100.jpg (11066 bytes) Hearing Instrument Care Product Line
Warner Tech-care Products Inc, Minneapolis, a single source supplier, provides a full array of personal care products for the hearing instrument wearer. The Tech-care line is alcohol free, so the products do not dry or irritate the hearing aid wearer’s delicate ear canal skin. The product line includes Ear-fresh, a cooling and refreshing ear hygiene solution that is used to clean the outer ear area and is another alcohol-free product; Ear-gel, an ear lubricant; several new dehumidifier products; earwax removal kits; ear mold cleaners; wipes; and a new Take Home Ear Care Kit. (800) 328-4757; www.warnertechcare.com


101.jpg (8733 bytes)Dual Channel Audiometry
MedRx Inc, Largo, Fla, presents the advanced AVANT audiometer, which utilizes innovative computer technology to create a state-of-the-art testing environment. The AVANT audiometer allows fast, accurate pure tone and speech testing, with an intuitive user interface for data presentation and patient monitoring. Separate outputs for all transducers allow them to remain plugged in and calibrated, adding speed and convenience to testing protocol. While extremely small and lightweight, the unit combines the power of a PC with MedRx’s proprietary sound chip technology to create an audiometer like no other. Powerful built-in amplifiers eliminate additional hardware connections for sound field and live speech testing. Features include dual channel audiometry, separate outputs for all transducers and speakers, plug and play USB single cable connection from PC through a sound booth, high-power 2 x 20 watt internal amplifiers, extremely small and lightweight with optional mounting capability inside or outside the sound booth, and NOAH™-compatible software for patient archiving. (888) 392-1234; www.medrx-usa.com.


102.jpg (9949 bytes) Online Marketplace
Hocks’ Hearing Healthcare Products, Portland, Ore, announces its new Web site: hocksproducts.com. Hearing-related products can be found online, instantly, including: assistive devices, batteries and accessories; counter items; diagnostic equipment; earmolds and supplies; hearing protection, as well as tools and equipment. more. (800) 654-6257; www.hocksproducts.com.


103.jpg (9903 bytes)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.


104.jpg (14527 bytes) Financial Presentation Materials
CareCredit, Costa Mesa, Calif, now offers presentation materials to make financial discussions easier, which result in increased hearing aid sales. The new materials include proven scripting techniques and updated presentation charts that can be used to effectively integrate financing into face-to-face presentations, and easily guide patients through fee presentations. In addition, practices will receive new “No Interest” counter displays, window decals, and updated patient brochures to display, ensuring all patients are familiar with their payment options and aware that financing is available—even before the financial discussion. (800) 839-9078; www.carecredit.com


105.jpg (9867 bytes)Sonic Bed Shaker Alarm
The new Sonic Shaker portable travel alarm is available through Harris Communications, Eden Prairie, Minn. Be awakened by a powerful bed shaker and/or extra loud pulsating alarm. The clock has easy-to-use function keys and an easy-to-read display. Harris Communications is the largest distributor of Sonic Alert products. (800) 582-8569; www.harriscomm.com


106.jpg (8909 bytes) 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.


107.jpg (9678 bytes)Natural Ear Treatment
MiraCell Inc, Orem, Utah, offers MiraCell natural ear treatment, which eases cerumen removal, makes wearing hearing aids and ear molds more comfortable, and relieves sore, dry, flaking, or itching ears, caused by detaching keratin and tympanic membrane plaque. Also, MiraCell Inc offers an income-making opportunity that will reduce returns and remakes. Call (888) 345-6223, ext 8601, for a free recorded message. (800) 748-5040; www.miracell.com.


108.jpg (14953 bytes)Unique Product
Oaktree Products Inc, Chesterfield, Mo, features the JB 500 Junction Box. This unique product enables the clinician to plug five sets of programming cables into the HiPro Test Box simultaneously. Color-coded cleats prevent wrap cords from becoming tangled. It is easy to install and plugs into the HiPro. (800) 347-1960; www.oaktreeproducts.com.


109.jpg (15864 bytes) 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.


110.jpg (11294 bytes) 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


111.jpg (14982 bytes) Hearing Loss Book
The new book How Hearing Loss Impacts Relationships: Motivating Your Loved One by nationally recognized audiologist Richard Carmen, AuD, is available at Harris Communications. The book is directed toward families who have a loved one with a hearing loss. It explains how family members can manage the frustrations of a resistant loved one who will not seek treatment for hearing loss, and exposes the most common reasons behind the resistance. In addition to the fascinating insights into the psychology behind the resistance, it clarifies the family’s role in shifting their loved one from “struggling to hear” to “hearing independence.” (800) 825-6758; www.harriscomm.com.


112.jpg (12035 bytes)Multimedia Program
Oticon, Somerset, NJ, offers eCAPS, a new multimedia program designed to enhance the entire counseling and rehabilitation process. It combines Oticon’s experience with the original CAPS (client assisted product selection) counseling tool, Syncro Counseling, and best practices from today’s most successful hearing care professionals. eCAPS provides a framework that can be customized to suit a practitioner’s own fitting, counseling, and sales process. Highlights of the program include: a hearing loss simulator, a tour through the ear, everyday listening situations, a full product portfolio, and a comprehensive aural rehabilitation section. (800) 526-3921; www.oticonus.com.


113.jpg (9862 bytes)Digital BTE Series
Audina® Hearing Instruments Inc, Longwood, Fla, announces the launch of its new Intuition behind-the-ear (BTE), fully programmable 100% digital hearing instruments: Intuition 4, Intuition 4D, and Intuition 2. The Intuition series offers superior fitting flexibility with technological advances, such as layered noise reduction and intuitive feedback reduction. These features provide comfort and relief from irritating noise and whistling feedback. Available in a 10- or 12-band gain adjustment for precise target matching. Up to four memories present versatility with independent channel compressor characteristics. Dynamic contrast detection “reaches down” to amplify quiet speech. The Intuition series is available in beige, grey, or brown. (407) 331-0077; (800) 223-7700; www.audina.net.


114.jpg (15475 bytes)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. The 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) 726-0851; www.adcopro.net.


 Personal Listening Device
Available from Hal-Hen Company Inc, Garden City Park, NY, Williams Sound’s redesigned Pocketalker offers a smaller sized unit that resembles a cell phone. It features external volume and tone controls, 100 hours of battery life (two AAA alkaline batteries), a removable microphone, and a belt clip—all in a new retail friendly packaging. Hal-Hen offers a full range of assistive devices for the deaf and the hearing impaired. (800) 242-5436; www.halhen.com.


116.jpg (12132 bytes)Consumer Vacuum Pump
Lightning Enterprises, Limington, Me, 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.


117.jpg (12299 bytes)Scented Silicone Impression Material
Warner Tech-care Products Inc, Minneapolis, a single source supplier, introduces Tickled Pink, a scented, custom-blended silicone impression material. The clean and convenient cartridge material mixes easily through the canula tip. Non-greasy, Tickled Pink produces a firm impression without distorting the ear canal. Patients can enjoy the fresh and soothing mint scent, during the 3- to 5-minute setup. Tickled Pink is a 35 shore material, and is suitable for standard and CIC impression taking. The cartridge will make four or five impressions using the standard style impression gun. Tickled Pink is sold by individual cartridge, allowing the user the choice of mixing tip size. (800) 328-4757; www.warnertechcare.com


118.jpg (13526 bytes)e-Catalog on CD
Westone Laboratories Inc, Colorado Springs, Colo, introduces its e-Catalog on CD. In addition to the usual product images and descriptions, the catalog includes Westone’s material and color selection guide, earmold style guide, order forms, and a downloadable form to join westone.com’s online dispenser search. There are also direct links to westone.com, Westone’s HHC site, WebEar, Online Supply Warehouse, FAQs, and Westone Music Products. The CD operates on Macs and PCs and requires no installation. (800) 582-4771; www.westone.com


119.jpg (16561 bytes)Educational CD
CareCredit, Anaheim, Calif, a national payment program, is offering a FREE educational CD entitled “Enhancing the Patient Experience,” featuring Gyl Kasewurm, AuD. In the informative audio program, Kasewurm explains how practices can capture more of the hearing health care market by moving from an audiologist-driven to a patient-driven model of care. The program highlights tips and techniques practices can use to set themselves apart from the competition. With more than 20 years’ experience in the field of audiology, Kasewurm is president of Professional Hearing Services Ltd, a state-of-the-art facility that includes the HearWorld Center, the first-ever virtual hearing care experience. CareCredit offers a comprehensive range of no- and low-interest finance plans. (800) 300-3046, ext 4519; [email protected].


120.jpg (12476 bytes)Full Service, All-Make Repair Lab
Discovery Hearing Aid Repair, headquartered in Mobile, Ala, is staffed with personnel who have extensive experience in all facets of repairing and reconditioning hearing aids. The team offers high-quality repairs, rapid response time, and competitive pricing. Discovery Hearing Aid Repair is one of the Discovery Companies, which also includes Discovery Hearing Aid Warranties and Hansaton. (800) 736-9903.


121.jpg (19639 bytes)Hearing Protection
Hocks’ Hearing Healthcare Products, Portland, Ore, manufactures a wide variety of earplugs and custom earmolds for swimming, sleeping, and heairng protection, including the Hocks Noise Braker® and Pikaso Plugs. (800) 654-6257; www.hocksproducts.com ; www.noisebrakers.com .


122.jpg (14931 bytes)High Output Receiver
Sonion, Minnetonka, Minn, has developed the revolutionary 3100 receiver. At only half the size of the popular 1900 receiver, the 3100 offers high output for powerful ITEs as well as the ability to make smaller BTEs. The 3100 is available for sampling now. (952) 543-8300; www.sonion.com.


123.jpg (12327 bytes)Volume Control Series
Deltek/Knowles, Itasca, Ill, features the 7000 series ITE volume controls. Recently released, the volume control features improvements to the switch and resistor life over those offered by the competition. Switch life is rated to 15,000 cycles, but prelaunch testing has shown the switch life to last over 25,000 cycles without failure. These improvements will be realized by manufacturers in a reduction of returns related to volume control switch failure and the cost associated with each return. Customizable features include a switched or switchless version, knob style, and knob color. The knobs are fully interchangeable with those of the competition. (630) 250-5100; www.deltekelectronics.com ; www.knowles.com.


124.jpg (13330 bytes)Design Award
Hansaton Hearing Systems, Hamburg, Germany, has won the prestigious Reddot Design Award for its Leonardo high-tech hearing systems. The Reddot Design Awards is one of the most respected of the international design scene. According to the competition’s jury, the Leonardo VC is a “first-class digital hearing system of extremely small size. With its dynamic, two-colored design, the Leonardo VC is no longer perceived as a hearing device, but rather as a high tech helper.’’ Leonardo also offers a dual-shell design—making individual color choice possible by changing the housing shell. Hansaton products are available in the United States through: Discovery Hearing Aid Co-op Inc, (800) 736-9903; R&L Hearing Services, (800) 444-8920; and Trillium Hearing Technologies Inc, (866) 449-9757; www.hearing-usa.com ; [email protected].


125.jpg (9007 bytes)Cochlear Implant
MED-EL Corporation, Durham, NC, is distributing its new cochlear implant system, the PULSARCI100, into the Canadian market. The system is the first to incorporate the patented I100 technology, a highly durable and power-efficient electronics platform with wafer-thin layers of sophisticated electronics arranged on a single miniaturized chip. The Pulsar is safe and compatible for use with MRI at field strengths of 0.2, 1.0, and 1.5 Tesla. (888) MED-EL-CI (633-3524); www.medel.com.


126.jpg (10650 bytes)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 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.


127.jpg (14103 bytes)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.


128.jpg (15487 bytes)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.


129.jpg (9080 bytes)Bur Kit
Warner Tech-care Products Inc, Minneapolis, can supply the repair material needs of hearing care professionals. The Hearing Practice Bur Kit provides cutters, buffers, wheel points, and mandrel in a see-through storage case. The kit provides burs needed for in-house repair of hearing aids when using Dremel hand pieces. (800) 328-4757; www.warnertechcare.com


130.jpg (11606 bytes)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.


131.jpg (8286 bytes)Hearing Improvement Products
Hearing Components, Oakdale, Minn, “Experts in the Ear Canal,” develops and manufactures products that improve physical fit of hearing, communication, and diagnostic devices with the ear canal. Our patented compliant products adapt devices to more effectively couple to canals. Products include Comply™ Snap Tips, Soft Wrap, Canal Tips, and Ad-Hear™ Guards. (800) 872-8986; www.hearingcomponents.com.  


132.jpg (17062 bytes)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.


133.jpg (7986 bytes)Silicone Earmolds
Mid-States Laboratories, Wichita, Kan, now offers Crystal Clear, the newest in its silicone family of earmolds. The unique material blends cosmetically into the wearer’s skin tone for an appealing appearance. Also, the material is strong and durable, as well as soft and pliant. In addition, it offers excellent sealing qualities. (800) 247-3669; www.mid-stateslabs.com.


134.jpg (10832 bytes)Hearing Aid Dispensing Book
AudioCare Inc, San Diego, is offering The Book on Dispensing Hearing Aids by Roy Bain. According to a review by TV and radio personality, Art Linkletter, “A man with inspiration, a master at provocation without anger and a good friend whose word you can trust—two thumbs up for The Book on Dispensing Hearing Aids! The elderly of our population who suffer from a loss of hearing need professionals to persuade them to accept available help. This book is a well-written, powerful presentation, spelling out exactly how to accomplish that task. Astonishingly rich in philosophy, this book should be studied by all who enter the hearing-aid business.” For a free copy, contact Ron Bain. (800) 974-4100; www.audiocareinc.com.


135.jpg (11792 bytes)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.


136.jpg (16470 bytes)Personalized Batteries
iCellTech, Seoul, Korea, offers a competitively priced private label service direct from the manufacturer. The company guarantees to ship the private labeled batteries within three working days of the order. Free delivery via door-to-door courier is available. Satisfaction is guaranteed. 82-2-6735-6965; [email protected] ; www.icelltech.com.


137.jpg (13029 bytes)Amplified Telephone
Harris Communications, Eden Prairie, Minn, offers the latest product from Clarity, the C600 Amplified Telephone. The 2.4 GHz cordless phone has Caller ID and amplification of 30 dB. A unique feature of this phone is a battery backup, which enables users the convenience of a cordless phone with the assurance they can receive calls in the event of a power outage. Harris Communications is an authorized distributor of Clarity Products. (800) 582-8569; www.harriscomm.com


138.jpg (16398 bytes)Extended Payment Plan
CareCredit, Costa Mesa, Calif, presents its new 18-Month No Interest Payment Plan. Ideal for higher-end hearing aids, the plan is an optional addition to the company’s 3, 6-, and 12-month no-interest payment plans. For treatment fees from $1 to more than $25,000, CareCredit offers a comprehensive range of plans, including 24-, 36-, and 48-month low-interest payment plan options, and is currently at work in more than 45,000 practices nationwide. (800) 300-3046; www.carecredit.com.  


139.jpg (16805 bytes)Product Catalog
Oaktree Products Inc, Chesterfield, Mo, announces the availability of its newest product catalog featuring a sunrise and tag line “Oaktree Products … providing infinite solutions”™ on the front cover. The catalog offers new, clear photos of many of Oaktree’s 3,000 products, as well as updated product descriptions and a new, user-friendly index. Founded in 1992, Oaktree Products Inc is not only an established distributor, but a resource, providing clinicians with infinite solutions addressing clinical needs. (800) 347-1960; www.oaktreeproducts.com.


140.jpg (11880 bytes)Amplified Speaker 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.


141.jpg (10281 bytes)Fitting Software
Audina Hearing Instruments Inc, Longwood, Fla, recently released the Audina Noah platform ezFIT fitting software. In our efforts to create the most accepted forms of programming software, the ezFIT software was developed to be used with NOAH 2 and NOAH 3, and in stand-alone applications. Audina’s ezFIT 4.11 software was designed for ease of use without sacrificing features and functionality. (800) 223-7700; www.audina.net.


142.jpg (8096 bytes)Open Ear BTE
Micro-Tech Hearing Instruments, Eden Prairie, Minn, has released the Seneca Open Ear BTE, a new open-ear digital solution for patients with mild-to-moderate, sloping or precipitous high frequency hearing loss. The Seneca Open Ear BTE provides feedback management to expand the range of open-ear fittings; full-time directionality as a standard feature; acoustically transparent radial-fin earbud and nearly invisible tube; four-channel, 10-band digital processor; two settings of expansion to reduce unwanted soft sounds; comfortable fit; straightforward user interface and instantaneous programming; discreet case design available in three colors; and fast programming speed using standard Micro-Tech cables and programming ribbons. (800) 745-4327; www.hearing-aid.com.


143.jpg (13331 bytes)Audiometric Technology
The AVANT from MedRx, Largo, Fla, is a complete integrated audiological system designed to provide quality professional hearing health care. The AVANT features USB connectivity in order to accommodate rapidly advancing computer technology. This system has a modern design that is easy to use and equipped with excellent counseling and fitting tools. Features include dual channel audiometry; real ear measurements; live speech mapping; hearing loss simulator; occlusion effect; integrated Hi-Pro, 3-D speech mapping; AVANT testing, fitting, and presentation software; and NOAH™ compatibility. The AVANT also comes with video otoscopy and tympanometry software modules. (888) 392-1234; www.medrx-usa.com.


144.jpg (10281 bytes)New Software
Audina® Hearing Instruments Inc, Longwood, Fla, offers the newest programming software release of ezFIT, version 4.12, now certified for NOAH 2 and NOAH 3. The new release offers the flexibility of accessing a NOAH 2 and NOAH 3 certified—or stand-alone version—of ezFIT. To qualify for NOAH certification, software is submitted to rigorous testing and must meet very specific design details. In addition, the software will enable audiologists and dispensers to program the wide range of programmable and digital hearing aids offered by Audina using the NOAH 2 or NOAH 3 platform for their office/patient file management. The ezFIT, version 4.12 software is available in English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese. A complimentary download of ezFIT, version 4.12 is available on the Audina Web site. (800) 223-7700; www.audina.net.  


145.jpg (12533 bytes)Artificial Intelligence
Oticon, Somerset, NJ, introduced Syncro, the first hearing instrument with artificial intelligence. Now Syncro 2 introduces a range of innovative new features to this highly successful product: SYNCRO ACTIVITY ANALYZER, AUTOMATIC ADAPTATION MANAGER, and SYNCRO 2 POWER. It is all part of the Oticon promise to continuously improve everything we do—to help the practitioner build higher levels of client satisfaction and practice success. (800) 526-3921; www.oticonus.com.


146.jpg (10699 bytes)Upgraded Hearing Instrument Verification System Software
Audioscan, Dorchester, Ontario, the manufacturer of the Verifit® hearing instrument verification system, announces the release of software version 2.4. New features include a fitting system for CROS instruments using insertion gain or Speechmap—when CROS is selected, the Verifit automatically uses the reference microphone on the nontest ear; a real-ear occlusion effect test; ANSI S3.22—2003 and ANSI S3.22—1996; new, reorganized, and updated help files; cursor readout on most graphs; support for shared and networked printers; manual control that shows SPL, gain, and distortion as bar graphs and values; last-used fitting method, transducer type, stimulus type, and level may be saved when power is turned off; tests can be run in Speechmap with no need to enter an audiogram first. (800) 265-2093; www.audioscan.com.


147.jpg (9381 bytes)Hearing Health Care Products
Reizen Incorporated, Farmingdale, NY, specializes in creating innovative products for the deaf and hard of hearing, as well as offering them wholesale to companies in the United States and abroad. The company offers low prices, a large product selection, and profitability in helping grow a hearing health care business. (800) 881-4327; www.hearmore.com; www.ReizenUSA.com.


148.jpg (9911 bytes)High-Tech Hearing Systems
Hansaton Hearing Systems, Hamburg, Germany, has launched Leonardo, a new high-tech hearing system that ‘’starts at a point where others stop.’’ 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 intelligent situation management to enhance speech and reduce disturbing noises. University research and patient studies in Europe have proven the value of this situation management. The design & go concept blends design, performance, and ergonomics for greater cosmetic appeal. The semi-modular ITC faceplate, FUSION, has a flesh-like, micro vein design that blends seamlessly in the ear. Leonardo’s revolutionary new VC BTE case is extremely small, and the BTE housing is the first to use a 312 size battery. Further, the clam-shell housing allows the user to choose the desired color for the upper shell. Both BTE and ITE come with an open fitting option. Hansaton products are available in the United States through: Discovery Hearing Aid Co-op Inc, (800) 736-9903; R & L Hearing Services, (800) 444-8920; and Trillium Hearing Technologies Inc, (866) 449-9757; www.hearing-usa.com.


149.jpg (19628 bytes)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.


150.jpg (14180 bytes)Omnidirectional Microphone
Sonion, Minnetonka, Minn, features its newest and smallest Series 8000 omnidirectional microphone design. Cylindrically shaped for all applications, it provides consistent performance throughout environmental extremes, and offers industry leading EMI and ESD protection. Directional applications will benefit from well-matched 8000 sets as a result of its stability across all frequencies. (952) 543-8300; www.sonion.com.  


151.jpg (16470 bytes)Product Line Expansion
EAR Inc, Boulder, Colo, offers an expanded line of products to suit the needs of consumers participating in competitive shooting, hunting, motorcycling, law enforcement, and industry. EAR Inc’s extensive product line includes a series of high-end analog and digital electronic ear protectors, waterproof BTEs, EAR Mini-Canals™, Sports Monitors™, and wireless two-way radio communications. (800) 525-2690; www.earinc.com.


152.jpg (14698 bytes)Computer Program
The FONIX NOAH 3 Module is now available through Frye Electronics, Tigard, Ore. This computer program provides remote control of the FONIX 7000, FP40, FP35, and 6500-CX hearing aid analyzers. The settings can be configured as desired and any audiogram saved in NOAH 3 can be used to create nonlinear DSL i/o and NAL-NL–1 targets. These measurements will then be saved in the NOAH 3 module. All data measured with the FONIX NOAH Module can be saved on the computer’s clipboard for use with another software program such as Microsoft Excel or Word. 547-8209; www.frye.com.


153.jpg (14469 bytes)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.


154.jpg (10478 bytes)Digital Circuit Decision-Making
Micro-Tech Hearing Instruments, Eden Prairie, Minn, introduces AutoLogix, featured exclusively in Alpine II, an advanced eight-channel, four-band digital circuit. AutoLogix uses sophisticated digital algorithms to analyze environmental cues and adapt hearing aid settings based on the current listening environment, helping users to experience increased listening comfort and speech intelligibility automatically. The Alpine II with AutoLogix is available in a full range of models, from BTE-CIC. AutoLogix offers touchless DiRx, to evaluate listening situations, and automatically activate the directional response, which can help improve speech intelligibility in noise; touchless telecoil, which switches to and from telecoil mode automatically when the telephone is moved toward and away from the ear; dynamic noise control performs mathematical calculations to automatically reduce noise and enhance the human voice; feedback management scans for undesirable feedback that automatically eliminate it; and channel-specific expansion that detects and automatically suppresses circuit noise and other unwanted soft sounds. (800) 745-4327; www.hearing-aid.com.


155.jpg (16436 bytes)High-Performance Batteries
ZeniPower, Zhuhai, China, offers new hearing aid batteries with a 20% increase over last year’s IEC pulse test results. Suitable for full digital and cochlear implants, as well as general purpose hearing aids. Free samples are available. (814) 825-8398; www.hearing-aid-batteries-co.com; www.zenipower.com.


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Hansaton Hearing Systems, Hamburg, Germany, offers its cosmetically appealing FUSION ITE technology. The semi-modular faceplate technology is now available in ITC and CIC designs. FUSION combines the latest digital hearing instrument technology with an ingenious design to achieve a maximum in precise tone perception and hearing comfort. FUSION canal technology is available with the digital technologies Leonardo, Premio, Vital, Activo, and Dynamic. FUSION CIC technology comes with Leonardo, Vital, Activo, and Dynamic technology. Hansaton products are available in the United States through: Discovery Hearing Aid Co-op Inc, (800) 736-9903; R & L Hearing Services, (800) 444-8920; and Trillium Hearing Technologies Inc, (866) 449-9757; www.hearing-usa.com.


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Starkey Laboratories Inc, Eden Prairie, Minn, announces the release of a new global locator page and 22 new consumer Web sites. All of the sites are accessible at www.starkey.com. Each site addresses four main topics: 1) how hearing loss affects life, 2) what people can do about hearing loss, 3) information about hearing aids, and 4) how to locate a hearing professional. After selecting from a list of countries, viewers can read about these topics in the language of the selected nation. Because hearing care is not as culturally accepted as other forms of health care, many people do not know who treats hearing loss. The Web sites locally define the different types of hearing professionals and better prepare consumers to seek help. (800) 328-8602; www.starkey.com.


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Audina® Hearing Instruments Inc, Longwood, Fla, presents the new Opti-TRIM behind-the-ear (BTE), fully programmable 100% digital hearing instrument. The trimmer driven Opti-TRIM BTE features a two-channel digital wide dynamic range compression system. The Opti-TRIM is available in beige, grey, or brown. (407) 331-0077; (800) 223-7700; www.audina.net.


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Reizen Incorporated, Farmingdale, NY, features the Mega Quake Bed-Shaker (model #906555). the phone features a lighted snooze button and extra bright green LED display with large numbers (1.8-inches), AM/PM radio, and alarm on/off indicators are right on the display. Wake up with your choice of super loud, adjustable alarm buzzer, or “Mega Quake” vibrations. Equipped with a battery backup (9 volt battery not included). The product has a 1-year warranty. (800) 881-4327; www.hearmore.com.


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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.


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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.


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Qualitone Hearing Systems, Eden Prairie, Minn, offers Marquise, the company’s premier digital technology. Its exclusive feature set offers dynamic Integrated Directional Processing, which automatically activates the instrument’s advanced directional microphone to enhance speech understanding in noisy environments. Adaptive feedback cancellation continuously eliminates feedback, without degradation of signal quality. Indicator tones for low-battery warning, memory switching, and volume control settings increase hearing comfort by making it easier to find the appropriate listening level. Available in styles ranging from BTE to CIC. (800) 328-3897; www.qualitonehearing.com.


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Starkey Laboratories Inc, Eden Prairie, Minn, introduces the DaVinci PxP, the world’s most powerful digital, directional BTE. A new Precision Extreme Power (PxP) 140/80 matrix combined with a bandwidth of 80-4,400 Hz provides the industry’s most powerful response and improves audibility in all frequencies. Standard PDI yields superior directivity levels, and an improved DAI system combined with Lexis helps maximize hearing performance in noisy environments. A new contemporary case design with an innovative multi-function switch offers patients a comfortable and easy-to-use instrument. DaVinci is available in a variety of colors, including Ice and Purple Ice. (800) 328-8602; www.starkey.com.


 Earmold Material
Westone Laboratories Inc, Colorado Springs, Colo, introduces OtoBlast™ earmold material. Using Westone’s water clear silicone earmold material as a base, 298 color combinations are now available. In addition to clear, patients can choose from 11 vibrant OtoBlast colors, or combine up to three colors for a unique look. OtoBlast material is soft, comfortable, and durable—ideal for virtually any patient who requires a BTE instrument, regardless of the selected earmold style. Now patients will be thrilled to get the color they want in the style recommended. (800) 525-5071; www.westone.com.


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Audina Hearing Instruments Inc, Longwood, Fla, introduces the Instinct DSP, a premium digital featuring the latest in noise reduction and feedback cancellation algorithms. These premium adaptive features are two of the most demanded features of premium DSP instruments. The noise reduction system works over 16 bands to automatically and adaptively reduce annoying background noise. The feedback cancellation works automatically and adaptively using phase cancellation to reduce feedback while maintaining system gain. (800) 223-7700; www.audina.net.


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CareCredit, Anaheim, Calif, offers tips on “Ideas in Practice” in its Spring ’05 newsletter. The main topics of this issue include: How to Attract More Patients, Making Hearing Aids Accessible, and Maximizing Acceptance of Optimal Technology. The newsletter also features the best ways to present financing and price to patients, how to increase the patient’s credit line, and how to effectively display and discuss CareCredit to ensure successful fee presentations. In addition, an article on how to gain a deeper insight into attracting more patients, “Making a Great First Impression,” features an interview with Roxann Bonta, MA, president of Involutions Inc. CareCredit is a nationwide company, offering a comprehensive range of plans including 3-, 6-, and 12-month no-interest and 24-, 36-, and 48-month low-interest payment plan options. (800) 300-3046, ext 4519; [email protected].


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Micro-Tech Hearing Instruments, Eden Prairie, Minn, has released the Seneca Open Ear BTE, a new open-ear digital solution for patients with mild-to-moderate, sloping or precipitous high-frequency hearing loss. The case design hides discreetly behind the ear, and the thin tube from case to earbud is almost invisible. The unique radial-fin earbud leaves the ear open, eliminating any risk of occlusion, reducing low-frequency output naturally, and maximizing comfort. The Seneca Open Ear BTE offers the wearer superb feedback management to expand the range of open-ear fittings, full-time directionality as a standard feature, acoustically transparent radial-fin earbud and nearly invisible tube, four-channel, ten-band digital processor, and two settings of expansion to reduce unwanted soft sounds. Additional features include a comfortable fit, straightforward user interface and instantaneous programming with Meridian software, a unique, discreet case design available in three colors, fast programming speed using standard Micro-Tech cables, and programming ribbons. (800) 745-4327; www.hearing-aid.com.


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Etymonic Design Inc (EDI), Dorchester, Ontario, manufacturer of the Audioscan RM500 and Verifit real-ear measurement and hearing instrument test systems, has developed a unique bar-code data-capturing technology for easy capture and retrieval of the audiometric data used in conjunction with Verifit real-ear measurement tests. Using the bar-code scanning technology available with the Verifit real-ear measurement system, it is possible to capture patient-specific pure tone threshold, UCL, and RECD (Real Ear Coupler Difference) data for each ear in bar-code form on Speechmap and Insertion Gain printouts. An optional bar-code scanner connected to the Verifit USB port reads these bar codes and reenters the audiometric data on the Verifit screen as if this data were entered manually. Both right and left ear data are incorporated into the bar code, with a separate bar code for pure tone threshold, UCL, and RECD data. Scanning these bar codes reenters this information faster than either manual reentry or transfer from a PC database. Errors associated with manual reentry