Compact Live Speech Mapping
MedRx Inc, Largo, Fla, has launched the first product in its new line of super-compact PC/USB-based instrumentation. The AVANT REM Speech™ system is a live speech mapping system, as well as an effective and valuable patient-centered tool for fitting and validating the performance of any hearing instrument. It also provides a comprehensive traditional real ear system that is finally affordable for most hearing practices. The system is small in size and weight, measuring 4 x 4 x 1 inches—about the size of a PDA—and weighs about one pound. AVANT REM Speech also uses sound processing and sound generating technology to create a true state-of-the-art live speech mapping/real ear measurement system. In addition, embedded in the AVANT REM Speech software is the MedRx Hearing Loss Simulator, a demonstration tool for third parties, and a hearing instrument simulator. Lighted visual queues alert the professional as to which ear is being tested. A simple USB connection to the computer is all that is required to run the system—no external power source is required. This system is NOAH™ 3 compatible and is extremely economically priced. (888) 392-1234; www.medrx-usa.com.


Ear Drying Device
Westone Laboratories Inc, Colorado Springs, Colo, offers DryEar, an ear drying device to treat ear disorders by drying the ear canal. A customized computer chip directs a heater and fan to regulate the flow of warm air. The airflow runs for about a minute at a comfortable temperature to dry the outer ear canal. Each DryEar comes with five color-coded earpieces for use by the whole family. Equipped with a rechargeable lithium battery, DryEar can be used up to 50 times between charges. A handy travel kit, which includes a neoprene case and car/boat charger, is available separately. (800) 525-5071; www.westone.com.


Enhanced Listening Tools
Enhanced Listening Technologies Corp (Connections Unlimited), Riviera Beach, Fla, introduces PT tools™, a range of microphones, mixers, adapters, and couplings to help the audiologist and patient derive maximum benefit from the personal amplifier class (Pocketalker, Sound Director, Sound wizard, Echo-Tech, etc). PT tools help patients with mild to moderate and severe to profound hearing loss. (800) 286-3481; www.eltgroup.com.


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.


Corded Digital Power
Clarity, a division of Plantronics Inc, Nashville, has unveiled the C2210 and C4205, new phones using Digital Clarity Power, a technology typically found in high cost hearing aids. The C2210 and the C4205 are the first corded and cordless amplified telephones available through the Clarity Professional™ brand using this technology. Both of the phones amplify incoming sound up to 40 dB. The C2210 is a corded phone that alerts its user of a call with a flashing dial pad visual ring indicator. A bed shaker is an optional accessory, available for purchase separately from the C2210, and is designed to shake the bed of a user when the phone rings. A remote, wireless lamp flasher (which alerts of incoming calls by flashing a light up to 30 feet away) is also available. Standard features include: caller ID and voice mail indicator, large lighted dial pad, built-in alarm clock, 2.5 mm headset jack for hands-free telephone calls, and 3.5 mm audio output port. A special introductory MSRP is available through January 31, 2006. (866) 5-CLARITY; www.clarityproducts.com


Wireless Otoscopy
Audio Optics, Oradell, NJ, features the AO-16 wireless video otoscope. The unit offers the wireless ability to do otoscopy from up to 100 feet from the patient. The AO-16 offers internal storage of 16 images, enabling consultation without needing extra hands. (Save images without having your client push a button, there are no footswitches.) Easy focus ring adjusts for full portrait to TM views, making the AO-16 a valuable addition to any dispensing office. The optional USB receiver makes saving video otoscopy as easy as clicking a mouse. Audio Optics offers a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty, as well as a 15-day free trial. (866) 986-0055; www.audiooptics.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. 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.


Hearing Aid Protection
Discovery Hearing Aid Warranties, Mobile, Ala, provides loss, damage, and/or component failure protection for all makes and models of hearing aids, including cochlear implants and bone-anchored processors. A unique compensation plan generates continuous extra income for dispensers. Discovery Hearing Aid Repair is a rapid response, full-service, all-make repair laboratory. (800) 525-7936.


Lower Rates Increase Practice Revenue
CareCredit®, Costa Mesa, Calif, a patient payment program, is now offering audiology patients a new, lower 9.9% patient interest rate on its 24-, 36-, and 48-month extended payment plans. The new 9.9% fixed interest rate is considerably lower than the national average fixed rate of 18.9% found on most consumer credit cards, giving practices a more attractive payment option to offer patients. CareCredit offers a comprehensive range of plans including 3-, 6-, 12-, and 18-month no interest and 24-, 36-, and 48-month low interest payment plan options, and is currently at work for over 2.9 million cardholders in more than 50,000 practices nationwide. (800) 300-3046, ext 4519; [email protected].


Portable Vacuum Pump Kit
Lightning Enterprises, Limington, Me, announces the Lightning Vac Traveler, a completely portable suction system designed for professional hearing aid cleaning and maintenance. The recently improved design includes: the popular Lightning Vac 2 vacuum pump with suction and blower ports (which can also be used as a stand-alone system in the office); a vacuum jar desiccator for fast drying; five various needle tips, with convenient Slip-Luer fitting; and a durable hard-shell carrying case. (877) 546-1797; www.lightning-enterprises.com.


Hybrid Hearing Instrument
Starkey Laboratories Inc, Eden Prairie, Minn, releases new DaVinci PsP digital BTE. A new hybrid design provides the flexibility to be fit as either a super-power BTE with a conventional earhook and earmold, or as an open-ear instrument with a standard earbud. PsP Open is an ideal solution for new patients who have a greater hearing loss than a typical nonoccluding instrument can adequately address. The size 13 instrument also features standard automatic Precision Directional Imaging and best-in-class power, with 68 dB peak gain and 132 dB peak output. PsP is available in a variety of case colors, including two-tone combinations. (800) 328-8602; www.starkey.com.


Receiver Series
Minnetonka, Minn-based Sonion’s new 3300 series receiver was designed to meet the high demand of providing maximum SPL output with premium performance. The balanced twin motor design reduces unwanted mechanical vibration without sacrificing acoustic bandwidth, thus creating a receiver that will offer customers an opportunity to increase output and gain, while reducing the annoyance of feedback. (952) 543-8300; www.sonion.com.


Volume Control
Sonion, Minnetonka, Minn, features the PJ 185, one of the world’s smallest volume controls, offering a built-in on/off switch. Even though the body is small, there is a large diameter knob. For use in all types of small ITEs. (952) 543-8300; www.sonion.com.


Office Management Software
Starkey Laboratories Inc, Eden Prairie, Minn, offers ProHear office management software for hearing health care professionals, providing fast, accurate methods for accessing customer information and finances, analyzing business trends, creating marketing strategies, and scheduling. ProHear 5.5 now provides instant access to NOAH 3.0. Measure and record a patient’s hearing loss with any NOAH 3.0 certified device using 5.5’s audiogram, speech test, or loudness scaling features. Results are then passed automatically to a common database, for use by any fitting system from any manufacturer. (800) 328-8602; www.starkey.com.


Open Fit Solution
Lotus Technology Inc, Mooresville, NC, announces the release of Isis™, the new standard in state-of-the-art “open-fitting solutions.” Isis delivers an expanded fitting range over other “open-ear” hearing instruments, offering the ability to provide a closed fitting when needed. This gives Isis the ability to reach 70 db flat losses and greater, as well as provide high-fidelity sound quality for open-ear fittings. (877) 483-1072; www.lotustechnology.com.


Turbo Torch Chip Technology
Mid-States Laboratories, Wichita, Kan, announces the addition of the new turbo torch chip technology Earlight with wide angel and focussed beam. It offers 100,000 hours of light and no bulb to replace. Comes with probe tip for better otoscopic visibility. (800) 247-3669; e-mail: [email protected].


Hearing Aid
Oticon Inc, Somerset, NJ, introduces Syncro 2, which features the state-of-the-art Activity Analyzer, Automatic Adaptation Manager, and Syncro 2 Power. Syncro 2’s new advanced data logging technology collects data in three areas: environmental, client usage, and product performance. Syncro 2 is available in a full range of styles ranging from CIC to BTE instruments. Syncro 2 Power is available in a discrete compact power BTE. (800) 526-3921; www.oticonus.com/Syncro2.   


Sound Manager
Hansaton Hearing Systems, Hamburg, Germany, offers its Free Open system. Small, invisible, comfortable, and easy to handle, the Free system offers an innovative design that sets it aside from classic design hearing systems, as it opens up a completely new market segment: the sound manager segment. The Free Open was designed for classic open fittings and comes with a mini tube system, which is available in six different variants for both right and left ear. Bass portions of the signal reach the eardrum in the form of direct sound, preventing occlusion. In addition, a new external receiver concept (natural) will soon be available for the Free Open system. As the sound outlet is located directly in the auditory canal, this system can cater for a broader bandwidth of hearing losses. (866) 449-9757; www.hearing-usa.com; or [email protected].


Digital Hearing Instruments
Rexton Inc, Plymouth, Minn, introduces Calibra ITE and BTE hearing instruments that offer the latest in digital hearing technology. Calibra features an exciting new, fully automatic, semiautomatic, or personalized Sound Profile Management System. The Calibra FREE Open Fit BTE presents a comfortable, nonoccluding hearing solution with cosmetic appeal. (800) 876-1141; www.rexton-online.com.


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


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.


Hearing Screener
Oaktree Products Inc, Chesterfield, Mo, introduces the EarPeace Hearing Screener. This simple, inexpensive screening device is about the size of a credit card and emits a pulsed tone at 500 Hz, 1,000 Hz, 2,000 Hz, and 4,000 Hz. It is perfect for giving to physicians for referrals. It can even be custom printed with the individual practice information. According to the company, “it [EarPeace] is to ears what an eye chart is to eyes.” (800) 347-1960; www.oaktreeproducts.com.


Private Label Batteries
ZeniPower, China, one of the leading brands in Asia for 17 years, introduced its new private label batteries at ADA 2005. The batteries feature stable voltage of more than 1.1 volts and very low impedance, ensuring longer lasting time for digital hearing aids. The batteries’ reliable quality offers a guaranteed 3 years of freshness. ZeniPower batteries are produced under a strictly controlled manufacturing process, and have a guarantee of high reliability and consistency. Among the top three battery companies offering the best overall performance, as well as competitive pricing. (800) 279-8072; www.zenipower.com.


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; and last-used fitting method, transducer type, stimulus type, and level that 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.


Expanded Open Caption Service
InSight Cinema, Santa Monica, Calif, is the primary resource to access information and locate captioned screening engagements in its local areas. It has recently expanded services to include all captioned screenings throughout the United States. Now hearing-impaired patients do not have to miss out on the experience of enjoying a film on the big screen. (310) 452-8700; www.insightcinema.org.


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.


Earmuffs
Bacou-Dalloz Hearing Safety Group, San Diego, features new Bilsom® Leightning® Hi-Visibility Earmuffs for industrial workers, including roadway construction and utility crews, airport ground and flight crews, survey engineers, ferry service operators, emergency response workers, railroad workers, or others who need both hearing protection and increased visibility on the job. The product’s bright fluorescent green earcups and reflective headband provide additional safety protection day and night, while offering both maximum attenuation and total visibility, especially in outdoors or in low-lighting situations. Bilsom’s Advanced Air Flow Control™ Earmuffs provide better overall protection and more consistent noise attenuation, especially at low frequencies. Convenient snap-in ear cushions can be easily replaced if they become soiled or damaged. Rugged steel wire headband construction provides needed durability while the foam padded headband relieves pressure on the head for long-wearing comfort. Leightning Hi-Visibility is available in the standard L3 HV headband style (NRR 30), as well as a convenient folding design with optional belt storage case, providing protection up to NRR 27. (800) 430-5490; www.hearingportal.com


Digital Open Fitted Instrument
Audina® Hearing Instruments Inc, Longwood, Fla, has released the ARC™ 100% digital open fitting hearing instrument. This instrument offers one of the only customized approaches to open fittings in the industry. The high-fidelity ARC features advanced technology, including the latest in 20-bit digital audio processing, which provides sophisticated sound quality, reduced distortion, and 128-band Adaptive Noise Reduction 3.0. Additional features include Adaptive Feedback Cancellation 2.0, 16 kHz bandwidth, and faster fitting times. The ARC enables custom open fitting, which takes advantage of the concha for a more natural listening and an improved secure fit. The unique shell design reduces occlusion. (800) 223-7700; www.audina.net.


Enhanced Listening Tools
Enhanced Listening Technologies Corp (Connections Unlimited), Riviera Beach, Fla, introduces PT tools™, a range of microphones, mixers, adapters, and couplings to help the audiologist and patient derive maximum benefit from the personal amplifier class (Pocketalker, Sound Director, Sound wizard, Echo-Tech, etc). PT tools help patients with mild to moderate and severe to profound hearing loss. (800) 286-3481; www.eltgroup.com.


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 extraloud 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


Bluetooth Telephone Earset
Starkey Laboratories Inc, Eden Prairie, Minn, offers the SoundPort custom earset. Building on the success of the ELI system, SoundPort provides a custom-fit, wireless solution for Bluetooth-compatible mobile phone users. SoundPort is designed for nonimpaired consumers of all ages who want a more comfortable, hands-free communication solution. SoundPort offers a launching point for professionals to increase their visibility in their marketplace and build relationships with potential future customers. (800) 328-8602; www.hearwireless.com.


Digital Sound Batteries
iCellTech, Seoul, Korea, offers Digital Sound batteries. These batteries are specially designed to operate for a much longer lifetime in high current drain applications, while maintaining higher operating voltage and an increased voltage reserve to the 1.1 V cut-off limit of the latest digital hearing aid devices. The company guarantees high quality standard by strict piece-by-piece in-house inspections and reliability tests under ISO9001-2000 quality management. iCellTech batteries are available in more than 50 countries worldwide, and offer superior product quality and competitive pricing. Fax: 82-2-6735-6965; [email protected]; www.icelltech.com.


18-Month No-Interest Payment Plan
CareCredit, Anaheim, Calif, a patient payment program, is adding an 18-month no-interest payment plan to help more patients get the care they want and need. The new plan is ideal for patients who desire smaller monthly payments, but still want the benefits of a convenient, no-interest payment plan for treatment fees from $1 to over $25,000. The 18-month plan complements CareCredit’s 3-, 6-, and 12-month no-interest and 24-, 36-, and 48-month low-interest payment plans, providing practices with an array of options to make optimal hearing aid technology accessible to more patients. (800) 300-3046, ext 4847; [email protected].


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 gives 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


Attractive Earware
Hamburg, Germany-based Hansaton Hearing Systems’ LEONARDO line of hearing instruments offer a combination of high-end technology wearing comfort, cosmetic appearance, attractiveness, and flexibility. The LEONARDO is the winner of the reddot design award 2005, and has also been nominated for the official Design Award of Germany. The line’s new LEONARDO II system offers a solution for light to moderately severe hearing losses and fittings with a standard earmold. It is a design BTE system that offers the wide variety of technical parameters and functional elements of a state-of-the-art high-tech hearing system, despite its extremely small size. A newly patented control combines the functionality of a digital volume control and a program pushbutton, and is simple and convenient to operate. In addition, a new multimicrophone technology offers complex, automatic situation management. A telephone coil and audio input for special requirements are also available for the LEONARDO II. (866) 449-9757; www.hearing-usa.com; or [email protected].


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


New Digital Technology
Interton, Minneapolis, presents its new digital product, BIONIC, with ADRO™ (adaptive dynamic range optimization) signal processing. BIONIC provides a more natural listening experience for hearing patients, without the use of traditional WDRC. ADRO has been used successfully in cochlear implants, and has now been adapted by Interton for use in BTE and ITE hearing instruments. The easy-to-use software utilizes in situ comfort scaling as a means to a more successful fitting. (800) 247-4741; www.interton-usa.com.


Cerumen Management Book
Oaktree Products Inc, Chesterfield, Mo, presents the first cerumen management book accompanied by an instructional DVD. This set provides the theoretical and practical text with a video demonstration (in live subjects) of each technique. The text provides a review of ear canal anatomy, reimbursement, state-by-state licensure/scope of practice issues, as well as a thorough review of equipment. (800) 347-1960; www.oaktreeproducts.com.


Demonstration Technology
Hearing Components, Oakdale, Minn, and GN Resound have announced a joint venture to make the first compliant mini Canal Aid hearing aids designed for demonstration and loaning to hearing aid users. This licensing arrangement allows GN Resound to create the first, practical instant fitting, final-electronic-product-comparable, demonstrator and loaner hearing aid for completely-in-the-canal (CIC) hearing aid users. Hearing Components’ Comply™ Capsule System uses viscoelastic foam with a specially designed capsule with built-in patented compliant coupling technology. The mini-canal sized capsule was designed to hold the electronic parts necessary to build multi-channel digital aids. GN Resound now uses this system with its unique electronics and software to create the company’s own demonstration instrument for hearing professionals. Digital electronic technology enables customization of circuits in much smaller instruments, allowing for adjustments on each individual’s hearing loss using standard methods and software. The patient information, which is already stored electronically in the hearing professional’s office, can be directly downloaded into the electronic capsule in seconds, making for a perfect demonstration and allowing the patient to experience the true electronics. When the electronics are combined with the Comply Capsule and Snap Tips, this system offers patients the first digital custom demonstration. (651) 739-9427; (800) 872-8986; www.hearingcomponents.com.


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].


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 limited 3-year warranty. The first factory calibration is free. (800) 729-9509; www.microaud.com.


Amplified Telephone
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.


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.


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.


Portable Screening Audiometer
OTOVATION LLC, Lederach, Pa, features the Pocket Hearo, a pure tone audiometer on a PDA. The portable screening audiometer includes wireless printing, full data management and reporting, as well as all the capabilities of a PDA in an attractive handheld unit. (866) otovation (686-8284); [email protected]; www.otovation.com.


Next Generation Instruments
Audina® Hearing Instruments Inc, Longwood, Fla, introduces the ACCURIO™ with adaptive feedback cancellation 2.0. This next generation adaptive feedback canceller achieves 14 dB of added stable gain through accurate modeling of the feedback path. The unit offers 128-band adaptive noise reduction 3.0, which provides a precise next-generation noise reduction strategy. The algorithm offers improved performance without any perceived drop in speech levels. Additional features include: 16 kHz bandwidth; and faster fitting times, using new efficient software architecture to create faster programming speeds (two to three times faster than previous products) without compromising system flexibility. ACCURIO also offers 20-bit digital audio processing for reduced distortion and lower noise. (800) 223-7700; www.audina.net.


Amplified Expandable Cordless Phone
ClearSounds Communications Inc, Burr Ridge, Ill, announces its newest innovation, the Patriot A50 Amplified Expandable Cordless Phone with Caller ID. It is one of the only proprietary amplified cordless phones with expandable handset options on the market. The Patriot A50 offers a comprehensive feature package, including vibrating handset ringer, amplified speakerphone in the handset, ClearSounds UltraClear™ tone, volume control offering up to 50 dB gain, as well as a bright strobe ring signaler and the largest Caller ID display available. Take advantage of prelaunch discounts. (800) 288-8303; www.clearsoundscomm.com.


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.


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.


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.


Bluetooth Telephone Earset
Starkey Laboratories Inc, Eden Prairie, Minn, offers the SoundPort custom earset. Building on the success of the ELI system, SoundPort provides a custom-fit, wireless solution for Bluetooth-compatible mobile phone users. SoundPort is designed for nonimpaired consumers of all ages who want a more comfortable, hands-free communication solution. SoundPort offers a launching point for professionals to increase their visibility in their marketplace and build relationships with potential future customers. (800) 328-8602; www.hearwireless.com.


Wireless Video Otoscope
Audio Optics, Oradell, NJ, features the AO-16 wireless video otoscope, which enables wireless transmission of video otoscopy to any device having a video input (little yellow plug). The optional USB receiver allows computer storage and printing. Multiple receivers can be used enabling one otoscope to serve multiple fitting and testing rooms. The AO-16 offers internal storage of 16 images and a 50% increase in resolution of previous models. It is a handy unit for health fairs, used in conjunction with a laptop, or portable TV monitor. There is a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty. (866) 986-0055; www.audioptics.com.


Cell Phone Solutions
Oaktree Products Inc, Chesterfield, Mo, introduces the new NoiZfree™ Telecoil Induction Earhook, a lightweight earhook that plugs directly into a cell phone, providing users the ability to talk on their cell phone without taking our their hearing instruments. Simply switch the hearing instrument to either “T” or “MT” and place the earhook over the ear. Sound from the cell phone will be directed through the hearing instrument. The NoiZfree Telecoil Induction Earhook is available in both monaural and binaural. In addition to the 2.5 mm jack for cell phones, this product is available in a 3.5 mm jack for use with audio devices such as CD and MP3 players. (800) 347-1960; www.oaktreeproducts.com.


Master Digital Super Power
Oticon Inc of Somerset, NJ, introduces Sumo DM, an advanced digital super power instrument. The compact new Sumo DM improves listening performance in noise by using Oticon’s unique tri-state noise management system to differentiate between speech and noise inputs—and apply narrow band noise reduction accordingly. Dynamic feedback cancellation effectively eliminates feedback without the loss of gain. A new gain and compression strategy for severe and profound hearing losses—dynamic speech enhancement—balances speech understanding and loudness compensation across eight individual frequency channels. The instrument also contains another industry first—a programmable LED light to indicate power on, preferred VC level, and program changes—making Sumo DM the ideal super power choice for children. (800) 526-3921; www.oticonus.com.


Balance Solution
Metitur USA Corporation, Colleyville, Tex, provides an accurate, reliable instrument and solution for measuring and training postural balance. The Metitur Bluetooth wireless, a patented triangular lightweight-composite force platform with an integrated handle, offers a portable tool to evaluate balance patients. The Good Balance Evaluator provides the clinician with a four-protocol balance screening paradigm to identify potential “fallers.” Good Balance biofeedback training is widely used in physical therapy, otology, neurology, orthopedic, and geriatric patients. Ready-made or user-defined training courses are available. The objective data aids in the effective treatment-planning decision-making. (888) 498-7874; www.metiturusa.com.


Omni-Directional Microphone
Sonion, Minnetonka, Minn, offers its newest and smallest Series 8000 omni-directional microphone design. Cylindrically shaped for all applications, it offers performance consistent throughout environmental extremes, and provides 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


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.  


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. (763) 576-8100; www.intech-ind.com.


BTE Loss Prevention
Westone Laboratories Inc, Colorado Springs, Colo, presents Ear Gear, a new product for children and adults that is designed to prevent BTE hearing instruments from getting lost, while at the same time protecting them from dirt, sweat, rain, and chafing. In addition, Ear Gear is a great way to keep expensive FM boots attached to children’s BTEs. With 13 brilliant color and pattern options, Ear Gear can also be a fashion statement. Available in six styles to accommodate both monaural and binaural fittings, with or without cords and clips. (800) 525-5071; www.westone.com.


BTE Instrument Line
Audina® Hearing Instruments Inc, Longwood, Fla, recently launched a new line of 100% digital BTE hearing instruments: INTUITION D, INTUITION 4, and INTUITION 2. These are fully programmable, 100% digital BTE instruments. The INTUITION series offers fitting flexibility with layered noise reduction and intuitive feedback reduction. These features provide comfort and relief from irritating noise and whistling feedback. The INTUITION is available in 10- or 12-band gain adjustment for precise target matching, and offers up to four memories that provide versatility with independent channel compressor characteristics, in addition to dynamic contrast detection to amplify quiet speech. (800) 223-7700; www.audina.net.


Newsletter
CareCredit, Anaheim, Calif, offers up-to-the-minute tips in its quarterly newsletter. Past topics have 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. 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].


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.


Cordless Digital Power
Clarity, a division of Plantronics Inc, Nashville, recently unveiled the C4205 and C2210, two new phones using Digital Clarity Power, a technology typically found in high cost hearing aids. The cordless C4205 (and the corded C2210) are amplified telephones available through the Clarity Professional™ brand using this technology. The C4205 alerts its user of a call with a bright, flashing visual ring indicator on the handset and base of the telephone. It also assures unmissed calls with the use of a handset that vibrates during incoming calls. Ensuring every user will experience hassle-free, clear, and reliable communications in their home, the C4205 uses 2.4 GHz cordless technology. Standard features include: a large lighted dial pad, vibrating handset ringer, and a 2.5 mm headset jack for hands-free telephone calls, as well as a 3.5 mm audio output port. A special introductory MSRP is available through January 31, 2006. (866) 5-CLARITY; www.clarityproducts.com


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 cannula tip. Nongreasy, 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


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; www.soundaid.com/repair.htm.


UV LED Spot Cure Unit
Lightning Enterprises, Limington, Me, announces Spotty, a handheld UV Spot Cure device capable of curing UV adhesives and coatings. Spotty is lightweight and portable, and incorporates a unique interchangeable head system, which enables the user to swap curing heads of different wavelengths and power outputs for various curing applications. Spotty is also available with hard shell carrying case and can be operated by supplied wall transformer, or 9 V battery pack. (877) 546-1797; www.lightningenterprises.com.


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. (800) 654-6257; www.hocksproducts.com.


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.


CIC Modular Multi- Functional Unit
Getting rid of faceplates in ITE production eliminates cost associated with cutting, buffing, and grinding. Sonion, Minnetonka, Minn, makes this possible by introducing the CU 10 Frame. Using SLS/SLA shell technology, the Sonion CU 10 modular unit, and CU 10 Frame, it is possible to mount the entire CIC module directly in the shell. (952) 543-8300; www.sonion.com


Amplified Cord Phone
Clarity, a division of Plantronics Inc, Chattanooga, Tenn, introduces the first corded, amplified telephone available through its Clarity Professional™ brand. The C2210 amplifies incoming sound up to 40 dB and incorporates Digital Clarity Power™ technology—a technology usually found in hearing aids—which makes soft sounds audible while keeping loud sounds bearable. The C2210 features a bright, flashing visual ring indicator on the front of the phone. An optional Bed Shaker accessory is available for separate purchase. A remote, wireless lamp flasher is also available to alert of an incoming call by flashing a light located up to 30 feet away. Standard features include: caller ID and voice mail indicator, large lighted dial pad, built-in alarm clock, a 2.5 mm headset jack for hands-free telephone calls, and a 3.5 mm audio output port. Available through Clarity authorized distributors. (800) 552-3368; www.clarityproducts.com.


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. Fax: 82-2-6735-6965; [email protected]; www.icelltech.com.


Instructional CD
The Wilson Group, Ft Worth, Tex, a national leader in practice building for the medical specialties, offers Turn Every Phone Inquiry Into an Appointment, an instructional CD that will teach a business’ telephone staff to take an active role in patient management, and successfully interact with patients and prospective patients. Practices using this method report sales increases of 20% to 300%. Call for information or to order. (800) 346-6279;