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, four-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.


Battery Drain and Voltage Meter
Lightning Enterprises, Limington, Me, announces the BDM-2 Battery Drain and Voltage Meter. BDM-2 supplies working voltage to a hearing aid, while accurately measuring and displaying battery drain. BDM-2 can also measure DC voltage with a supplied voltage probe, and connects to the hearing aid battery compartment using a standard battery probe. BDM-2 can be used for testing, quality assurance, troubleshooting, or any situation where hearing aid battery drain or measured voltage needs to be displayed. Available in 120V/60 and 230V/50 versions. (877) 546-1797; www.lightningenterprises.com.  


Customized Newsletter
Hearing HealthCare News®, a customized newsletter for patients published since 1986, and Audiology HealthCare News®, a customized newsletter for physicians and other health care providers, are both edited by Dennis Hampton, a dispensing audiologist based in White Plains, NY. The newsletters are valuable resources for marketing a practice to patients and physicians. The newsletters are published quarterly, and delivered ready to mail. Samples and marketing videos are available. (800) 342-1643; www.hearinghealthnews.com


Hearing Protection
Perfect Seal Laboratories of Wichita, Kan, offers many styles of hearing protection. No matter what your client’s needs, Perfect Seal can accommodate them. From the electronic series (shown) to solid plugs, Perfect Seal can provide solutions for many specific industrial applications. (800) 311-9810.


Impression Material
Precision Laboratories, Altamonte Springs, Fla, offers Blue Ultra ear impression silicone cartridges. This thixotropic formula has a low viscosity that resists slumping and distributes the material evenly. Pressure-free delivery eliminates distortion from stretching of the ear. Blue Ultra responds to the increasing need for high-quality ear impressions, a perfect fit for today’s high-tech hearing aids. (800) 327-4792; www.precisionweb.com.


Audioscope
ADCO Hearing Products Inc, Littleton, Colo, announces the addition of the Welch Allyn AudioScope 3 to its product line. This device enables otoscopy and hearing screening together in one handheld unit. Select from 20 dB, 25 dB, or 40 dB HL screening levels with automatic presentation in octaves from 500 Hz to 4 kHz. Powered by a rechargeable battery, this device is convenient and portable, and comes with a charging stand and three reusable specula. Great for health fairs, nursing home screenings, or as a loaner to referral sources to generate leads. There is a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty. (800) 726-0851; (303) 794-3928; www.adcopro.net.


Amplified Phone
ClearSounds Communications Inc, Burr Ridge, Ill, announces the release of the Freedom Phone. The ClearSounds 40XLC has caller ID, amplification up to 50 dB, and hands-free operation with both a 2.5 mm and 3.5 mm audio jack for use with any headset, neckloop, T-hook silhouette, or patchcord. It is a speaker phone with volume control, and it has a built-in signaling system including a loud ringer, a flashing strobe, or an optional bed shaker. A three-level speech output control enables volume adjustment of outgoing voice control. Large buttons and memory dial make it easy to use. It is stylish, elegant, and hearing aid compatible with a 2-year warranty. (800) 288-8303; www.hitec.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. 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 United States and Canada) (800) 789-6543; [email protected].


Web Site
Starkey Laboratories Inc, Eden Prairie, Minn, has introduced the Internet site for SoundChoice, its proprietary credit program for hearing care practices. Hearing care professionals and their patients now have access to extensive information about the new SoundChoice Credit Card at www.soundchoicefinancing.com. Patients who suffer from hearing loss and want treatment can explore SoundChoice financing options at the site. Information is also available for professionals who want to offer patients convenient monthly financing on a revolving line of credit. SoundChoice offers patients two ways to finance better hearing: they can choose either a no-annual-fee credit card or an extended-installment payment plan. Either way, they can finance up to 100% of treatment costs. They can also use SoundChoice for ongoing care, including batteries, warranties, and future maintenance. Patients who are confident and comfortable with their decision are more likely to experience higher satisfaction from their investment in better hearing. (800) 328-8602; www.starkey.com.


Instant Earmold Manufacturing
Insta-Mold Products Inc, Oaks, Pa, offers the Insta-Mold process. The process allows custom swimmolds, noise protectors, earmolds, and communication devices to be made on location, reportedly in minutes. According to the company, patients receive finished molds the same day, because the original impression becomes the finished product. The process allows the hearing health care professional to insert tubing, acoustic filters, adapter rings, and core holes; vent and modify molds; apply silicone coatings; add handles and cords; offer floatability in a variety of skin and neon colors, and swirl multi-color plugs. (800) 523-4081; www.instamold.com.


Amplified Phone
Clarity, a Division of Plantronics Inc, Chattanooga, Tenn, offers the Clarity® W425 featuring Clarity Power™ technology, which makes phone conversations not only louder, but also clearer and easier to understand. With amplification of incoming sounds up to 30 decibels and an ergonomic design, the W425 is the perfect solution for those who experience a mild-to-moderate hearing loss. (800) 552-3368; www.clarityproducts.com.


New Product Line
In’Tech Industries Inc, Ramsey, Minn, a leading supplier of miniature plastic hearing aid components, introduces its new VTM™ product line. Services include providing high-quality, highly accurate, digitally created ear shell services and rapid manufacturing to hearing instrument manufacturers. Proven technology includes precision scanning, electronic detailing, and stereo-lithography services while offering multiple surface finishes and color options that can improve your customer satisfaction ratings. This service is now available to all hearing aid manufacturers. www.intech-ind.com.


Cleaning Pump
Mid-States Laboratories, Wichita, Kan, has added the Mark V Power Piston Driven Cleaning Pump to its product line. This heavy-duty unit produces strong vacuum power (pulling up to 27 inches of mercury) and blows up to 120 psi. Standard accessories include seven milled needles and a vacuum chamber. The vacuum chamber runs automatically for 300 seconds. In addition to the standard accessories, an optional aspirator kit is available for cerumen removal. (800) 247-3669; www.mid-stateslabs.com.


Flex Strips
Deltek, the electromechanical solutions division of Knowles Electronics, Elgin, Ill, has released Models 9200 and 9201 battery door style programming flex strips. The Model 9200 is a replacement flex strip that can be used with existing press-fit modules. The Model 9201 incorporates a Deltek Model 0009 four-pin socket at one end to accommodate a standard micro-plug/mini-DIN style programming cable. Its design offers superior resistance to lead fracture as a result of torsion or flexion during use. Deltek does not seal the contact ends in Kapton (popular among existing products) eliminating the need for overprinting of gold-plated contacts, known to be susceptible to contact fracture through normal use. Deltek’s design provides a consistent and reliable contact point and minimizes contact resistance. (847) 841-3000; www.deltekelectronics.com; www.knowles.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.


Shooter’s Protection
Electronic Shooters Protection, Brighton, Colo, offers the ESP-Digital, its state-of-the-art digital high-fidelity ITE hearing protectors for shooting enthusiasts. This digital technology enables sound to be processed using bits and bytes, which are noise free unlike analog circuitry. With an effective dynamic range of 95 db, and 16 Khz-bandwidth, the ESP-Digital offers low noise, while providing true high-fidelity audio processing without compromise. The difference to the shooter is comparable to hearing music played on a CD versus a cassette tape. Standard electronic hearing protectors shut down when excessive noise levels are detected, removing the shooter’s ability to hear. All ESP amplifiers are designed to limit their output to 90 db without shutting down, leaving the shooter with their sense of hearing intact. This safety factor is relied upon by instructors and competition shooters who depend on being in touch with their students, fellow competitors, and surroundings. (800) 767-7791; www.espamerica.com.


Consumer Vacuum
jodi-vac LLC, Portland, Ore, offers jodi®, the first hearing aid vacuum for consumers. The 12-volt DC portable unit weighs less than two pounds, and is 3 x 4 inches in size. A filtered syringe assembly is replaceable, enabling ease of maintenance. Also, the syringe has a flow indicator built in, showing when the needle is plugged with debris. A toothbrush is included to clear debris blockages from the needle. A reamer is also included to keep in the needle between uses. The unit is effective with all hearing aids. (866) 856-5634; www.jodivac.com.


Portable, Amplified Telephone
Clarity, a Division of Plantronics Inc, Chattanooga, Tenn, has unveiled its Clarity® C440 2.4 GHz amplified telephone. The C440 is lightweight, portable, and ideal for use by people with varying degrees of hearing loss. The phone offers enhanced clarity, reduced interference, and increased range of movement to telephone users. The C440, available in retail outlets on December 1, features amplification of sound up to 30 decibels, adjustable ringer volume, a bright visual ringer in base and handset to alert users to incoming calls, a large lighted dial pad, and hearing aid compatibility. In addition, it features caller-ID with 50 number and name memory, a customizable handset ringer, a one-touch emergency key, as well as redial, flash, mute, and page functions. The C440 also includes a belt clip and a 1-year limited warranty. (800) 552-3368; www.clarityproducts.com.


Artificial Intelligence
Oticon, Somerset, NJ, offers Syncro, a new breed of hearing instrument that uses artificial intelligence to improve hearing performance in the user’s unpredictable world of sound. Syncro reinvents directionality, noise management, and compression and employs a unique application of artificial intelligence to manage the synchronous interaction of these complex systems. The decisions that are made are based on real-time analyses of actual outcomes of the various features, and several solutions are evaluated before the actual outcome is chosen. Syncro provides solutions to the user’s unpredictable sound environments. Syncro is available in a full range from CIC to BTE. (800) 526-3921; www.oticonus.com.


Practice Builder
The Wilson Group, Ft Worth, Tex, a national leader in practice building for the medical specialties, offers weekly 30-minute in-office telephone seminars by conference call. Independent research conducted by Wilson Group mystery shoppers discovered that most receptionists fail to know how to convert a phone call into an appointment. The Wilson approach is to turn inquiries into appointments by training a company’s already efficient reception staff. (800) 346-6279, ext 11; www.jameswwilson.com.


Motorcycle Headset
For those who love their motorcycle and their music, Westone Laboratories Inc, Colorado Springs, Colo, offers the MH-1 Motorcycle Headset. The MH-1 is powered by a set of high quality drivers in a pair of full shell clear custom earpieces. Because the earpieces have a low profile, they slip easily under most helmets. In addition, the custom fit and comfortably soft vinyl material reduce the harmful effects of road noise. Each headset comes with a 50-inch black cable, hardwired toward the bottom of the ear, and a 3.5 mm stereo plug to fit virtually any CD, MP3 player, or onboard sound system. (800) 525-5071; www.westone.com.


Receiver Series
Knowles Electronics, Itasca, Ill, announces the addition of three new series to the Pantograph Receiver line of high-output, vibration—reduced receivers—the VPHF, PHD, and PHI series receivers. The VPHF series combines the original high-output vibration-reduction technology of the PHF receiver with elastic surrounds assembled into an external metal can. The result is greatly improved gain-before-feedback and less telecoil interference. The PHD series receiver (which debuted at AAA 2004) shrinks the Pantograph technology for use in mini-BTE and ITE applications. Another AAA 2004 introduction—the PHI receiver—takes the Pantograph high-output vibration-reduction technology to new extremes by applying it to a Super Power BTE receiver. All Pantograph Receivers use a “mass-balanced diaphragm and armature system” to greatly decrease the vibration problems common to traditional receivers. Combined with Knowles’ high-output armature geometry, Pantograph Receivers provide increased acoustic output with reduced vibration. The result is maximum gain-before-feedback, hearing aid stability, and superior acoustic gains for all ranges of BTE and custom instruments. (630) 250-5100; www.knowleselectronics.com.


Medical-Grade Silicone Swim Plugs
Perfect Seal, Wichita, Kan, offers Aqua-Tite swim plugs, which are reportedly made from medical-grade silicone. They are hypoallergenic and can be tinted to almost any color, or swirled up to three colors for the same price. Each plug comes with embedded handles, which are designed to make them easier to insert and remove. A connecting cord can also be ordered. (800) 311-9810.


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 nine pounds. Also available: graphics packages and larger style displays. (800) 934-6815.


Digital Tinnitus Software
United Hearing Systems, Central Village, Conn, announces the release of Version 1.2 of Solace fitting software for digital tinnitus devices and combination digital hearing aid/tinnitus devices. With digital programmable noise generator flexibility, Solace instruments can be custom tuned to each patient’s needs. A special cable for the combination device allows programming in one easy step. For a free Solace CD, contact the UHS customer service department. (800) 835-2001; www.unitedhearing.com.


Desiccant Packaging
Ear Technology Corporation, Johnson City, Tenn, introduces new packaging and delivery options for its Dry-Brik® desiccant. The desiccant is a critical component of Dry & Store’s conditioning process, as it captures the moisture released from the hearing instrument during the conditioning cycle. Dry-Briks are individually sealed in a foil wrapper to block moisture and extend shelf life. Both the color and label of the wrapper have been improved. The name Dry-Brik now appears in large, consumer-friendly text on the front, along with the word “desiccant” translated into several languages. Instructions are now multilingual as well, reflecting Dry & Store’s growing popularity around the world. Delivery options for distributors include a new six-pack option that saves space and is clean and neat to store, easy to dispense, and easy for the consumer to use. For most users, a six-pack represents approximately a year’s supply of Dry-Briks and typically retails in a range of $20 to $25. (800) 327-8547; www.dryandstore.com.


Web Page
Hansaton Hearing Systems, Hamburg, Germany, has launched a new Web page, www.Hearing–usa.com, which offers access to unique hearing products designed to maximize both communication and understanding. Visitors to the Web site can enjoy an online tour of the company’s global enterprises, as well as find detailed product information and an extensive overview of Hansaton’s available services. In addition, Hansaton announces the appointment of three dedicated distributors in the United States: Discovery Hearing Aid Co-op Inc, Mobile, Ala, (251) 342-1144; R & L Hearing Services, Plymouth, Minn, (800) 444-8920; Trillium Hearing Technologies Inc, Clearwater, Fla, (866) 449-9757. www.hearing-usa.com; [email protected].


New Released Batteries
ZeniPower, Zhuhai, China, features patented hearing aid batteries with low impedance and stable voltage (above 1.1 V) with high drain use to ensure longer wear with new high-power hearing aids. A strictly controlled manufacturing process guarantees high reliability and consistency. Free samples are available. (814) 825-8398; www.hearing-aid-batteries-co.com; www.zenipower.com.


Custom Mold
Perfect Seal Laboratories, Wichita, Kan, has developed a custom mold. The mold is very easy to use and takes the place of the stock tip. The mold is also available in a soft material. Perfect Seal can provide customers with a variety of finishes, including matte clear, pink, or brown tube. (800) 311-9810.


In-Situ EP Pre-Amplifier
Vivosonic Inc, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, offers the Amplitrode™ in-situ EP pre-amplifier, designed to address the problem of electromagnetic and physiological noises that interfere with EP testing and hamper the ability of ABR/ASSR instrumentation to distinguish the signal it wishes to record. Vivosonic’s approach to solving this problem: mount the pre-amplifier directly on the ground electrode. Filtering and amplifying at source enables Vivosonic to reduce electromagnetic and physiological noise, resulting in improved accuracy in both shielded and non-shielded environments and faster ABR/ASSR testing. (877) 255-7685; www.vivosonic.com.


Next Generation Otoscope
ADCO Hearing Products Inc, Englewood, Colo, offers the MacroView Otoscope by Welch Allyn. This next generation otoscope provides a bigger, better, and sharper view. The advanced optical design gives twice the field of view allowing the entire eardrum to be viewed without panning. Magnification is increased by 30% and adjustable focus adds to the benefits of this otoscope. This 3.5 volt head uses a halogen lamp and fiber-optic delivery for cool light with no reflections. It can be used with any Welch Allyn 3.5 volt handle. MacroView gives you a bigger, better, sharper view of the ear—allowing you to perform everyday examinations faster and more efficiently. (800) 794-0851; www.adcopro.net.


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.


Warranty Coverage
Starkey Laboratories Inc, Eden Prairie, Minn, has expanded its warranty coverage into one comprehensive program designed for a variety of patients’ needs. Coverage is available in four unique programs: Worry Free Deluxe Loss, Damage, and Repair Warranty Protection; Worry Free Loss and Damage Warranty Protection; Worry Free Repair Warranty Protection; and Worry Free Extended Warranty Protection. The new warranty plan gives hearing professionals the opportunity to set their own pricing based on their individual services and policies. (800) 328-8602; www.starkey.com.


Corporate Web Site
General Hearing Instruments Inc, New Orleans, announces its new corporate Web site. The “quick navigation” site contains consumer level information, as well as complete technical specifications for dispensing professionals. Full color technical data sheets, located in each product section, are available to download in pdf format for viewing or printing. The new “professional section” enables authorized customers to view and print the latest price sheets and order forms. Windows Media video presentations of tinnitus and digital products will be available in February. (800) 824-3021; www.generalhearing.com.


Dual Setting Alarm Clock
Harris Communications, Eden Prairie, Minn, offers the Sonic Boom Dual Alarm Clock (SBD375ss), featuring two alarm settings—a feature not found in many loud alarm clocks. Other features include: adjustable volume and tone control, hi/lo dimmer switch, large 1.8-inch LED display, and extraloud pulsating alarm. The clock comes with a powerful 12 V bed shaker. Harris Communications is the largest distributor of Sonic Alert Products. (800) 582-8569; www.harriscom.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.


Vent Earmold
Westone Laboratories Inc, Colorado Springs, Colo, has introduced a custom earmold using the new ReSound Flex Vent. Your patients can now enjoy custom fit comfort with the open venting system that was developed for the Canta7. This canal-only earmold style can also be used with ReSoundAIR BTEs. Available in acrylic, it can be ordered with most standard options including the popular DisappEar additive. When ordering, request Earmold Style #94. (800) 525-5071; www.westone.com.


Flex Strips
Deltek, the electromechanical solutions division of Knowles Electronics, Elgin, Ill, has released Models 9200 and 9201 battery door style programming flex strips. The Model 9200 is a replacement flex strip that can be used with existing press-fit modules. The Model 9201 incorporates a Deltek Model 0009 four-pin socket at one end to accommodate a standard micro-plug/mini-DIN style programming cable. Its design offers superior resistance to lead fracture as a result of torsion or flexion during use. Deltek does not seal the contact ends in Kapton (popular among existing products) eliminating the need for overprinting of gold-plated contacts, known to be susceptible to contact fracture through normal use. Deltek’s design provides a consistent and reliable contact point and minimizes contact resistance. (847) 841-3000; www.deltekelectronics.com; www.knowles.com.


Silicone Impression Materials
Insta-Mold Products Inc, Oaks, Pa, offers Dur-A-Sil Equal silicone impression materials, reportedly formulated with deep ear impression-taking procedures in mind. With a durometer hardness of 20-22 Shore A, the impression materials are designed to be easier to remove from the bony portion of the ear canal with less irritation to the ear. The material also has a low viscosity, creating less pressure and less distortion of the ear canal for more accurate impressions with no sag or shrinkage. The product is currently available in economy-size kits, premeasured “mini-paks,” and will soon be available in a cartridge system. (800) 523-4081; www.instamold.com.


Prewire Support
Interton, Minneapolis, has established its Prewire Support Team. The team, led by Roger Kaping, includes John Schauls in technical support and Geno Lee in customer service. Interton’s prewired faceplates enable manufacturers to build their own brand identity while valuing the ideal of local production. In addition, Interton offers 100% digital circuitry. The Prewire Support Team provides competitive pricing, quality product, and a comprehensive level of both technical and customer service support for prewire customers. (800) 247-4741; [email protected].


High-Output Receivers
Knowles Electronics, Itasca, Ill, announces the expansion of its family of Pantograph high-output receivers by offering the PHF+, an increased high-frequency output version of the PHF receiver. The new designs offer additional output in the critical 2 kHz to 6 kHz range under both nominal drive (low-power levels) and maximum power output level conditions. Used in today’s modern hearing aids, the PHF+ can help provide additional sound quality and speech clarity for patients with high-frequency hearing loss. The PHF+ also provides for increased output for patients with moderate to severe losses that require significant acoustic gain. The PHF+ receiver uses Knowles’ patented Pantograph drive linkage to minimize receiver vibration while emphasizing high-frequency output. Combined with Knowles’ high-output armature geometry, the PHF+ provides increased acoustic output and maximizes gain-before-feedback in BTE and power ITE hearing instruments. (630) 250-5100; www.knowleselectronics.com.


Personal Wireless Listening
Westone Laboratories Inc, Colorado Springs, Colo, introduces Conversor®, a personal wireless FM assistive listening device that offers versatility to the user. The Conversor focuses on desired sounds—near or far away—filtering out unwanted background noise and enhancing sound level and clarity. Designed for use with T-coil equipped hearing instruments, cochlear implants, or binaural headsets, it enables easy listening and relaxed conversation anywhere the user happens to be—classroom, office, social gatherings, automobile, shopping, or home. Already in widespread use in Europe, Conversor is distributed exclusively in North America by Westone. (800) 525-5071; www.westone.com.


Practice Resource Center
CareCredit, Anaheim, Calif, a national patient financing program, has expanded its Practice Resource Center to give hearing professionals access to helpful educational, marketing, and management information and tools. CareCredit’s Practice Resource Center now includes an educational series on such topics such as branding, building a valuable referral network, and effective sales techniques to help practices in the areas of patient communication, marketing, and management. Available to all participating CareCredit practices—and accessible online—the resource center also includes a variety of educational audio programs, featuring some of the country’s leading experts in the fields of marketing and sales, as well as presentation tools and practice promotion materials. CareCredit offers a comprehensive range of no- and low-interest finance plans, from 3 to 48 months. (800) 300-3046, ext 4519; [email protected].


Personal Infrared Listening System
ADCO Hearing Products Inc, Littleton, Colo, offers the Direct Ear 810-S infrared TV listening system. This new model allows the flexibility to use a variety of couplers. The receiver has an 1/8-inch stereo phone jack for neckloops, headphones, earbuds, or other listening options. There are independent gain and tone controls for each ear. The transmitter easily connects to TV, VCR, cable box, or satellite box. Compression, stereo, and external microphone are standard options. There is a 2-year manufacturer’s warranty. (800) 726-0851; (303) 794-3928; www.adcopro.net.  


Digital Hearing Aids
Oticon Inc, Somerset, NJ, offers the Atlas Plus family of digital hearing aids. Atlas Plus takes Atlas to a whole new level by incorporating Oticon’s unique technology to effectively address the side effects of occlusion and acoustic feedback. Atlas Plus builds on the success of Atlas, and incorporates significant technology improvements including OpenEar Acoustics™, Dynamic Feedback Cancellation, and two programs. Atlas Plus is available in a full range from CIC to BTE power, including directional models. (800) 426-3921; www.oticonus.com.


Practice Management Software
Sycle.net, San Francisco, offers Sycle®, practice management software, specifically designed for hearing health care professionals. Sycle users can implement an easy-to-use appointment scheduling and patient tracking system, leverage automated mail to drive more sales, and meet HIPAA security standards instantly. Also, the software enables the management of one or more clinics from anywhere at anytime, the submission of insurance claims electronically, as well as the ability to sync sales data with Quickbooks Pro. (888) 881-7925; www.sycle.net.


Combination Circuitry
General Hearing Instruments Inc, New Orleans, offers the Harmony® combination unit with digital circuitry. Harmony Digi® combines a stable, broadband noise sound generator, with high fidelity amplification in a cosmetically appealing custom ITE unit. A manual volume control for the sound generator allows independent or simultaneous operation. The device is recommended for patients with tinnitus and/or hyperacusis, in addition to hearing loss. Available in open ear or vented design. (800) 824-3021; www.generalhearing.com.


ITE Pushbutton
Deltek, the electromechanical solutions division of Knowles Electronics, Elgin, Ill, has announced the qualification and release of the Model 2800 ITE Pushbutton. The pushbutton is 2.54 mm (.100 inch) in diameter and was designed to replace the Deltek Model PBS. Improvements to the 2800 include two activation force options, a reduced travel option of 0.15 mm total travel, and a reduction of the overall housing height to 2.0 mm (.0790 inch) to provide improved clearance in ITE faceplates. In addition, the housing has been designed with a stepped, lead-in feature to ease installation in faceplates. It was also designed to be an identical, drop-in replacement to existing competitive 2.54 mm diameter ITE pushbuttons on the market. The Model 2800 is available in flanged and flangeless housing styles, with or without an oversize pushbutton cap, and in many different colors. (847) 841-3000; www.deltekelectronics.com; www.knowles.com.


Digital Family
Oticon Inc, Somerset, NJ, introduces its GO line of affordable digital hearing instruments. GO features two-channel WDRC, NAL-NL1 rationale, directional ITEs and BTEs, automatic feedback manager, optional programmable telecoil, and volume control, and is available in a full range of models. (800) 426-3921; www.oticonus.com.


Hearing Aid Dryer
S & S Laser Productions, New Port Richey, Fla, offers the Moisture Guard Electronic Hearing Aid Dryer. The Moisture Guard provides users with a way to properly maintain their hearing aids. It is safe, easy to use, and portable. The unit is made of cherry wood and carries a money-back guarantee. (800) 934-6815.


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.hocks.com.


One-Source Provider
Discovery Hearing Aid Warranties, Mobile, Ala, a one-source provider, works with a national network of dispensers who recognize the importance of protecting clients’ hearing aid investments. Discovery offers protection for loss, damage, and component failure on all makes and models. The plan features profitable compensation for dispensers. An extensive array of marketing tools are provided at no cost to support dispenser marketing efforts, ensuring maximum profit on warranty commissions. Discovery Hearing Aid Repair is a rapid response, full-service, all-make repair lab, which offers competitive pricing on repairs for nonwarranty customers. (800) 525-7936.


Powerful Personal Amplifier
ClearSounds Communications Inc, Burr Ridge, Ill, offers its redesigned Sound Wizard ergonomic powerhouse of a personal amplifier. Use the new Sound Wizard II alone for personal amplification with tone control for clarity, or share it with a friend (it has two headset jacks). Sound Wizard offers a choice of the omni directional or the directional built-in microphone, adjustable for optimum listening. Use it with the optional 95 kHz infrared receiver module for TV listening or theater use. The optional teleconnect module lets you use it as a powerful in-line telephone amplifier. You can even hook it up to optional speakers to use in a conference room. It comes with powerful ear buds, but you can use it with a headset or neckloop. (800) 288-8303; www.hitec.com


Digital Circuitry
General Hearing Instruments Inc, New Orleans, offers the Harmony® combination unit with digital circuitry. Harmony Digi® combines a stable, broadband noise sound generator with high fidelity amplification in one cosmetically appealing custom in-the-ear device. A manual volume control for the sound generator allows independent or simultaneous operation. The device is recommended for patients who experience tinnitus and/or hyperacusis in addition to hearing loss. It is available in an open-ear or vented design. (800) 824-3021; www.generalhearing.com.


Credit Card
Starkey Laboratories Inc, Eden Prairie, Minn, has introduced a consumer financing program exclusively for patients’ hearing needs—SoundChoice. In conjunction with GE Consumer Finance, SoundChoice provides affordable monthly payments with low rates, flexible terms, and easy approval. Provider benefits include increased revenues and additional customer contact. Funding for all transactions occurs within three business days, and low processing rates guarantee the practice receives the majority of the sale. Monthly statement messages enable direct contact with patients on a regular basis. (800) 328-8603; www.starkey.com.


Integrated Audiological System
MedRx Inc™, Largo, Fla, offers the AVANT™, the next generation of completely integrated audiological systems. This patient intuitive system provides a complete NOAH™ compatible solution to diagnostic testing, fitting, and validating test results. The AVANT system features USB connectivity, therefore existing computers can be used. This unique user-friendly system is specifically designed to enhance the patient/practitioner relationship. (888) 392-1234; www.medrx-usa.com.


Portable Hearing Aid Vacuum
jodi-vac LLC, Portland, Ore, offers jodi®-PRO, a portable hearing aid vacuum cleaner for hearing professionals. The 12-volt DC unit offers a motor with 2,000 hours of clinical use, and two specially milled needles (one for ITE, ITC, and CIC instruments), another specially designed for BTE tubing and all other earmolds. The same replaceable filtered syringe provides ease of maintenance and infection control. Syringes and replacement needles are available in economical packages. The syringe has a built-in flow indicator to indicate when the needle is plugged. A brush is molded into the box for dislodging debris from the needle, and a reamer is included for blockages. (866) 856-5634; www.jodivac.com.


Music Products
Colorado Springs, Colo-based Westone’s UM1 universal fit in-ear musicians monitor has become the standard for churches, smaller bands, and weekend warriors. In 2005, the UM1 is even better. In addition to a new 1-year warranty (up from 90 days), UM1 True-Fit earphones now feature an ergonomic design that improves fit and is more durable. UM1s also come standard with popular Comply eartips. The new UM1 is available in clear and comes with an improved carrying case that features a cable wrapping system and holds extra tips. Boasting the same great sound as their predecessor, UM1s now look and feel as great as they sound. As with all Westone True-Fit earphones, the new UM1 is easily upgradeable with custom fit eartips such as Westone’s canal-style UM56. Both the UM1 and the UM2 now come in entirely new shelf-friendly packaging. (800) 525-5071; www.westone.com/music.


Live Speech Mapping
MedRx Inc™ Largo, Fla, offers the DSM-PRO™, an affordable system that can interface with a computer via the USB port, and provides the practitioner with the ability to use a variety of fitting protocols. Features include live speech mapping, a hearing loss simulator, and a hearing instrument simulator. It is NOAH™ compatible. (888) 392-1234; www.medrx-usa.com.


Audio Repair Workstation
Kingwood Industrial Products Inc, Hackettstown, NJ, has introduced their redesigned Audio Repair Workstation with a new lower price. The unit offers everything the technician needs to build, repair, and modify aids. The workstation includes the workbench, grinder, splash hoods, dust collectors, vacuum pump with desiccator, and UV curing system. All items store neatly in the powder-coated workbench with plenty of storage left over for the technician’s tools. Fluorescent lights keep the work area well illuminated and the bench top is stain resistant for easy cleanup. The entire workstation is powered through an easy to use control module designed to keep the unit as functional as possible. (908) 852-8655; www.kingwoodindustrial.com.


Digital Products
United Hearing Systems, Central Village, Conn, in response to increased demand for advanced digital products has introduced Nuance. This high-end digital product is filled with these value-added features: innovative new shell configurations offer improved comfort and relief from occlusion; digital feedback reduction; multi-microphone directional processing; four independent channels; 12-band graphic equalizer; easy-to-use software with rapid read and burn technology; ultraquiet performance; ideal for mild and precipitous losses; low battery consumption, with a 10A battery offering 80 to 90 hours. (800) 835-2001; www.unitedhearing.com.


Tinnitus Treatment
EAR Inc, Boulder, Colo, introduces RingSTOP™, an all-natural product for people suffering from tinnitus. The product 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, a condition for which there is no known remedy. (800) 525-2690; www.earinc.com; www.freehearingtest.com.


Consumer Vacuum Pump
Lightning Enterprises, Limington, Maine, announces My Vac, a consumer vacuum pump designed for personal hearing aid maintenance. My Vac is a completely self-contained unit and includes a suction probe for cleaning, a replaceable filter, a mounting clip for easy probe storage, and a blower port for clearing obstructions. The suction probe is detachable for easy cleaning or replacement. Private labeling is also available for resale interests. Special pricing for e-mail list members. (877) 546-1797; www.lightningenterprises.com.


New Directional Technology
Starkey Laboratories Inc, Eden Prairie, Minn, introduces Precision Directional Imaging (PDI) available for all Genesis digital products. A unique software addition to the Precision Audio Imaging operating system, PDI improves speech understanding in difficult listening situations found in restaurants, parties, and other loud environments. PDI’s single microphone design also eliminates drift and yields significantly quieter directional performance in true in-the-canal instruments. Unlike manual systems, Axent II instruments equipped with PDI’s dynamic algorithm continuously monitor signal strength in both the omni and directional modes. When the system senses that directional processing will provide noise reduction benefit, it automatically activates a preprogrammed directional pattern. Arista, Sequel, and Endeavour feature user-activated PDI technology. (800) 328-8602; www.starkey.com.


High-Tech Hearing System
Hansaton Hearing Systems, Hamburg, Germany, has launched Leonardo, its new high-tech hearing system. Leonardo’s Comfort-Matic feature registers sound throughout a 360-degree perimeter surrounding the wearer. Twin mic technology eliminates the need for push button programming by using artificial intelligence management to enhance speech and reduce disturbing noises. The design and go concept blends design, performance, and ergonomics for greater cosmetic appeal. The semimodular ITC faceplate, FUSION, has a flesh-like, micro vein design that blends seamlessly in the ear. Leonardo’s new VC BTE case is extremely small, and the BTE housing is the first to use a 312 size battery. Also, the clam-shell housing enables the user to choose the desired color for the upper shell. Both BTE and ITC come with an open fitting option. www.hearing-usa.com; [email protected].


Digital Hearing Product
Audina Hearing Instruments Inc, Longwood, Fla, presents the Foundation, the newest edition to its hearing product line. The Foundation is an entry-level priced, computer-programmable digital hearing aid that features single channel compression, soft squelch (expansion), an adjustable compression ratio, an active high cut, an active low cut, and AGC-o compression limiting. As with other Audina digitally programmable products, WDRC, AGCo, and linear fitting strategies are offered, and there are an additional five environmental settings to choose from. Other options include the choice of up to three memories, directionality, and a programmable t-coil, all of which ensure a high level of patient comfort and satisfaction. (800) 223-7700; www.audina.net.


Directional Technology
Qualitone Hearing Systems, St Louis Park, Minn, offers Integrated Directional Processing (IDP), advanced directional technology designed specifically for the Qualitone family of digital hearing instruments. IDP incorporates a unique, integrated, mono-microphone directional system. IDP was designed to offer better sound quality, better circuit-noise performance, and increased real-world directivity levels for custom instruments. Marquise instruments feature dynamic IDP. Trilliant, Evolution, and Quantum instruments feature user-activated IDP. (800) 328-3897; www.qualitonehearing.com


Marketing Tool
Sycle.net, San Francisco, is a practice management and automated direct mail marketing tool designed specifically for audiology practices. It combines the efficiencies of real-time electronic appointment scheduling and patient outcome management with a unique electronic direct mail fulfillment function. Patient retention direct mail is automatically printed and sent to patients. Be instantly HIPAA compliant, submit insurance claims electronically, and sync sales data with Quickbooks. (888) 881-7925; www.sycle.net.


Educational Poster
Harris Communications, Eden Prairie, Minn, offers its “Bring Sound Into Focus” poster to educate hearing health care clients about assistive technology. The poster displays some common assistive listening devices, including a personal amplifier, an FM system, and an infrared device. (800) 582-8569; www.harriscomm.com.  


Amplified Stethoscope
Beyond Hearing Aids Inc, Florence, Ky, is the leading distributor of amplified stethoscopes and accessories with years of practical experience working with consumers with all types of hearing loss. Features the Cardionics Escope Stethoscope with specialist diaphragms and bells for superior sound conduction and a variety of accessories that interface the stethoscope to hearing aids. (800) 838-1649; www.beyondhearingaids.com.


Amplified Trimline Phone
ClearSounds Communications Inc, Burr Ridge, Ill, introduces the Liberty Phone, the ClearSounds 30T, a new amplified Trimline phone. It has three-level volume control with up to a 30 dB gain, has a visual ring indicator, and is wall mountable. It is hearing aid compatible and attractive in design, making this cost-effective phone an ideal phone for every household. One-year warranty. (800) 288-8303; www.hitec.com.