Acoustibuds Enhance MP3 Earbuds, Bluetooth Headsets
Acoustibuds from Burton Technologies, Ludington, Mich, are a silicone attachment designed to fit securely over MP3 earbuds and Bluetooth headsets–as well as in the wearer’s ear–and enhance the sound. An Innovations Design and Engineering Award honoree at the recent CES show, Acoustibuds are inexpensive and fit over earphones supplied with a variety of mobile audio devices and Bluetooth headsets.
TV Ears Loop System
Westone Laboratories, Colorado Springs, Colo, now offers the latest addition to the TV Ears line. Hearing instrument wearers can now enjoy all the benefits of TV Ears without removing their instruments. TV Ears cuts down television background noise and amplifies the dialogue for better clarity and enjoyment. The TV Ears 2.3 Loop System allows users to receive the refined television audio through their hearing instrument’s manual T-coil. Users can adjust their own volume and tone without turning up the TV and disturbing others. The TV Ears TV Loop is compatible only with the TV Ears 2.3 MHz system.
Serene Innovations Phone Amplifier
Harris Communications, Eden Prairie, Minn, now offers the Serene Innovations UA-50 Phone Amplifier with H141N Headset for people needing extra amplification on their phone at work. The phone amplifier attaches easily to business phones for loud and clear calls that are amplified up to 170 times louder on handsets or headsets. The UA-50 is available with H141N DuoSet Noise-Canceling Headset with RJ9 Adapter that is worn over-the-ear or over-the-head to enable you to multitask, keeping your hands free. Other headset options are available.
New Personal FM System
Williams Sound, Eden Prairie, Minn, has introduced the Motiva Personal FM System that provides hearing assistance when background noise or distance from the source makes listening difficult. Featuring 16 selectable channels on the 72-76 MHz frequency, Motiva has an operating range of up to 150 feet. No-slip rubberized sides ensure easy handling for all users in a variety of listening environments, from classrooms to automobiles. A versatile 3.5-mm jack allows for a variety of earphones and headphone options, and is neckloop/hearing aid compatible.
Kidlfyx Puts Hearing Solutions Out in the Open
Kidlfyx Koncepts LLC, Tulsa, Okla, will be launching their new product line featuring innovative designs and ideas for adults, teens, and pediatrics during the upcoming AAA show in Dallas. Offering creative solutions for bone conducted devices, instrument care, literacy, and FM portability, owners Jacqueline Scholl, AuD, and Kristi Carpenter have designed a line based on the concept that hearing loss isn’t something to hide.
Clarity Releases New “Unlocked” C900 Mobile Phone
Clarity, Chattanooga, Tenn, a leading supplier of communications solutions for older Americans, has announced the release of ClarityLife C900, an easy-to-use amplified mobile phone that doubles as an emergency response device. Designed specifically for seniors, the C900 provides the freedom to stay connected with loved ones, and the peace of mind to know that help is just the push of a button away. Available “unlocked,” the C900 can be used on any network, such as T-Mobile and AT&T. Highlights of its seniors-friendly features include: 20-decibel amplification for seniors with hearing loss; one-touch, emergency help button to instantly contact loved ones; large four-button operation for easy navigation and dialing; large backlit display; and oversized text for easy reading.
Implant Power Batteries
ZeniPower, Zhuhai, China, presents a new generation of Implant Power batteries, with 30%-plus improvements that can power cochlear BTE speech processors for 3 to 6 days. According to the company, comparison tests show a longer life than other brands at 30 mA discharge. The strictly controlled manufacturing process guarantees high reliability and consistency. Free samples are available.
Natural Ear Treatment
MiraCell Inc, Orem, Utah, offers MiraCell natural ear treatment, which eases cerumen removal, makes wearing hearing aids and earmolds more comfortable, and relieves sore, dry, flaking, or itching ears caused by detaching keratin and tympanic membrane plaque. MiraCell Inc offers an income-making opportunity that will reduce returns and remakes.
Ear Cleansing System
Hal-Hen Company Inc, Garden City Park, NY, presents a new approach to ear hygiene, Murine Earigate Ear Cleansing System. Designed and tested by an ENT physician, Earigate helps keep ears clean longer. Using patented “reverse spray action,” Earigate safely rinses away earwax and cellular debris with no pressure on the tympanic membrane. Easy to use, Earigate extends the time between ear cleanings and helps prevent hearing aid failure due to wax and debris buildup. Clinically tested, Earigate is chemical- and preservative-free, is hypoallergenic, and can be used as often as necessary. Earigate is available in two sizes: adult and child. Each 100-mL can of Earigate delivers 30 to 50 applications.
Hearing Protection for Small Ear Canals
Etymotic Research, Elk Grove Village, Ill, offers a second size of high-fidelity hearing protection for children and adults with small ear canals. The earplugs, called BabyBlues, have the same flat 20-dB sound reduction as Etymotic’s standard ETYPlugs HI-FI earplugs. All earplugs from Etymotic are flat attenuation to protect hearing and reduce noise fatigue while keeping music and voices clear, and can be used for playing and listening to music, attending concerts, and traveling.
Rexton Releases Gem, Cobalt Instruments
Rexton, Plymouth, Minn, has announced the introduction of two new RIC instruments, Gem and Cobalt. Both instruments are small and discreet, and offer state-of-the-art automatic features such as situation detection, equalizer, acclimatization, and noise reduction. The small, ergonomically shaped housing of Gem encases technology that offers increased wearability. Cobalt features Bluetooth wireless connectivity, enabling easy connection to mobile phones, stereos, televisions, or audio devices through the optional, state-of-the-art remote control unit, the Blu RCU. Both product families feature a color conversion concept, allowing the colors of the hearing instrument to be changed with your customer’s personal preference.
ReSound Reveals Its Essence
ReSound, Bloomington, Minn, has announced the release of Essence, a new budget-friendly hearing aid that offers customizable features at an economical price. ReSound Essence offers exceptional sound quality, dual microphone directionality, Noise Tracker noise reduction, and Dual Stabilizer DFS feedback management.
Oticon Introduces New Micro BTE
Oticon Inc, Somerset, NJ, has announced the introduction of Dual, a new hearing device designed to provide a full inventory of high-end audiological features in a stylish and discreet micro BTE. Dual’s extended 10-kHz bandwidth and binaurally coordinated compression between instruments deliver outstanding sound quality. Linking two Dual instruments into one binaural system enables Dual to surpass bilateral fittings. Dual is housed in a single-shell construction with no hinges. The shell’s nano-coating helps keep Dual moisture- and corrosion-free. The new instrument reportedly uses less power than most other RITE instruments, giving wearers up to 140 hours of battery life from a standard 312 battery.
Audina Delivers New OTE/BTE
Audina Hearing Instruments Inc, Longwood, Fla, has announced the release of its new flx digital hearing instrument, wearable as either an over-the-ear or behind-the-ear aid. With a patent-pending contoured and ergonomic design, flx features digital volume control, a push-button memory switch, and three layers of moisture protection, including a hermetically sealed level. The flx is an eight-channel instrument with 12-band gain adjustment, offering an advanced adaptive feedback cancellation system that provides up to 22 dB of added stable gain. Powered by a 312 battery, flx has standard features that include: fully programmable telephone coil, event data logging, programmable power-on delay, and environment recognition system. It is available with an ear hook.
Bernafon Rolls Out New Products
The Bern, Switzerland-based hearing system manufacturer Bernafon presented its new Avanti BTE family in the entry-level category, and the new lifestyle and design hearing system Brite 50X at October’s EUHA Convention in Germany. The Avanti product range includes a small, powerful micro BTE and a compact BTE with a size-13 battery. Both instruments can be fitted with either a standard ear hook or a thin tube. Avanti features an automatic program with signal processing in seven channels, adaptive directionality and adaptive noise reduction, as well as the proven data logging. The award-winning Brite receiver-in-the-ear hearing system is now available at three price points. Brite 50X, in the mid-range category, features a highly flexible automatic program with a choice of nine different signal processing strategies.
Sanitary Cleaner for Audiology Equipment, Instrumentation
Medtrol, Niles, Ill, has introduced Audiotech wipes, presaturated with a nonalcohol, nonbleach solution. Designed to clean and deodorize, the wipes are quick-drying and require no rinsing, while reducing oil and wax buildup. Compatible with plastic, rubber, metal, and all fabrics, Audiotech wipes are recommended for hearing aids, testing devices, ear molds, specula, otoscopes, assistive listening devices, phones, headsets, and noninvasive audiology equipment/instruments. Resealable pop-up canister contains 160 – 6- x 7-inch wipes. Regular and mini.
Hearing Instrument Dryer
Westone Laboratories, Colorado Springs, Colo, now offers the latest hearing instrument maintenance device from the makers of Dry & Store. Zephyr is compact and easy to use, making it perfect for travel. Utilizing the same principles as clothes drying on a line, Zephyr gently circulates warm, dry air around the hearing instrument. The specially formulated Dry-Brik® desiccant then captures the moisture. Used daily, Zephyr removes damaging moisture, dries earwax, and removes odor. The result is hearing instruments that sound better, last longer, and need fewer repairs.
Raycare Solutions, Lincoln, Neb, introduces The Deflector hearing instrument moisture guard. Enjoy all of life’s activities without the fear of moisture damaging a behind-the-ear (BTE) investment. The wearer of a BTE instrument can be involved in everything from strenuous activity to a walk in the rain. The simple, lightweight, clear plastic design deflects moisture away from the hearing instrument. The on-and-off application allows clients to use The Deflector when moisture occurs and remove it when not needed. It also helps in dusty situations, because dirt is not attracted to dry areas.
Vision USA Offers LED Magnifiers
Vision USA a Dentrex Company, Cherry Hill, NJ, is introducing a new line of LED hand and stand magnifiers, with powers from 3X to 14X. The light produced enhances the aspheric, antireflective coated lenses to produce crystal-clear images. All magnifiers come with a drawstring case.
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 that runs automatically for 300 seconds. In addition to the standard accessories, an optional aspirator kit is available for cerumen removal.
Portable UV Cure Unit
Lightning Enterprises, Limington, Me, announces Spotty-P, a portable UV LED cure system capable of curing UV lacquers, coatings, and adhesives. The Spotty-P system includes handpiece, LED cure head, white light inspection head, 120V wall transformer, and nine-volt battery pack for remote operation. UV safety glasses and a hard shell carrying case are included. The case measures just 12 x 8 inches and includes extra space for tools and UV materials.
New Vacuum Cleaner
JodiVac LLC, Portland, Ore, releases its newest vacuum model, the Jodi-Elite. The vacuum has improved performance with more power and runs more quietly than the Jodi-Consumer. Storage and portability have also been improved by having the vacuum hose, needle assembly, and new storage compartment fit into their own boxes. The Jodi-Elite will join the company’s regular line of vacuum systems to continue its commitment to preserving the sound quality of hearing aids by users and hearing aid service providers.
Warner Tech-Care Can Provide That Personal Touch
Warner Tech-care Products Inc, St Paul, Minn, can personalize a counter display for your practice. The Tech-care Step comes complete with personal care retail products that encourage ear hygiene and hearing aid maintenance. The set includes earwax removal kits, earmold cleaners, Ear-gel, Ear-fresh, and Sta-dri jars. And by submitting a logo to Warner, the display can be personalized for your office.
New Online Ordering System for Physician Referral Materials
Better Hearing Institute, Washington, has announced the addition of a new secure online ordering system for physician referral materials, such as the NCOA study on hearing loss and quality of life, Your Guide to Better Hearing, JAMA reprints, Screening and Management of Adult Hearing Loss in Primary Care, and more.
New Titles from Auricle Ink
Auricle Ink Publishers, Sedona, Ariz, has announced the April release of Hearing Aids: The First 30 Days, by Jess Dancer, professor emeritus of audiology. The 72-page instructive handbook written for new hearing aid wearers provides wisdom and insight to help them make it through their first month. Also to be released in April is the third edition of The Consumer Handbook on Hearing Loss and Hearing Aids, by Richard Carmen, AuD.
Patient Consultation Software Launched
Eyemaginations Inc, Towson, Md, a leading provider of patient education and productivity solutions for the health care industry, is set to unveil an all-new software system for otolaryngology professionals. Designed to fit seamlessly into a practice’s existing workflow, Eyemaginations Office—ENT helps streamline and enhance the patient consultation process by taking on the burden of time-consuming and repetitive procedural education. Eyemaginations Office can be implemented in the exam room, waiting room, and dedicated consultation and audiology rooms, depending on the size and layout of the practice. Driven by 3D animated visuals and easy-to-understand descriptions of diagnoses, treatments, and procedures, Eyemaginations Office helps patients leave the practice confident in their diagnosis and armed with the knowledge they need to ensure a successful course of treatment.
Unique Mail Pieces Available
Chicago Advertising & Marketing (CAM), Yorkville, Ill, now has available two distinct and specialized mail pieces titled “Daisy Mailer” and “Lunch & Learn” that can be customized and used to reach out to your patients. These response-triggering mailers are available for review on CAM’s Web site.
MedRx Offers 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. 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, and high-power 2 x 20-watt internal amplifiers. The system is available with a high-frequency option, and is NOAH system 3 and TIMS compatible.
Wireless Video VRA from Pehratek
Pehratek Products, Chaska, Minn, now offers a new Wireless Video VRA system that utilizes animated cartoon images to help engage children during hearing tests. Weighing 8.6 pounds and operating on 315 MHz frequencies with a 50-foot range, the unit features two mounting systems. A 15-inch color LCD display shows 24 animated 20- to 50-second cartoon clips.
Hearing Technologies Releases Universal Hearing Screener
Hearing Technologies International Inc, Pinellas Park, Fla, announces the release of the Universal Hearing Screener, which presents 40 dB tones independently at 500, 1,000, 2,000, and 4,000 Hz. It is powered by two easy-to-replace AAA batteries, and comes equipped with a foam cushion pad to help reduce ambient noise and allow for firm positioning of the speaker to the ear. Universal Hearing Screener is distributed by: Hal-Hen, (800) 242-5436; Oaktree Products, (800) 347-1960; Warner Tech-Care, (800) 328-4757; and Westone Labs, (800) 582-4771. Custom label and designs available.
Small Audiometer, Big Features
Otovation LLC, King of Prussia, Pa, has announced the release of OTOPod, a wireless diagnostic audiometer whose small size makes it ideal for testing in the office or in a patient setting. Utilizing Bluetooth connectivity, the OTOPod can be used with a variety of transducers and wirelessly connects with a computer running Otovation’s new Symphony software. Features includes manual and automated air and bone conduction testing, and speech testing with prerecorded wordlists.
Handheld Digital Otoscope
Oaktree Products Inc, St Louis, presents the Dino-Lite, a handheld digital video otoscope that measures 4 inches long and 1.26 inches wide, and uses a USB connection to a Windows-based laptop or desktop computer where still images and video can be saved in JPG, BMP, and AVI formats. Included with the scope is video capture software, five Welch Allyn disposable specula, storage bag, built-in LED light source, and all cables.
Cable Management System
Pehratek Products, Chaska, Minn, introduces the NOAH’S ARC Cable Management/Storage System for the many programming cables that dispensers have to store and find to fit programmable hearing instruments. This new system neatly and efficiently winds up programming cables into color-coded pods that store on top of the HI-PRO box or on any flat surface. Up to 10 cable pods can be stored in each NOAH’S ARC tray within easy reach of the computer. Each NOAH’S ARC comes with 10 cable pods, a storage rack, Mylar cable combiners, and manufacturer’s labels to find the right pod quickly.
Improved Audiometer Is NOAH and TIMS Compatible
MedRx Inc, Largo, Fla, has unveiled the new AVANT A2D+ diagnostic audiometer featuring an advanced ergonomic design that is available in black or white. The AVANT A2D+ is a two-channel, air, bone, and speech audiometer with a new integrated Quick SIN testing feature. This system offers an intuitive user interface for data collection, patient monitoring, and counseling. The PC-based audiometer comes standard with insert earphones and a custom carrying case, and weighs less than half a pound. The AVANT A2D+ is NOAH System3 and TIMS compatible.
Touch-Screen Control Center
Pehratek Products, Chaska, Minn, introduces The Client Center. Designed to integrate display information from various audiological, diagnostic, and fitting equipment into one centrally controlled system. With the touch of the Command Controller Display, audiograms, REM graphs, hearing aid pictures, otoscopic images, and almost any other image can be displayed on a large-screen LCD that is center stage to the client. A built-in media player stores graphics or video for presentations.