control in the Hearing Aid Clinic. The book provides basic information on immunology, microbiology, and infectious diseases, including CMV, hepatitis, and SARS. It also outlines eight specific reasons why hearing aid-specific infection control procedures should be implemented in the dispensing clinic, including a review of recent infection control research findings from the audiology literature. The book is also supplemented by a comprehensive outline of federally mandated, OSHA infection control requirements, associated regulatory agencies, a glossary of over 60 terms, a sample written infection control plan template, and a comprehensive index. (800) 347-1960; www.oaktreeproducts.com.
Hearing Aid Sweat Band VanB Enterprises of West Valley, NY, offers 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.
Maximum Output Oticon Inc, Somerset, NJ, introduces the SUMO, super power maximum output, with 142 dB SPL MPO, 82 dB gain, and high levels of LF gain and output. The device is powered by a new amplifier and receiver design, Output Optimization Technology™, and features dedicated pediatric applications, including DSL i/o and RECD compensation. (800) 526-3921; www.oticonus.com.
Long-Lasting Batteries iCellTech, Seoul, Korea, offers hearing aid batteries. The company guarantees superior quality by strict piece-by-piece in-house inspections and reliability tests under ISO-9001-2000 quality management. According to the test results by our customers and authorized laboratories, the average running times of iCellTech batteries are much longer compared to most of the other leading brands. iCellTech batteries deliver enhanced power under high current drain and provide better performance for a larger range of devices including most of the cochlear implants. Magnatone (for the USA and Canada) (800) 789-6543; [email protected].
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.
Increased Volume Battery Energizer®, St Louis, recently introduced an increased volume size 10 battery. The Energizer Amplifier® offers enhanced power designed to operate high-drain digital devices, as well as traditional hearing aids. It will be offered in Energizer Amplifier spin packs and Energizer EZ Change™ dispensers. (800) 426-8268, ext 7534; www.energizer.com.
Ear Balm Hocks Hearing Healthcare Products, Portland, Ore, offers ear balm made with 1% hydrocortisone and an antipruritic (anti-itch) 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.
High-Performance Batteries ZeniPower, Zhuhai, China, offers high performance hearing aid batteries. Free samples are available. USA: (814) 825-8398; www.hearing-aid-batteries-co.com; China: www.zenipower.com; [email protected].
Digital Hearing Aid Phonak, Warrenville, Ill, offers the Perseo™ line of digital hearing instruments, which is offered in a complete range of styles including miniature in-the-canal devices to powerful behind-the-ear hearing computers. (800) 777-7333; www.phonak-us.com.
Software Updates Audioscan, Dorchester, Ontario, Canada, has released the 2.0 version of software for its Audioscan® Verifit® real-ear hearing aid analyzer. Among the program’s improvements are a real-time Speech Envelope, which offers a clearer picture of how a fitting is mapping speech into the residual auditory area, and Speechmap®, with a choice of DSL®, NAL-NL1, or auditory-area mapping approaches to hearing aid fitting. NAL-NL1 is also provided as an insertion gain fitting method. Additional features include networking of screen images and data that may be exported to network files via the Verifit LAN port. This software update is free, and is automatically mailed to all Audioscan Verifit owners. (800) 265-2093; www.audioscan.com.
Earmold Catalog Great Lakes Earmold Laboratory Inc, Cleveland, Ohio, supplier of earmolds, accessories, and expertise to the hearing care industry, has released its new Earmold Catalog. The 38-page, full-color catalog offers earmold selections, types of impression, materials, and impression techniques. This easy-to-read, informative, quick reference catalog can be a useful guide to your practice. (800) 842-8184; [email protected].
Effective Communication Techniques CareCredit®, Anaheim, Calif, offers “Growing Your Practice—Effective Communication Techniques,” a free CD or audiotape featuring J. Scott Bailey, a sales consultant at the Sandler Sales Institute who has 25 years’ experience working with health care professionals, including dentists and audiologists. In the program, Bailey illustrates how effective communication can be utilized to uncover and address emotional needs, “buying cycles,” and the underlying objections patients may have. Also included are tips on how the health care professional can step into the role of “consultant” to provide patients with solutions that will ultimately increase acceptance of optimal care and technology. (800) 300-3046, ext 519; [email protected].
Fitting Software Audina Hearing Instruments, Longwood, Fla, has added three new features to its ezFIT fitting software. This software, version 3.5, is now compatible with the MicroConnect card. The MicroConnect card is a small, portable PCMCIA card for use in laptop computers and can now be purchased from Audina. The software also features ezFIX, an automatic troubleshooting tool for ease of adjustment. Adjustments are made simple by selecting the user complaint and applying the remedy. New targets are also introduced and are based on audiometric information and the style of the hearing aid. Products supported by the ezFIT software include Nueve DSP, Paragon 4 DSP, Paragon 2 DSP, Paragon Super Power DSP, and the entire Audina analog programmable product line. EzFIT version 3.5 can be downloaded at www.audina.net.
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.
Foam Blocks Hocks Hearing Healthcare Products, Portland, Ore, offers Memory Foam Blocks, a new foam prestrung in three sizes—small, medium, and large. The open cell foam reduces the vacuum effect. Each block will shape itself to the ear canal, producing more accurate impressions. The foam conforms and expands to the individual’s ear. (800) 654-6257; www.hocksproducts.com.
Marketing Resources Polk City Directories, Livonia, Mich, a supplier of consumer and business information for marketing and advertising needs, offers the City Directory, which features regional breakdown by age, income bracket, lifestyle, consumer home values, and SIC code. Products from more than 900 communities can be ordered from the directory, which includes the number of employees, as well as the sales volume, for businesses in any geographical area in the United States and Canada. (888) 757-4642; (877) 542-0057; www.citydirectory.com.
Tabletop Displays S & S Laser, New Port Richey, Fla, offers the “ready to show” briefcase tabletop display. It sets up in less than a minute and is completely self-contained. The display morphs from a briefcase to a 48-inch x 24-inch fabric-covered display. The header attaches to the top and is stored inside when not in use. Velcro-ready fabrics are available in assorted colors. The display weighs just 9 pounds. Also available: graphics packages and larger style displays. (800) 934-6815.
Clinical OAE Audiometer Vivosonic Inc, Toronto, Ontario, introduces a new version of the Vivoscan™—a portable audiometer combining DPOAE and TEOAE functions for clinical assessment and hearing screening for all ages. Data management software is optional. ABR and ASSR extensions available in 2004. New easy-to-use graphical user interface with Touch Screen. Vivography™ allows for recording in real time for measurements that are fast, accurate, and highly reproducible, even in poor SNR conditions. Excellent technical and clinical support provided. (877) 255-7685; www.vivosonic.com.
Convention Attendance CareCredit‚ Anaheim, Calif, will be participating in the Academy of Dispensing Audiologists (ADA) 27th Annual Convention and the International Hearing Society (IHS) 52nd Annual Convention and Exposition. CareCredit has helped more than 1 million people get the care they want and need. To find out how CareCredit can help increase sales by making it easier for patients to purchase optimal hearing aids, audiologists attending the ADA Convention this October in Fort Myers, Fla, and/or the IHS Convention in St Paul, Minn, can visit CareCredit (ADA Booth #12 and IHS Booth #610). Company representatives will be on-site to discuss the No Interest and Low Interest Patient Payment Plans, convenient and quick processing options, and review the marketing and sales presentation tools and resources available to enrolled practices. (800) 300-3046, ext 519; [email protected].
Conversion Communication Kit Hocks Hearing Healthcare Products, Portland, Ore, features the Hocks Conversion Kit, which can be used to turn solid molds into filtered molds. Included in the kit are all the necessary parts to produce or modify most communication setups. (800) 654-6257; www.hocksproducts.com.
Patient Financing Solution Citi Cards, part of Citigroup, the world’s largest financial services company, recently introduced the Citi Health Card, a simple and affordable patient financing program. Designed with the needs of health care providers in mind, the program benefits both health care providers and their patients with a variety of payment options and benefits. Offering patient financing eliminates guessing as to whether they may or may not need financing, while adding value to a practice and growing business. Plans include No Interest Payment plans for 3-18 months and a Budget Payment plan for 48 months with a 12.96% APR. A multitude of benefits combined with ease and affordability make the Citi Health Card a patient financing program that is good for the patient and for the practice. (877) 354-8337; www.healthcard.citicards.com.
Children’s Learning Tool Oticon Inc, Somerset, NJ, introduces Otto’s World of Sounds as part of the OtiKids program. This interactive CD-ROM (PC or Macintosh) is a new auditory training program for at-home use, to help hearing-impaired children improve their language and auditory skills by sound and picture association. This is designed for hearing impaired children from ages 2 to 8, and includes an extensive instruction and use booklet for parents.
The Otto’s World of Sounds CD is included at no charge with any make or model of Oticon hearing aid ordered for children, ages 8 and under. The program is also available for purchase separately by both dispensing professionals and institutions. Consumer and professional support materials, as well as a demo CD, are available at no charge from Oticon. (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.
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.
Patient Financing The HELPcard, Fayetteville, Ark, offers patient financing for the health care industry, including 4.9% on standard transactions, 0% interest options, and a new leasing program. In addition, HELPcard offers instant approval via phone, fax, or its Internet application process. HELPcard providers receive free personalized training, as needed, and a personal account manager to work with each individual office to increase profitability. (800) 945-HELP (4357), ext 316; www.helpcard.com.
PLL System Sennheiser Electronic Corp, Old Lyme, Conn, offers the Mikroport™ 2013 PLL system. It reportedly consists of a receiver for the hearing impaired and a transmitter for the speaker, which is designed to enable those with hearing difficulties to play a fully integrated role in social settings. The 2013 also features a 16-channel selector, found on both the receiver and the transmitter, which provides the user with flexibility to switch to an interference-free channel at the turn of a dial, according to the company. (877) 736-6434; www.sennheiserusa.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.
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.
Hearing Protection Headset Effective Communication Solutions Inc, Independence, Ky, carries the Bilsom 707 (BIL707)Hearing Protection Headset. The unit provides hearing protection (offering a Noise Reduction Rating of 23) and—when necessary—enables an individual to communicate in noisy surroundings. Microphones are seated on the front of the cups for better sound directionality. The volume control knob adjusts the sound into the ear speakers. The BIL707 has a sound level limit of 82 dB 9A and runs on two AA batteries. (800) 838-1649; www.BeyondHearingAids.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.
Portable Vacuum Pump Kit Lightning Enterprises, Limington, Me, offers the Lightning Vac Traveler, a portable suction system designed for professional hearing aid cleaning and maintenance. The Traveler includes the Lightning Vac suction unit, vacuum jar desiccator for drying, five various needle tips with Filter Wand, and durable carrying case. (877) 546-1797; www.lightning-enterprises.com.
18-Month No Interest Payment Plan Option The Citi Health Card provides a wide variety of convenient payment plans with varying Merchant Discount Rates including a No Interest Payment Plan for 18 months. There is no down payment, no application fee, and no prepayment penalties for any of the Citi Health Card payment plan options. A range of other No Interest payment plans for 3-18 months, and a Budget Payment Plan of 48 months with 12.96% APR, are also available. Offering financing helps patients start treatments they might otherwise delay, and helps providers improve sales and patient loyalty. (877) 354-8337; www.healthcard.citicards.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 lifelike 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.
Mid-Level Digital Family Bernafon Inc, Somerset, NJ, features the Smile Plus mid-level digital family line of 100% digital hearing instruments. Bernafon also offers the high-end Symbio and the entry-level Flair solutions. A multi-channel system, Smile Plus can be fully automatic, be adjusted with local controls, or come with an optional remote control. Smile Plus also features two listening programs, and an optional dual microphone for maximum speech understanding in noisy environments. Smile Plus is available in a range of models, from CICs to power BTEs, and it is an excellent choice for children. In addition, the OASIS Plus unified software platform fits Smile Plus, and all Bernafon programmables and digitals through intuitive, fast, and efficient fitting sessions. (888) 941-4203; www.bernafon-us.com.
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.
Dry and Store Global Unit with Cochlear Implant System Ear Technology Corporation, Johnson City, Tenn, has announced that a Dry & Store Global unit will be included with every Cochlear Americas implant system shipped in this hemisphere (North America, South and Central America) beginning this summer. With two models available, Dry & Store accommodates all types of hearing instruments including cochlear implant hardware. (800) 327-8547; www.dryandstore.com.
Amplified Stethoscope Oaktree Products Inc, Chesterfield, Mo, features the Escope II—a stethoscope that can be used by a doctor or nurse who wears hearing aids. The amplified Escope II provides up to 50 dB gain over acoustic stethoscopes. In addition, the Escope II is equipped with an output jack that can accommodate a specially designed set of headphones that can be worn over CICs or ITEs. The jack can also be used with direct audio input cables for BTEs and cochlear implant cables—it can even be connected to a computer or a personal digital assistant (PDA) so the user can actually see the heartbeat and record it. (800) 347-1960; www.oaktreeproducts.com.
Video Otoscope ADCO Hearing Products Inc, Littleton, Colo, offers a convenient handheld Video Otoscope from WelchAllyn. Economical and portable, the video otoscope head is designed to work with any WelchAllyn 3.5-inch handle. The camera is located in the head of the otoscope. Use the video otoscope to view the ear canal or ear drum, or even magnify small details of a hearing aid. A 12-foot cord with RCA jacks on both ends easily connects to a TV, monitor, VCR, or computer video capture device. (800) 726-0851; (303) 794-3928; www.adcopro.net.
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, playhouses, concert halls, and other public places, according to the company. (888) 883-3277; www.tvears.com.
Children’s Web Site Unitron Hearing Ltd, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, has launched its Kids Klub Web site, an online support tool designed for children with hearing loss, and their parents. Kids Klub will enable children to go online to learn about hearing, play interactive games, and read stories; there are resource checklists for parents and teachers. (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.
Reduced Returns CareCredit, Anaheim, Calif, offers reduced returns by patients by providing a variety of low monthly payment options with no up-front costs. CareCredit offers a comprehensive range of patient payment plans from $1 to $25,000, including 3-, 6-, and 12-month interest-free payment plans, as well as 24-, 36-, and 48-month low-interest extended plans. (800) 300-3046, ext 519; [email protected].
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].
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.
Updated Marketing Data Polk City Directories, Livonia, Mich, offers consumer and business information for marketing and advertising needs. Polk City Directories updates its resources every 4 weeks, to ensure timely and accurate data. Information includes age, income bracket, lifestyle, consumer home values, and SIC code. In addition, products from more than 900 communities can be ordered from the directory, which includes the number of employees, as well as the sales volume for businesses in any geographical area in the United States and Canada. (888) 757-4642; (877) 542-0057; www.citydirectory.com.
Clinical OAE Audiometer Vivosonic Inc, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, introduces a new version of the Vivoscan™—a portable audiometer combining DPOAE and TEOAE functions for clinical assessment and hearing screening for all ages. Data management software option. ABR and ASSR extensions available in 2004. New easy-to-use graphical user interface with Touch Screen. Vivography™ allows for recording in real time for measurements that are fast, accurate, and highly reproducible, even in poor SNR conditions. Excellent technical and clinical support provided. (877) 255-7685; www.vivosonic.com.
Entry-Level Digital Family Bernafon Inc, Somerset, NJ, offers the Flair 100% digital line of entry-level hearing solutions. Flair is a two-channel hearing aid with one listening program that can accommodate most audiogram configurations. Flair has convenient local controls for volume adjustment and switching between microphone and T-coil, and is available in CIC to compact power BTE. The Flair 110 BTE is compatible with FM systems. Also, the OASIS Plus unified software platform fits Flair, and all Bernafon programmables and digitals through intuitive, fast, and efficient fitting sessions. Bernafon’s digital solutions lines allow professionals to choose the most appropriate 100% digital hearing aid for their patients, with regard to signal processing, user control options, audiogram configuration, cosmetic requirements, and budget. (888) 941-4203; www.bernafon-us.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.
Tactile Aids Audiological Engineering Corp, Somerville, Mass, offers Tactaid 7 and LTD (Little Tactile Device). Tactaid 7 is a tactile aid that presents coded sound information via seven vibrators. The coded vibratory patterns provide information on a range of speech characteristics, including: voice and voiceless sounds, inflection, intensity, temporal cues, and the first two formats that assist in vowel recognition. LTD is a redesigned, smaller version of the company’s Tactilator. The unit, which runs on four AAA batteries, has high and low frequency vibration, and a wide-band vibrator for spectral and temporal cues, for superior speechreading facility. (800) 283-4601; www.tactaid.com.
Personal Care Products Hagemeyer Tech-care Products (formerly Warner Technologies Inc), Minneapolis, features its own line of personal care products, including Earmold Cleaner, Sta-Dri dehumidifier jar, Ear-gel, Ear-fresh, Derm-aid Cream, and Tech-care ear wax removal system. All of the Tech-care products are alcohol-free to prevent ear irritation. (800) 328-4757; www.cambar.com.
Hearing Instruments Siemens Hearing Instruments, Piscataway, NJ, introduces the MUSIC® Professional. MUSIC Pro incorporates a fully digital set of features, and incorporates Siemens’ Voice Activity Detection (VAD) system as a standard. VAD sound processing system continually monitors for speech sounds and automatically reduces the level of background noises when speech is detected. Additional features of the user-friendly MUSIC Pro include: a core digital sound processor, an enhanced Directional Microphone System, two channels, flexible compression kneepoints and ratios, plus additional frequency shaping tools. There is also a “power on” delay and low battery and program change indicators. MUSIC Pro is available in a complete range of styles, from Micro-CIC™ to BTE. (800) 766-4500; www.siemens-hearing.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.
Digital Speech Mapping MedRx Inc, Largo, Fla, introduces the DSM-PRO™ digital speech mapping system. The NOAH™-compatible DSM-PRO interfaces with most computers via the USB port, enabling use of fitting protocols. Features include live speech mapping and hearing loss simulator. (888) 392-1234; www.medrx-usa.com.
Hearing Solution Starkey Laboratories, Eden Prairie, Minn, introduces Arista, the newest member of Starkey’s Genesis 4 product family. Arista features three-channel compression with advanced seven-band filter shaping, memory-selectable directionality, adaptive noise management, and a robust feedback management system. Arista is available in all custom styles and exclusively in S13 and A312 BTE package designs. (800) 328-8602; www.starkey.com.
Patient Financing Plans that Save Money The Citi Health Card patient financing program can help providers save their practice money with a low 4.5% Merchant Discount Rate for selected payment plan options, as compared to other forms of financing. The program provides a wide variety of convenient payment plans with varying Merchant Discount Rates including No Interest Payment Plans for 3 to 18 months and a Budget Payment Plan for 48 months with 12.96% APR. A combination of flexibility, ease, and practicality make the Citi Health Card a simple, affordable solution for providers and their practice. (877) 354-8337; www.healthcard.citicards.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.
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.
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.
National Seminars Audina Hearing Instruments, Longwood, Fla, is presenting its fourth year of national seminars, which offer information on advanced technology, customer support, and training. Sessions will be presented in Texas, Nevada, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Oregon, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, California, and Florida. Seminars are approved by the International Hearing Society and American Academy of Audiology and earn CEUs. (800) 223-7700; www.audina.net.
Stethoscope with Headphones Effective Communication Solutions Inc, Independence, Ky, announces the availability of new stainless steel specialist heads for the ESCOPE II amplified stethoscope. The ESCOPE II provides a comfortable solution to CIC and ITE hearing aid users who do not want to remove their hearing aids. The simple touch control for volume is on the head of the scope. The belt-clip model has an audio output jack for the high-quality headphones (37dB gain) or direct audio input cable to BTE aids. (800) 838-1649; www.BeyondHearingAids.com.
Transportable Fitting and Counseling System MedRx, Largo, 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.
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].
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.
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.
Comparative Hearing Test Oaktree Products Inc, Chesterfield, Mo, offers the Comparative Hearing Test, a CD-ROM program for use in the evaluation of hearing ranges (from normal to severe hearing loss). The program can be installed on a PC, or played on a CD player. It has been proven more than 90% accurate in independent tests. Results can be stored, printed, and graphically displayed on a speech sound audiogram. (800) 347-1960; www.oaktreeproducts.com; www.ComparativeHearingTest.com.
Modified 2.4 GHz Cordless Phones Audex Inc, Longview, Tex, offers a complete line of modified, enhanced 2.4 GHz cordless phones for home or office use. Both models, the ACP-2428 and the ACP-2468, feature a 99 name and number CID memory, a 40 name and number phone directory, 30 channels, any key answer, and alphanumeric call waiting/caller ID in the handset. In addition, the ACP-2468 features a digital answering machine in the base. The headsets of both models feature 30+ dB of feedback-free amplification with electronic volume control, ultra-telecoil compatibility through the internal Audex computer-designed loop transmitter, as well as an amplified 3.5 mm jack for neckloop, headphones, or cochlear implant patch cord attachment. Cochlear implant patients can use this design to